What is a Hip to Gable conversion?

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, often allowing for space for the new stairwell. Due to the design of a hip to gable, it is not suitable for mid-terraced homes which would never have a hip end roof.

Benefits of a Hip to Gable conversion

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-shaped loft conversions which then really helps to maximise your property’s potential.

Hip to Gable conversion

Exterior finish options

The exterior finish of a hip to gable conversion can either be tile hung, slate hung, rendered or cladded. If your choice is to go for tile or slate, the type will be chosen on site so that it matches 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 to match your existing one. If you decide on brick, the brick used will be matched to the existing brickwork. Other external finishes that will be matched to the existing as close as possible include fascias, soffits, gutters and windows. This way, the hip to gable conversion will look like it was always part of the existing build.

Exterior finish options

The exterior finish of a hip to gable conversion can either be tile hung, slate hung, rendered or cladded. If your choice is to go for tile or slate, the type will be chosen on site so that it matches 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 to match your existing one. If you decide on brick, the brick used will be matched to the existing brickwork. Other external finishes that will be matched to the existing as close as possible include fascias, soffits, gutters and windows. This way, the hip to gable conversion will look like it was always part of the existing build.

Will you need planning permission?

If your property has permitted development rights, you can build a hip to gable conversion under a Certificate of Lawfulness. This certificate means that, as long as you build within the council’s 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 cannot start work until it has been granted. Once a planning application is validated with the council, it should issue a decision after eight weeks.

Here at The Loft Room, we will ascertain exactly which permission is needed and will submit the relevant applications on your behalf to obtain the correct approval.

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