From signing on the architect to moving in took a full 3 years and the stress took at least as many years off my life. It took three attempts to get planning permission and the building permit seemed to be unobtainable for months. My building surveyor shut up shop 3 weeks before completion too which didn't help. Still, now that I'm in I think it was all worth it.
The brief to my architect and interior designer (Key Piece) was to make my house light & airy while retaining the period feel. I think they nailed it. What do you think? Below are some before & after photos from essentially the same angles.