Having gone through this trauma once, we got to the end of the process, stood back and discovered that in the process we had been so diverted from our original desire that the end result was unrecognisable - which, quite frankly is a surprise given that we both know our minds and know how to present ideas to other people.
It's just that in the pit of sticky goo of hiring Architects, Engineers and the influence of a planning officer who has their own agenda....it's very easy to be pushed and shoved in a rather different direction.
We got our planning approved.... then felt huge sadness, that we had ended up with something so compromised, that building something so flawed would irritate us for ever more.
So, we took a deep breath, re-grouped, re-designed, re-drew.
Having put our revised application in, we sit back, exhausted, and hope that we are lucky enough to have our plans approved again - this time without all the enforced compromises from planning, and building regs.
By the end of the Summer we will discover if our green dream is possible. Here's hoping!