Considering having a bit of work done on our house, primarily a ground floor extension to the rear to give us a big open plan kitchen / dining area, and also a porch on the front. Never done anything like this before so not too sure of the pitfalls....
Anyway had a few people round regarding getting some plans drawn up, two proper chartered architects, and one local bloke who does extension plans.
Now obviously the bloke who does plans was the cheapest, of the two architects one was pretty extortionate and while keen seems a bit overboard for what we want, it's only a three bed semi, not some house on Grand Designs. The other was more expensive than the draughtsman but still reasonable in the grand scheme of things.
Is it worth the extra for a proper architect? I appreciate it's not a particularly complicated project but would using an architect mean he'd throw some ideas in we hadn't considered or maybe come up with a different design that is better than what we envisage? It sounds like with the draughtsman we'll just get what we tell him we want.
That said this will probably cost £30k+ so want to get it right first time