For our Scottish clients, larger house renovation projects often include some kind of extension. At Luke Lloyd Builders, we take the time
to listen to your needs and try to grasp the bigger picture of why you’re contemplating a home renovation or expansion (or both!). Budget
and timetable goals are also taken into account. As a result, we can advise you on what we believe is best for you.
There are many distinct kinds of extensions, each with its own name, description, and vocabulary. Today, we’d like to concentrate on a
particular kind of loft conversion known as a hip to gable loft conversion.
What distinguishes a hip to gable loft conversion from a dormer loft conversion?
Because it requires various roof pitches, a hip to gable loft conversion can only be done on a certain kind of home (typically three or
more). The roof of a typical mid-terraced period house will have two pitches. The front pitch will slope up to reach the property’s ridgeline
(the highest point on the roof), and a second pitch will mirror the front pitch on the opposite side, producing an upside-down V-shape roof.
On a terraced house or a semi-detached house, a hip to gable loft conversion is more frequent. A third pitch on the side of the roof is
much more frequent on these buildings.
We would usually suggest a dormer extension on a two-pitch roof to draw out the rear pitch at a right angle, align it with the ridge line of
the property, and provide full head height to the back of the loft conversion. A hip to gable loft conversion is only possible when the roof
has a third (or more) pitch.
What is the difference between a hip to gable loft conversion and a gable to hip loft conversion?
A hip to gable loft conversion consists of two additions that connect to form a single big ‘wraparound’ loft conversion. The back pitch is
pulled out by a dormer, and the pitched wall on the property’s side is raised up to square off the rear dormer.
How can I obtain my local council’s permission?
You have two options for getting approval from your local authority. If you have the ability to use your permitted development rights, it is
usually the best way to get official permission. Wandsworth Council granted permission for the above-mentioned project via allowed
development. A semi-detached house is permitted fifty cubic metres of storage space. This allows you to maximise the footprint of the loft
floor space in a typical Greater Glasgow semi.
Permitted development will not be allowed if you are in a conservation area, the property is flat, or you need to raise the ridgeline of the
property. You will need to apply for full planning permission if you are in a conservation area, the property is a flat, or you need to raise
the ridgeline of the property.
What if my council forbids a complete hip-to-gable loft conversion?
You may not be able to do a complete hip to gable addition depending on your house type and area classification (i.e. historic property,
conservation area, listed building). The front elevation of a house is altered by a hip to gable expansion, and local authorities may (in
certain circumstances) object to such a plan.
For your hip to gable loft conversion in Glasgow rely on Luke Lloyd Builders. We operate in Glasgow and the surrounding Greater Glasgow area. Click here for more information