Hip to Gable Loft Conversions: How to Add Extra Space

A hip to gable loft conversion with a rear dormer
(Image credit: Simply Loft)

A hip to gable loft conversion offers a solution for a property with a hipped roof that affects the internal headroom of a loft space, even if otherwise spacious. 

Most roofs are constructed in a simple ‘A’ shape comprising a pair of roof slopes infilled with a triangular gable end wall. However, there are many properties, commonly semi-detached houses and bungalows built from the 1930s to the 1950s, that have more complex pyramid-shaped roofs with additional roof slopes instead of gable end walls.  

Ian Rock

Chartered surveyor Ian Rock MRICS is a director is Rightsurvey.co.uk and the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals, including the Home Extension Manual, the Self Build Manual and Period Property Manual.

Ian is also the founder of Zennor Consultants. In addition to providing house surveys, Zennor Consultants provide professional guidance on property refurbishment and maintenance as well as advising on the design and construction of home extensions and loft conversions, including planning and Building Regulations compliance.

Ian has recently added a 100m2 extension to his home; he designed and project managed the build and completed much of the interior fit-out on a DIY basis.