What Do I Need To Know About Hip-To-Gable Loft Conversions?

Hip to gable loft conversions are becoming increasingly popular these days. But before you go looking at the in-trend ideas and modifications for your house, you need to understand the benefits, planning, and suitability as well as cost effectiveness of it. Have a look at what a Hip to Gable Loft Conversion actually is:

What is a hip to gable loft conversion?

Mostly, houses and bungalows have ‘hipped’ roof with sloppy sides. It limits the space and property area which can be effectively used. A hip to gable loft conversion is installing the vertical walls (gable) by replacing the hipped roof sides, adding up the space. After this you will have three sloppy sides and the front vertical side of your roof.

If your property has double side hipped roof, both can be replaced with gable walls, it will be a double hip to gable loft conversion or often, hip to gable and rear dormer loft conversion. It will obviously provide you with more additional space. After this you will have two vertical sides and two sloppy sides of the roof.

This adds value to your property without losing any garden or garage space. Also, the house looks improved and extended which is more in style nowadays.

Why do you need to do that?

A hip to gable loft conversion is an optional benefit. It is a good choice when you want to add up some more space. The added space can be used for any purpose such as living space, play room for children, an in-home office etc.

Is it suitable for your property?

If your property is detached or semi-detached, a hip to gable loft conversion is a good option to go for. This is also suitable for many bungalows and chalets.

However, if your property is mid-terraced, this type of conversion is not viable as there is no hip end to the roof. The conditions can only be met if your property is end-terraced as the hip ends can be replaced with gable ends.

Is Planning Permission needed?

If you are residing in UK, planning permission is not required. You already have the permission to build gable walls or convert from hipped to gabled lofts under “Permitted Development Rights”. So, the conversion is legal under permitted development.

In addition, make sure you do not use any extra or non-permitted area which local authority has a complete right to remove and destruct.

For the ones living outside UK, you need to contact your local authority before planning and get it approved after planning the conversion as well.

How much will a hip to gable loft conversion cost?

In UK, it takes up to £41k generally. But the actual rate depends on a number of following factors:

  • The size of your roof
  • Area of conversion
  • Complexity of design
  • Fittings and fixtures

Get in contact with a master architect to have a satisfied hip to gable loft conversion and enjoy the extra added space to your property!


Take a look at this handy loft conversion beginners guide for more information.


Where do I go if I need a loft conversion in Cardiff or surrounding areas?

If you’re looking for a loft conversion company in Cardiff, then look no further than Loft Conversion Experts Cardiff, we are the best company in the area to do the work and we don’t stop until you are completely satisfied with the end result.