Everything You Need to Know About Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversions.

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There are a variety of loft conversions to choose from when it comes to renovating your home. The type of loft conversion you choose will depend upon the style of your house and specifically the style of your roof. Roofs with sloping sides, also called hipped roofs, need hip-to-gable loft conversions to transform the loft into an extra living area.

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What is a Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion?

A hip-to-gable loft conversion is created by straightening the sloping roof (the hip roof) and converting it into a gable roof. The gable roof style forms an “A” shape that sits between vertical walls, unlike a hip roof which slopes on all sides forming a pyramid-like shape. During a hip-to-gable conversion, the sloping roof is replaced and extended to connect with the newly constructed vertical wall called a gable wall. This increases the headspace and the usable floor space giving you a new room in your house. Hip-to-gable loft conversions are one of the most common types of loft conversions and are most suitable for semi-detached properties, end-terrace houses and detached properties built between the 1930s and 1950s that have hip roofs.


Why Should I Have a Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion in My Home?

If you want to maximise the amount of usable floor space you have in your loft and you have an existing hip-roof then a hip-to-gable loft conversion might be the best option. Converting a loft in this way will also maximise the headroom for the new living space as well as the loft staircase which creates a comfortable and spacious area. If you live in a semi-detached home, detached house, or bungalow with a hip roof, then a hip-to-gable loft conversion will be suitable for your home. Mid-terrace properties are not suitable for this type of loft conversion because they lack a gable wall however some end-of-terrace properties can accommodate a hip-to-gable conversion.


How Much Does a Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion Cost?

The cost of hip-to-gable loft conversions will depend on the size of your home and whether you want to combine your hip-to-gable conversion with a rear dormer (this is a common way to optimise the loft conversion and get extra living space) At Alvaston, we have years of experience doing all types of loft conversions and we can advise you on what will work best for your property and give you a quote for your hip-to-gable loft conversions. If you want to figure out how big your loft conversion project will be, you can use our online volume calculator to give you an idea of what to expect.


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

Traditional hip-to-gable loft conversions usually fall under permitted development rights for householders and do not require planning permission. If you live in a listed building, a flat or maisonette or your home is in a conservation area, you may need to seek planning permission for a hip-to-gable conversion. When converting a loft, there will be design rules that must be followed and your loft conversion specialist will make sure your loft and the planned hip-to-gable loft conversion meet the specified requirements. 


Does a Hip-to-Gable loft conversion add value to a property?

Loft conversions are fabulous investments that can add value to your property. Hip-to-gable loft conversions are no different and will increase the value of your property especially if the loft is turned into a loft bathroom or loft bedroom. Hip-to-gable conversions are often combined with a rear dormer loft conversion to maximise the floor space and head height even more. Having a hip-to-gable loft conversion with a rear dormer would also add value to your property. Ensuring your loft conversion is fully insulated and has optimised windows also brings added value by making the hip-to-gable conversion energy efficient which can help to reduce household energy bills.


How Long Does a Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion Take?

The time it takes to complete your hip-to-gable loft conversion would depend on what you want to achieve. Typically, a hip-to-gable conversion can take around 6 weeks to complete, however, something more complex like a hip-to-gable loft conversion with a rear dormer or an ensuite loft conversion may take longer.


Upgrading Your Property With a Hip-to-Gable Loft Conversion

Alvaston Loft Conversions have years of experience designing and installing hip-to-gable conversions and we guide you through the process from start to finish. We’ll ensure all the building requirements are met as well as take care of all the drawings and plans involved in converting your loft. If you would like to ask any questions about your home’s suitability for a hip-to-gable loft conversion,  contact our helpful team at Alvaston loft conversions for more information.

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