There is an unbelievable amount of work involved in designing a house. We went from the planning stage where we had agreement from the local authority as to what it would look like and its impact on environment etc Then there were all sorts of reports that had to be obtained. The habitat report is always a bit of a laugh. Reporting on the flora and fauna takes quite a bit of poo investigation and a lot of hanging around, it's rather expensive as a result. Don't get me wrong I'm very very keen on bats but thanks to the squirrels there were none. Now of course we have evicted the squirrels and their enormous nest from the roof. Here is an ex squirrel that the builders found. We also had to be careful of the reptiles - mowing the long grass had to be done when the air was at the right temperature and in two stages - the first being a warning to any little critters that it was time to scarper.
So yes, there are also the professional services of structural engineer and a specialist company prepares a health and safety plan. When the architect finally has everything in place in this case 90 A4 pages of specifications and of 64 A3 pages of meticulous drawings. Then the real budget arguments start, inevitably it has to be pared back and there are tears.
Then the builder has to be ready which he wasn't so architects timescale went out the window. and another couple of months delay was had. More tears. Our life is very much on hold at the moment - half of our stuff is in a container and we are living in a small terrace house where cat swinging is not possible. It is stressful and It is unsettling not having that many friends either - but that is something else.
Anyway here we have the plan...from this:-
Basically 2 big his and hers studios, a big living area with 2 bedrooms above. The study doubles up as a third bedroom and if in the future more bedrooms are needed the studios could be adapted. Oh and an outhouse.