Hip to Gable Loft Converters

Hip to Gable Loft Converters

Hip to gable loft conversions are one of the most common types of loft conversions. It is often the best option available for certain homeowners.

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Hip to Gable Loft Conversion Plans

We at Architectural Designers offer a lot of different architecture-related work to our clients, with loft conversion being one of the more popular options in recent months.

Available all across the UK, we can provide a range of loft conversions that suit individual properties, people, and purposes.

All of our work is bespoke, offering our clients something that meets their needs at a personal level. However, before you can jump straight into the hip to gable loft conversions, it helps to understand what their limitations are and how they can be used for maximum results.


What is a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion?

Hip to gable loft conversions can transform the existing loft space into a brand new room, opening up more living space in your home or giving you a starting point for future DIY work. Hip to gable loft conversions focus on a specific kind of conversion for a certain kind of existing roof.

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We offer a wide range of hip to gable loft conversions, as well as a whole host of other ways to customise the conversions to suit your needs and tastes.

We have worked with countless clients in the past, providing everything from a rear dormer loft conversion to major overhauls of a property's entire roof. Our work always aims for the best possible quality and the maximum amount of extra space, and is bespoke to each client.

How Much Does a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion Cost?

Our hip to gable loft conversions all vary depending on the kind of conversion that is being done, but most of the projects will reach at least £50,000 in total costs. This can be increased or decreased by the size of the project, the kind of materials involved, and the current state of your loft.

Your total hip to gable loft conversion cost will never be quite the same as any other project since each hip to gable loft conversion is made bespoke for that particular client or customer. Even a small increase in living space can dramatically increase costs.

This is not even mentioning changes that may need to be made due to building regulations or planning permission issues.

If your home is in a conservation area, expect more time and money to be spent figuring out complaint ways of creating your loft conversion.

A loft conversion will have a varying price depending on a lot of factors, more than your loft conversion plans may cover. You can talk to our experts for a deeper look at your hip to gable loft conversion price estimate.

What is the difference between a hip and gable roof?

A hipped roof has an existing roof slope on all sides of the property, while a gable roof has an A-shaped slope. The existing house roof you have usually depends on where the house was built, but both designs are still in use to date, and the previous owner may have adjusted them.

Since a hipped roof is sloped on all sides, a loft conversion can be installed on any side. This makes a hip roof perfect for any kind of heavy conversion.

However, a hipped roof will almost always be exclusive to detached homes - semi-detached hipped roof homes are very rare.

A gable roof, by contrast, only slopes on two sides. Gable roof designs are most common on semi-detached and terraced homes since a hipped roof is not really possible with two directly-connected homes.

Hip to gable loft conversions turn the sloping roof into a vertical wall, allowing for more head-room and opening up more space to create a usable room. How they do this depends on the existing ridge and sloping side of the roof, as well as how much additional space you want to create.

What are the benefits of a hip to gable loft conversion?

Hip to gable loft conversions add space and extra headroom, as well as opening up a new room under the original roof. Even a small dormer-style conversion can create an extra bedroom, but hip to gable loft conversions are much larger.

This added space can create a master bedroom (or even two bedrooms), a new living loft space, a bathroom, or countless other areas. Whatever kind of space you want to create, though, the conversion needs to be completed first.

Having extra space in a place that used to be simply loft space can make a big difference and can help you nudge towards the maximum space your house will support.

A hip to gable loft conversion can also work on any roof with a slope, whether it is a conventional gable roof, a hipped roof, or some other specific roof type. This makes it an ideal place to install a new loft conversion.


Do You Need Planning Permission for a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion?

Hip to gable loft conversions require planning permission due to the major changes they make to your home. Even adding a simple flat roof rear dormer can be a major change to the outside of your house: suitable changes fall under permitted development, but not hip to gable loft conversions.

Since permitted development rights do not apply, you will need planning permission. However, permitted development rights will help with additions like new loft stairs, improved floor space and adding windows (or moving/changing existing windows to other styles).

You will also need planning permission and planning consent if your home is under any kind of protection. For example, if you live in a listed building or a conservation area, a hip to gable conversion may require extra steps or need to be heavily adjusted.

Remember that the location of the hip to gable loft conversion matters. You may not need as much planning permission if your hip to gable loft conversion is a rear dormer, which usually happens if your home has a section of roof pointing backwards.

Hip to gable loft conversions Building Regulations

Even if permitted development rights are applied, there are certain things you would need for a lawful development certificate and to get permission from a local authority.

For example, your loft cannot extend beyond the existing roof slope, and the principal elevation must not exceed the existing slopes. There can be exceptions, but planning drawings are based on the rules you need to follow to get planning consent from your local authority.Any restrictions that apply to normal house extensions will also apply to a hip to gable conversion. These may be different if you are in a semi-detached house compared to a detached house or terraced house, but the general restrictions and regulations are the same.

Can any house have a hip to gable loft conversion?

Not all homes are suitable for the same loft conversion work, and a hip to gable loft conversion can sometimes require extra work depending on the building itself. It all comes down to what your chosen plans are and how they would fit in with your property.

Hip to gable loft conversion work is suitable for bungalows and other one-floor structures. A hip to gable loft conversion can also be installed on most semi-detached properties, as well as detached properties, without issue.

It is also possible to add a hip to gable conversion to terrace houses, but only on the ends rather than as a front or rear dormer. This usually means that houses placed between two others can’t get a normal hip to gable conversion.

Remember that the process is not simply loft overhauling, either - the space needs to be a liveable and accessible part of your property. If somebody can't live there comfortably, then you can't legally turn it into a room under most circumstances.

This means that the end result has to exceed head height, have enough space to accommodate somebody comfortably, and needs a new staircase to reach it (if your loft did not already have one). The staircase is a requirement - ladders do not count.

Floor space is also important. A hip top gable loft conversion needs a good amount of floor space; otherwise, it may not be a liveable gable loft conversion at all.

How are you best to style your hip to gable loft conversion?

A hip to gable conversion needs to blend seamlessly with the rest of the home - not just for consistency reasons but also to prevent issues with your housing value or complaints from the neighbours.

A hip to gable conversion can generally always be seen from the front of the property, so it should ideally match the rest of the structure.

We can ensure that we use all of the same materials and design elements in your new hip to gable loft, giving you an accurate and consistent new loft conversion to enjoy.

For period properties, many people will intentionally choose a stunning hip to gable loft conversion that matches the home's general atmosphere. This means things like tile-hung designs or conversion into a themed en-suite bathroom, among other things.

The exact style that you aim for is entirely up to you, but it will influence the cost, construction time and overall style of conversion that you get. Some changes may even include permanent alternations to the shape of the conversion, so think clearly about what you actually want.

Get in Touch

If you want to know more about the conversions that we can offer, then get in touch with some of our experts to learn more about how we can help you with your property.

Whether you need details on what might require planning permission or want somebody else to plan the entire project for you, we can ensure that you will get the exact help and results that you need.

All of our experts are fully prepared to handle the hard work involved in making your loft conversion possible, even if that means taking care of the construction work. We have the experience, tools, equipment and skills to produce a loft conversion that you will be very happy with.



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