Remodeling & Design-Build Credential|Professional Membership
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What Affiliations Should a Good Remodeling Company Have?

If you need a remodeler in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, you have no shortage of options. So how can you narrow it down to the best companies?

While there are certain credentials and licenses a remodeling company or architect builder must have, there are other factors to consider that indicate the company may be better than others. Remodelers need to have the proper:

  • Licenses
  • Insurance
  • References

But if you want the absolute best of the best, there are other things to look out for. Although not quite “credentials,” they can be considered marks of an excellent company. These are affiliations and professional membership associations in the industry.

Professional Membership Associations of Top Design-Build Companies

Generally, a top-quality, experienced design-build or remodeling firm will be a part of professional associations such as:


The American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects and emerging professionals for more than a century. Every year, the AIA:

  • Sponsors hundreds of continuing education experiences to help architects maintain their licensure
  • Provides Web-based resources for emerging architecture professionals
  • Serves as an advocate of the architecture profession
  • Promotes design excellence and outstanding professional achievement through an awards program
  • And more

There are many benefits of hiring an architect-led design-build firm.


The core purpose of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) is “to advance and promote the remodeling industry’s professionalism, product and vital public purpose.” They have 58 chapters nationwide; Wentworth is part of the NARI Metro DC Chapter.


The goal of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) is to advance the interior design process. ASID, established in 1975, is the oldest and largest professional organization for interior designers—there are 24,000 members dispersed across the country and Canada in 48 chapters.


The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a top professional organization for kitchen and bath remodelers. They help both professionals and homeowners better understand their options for creating energy efficient, beautiful homes.


The first Web-based customer satisfaction survey site, GuildQuality is a must for homeowners who want honest feedback about a company. Their mission is to “connect people with information relevant to the betterment of the building profession, and empower them to improve the quality of the built environment.”


A+ ratings from the Better Business Bureau (BBB) show that companies are committed to high standards and also quickly and fairly resolving customer complaints.

Why Hire Wentworth?

Remodeling and design-build companies that are members of professional associations show that they are:

  • Committed to a continuing education so that they are always up-to-date in the industry
  • Dedicated to providing the best service possible
  • Experienced and can create the right solutions for any home (many of these associations host annual awards)

Wentworth is affiliated with all of the associations and organizations listed above and has won numerous awards for design-build projects in Maryland, DC, and Northern Virginia. Visit our photo gallery to see our completed work and get in touch with us if you’re ready to schedule an initial consultation!

“ You really have great carpenters. They are easy to work with and are doing a beautiful job. I am really quite pleased. ”

Jim H., Washington, DC