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What is a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion?

  • Posted by: Sebastian Grayson
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A hip to gable loft conversion is one of the most popular loft conversion types because it can maximise the space and height of your home. This type of loft conversion can increase the value of your property by over 20% and is a great way to add an additional bedroom, bathroom, living space or storage area to your home. A hip to gable loft conversion straightens out the sloping ceiling, providing additional headroom and increasing the options of what to do with the new space in your home.

What Does a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion Look Like?

With a hip to gable loft conversion, the sidewall is built up to a gable design or the side roof may be removed from the sidewall, which maximises the internal head height of the room. These loft conversions are best suited to semi-detached or detached homes that have a hipped roof – a roof that has a sloping side in addition to the slopes at the front and back. The bottom of the side slope is vertically built up, extending the existing ridge to create a gable end and significantly increase loft space.

Due to the fact that it pushes out the side-sloped roof, hip to gable loft conversions create a large amount of extra living space. They can also be combined with other types of loft conversions such as L-shaped or rear-dormer conversions to maximise the potential of your property even further.

Exterior Finishes:

There are various exterior finish options for hip to gable loft conversions with a range of looks to aim for. They can be rendered, clad, slate-hung or tile-hung. If you opt for tile or slate, you can choose one that matches the existing roof as closely as possible for a more streamlined look. Brickwork can also be chosen to match the existing brickwork as closely as possible, along with other external finishes such as soffits, fascias, gutters, and windows. It is possible to choose materials that match your existing property making the hip to gable conversion look like it has always been part of the home.

Which Homes are Best Suited To This Type of Loft Conversion?

This type of is designed for homes with a hip roof, which is usually semi-detached and detached houses. Terraced houses do not typically have a suitable roof for this type of loft conversion. The hip to gable loft conversion will add a significant amount of floor space to properties even if your existing attic or loft is very small. An extension will be added to the sloping side of the property and a sturdy vertical wall will be built to bring it up to the same height as the ridge. In the case of a home with two sloping sides, a double hip to gable loft conversion may be required to ensure that there is enough living space.

Why is a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion Ideal For Creating More Space?

A hip to gable loft conversion can create a serious amount of additional space in your home. Since the wall is extended to the ridge, there is often significantly more headspace in these loft conversions compared to other styles where the sloped ceiling is left intact. A hip to gable loft conversion can easily be used to create a new double bedroom, large bathroom, home office space, nursery, and many other room ideas.

What’s even better is that most hip to gable loft conversions are within permitted development rules, and you will not need full planning permission to go ahead with the work.

Enhance Your Home with a Loft Conversion Today

To learn more about the benefits of loft conversions or to discuss your property in more detail, talk to our experienced SimplyEasy Refurbs team today!

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Author: Sebastian Grayson