What is a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion

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Are you thinking about increasing the size of your property? If so, then you may be wondering what is a Hip to Gable loft conversion.

Hip to Gable loft conversions involve the construction of a gable wall, then a roof is created to fill in the gap.  Another way of putting it is to modify the sloping (hipped) part of the roof so that it is supported by a new vertical gable wall.    Usually this results in a dramatic change to the shape of the roof.  The new gable wall will be built either in studwork or masonry, usually with a render to match their existing walls.  As with any type of conversion, it will add considerable value to your home.  Click this page to see the rough cost of a loft conversion in the UK.

Advantages of Hip to Gable Loft Conversions 

  • A hip to gable loft conversion is ideal if extending outwards is not a good option.
  • Hip to gables can look more attractive than dormer conversions.  This is because the new gable walls make the extension look more natural.
  • A hip to gable loft conversion can be combined with a rear dormer loft conversion.  This helps to maximum space all round.
  • A majority of properties are designed to have a sloped roof on one side or more.  However, this means that usable space is limited on the sloped side.  The hip to gable technique modifies the slopped part of a roof, therefore increasing the space within the roof space.
  • In general, having a hip to gable loft conversion done is less expensive than extending outwards.  This is because extending outwards require installation of foundations which are very expensive.
  • These types of conversions are more likely to pass planning permission over dormer ones, as they look more natural.
  • As with any conversion, it will add considerable value to your property.
  • Having such a conversion may save you money, rather than moving house.  But this will depend how much it costs to complete your conversion project, and what specification you want.
  • You can play a part in the design process.  It could be a better option than moving as you can request certain features in your newly constructed loft space, that other properties may not have.

Disadvantages of Hip to Gable Loft Conversions

  • These types of conversions are not suitable for mid-terraced houses.  This is because they do not have a hip end roof.
  • They are more expensive than dormer conversions.

Example of A Hip to Gable Conversion

Understanding exactly what a hip to gable conversion looks like can be confusing.  You can see an example of a hip to gable conversion project here, from start to finish.  Below are diagrams of this project transforming a bungalow into a hip to gable conversion.

Drawing above is Before Conversion

hip to gable loft conversion

Drawing above is After Conversion

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Posted on 19th December 2017 at 8:15 pm

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