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Everything You Need To Know: Hip To Gable Loft Conversions
A “Hip To Gable Loft Conversion” is a type of loft conversion that is suitable for homes with a “Gable Roof”.
A gable is the generally triangular portion of a wall between the edges of intersecting roof pitches, like in the example image here:
Hip to gable loft conversions are very useful for people living in detached homes with this type of roof.
1/ A highly versatile means of extending the usable space of a loft of a detached home, these additional rooms can be used for most purposes, additional bedrooms, study room, home office, playroom, games room, home gym, bedroom with en suite, and many other purposes.
2/ Adds significant value to the property, Hip to gable loft conversions often increase the value of a property by around 20%, especially useful if the emphasis is on increasing the homes’ value is to have an extra bedroom with en suite added (perhaps two bedrooms if the house is a sufficient size).
3/ Aesthetically impressive to look at, with a good design and the help of a good architect, hip to gable lofts can be spectacular (we can help you with the architect, and the build of the gable loft).
4/ Cost efficient investment – these lofts (due to the increase in the value of the property they are built on) represent a great investment for people with the finances available to have this type of loft conversion.
1/ Typically more complex to complete than more conventional and simple types of loft conversion.
2/ May take more time to build than other types of loft conversion due to the structure of the loft.
This will be dependent on three different factors:
1) The size of the loft being converted – This will have a bearing on the cost due to the fact that larger loft spaces will need more labour and more materials, which increases the cost as opposed to smaller scaled projects.
2) The complexity of the design and the existing structure – If the structure needs extra work before the actual conversion can start, this can increase the cost, if the design and/or plans has extra components that will require more labour and more expensive materials, naturally this will affect the overall cost.
Those are the two main factors affecting cost.
It will more than likely take around 6-10 weeks dependent on the size and complexity of the plans, more simple conversions will take closer to six weeks with more complex builds taking closer to 10 weeks.
We endeavour to complete all lofts as quickly and as efficiently as possible should you decide to become our client.
Loft conversion have with them a set of rules and regulations from the planning authority:
A volume allowance of 40 cubic metres additional roof space for terraced houses*
A volume allowance of 50 cubic metres additional roof space for detached and semi-detached houses*
No extension beyond the plane of the existing roof slope of the principal elevation that fronts the highway
No extension to be higher than the highest part of the roof
Materials to be similar in appearance to the existing house
No verandas, balconies or raised platforms
Side-facing windows to be obscure-glazed; any opening to be 1.7m above the floor
Roof extensions not to be permitted development in designated areas**
Roof extensions, apart from hip to gable ones, to be set back, as far as practicable, at least 20cm from the original eaves
The roof enlargement cannot overhang the outer face of the wall of the original house.
We can also help you with any issues relating to planning permission should you decide to become a client.
We offer a free, no obligation quote for all potential clients, simply get in touch with us using the form about for a quote.