Gable-End loft conversions, also known as Hip to Gable loft conversions, are becoming an increasingly popular method of extending the loft space to create an extra room in semi-detached and detached properties. While this type of loft conversion involves extensive changes to your roof, it also provides a lot of additional space. Rooms within Gable-End loft conversions are often easier to furnish too, since there are more vertical walls compared to the rooms in Velux or Dormer loft conversions.
What Does This Conversion Involve?
Most houses have a roof with 2 different pitches, meaning that the roof is slanted in two ways; the first is the main length of the roof, and the second slant is on the sides where the ends are also slanted rather than standing vertically.
A Gable-End loft conversion involves breaking through the ends of the roof and turning those slants into vertical walls, either on both ends or on a single end (depending on your house and your requirements). The Gable-End is then finished to suit the walls of your house, rather than the roof.
Whether you require planning permission for your conversion depends on your area – in many areas of the UK, these loft conversions are covered by permitted developments. That means you can complete the loft conversion without applying for planning permission. However, in some conservation areas you will need to apply for permission or may not be able to have a Gable-End conversion at all since it makes extensive changes to the exterior of your home. If that is the case, we can offer other loft conversion types to make the most of your loft space while working within the planning restrictions in your area.
Why Choose a Gable-End Conversion?
Gable End loft conversions are usually chosen over Velux or Dormer loft conversions because they offer more headroom and more usable floor space within the new loft space. You can use the additional room to fit a larger staircase, or simply add to the existing room and floor within your conversion. These loft conversions are also a lot easier to furnish since they have upright walls that can be used to hang pictures/mirrors on, and to lean furniture against.