Hip to gable loft conversion
Trying to accommodate the entire family in a small house can be a quite daunting task. Not only is moving out very time consuming, but it could also leave quite a big dent on your pocket. From changing kids’ schools to more time spent on the daily commute, moving into a new house is out of question for most of the families.
With an already hipped roof, you are wasting valuable space by not converting your loft. A hip to gable loft conversion can solve all of your low space problems by providing an entire room’s space or more, up above in the attic. If you have a detached or a semi-detached house, or your property has a hipped roof, then you qualify for a hip to gable loft conversion. This is pretty much all that is required for you to get started.
What is a hip to gable loft conversion?
As the name suggests, the hipped roof is replaced by a gable roof in this type of loft conversions. Typically, a hip to gable end loft conversion involves removing the hipped part of your roof at the side and erecting a gable end in its place. Floor steels are also installed across the length of the added space for support and sturdiness. Moreover, the addition of the gable extends your floor to the total footprint area of your house.
Things to keep in mind:
As a homeowner, you would be naturally inclined to dive right into the process, without wasting any time, and get started at the earliest. There are still some practical considerations that need to be addressed and paid heed to, in order to make the best out of a hip to gable loft conversion.
While small amounts of structural changes to the properties are exempted from additional planning permissions by the law, it is still advisable for UK homeowners to check in with the local authorities, to be on the safe side. An approval from the local body will provide peace of mind and also ensure that you are not violating any regulations or laws.
Before even getting a quote or choosing the possible use for converted loft, you need to make sure that a hip to gable conversion is suitable for your home in the first place. For instance, a hip to gable conversion is not possible on a mid-terraced house with adjoining neighbouring buildings on both sides. Similarly, some properties designed specifically with a hipped wall may not qualify for a hip to gable loft conversion. After all, you are looking to add useful space to your home that can serve a specific purpose. Choosing a hip to gable conversion for an incompatible roof type may result in cramped space with insufficient headspace, which is contrary to the idea of a loft conversion.
Features to expect from a hip to gable loft conversion:
More Space at Your Place:
A hip to gable end loft conversion allows you to achieve a huge amount of useful change in your house’s roofline. This modification will add a lot of floor space, thus boosting the conversion potential of your loft.
The Finish You Like:
Some may think that a hip to gable loft conversion will look out of place or different from the exterior aesthetics of their house, but nothing could be further from the truth. While it is true that a huge chunk of your hipped roof is replaced by a gable end in this type of loft conversions, the exterior finish, however, can always be modified according to your taste. Everything ranging from hanging roof tiles to slates and block renders can be employed to make the additional space look exactly as you want it to. We recommend discussing your exterior finish requirements with your contractor beforehand and communicating your demands in a clear way to ensure better results.
More windows mean more light:
The traditional setting for a hip to gable loft conversion usually includes a double glazed window in the gable wall. This acts as a double-edged sword by complimenting your house’s existing style while still allowing for a lot of natural light to brighten up the newly added space.
Since the sloping ceiling is straightened out in a hip to gable loft conversion, you can expect more headspace and breathing room in your newly converted loft. You can also be more independent with your furniture choices since now you will be able to easily fit any furniture size in the loft space.
How much does a hip to gable loft conversion cost?
Since it involves removing the hipped part of the roof and replacing it with a vertical wall, at level with the central ridge, the construction costs for a hip to gable loft conversion are significantly higher than other loft conversion types. You can expect to shell out around £45,000 for a hip to gable loft conversion. The total costs will definitely go up by a considerable value depending on your chosen finishing style and amenities, such as an en-suite bathroom or a wardrobe.
How long does a hip to gable end conversion take?
A hip to gable loft conversion can take anywhere between 8-12 weeks, with factors such as the property size, weather conditions, and the number of workers assigned to the project coming into play. In addition, any structural damage to the roof structure found during the project may also delay the process. Such damages are often hidden and are only found when the hipped part of the roof is removed for replacement with a gable end. These damages can impact the integrity of your roof and may need to be repaired before the work is resumed on the loft conversion project. We know that this can be a huge disappointment for homeowners, however, safety always comes first and it is necessary to make sure that your roof can support the additional weight.
Word of Advice:
Access is of prime concern when dealing with loft conversion. An ill-planned staircase can eat a lot of useful space, decreasing the value provided by your loft conversion. Similarly, if you coordinate with your architect to work out a plan that uses the least amount of available space, then the same results can be achieved without sacrificing valuable space.