About Us

Outline Property is owned and run by Caroline and David


Outline Architecture is owned and run by Caroline Lawlor and David Illius. The company was established in 2012 with a vision to provide high quality design and provide a service which is tailored to each individual clients needs.


Caroline is an architect and has worked in private practice in Edinburgh for many years. She has been involved in a range of diverse and interesting projects such as a new build eco-home, to large scale housing developments and the refurbishment and conservation of many important grade A listed properties. She has a particular interest in conservation and sustainability.
Her work is underpinned by a strong desire to improve design quality and maximise the potential for creative thinking in the process.  Caroline is ARB registered and a member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.  She is also a certified Passive House Designer.


David has a degree in Business Management from Heriot Watt University and has over twenty years experience in the construction industry.  He ran his own Landscape and Garden Design business for 10 years.  He designed and built an award winning garden which received the Silver Medal at the Gardening Scotland exhibition in 2010. He has a passion for the preservation and restoration of old buildings.


We are based in the Scottish Borders but cover the whole of the Edinburgh, East Lothian and the Borders.


3 conservation scottish borders cottage

This is an images taken of our Scottish Borders Cottage project.

Why Us

The benefit our service offers is the interface between the design and construction phases of the job. When undertaking building work with an architect and a separate builder there can be a split between the design and construction where poor communication between the two teams can result in delays and costly mistakes.

With our service we will be thinking about how to build your project right from the start of the design process. When specifying materials and fittings at the design stage we will consider the order and delivery times so that we can get the materials to site at the correct time. We aim to offer a quicker site start date and a smooth transition between design and construction phases.