Architect or Builder & Drafter for extension/reno?

last month

I’ve never used an Architect before and wondering about experiences, expenses, what to expect and who to go to in the Newcastle NSW area.
Our home is quite architectural being different angles (which is nice) so it’s always been hard to find ideas that will work with this.
I am wanting more natural light in and want to make use of views at the back of the house, and we are upgrading to a covered deck.
The builder and drafty are good and have drawn deck plans up. I’m just nervous as it’s a big job and quite expensive. Worried I could be spending that money smarter as it’s not the only thing that needs attention.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, thank you :)

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