A hip to gable conversion is one where the roof is extended to meet the exterior wall. Most houses have a double sloped roof and where those slopes meet at the top is called the hip. The gable is the part of the end wall where there are no other properties joined to it. In a terraced house, the end terraces would have this, for a detached property, it's any of your outside walls. So now you know a little bit more about what this type of conversion is, what are the benefits, does it require planning permission and if you can't have one – what are the alternatives?
In order to have a hip and gable conversion, your builder will need to remove part of your roof. This will allow the floor reinforcements to be put in place before the gable wall is rebuilt. Once this is done your hip roof is the rebuilt to.
Do you need planning permission?
Typically, the answer would be no. Because, your completed loft space shouldn't extend past the end of your property boundary, then you won't need any permissions. There are building regulations that you'll have to satisfy, but these can be discussed with your builder and or architect.
Is my property suitable?
Most properties can have a hip to gable loft conversion. This includes; detached, semi-detached, bungalows and chalets. Only an end terraced house can one, unfortunately mid-terraced are not suitable.
What are the alternatives?
If your property isn't suitable, then you may want to consider having a side dormer. This means that your conversion will protrude from the side of your house. Alternatively, you could consider having a mansard conversion as these are typically constructed at the rear of your house
Pros and cons of a hip to gable
A hip to gable loft conversion is just one of the many ways you can successfully utilise the space in your roof. A conversion is a very clever way of maximising the potential your house has to offer without needing to go through all the hassles of moving. The hip to gable conversion offers a unique way to increase your attic.