The scheme gives homeowners the chance to receive an hour-long consultation from an RIBA architect on any home or design related query, whether it’s creating space for a growing family, adding an extension or simply finding the best ways to allow more light into your home. In return, homeowners can make a suggested donation of £40 to support Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families.
Since its launch, Architect in the House has raised more than £1.1 million for Shelter. This year the scheme is sponsored by TV channel, Home (Virgin 265, Sky 246).
Robin McCaren said: ‘Everyone has a dream project for their home and Architect in the House can help people start to make it happen, while at the same time raising money for a good cause. Whether you’ve been considering an improvement to your home but haven’t looked into it, or have simply never thought of using an architect, this is the scheme for you. It’s a great opportunity to show people the benefits of consulting an architect.’
TV presenter Sarah Beeny, founder of property website Tepilo.com, said: ‘I know how daunting it can be to embark on a home improvement project, but whatever the size and scope of your plans, consulting an architect can help you take that first step to turning your home improvement dreams into reality.
‘Whether it’s a newly bought property you’re planning to renovate or want to create extra space for a growing family, architects can add huge value by sharing their design expertise advising on fixtures and fittings, and even finding builders to carry out the work. Architect in the House is a great way to make the most of their experience while raising money for Shelter.’
Campbell Robb, chief executive of Shelter, said: “’We all know the value of having a decent, safe and secure place to live, so it’s shocking to think that more than 70,000 children in England have no home to call their own, and that more than a million live in housing that is overcrowded, damp or in disrepair.
‘The money raised through Architect in the House is absolutely crucial to Shelter, enabling us to provide vital housing advice and support to more than a million people each year and to work towards a future where no child’s life is blighted by bad housing.’
Homeowners wishing to take part can register at www.architectinthehouse.org.uk until Sunday 3 July. Participants will be matched with architects in early July and consultations can take place any time up to the end of November.