Property makeover with Shelter

by Ruth Harrison

Sarah Beeny - Marie Claire UK

Always putting off those home improvements? Well, now is the perfect time to begin as your efforts could help housing charity Shelter along the way.

Architect in the House is a fundraising project run each year by Shelter and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It involves architects across the country giving up their time to offer hour-long consultations to the public in exchange for a £40 donation to Shelter.

TV presenter and property expert Sarah Beeny is a huge fan of the movement. '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,' she says. 

Architect in the House has raised over £1.1 million for Shelter, including over £110,000 last year alone. This year the scheme is sponsored by TV channel Home. 



Beeny, founder of property website Tepilo, says: '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 at the same time.'

To get your hands on some quality time with an architect you can pre-register at: www.architectinthehouse.org.uk. Official registration will take place on April 18.

Participants will be matched with architects in early July and consultations can take place any time up to the end of November.

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