Be realistic about what your budget allows
“It’s a common thing for clients to want something much bigger than they can afford,” says Nikki Ritchie of Hyve Architects in Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire.
The first step is to nail down your budget, whether that is one or a combination of a cash, remortgaging or selling your current home, or taking out a self build mortgage. Then talk to a trusted professional to figure out what is feasible. You can employ a Quantity Surveyor to get detailed costings on your plans, but an initial consultation with an architect can help you figure out what’s possible.
“Part of an architect’s role is to help guide clients so you understand what you can afford, and to figure out what’s realistic and what isn't,” says Nikki Ritchie. Getting realistic costs enables you to prioritise budget, so you can decide what design elements you consider must-haves and what you're prepared to make savings on. So if you really want that copper roll-top bath in the master bedroom, you’ll be happy to cut back on the size of the utility room.