Expert advice recommended

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke is calling on homeowners in Dumfries and Galloway to release their property’s potential by getting some expert advice through the popular nationwide scheme Architect in the House.

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 chartered architects who donate their time for free, in exchange for a £40 suggested donation to Shelter Scotland.

Homeowners across Dumfries and Galloway 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.

George Clarke, who is also an ambassador for Shelter Scotland, said: “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.

“Architects can help to unlock your property’s potential by offering invaluable advice on everything from structural design to fixtures and fittings. Architect in the House is a great way to make the most of their expert advice while raising money for Shelter Scotland.”

Now in its 16th year, Architect in the House has raised more than £1.5 million for Shelter and Shelter Scotland, including £110,000 last year alone. Participants will be matched with RIAS Chartered architects from May and consultations can take place any time up to the end of November. This year the scheme is sponsored by leading stone wool insulation firm Rockwool.