Homing in on charity’s scheme

Homeowners in the Borders can release their property’s potential by getting expert advice through the nationwide Architect in the House scheme.

Run by the housing charity Shelter Scotland, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects, the fundraising initiative gives homeowners access to RIAS’s chartered architects who donate their time for free, in exchange for a £40 suggested donation to Shelter Scotland.

Homeowners can register until July 11 at www.architectintheouse.org.uk and will be matched by RIAS with a local architect.

Whether it’s building an extension, knocking through a wall or a complete renovation, the scheme is a fantastic opportunity for homeowners to discuss their ideas with an expert while raising money for the charity to help homeless and badly-housed people across Scotland.

The current state of the housing market means that more and more first-time buyers are investing in properties that need renovation. At the same time, those already on the property ladder are looking at ways to improve their home by adding extra bedrooms or creating more space.

George Clarke

(architect, TV presenter and Shelter Scotland ambassador)