A Hipped roof has sloping side in addition to the slopes at the front and back. These roofs are common on detached, semi-detached and end-of-terrace houses. Hipped roofs are often not that suitable for Velux roof conversions as the loft would not have enough standing area. A hip-to-gable loft conversion extends a house by replacing the sloping side roof with a vertical wall, also known as a gable. This will then give you adequate space to convert your loft room. In many Hip to Gable loft conversions you will see an extension to the back where the conversion includes a full dormer at the back. As quite some work has to be done to the roof already this addition creates more standing room with only a slight increase in work and costs.
Most hip-to-gable loft conversions are within permitted development rules and do not require full planning permission. It is not usually necessary to get full planning permission for a typical hip-to-gable loft conversion as this falls under ‘permitted developments’ allowed by homeowners. Before carrying out any building work, we always recommend that you contact your local authority to check their planning policy requirements, especially if other extensions or improvements have already been added to your house by you or a previous owner.
Compared to a hipped roof house with a velux loft conversion Hip To Gable conversions , especially those with an rear dormer extension, often give far more freedom on where the stair into to the loft space can go. This gives a lot more design freedom that allows a floorplan design where all the extra space can be useed in the best way possible.(278 words)