March 10, 2019


Add space to your home with a hip to gable loft conversion

Add space to your home with a hip to gable loft conversion
A loft conversion is a cost-effective way to add space and value to your home. Adding a hip to gable conversion adds significant extra living room by making use of the wasted space in a hipped roof.
What is a hip to gable loft conversion?
The ideal way to create a fabulous space in the loft of your detached barn, 30s semi-detached or bungalow, a hip to gable conversion effectively squares off the hipped end of the roof. The sloped roof space is replaced with a vertical wall to create plenty of usable space for bedrooms or a home office.
Planning your hip to gable conversion
Before you start, it`s important to establish that there’s sufficient head height. Measure from the apex of the room to the floor; this should be a minimum of 2.3 metres to make your loft usable.
You’ll need to think about access; perhaps via a full staircase or a spiral footprint can add the wow factor. You’ll also need to plan for windows to really maximise the natural light, particularly if you’re thinking about using your loft conversion throughout the day.
Do I need planning permission?
The good news is that a loft conversion is covered by permitted development rights. That means you can add up to 40 cubic metres of space for an end of terrace and up to 50 cubic metres for semi-detached. However, a hip to gable conversion tends to create at least 60 cubic metres of space so check with your local planning portal.
Your loft conversion will also need to meet building regulations. These cover the integrity of the structure and areas such as insulation. Your building contractor will work with you to ensure your conversion meets all requirements and that structural drawings and construction notes are submitted with any application.
Is this type of conversion right for my property?
If your property has a hipped or sloping roof end then this type of loft conversion will work for you. It’s an obvious choice for a bungalow but extra work may be needed to make sure the structure can support the loft conversion. Many homeowners opt for a double hip to gable conversion so that both ends of the roof remain symmetrical. If this is your preference, you’ll definitely need planning permission but the end result can be a stunning space. You might also opt for a rear dormer to increase the amount of natural light.
Do check carefully that there’s sufficient roof height, to begin with. A hip to gable conversion won’t raise the ceiling height and won’t be cost effective or viable unless you have 2.3-metre height clearance.
Design tips for a hip to gable extension
Any loft conversion benefits from the use of a bright and light colour palette and transparent and reflective materials including glass and perspex. The more natural light you can introduce, the better, so be creative with roof lights and windows.
Make quirky under eaves areas work for you with bespoke furniture that incorporates useful storage, particularly if you’re adding a kitchen or home office. Think beyond creating a master suite - use your new space to create a relaxing living area away from the busy home.