hi getting the itch as our house needs a good decorate, and I'm reluctant to spend time/money on it as its feeling too small these days and so I want to renovate at the same time. Not sure about moving as its likely to be really expensive to add a bedroom/more space, even with the downturn. I'm assuming extending/opening up the house will be way cheaper. I'm in two minds as to how to proceed. there is a ton of stuff we could do and I don't know whether to do it in phases, or wait and do it all at once. The kitchen is a bit small, we could do with a downstairs loo, the boiler needs replacing in a couple of years probably, and we'd like more bedroom space so my kids who are sharing can have one each - we have three bedrooms but one is really small. Thinking of extending, and we have a couple of possibilities - extend the front of the house out level with the garage, and two stories, or extend the back out over the decking as a single story to give us more space to make an open living/dining area. but I'm at a loss as to inspiration or guidance. For almost any other subject you can just go on the internet and find options/examples etc. But i've been looking for floorplans to help think through how I use the space and there is very little about. Should I go to an architect and get some options drawn up? Its doing my head in at the moment going round and round in circles.