Further information on Hip to Gable and Mansard conversions

With so many choices and potential possibilities with your loft conversion it’s easy to get confused, especially if you’re unfamiliar with what options are open to you.  Continuing our short blog series on the advantages and features of each type of conversion, here we’re giving more information on the Hip to Gable and Mansard varieties.

Dormer conversions and Roofline conversions are two of the most popular and widely applied choices we offer.  However, not every attic has the space and headroom required to perform a Roofline conversion, and not every roof has the necessary surface area to construct a satisfactory Dormer extension.  Here’s where a Hip to Gable conversion may be the best step in the right direction.

Usually not used as a standalone conversion in its own right, a Hip to Gable conversion does exactly what it says on the tin – if your building has a hipped roof (gently sloping), this process can provide extra attic space by turning part of the roof into a gable (forming a triangular portion of wall on one end of the building).  While simply not applicable for mid-terrace buildings, not to mention those already with gabled roofs, this choice is a popular first step for many loft conversions.

This process involves restructuring a large portion of the roof to add extra support as well as space, so although it can be quite a large job, the rewards in terms of practicality and potential are immense. Not only does it provide additional space and extend the maximum headroom already available, as well as the general value of a property, but a Hip to Gable conversion can provide a stable base for other conversion work to be carried out.  Many successful conversion projects have begun with a Hip to Gable restructure and a Dormer fitted onto a newly gabled roof is not an uncommon sight.

If a Dormer extension isn’t as visually appealing as you would like and your budget allows for a little bit more work to be carried out, you should consider a Mansard conversion.  These typically involve a restructuring of your roof, raising a Dormer-like portion as an extension – however, instead of adding an extra wall, this surface is still kept as part of your roof, albeit at a fairly steep 79° angle.  This type of loft conversion is considered aesthetically appealing by many and can effectively keep in line with the style of your building’s exterior, especially if the original construction is of a more antique appearance.

Mansard extensions are particularly common in the London area, and are sometimes referred to as a “London roof” by association.  The term itself, however, was coined by François Mansart, the 17th Century French architect who used this roofing design often with many of his buildings.

If you’re still unsure which conversion concept is most fitting for your budget and your home, contact us for advice – as well as a free survey and quotation based on whatever plans or ideas you may have.

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