What is a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion
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
Drawing above is After Conversion