Which conversion? – Hip-to-Gable and Mansard

In the previous blog Modern Attics explored the specifics of a Dormer conversion and a Roofline conversion. Read that blog HERE. This week we are taking a closer look at Hip-to-Gable conversions and Mansard conversions so you have a view of the full spectrum of conversion types available to you.

So what exactly is a Hip-to-Gable conversion?

Hip-to-Gable involves getting rid of the sloping side of your roof and replacing it with a wall that vertically fits to the full height of the property. This style will extend the ridgeline of your home and fill the gap in between your new loft space. Essentially, it is what says; replacing the existing roof hip with a gable end wall.

Hip-to-gable conversions can be a very complex process as they involve alterations to the roof. The gable wall will be fitted on the sloping side of your roof while the surrounding roof panels are adjusted to fit neatly along the sides of the new wall. Through this process there is increased space that opens up the loft to be used as anything you want it to be from an extra bedroom to an office or study.

Most end of terraces, semi-detached and detached houses have traditionally been built with a ‘Hipped’ style roof. This is where the roof slopes in at the side and will restrict the loft space. By changing the roof slope from a hip to gable end where the wall is built up vertically, we are able to extend the roof across to its full width and with the addition of a rear dormer the loft space is fully extended. Construction on Hip-to-Gable conversions can last up to 6-8 weeks depending on the width, length and shape of your property.

What is a Mansard conversion?

A Mansard conversion involves replacing roof structure with steeply pitched slopes and a flat crown. This is similar to a box dormer but is a more traditionally constructed roof extension, utilising windows, brickwork, slates and small leaded dormers. This style was introduced by the French Architect Francois Mansard (1598-1666) hence its name. In situations where a full roof extension can be built, a front and rear Mansard is frequently used.

The new steep pitched roof slope can be applied to the front or rear of the property or even to both. Replacing the roof will require obtaining planning permission.

The choices are diverse and the work is always to a high quality, infallible standard. With each different conversion type you get a different result but one that should please. To discuss the types of loft conversions available from Modern Attics please contact us and we can talk you through them.

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