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How to Find Reputable Architects and Designers

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Published: 11/08/2016   Last Updated: 11/08/2016  
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We have recently covered how to find good electricians and plumbers, as well as how to identify a reputable building contractor, but in this article we will focus on how to identify the people we will trust with designing and planning any major building or renovation work we want done. We’re talking about the architects and designers whose ideas and expertise will be crucial when it comes to making our own vision for a particular property become a reality.

How to Find a Good Architect

All architects should be registered with the Architects Registration Board (ARB) after completing a training period lasting seven years. The ARB is an independent organisation set up by the Government to be the UK’s regulator of architects. You can call the ARB at 0800 389 6221 or visit the ARB website where you can take advantage of a multitude of resources to gain information on finding and using the right architect, as well as using their ‘find an architect’ search function to check up on a business or individual you may potentially hire. You can search for an architect using their registered business address, their company name or via their ARB registration number.

If you don’t know of any architect firms that you want to check up on, then you can also input your postcode to identify the architects that operate in your local area. Once you have identified the architect you want to use, the ARB website should provide you with the contact details you need to get in touch with them.

Additionally, you can call the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) on 020 7580 5533 or visit the RIBA website which is another registry that only accepts membership from architects who adhere to a strict code of conduct. Again, you can search for a registered architect using your postcode, town or city.

How to Find a Good Kitchen or Bathroom Designer

To find a reputable bathroom or kitchen designer, you should call the Institute of Kitchen, Bedroom & Bathroom Installers (iKBBI) on 0845 519 2007 or visit the iKBBI website where you can use their search function to find a good designer in your local area. The organisation carries out credit checks, police checks and ensures their members adhere to strict regulations. You can also use the website to research your rights as a consumer and find out what to do in case of a dispute between a contractor and yourself.

Additionally, if it is a bathroom you intend to renovate or have built, you can call the Bathroom Manufacturers Association (BMA) on 01782 631619 or visit the BMA website. The BMA is the trades body specifically for businesses dealing with bathrooms and bathroom products. Find out which firms are registered with the BMA to ensure they will adhere to the trades body’s strict code of practice.