Why don't you talk to a couple of architects and and show them your floor plan, and see what they propose as a way forward. I think you will soon know if that the right direction. Personally for a brand new build, I would get an archtect. I have learnt recently that some take a percentage of the build cost which could be a bit limiting.
Yeah, that's sensible. I was hoping to get some leads on good architects here so we can shortcut the prices a bit. We've already burnt a lot of time pursuing franchised builders. It's quite daunting thinking about choosing an architect without knowing what we don't know, if you know what I mean!
We just want a relatively simple, but better-performing home. Anyone got any suggestions of architects with that in mind? Can anyone give any feedback on how much their architect cost in the end?