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Need to convert your loft in Earls Court area?

Whatever your goal or vision, London Contractors will make it happen.

When you think of a loft, you think: expansive spaces, austere materials, abundant natural light, central urban location.

Arising halfway through the 19th century, these constructions developed as the industrial zones were moved to the outskirts of the city, leaving these buildings located at the heart of the urban area in disuse.

There are 4 common types of loft extensions / conversions:

  • Velux – very popular and cost effective
  • Dormer – makes rooms that have limited space more feasible
  • Mansard – lets you maximise amount of space in your loft conversion
  • Hip to Gable – involves making major alterations to the roof where there isn`t enough internal volume

You don't need permission for every loft conversion and the rules were relaxed back in 2008, but it is still safest to check before starting work.

You will certainly need consent if:

  • You live in a listed building or in a conservation area.
  • If the house has already been extended to the maximum volume within permitted development rights.
  • If any part of the extension will be higher than the original roof or overlooks neighbours.

Loft extensions in Earls Court by London Contractors - quality attic and loft extensions, design and home insulation services.

Building Regulations

If the loft extesion is to be used regularly as a "habitable space", your design must comply with building regulations on issues such as energy efficiency, fire safety, ventilation, lighting and insulation.

This permission is obtained separately from planning consent. Plans have to be approved by your local authority`s Building Control Officer, which can take 2 months.

For advice on all these issues, visit

If you live in a terraced house you must comply with the rules on party walls. Visit or call the RICS helpline on 0870 333 1600

Earls Court and West Kensington Opportunity Area Supplementary Plannning Document - Hammersmith & Fulham

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