Not everyone can afford an architect sadly, which is why the Architect in the House scheme is so brilliant. Set up by the homeless charity Shelter and RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects), the scheme sees a RIBA-chartered architect donate an hour of their time for a consultation with a homeowner. It’s suggested that the homeowner pays around £40 for the architect’s time, which is then, donated to Shelter. The £40 fee is a suggestion and can be any amount you’d like to give. The architect can help you with an awkward layout; bring light into your home; give advise on fittings; and share energy-saving tips. The benefit is also that whether you’re working to a limited budget or can afford a grand re-design, an architect will be able to steer you in a direction your wallet will like. Last year more than 3221 homeowners and 1,338 RIBA, RIAS (Scotland) and RSUA (Northern Ireland) chartered architects participated in the 2011 Architect in the House scheme. The initiative raised £110,000. Register from 16 April 2012 until 6pm on 11 July 2012 here.