Finding the appropriate building designer for
your project is not a difficult task. The steps are similar to those
you'd take in locating any qualified professional. First, you'll
need to compile a list of potential candidates. Start by asking
friends, relatives and business associates if they've worked with
building designers in the past, and ask for a referral. Check the
yellow pages in your telephone directory under "Building Design",
"Residential Design" or "Home Design" for designers
in your area, too.
Many residential contractors and design/build firms will have a
building designer on staff, or they may regularly use the services
of one nearby. A weekend "scouting" drive within a 15-mile
radius of your home may yield a few solid leads. Keep an eye out
for homes which are similar in design to what you have in mind.
If you see something appealing and construction is not yet complete,
look for a job sign posted at the site. The building designer's
name and phone number may be listed, which you can easily jot down.
If the home is occupied, a quick knock on the door at a respectable
hour might result in a referral from a flattered homeowner.
The best way to compile a list of potential building designers for
your project is by contacting the national offices of AIBD at 800-366-2423.
AIBD can provide you with a list of names and phone numbers of professional
members in your general area, or direct you to the AIBD chapter
in your state which can provide that information.