Old bungalow conversion, new floor plan?

Hello all! We are in the process of wanting to completely redo an old bungalow we’re buying.
Due to having newborn twins, we are looking to get plans and get the work done as quickly as possible. Ideally we want to do a loft conversion of 2-3 bedrooms (neighbours have done so with dormer and no troubles), so it’s definitely something we will be doing in the future.
However, as we need to get moved in as quick as possible, and need to get a few rooms up to scratch before we can tackle big projects, we are thinking we need the floor plan to be completed first.
Would it be worth getting an architect at this stage or at a later date?
The front of the house is actually where the sitting room and kitchen is, and the garden is at the back with the bedrooms, so the layout feels very dated to me. Ideally we would like to go open plan and have a nice entry way and still keep 2 bedrooms downstairs. Do you think it’s possible looking at the current floor plan?
Any recommendations of professionals? :)
Thanks in advance!

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