A Hip to Gable Conversion is always a popular option for detached or semi-detached homes with a hip roof. A hipped roof is a roof with a sloping side in addition to the slopes at the front and back of the property. When creating a Hip to Gable you build the bottom of the side slope up vertically and extend the existing ridge to create a Gable End. This increases your existing Loft space immensely allowing more room within the new Loft Conversion, which often creates more space for the new stairwell. Due to the design of a Hip to Gable, it is not suitable for mid-terraced homes, as they would never have a hip end roof.
Hip to gable Conversions create a huge amount of living space due to the fact you are pushing out the side sloped roof. Hip to gable Loft Conversions can also be combined with Rear Dormer and L-Shape Loft Conversions which then really does maximise your properties potential.
The exterior finish of a Hip to gable Conversion can either be brick, tile, slate, rendered or cladded. If the clients choice is to go for tile or slate hung, the type will be chosen on site so that they match the existing roof as close as possible. If the plan is to do a rendered finish, we have skilled plasterers who can create lots of different render designs so it will never be a problem matching the existing. If the client decides on a brick, the brick used will be matched to the existing brickwork. Other external finishes that will be matched to the existing as good as possible will be Fascia’s, soffits, Gutters and windows. This way the Hip to gable Conversion will look like it was always part of the existing build.
If your property has Permitted Development Rights, as long as you adhere to the councils guidelines, a Hip to Gable Conversion can be built under a Certificate Of Lawfulness. A Certificate Of Lawfulness means as long as you build within the guidelines you do not need to wait for the application to be approved before work commences.
If you do not have Permitted Development Rights you will need to obtain Planning Permission. With Planning Permission you can not start work until Planning Permission has been granted. Once a Planning Application is valid with the council they should issue a decision after 8 weeks.
Here at The Loft Room we will ascertain exactly which permission is needed and we will submit the applications to obtain the correct approval on your behalf.