Admittedly, doing a bit of daydreaming here- I'd appreciate if you humor me
Long story short, wife and I like our current location- so much so, that we are considering about possibly making an offer to the landlord. If we do this, we will want to increase the living space somewhat (currently 3/1/1, ~990').
She's thinking a total gut job down to the studs, tear off the roof, and add a second story throughout. I'd rather do a partial conversion of the garage, add new space behind the garage/next to an existing bedroom, and either add a second story to just that space over the garage/new build or just finish off the attic (never actually been up there to check headroom ).
Anyways, who would most likely be the first stop should we attempt to turn the dream into reality? The City Planning/Zoning Commission to see if any of that would be allowed (though there are plenty of examples scattered throughout the 'hood...), an Architect for blueprinting/design work, or a General Contractor who may be able to facilitate all of that?