Ever wonder how landlords get Planning Permission to design and build a Hip to Gable loft conversion?
As you probably already know, roof conversions are one of the best ways of extending and improving your house, as well as adding value to your property without losing any garden space!
Just in case you’re not familiar, on the left here is a typical hip roof, where all four sides come down to meet the walls, and on the right here is a gable roof, with two roof sections sloping in opposite directions.
As you can see in the above photo, having a hipped roof on a detached house, semi-detached house or end-of-terrace usually means the existing loft space is usually limited, so a conversion can really make the space much more usable, improve your living standards and add value to your property, all without losing garden square metrage.
In the same vein, you might be wondering whether Hip to Gable loft conversion is also possible in bungalows and chalets…
…Yes, it is but you need to take extra care! In these cases, the loft might have not been structured to take the extra load imposed or to provide the minimum head height required, so it is best to consult an architect and structural engineer like us first.
That being said, a Hip to Gable refurbishment is a perfect way to maximise the available space in your home. These conversions fit right in with the rest of the house, and, if well designed, feel like they’ve always been part of the home.
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What you need to consider:
The original height of the loft is crucial when weighing your options up for Hip to Gable renovation. What a lot of people don’t know is that if the head height is too low – less than 2.3m – changing from a hipped to a gable roof will be pointless, as it is not allowed under building regulations. It will only cost you money and you’ll have created unusable space.
Another issue to consider for Hip to Gable loft conversion is access. Having a full staircase is definitely advisable, but your architect needs to ensure that there is enough space to position it in a way that will make the most of the loft and the floor below.
You also need to think about what the loft space will be used for. The usual choices for a converted loft room are things like a master bedroom with an en suite, a second living room, office or a gym space. If it is to be living space then certain standards need to be taken into account for it to be considered habitable space.
What do I need to make it habitable?
Your architect should consider a need for natural lighting in the new loft space. If the space was previously used as a storage then it did not require any natural light, however, if you are investing for it to be an integral part of the house, it will need adequate amount of natural light coming in.
In addition, if you want to have something like an en-suite bathroom, things like plumbing locations need to be taken into account…
Also remember that the space under the roof might have not been designed to be used as an integral part of the house, so it’s important to check that the roof is fully weather tight and whether it is a cold roof or a warm roof. In case of the former, your architect will design additional insulation to improve the living conditions comply with Building Regulations.
Generally speaking, Hip to Gable loft extensions are within Permitted Development rights. This means, nonetheless, that you need to have your planning drawings ready to apply for a Certificate of Lawfulness (COL). This Certificate is for you to ensure that the conversion is legal under Permitted Development.
There are exceptions to the above rule, however, so check with your local council if they have fully adapted Hip to Gable Permitted Development rights. In addition, and very importantly, make sure your site does not fall within conservation area or any other areas under Article 4, which allows the local authority to remove permitted development rights.
Remember… The permitted development rights only cover dwelling houses, not flats or maisonettes.
Now, even if you do have Permitted Development rights, there are still some considerations and limitations you need to abide by:
Bear in mind: The volume allowances mentioned above include any previous roof extensions, and even if you haven’t done any work, the previous owner could have. So if you suspect this to be the case, it would be smart to find out with your local council.
Naturally, your planning drawings for Hip to Gable loft extension should indicate that you comply with all these considerations and limitations to get Certificate of Lawfulness (COL) from your council for your loft conversion.
Despite the daunting list above, securing planning permission is NOT rocket science. In fact, it is pretty straightforward when the people you’re working with know what they’re doing. Now you know what you need to bear in mind, a smart move would be to start your project by getting your quote from us today.
All Hip to Gable loft conversions require approval under the Building Regulations. Remember that your architect and structural engineer needs to submit structural drawings, calculations and construction notes to make this application and seek approval.
Now you’ve seen how a loft conversion can work to increase the value of your property by adding useful space, let us help you with the designing, planning and building skills part. Our job is to help homeowners design the best loft conversions to help them move their project forward as quickly, efficiently and successfullyas possible, and ultimately make the most of their investment.
If you’re ready to do that, take a look at some of the work we’ve done in this area, and contact us here. We would love to help.