What is it?

Why invest in a hip to a gable loft conversion?

Hip to gable loft conversions is becoming an increasingly popular way to create extra room in a property. But before committing to extending your home with this type of loft conversion, there are a number of things you need to know. Here, we take a look at what hip to gable loft conversions actually are, any limitations or restrictions you might need to consider, and also how to calculate the volume of these loft extensions.

The benefits of a hip to a gable loft conversion

This type of loft conversion extends your property on the sloping side, effectively replacing the sloping roof with a vertical wall (the gable) at the end to the same height as the ridge, and filling space in between. The added space can then be used for whatever purpose you see fit, although typically it’s big enough for an office, play area, or additional lounge space.

Get in touch with the Oakwood Lofts team today to find out more. We know everything there is to know about loft conversions, and we’re always happy to answer your questions.


Hip To Gable

A new gable wall is built in either masonry or stud work. There are several options for the finishing of the masonry gable wall, these include brickwork, blockwork with render or tiles. A gable wall built-in stud work is normally finished with render or tile. For most people, the preference for the new gable wall is to match the existing walls as much as possible. You will need to determine if the conversion falls within your permitted development allowance. Once the roof has been extended the conversion is normally completed with either Velux roof lights or a dormer.

Pros and Cons


  • Gain maximum space available (especially when a dormer is also built)
  • Lots of natural light
  • Increasing the property value past the cost of the conversion


  • More expensive than a standard rooflight and dormer conversion

What our customers say

Jay and his team were terrific from start to finish. Communication was excellent, even responding to messages outside of work hours, which was much appreciated. Jay would go the extra mile and nothing was too much trouble. We are so pleased with our loft and have had lots of lovely compliments on it. Jay’s team is professional and the level of craftsmanship is amazing. He was courteous and tidy, which we really appreciated as we have two small children. Would not hesitate to recommend him.


How long does a hip to gable loft conversion take?

Hip to gables can take anywhere from 8-12 weeks, again depending on the size of the loft.

Does a hip to gable loft conversions need planning permission?

Most of the time a hip to gable doesn’t require planning as the architect will make sure that the limit of 50 cubic meters is achieved, unless the customer wants maximum space, and that ends up being more than the 50 cubic meters.

Will adding a hip to gable loft conversion add value to my property?

Yes, hip to gable loft conversions can increase the value of your home.

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