Home Remodeling & Renovation Team | DESIGNfirst Builders

Home Remodeling Team

MEET THE AWARD-WINNING HOME REMODELING TEAM THAT BRINGS YOUR PROJECT TO LIFE.

Working with DESIGNfirst, you won’t have to worry about coordinating and budgeting for designers, contractors, and other necessities—we handle everything for you. Our Chicago design/build firm manage the entire project with a diverse team of in-house experts, who work together to simplify the process for homeowners and make high-end designs accessible to more people. Get to know the people behind DESIGNfirst that keep our clients coming back, year after year.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNERS

Our architectural design team spends hands-on time with homeowners, developing project ideas into real plans. They consult with you in your home, sketching, rendering and finding creative solutions turning a vision into a reality.

Architects & INTERIOR DESIGNERS

Our in-house development team manages all interior design details from our 12,000 sq. foot showroom, assisting you in selecting the best options, materials and finishes such countertops, cabinetry, tile and more that represent your style and align with your budget. Our Coordination team manages all of the paperwork and permitting, to ensure everything is in place before construction begins.

PROJECT MANAGERS

Our project managers work in the field, supervising the construction process. They make sure that everything is completed to specification, and that all of our work meets your expectations. If you need anything during the building process, your project manager is there to help. Our Chicago design/build team and process make renovating and remodeling more efficient, more cost-effective and more easily-managed than any other Chicagoland company.

OUR TEAM

TONY SLADE

Owner & Lead Designer

DAN SCHOENDORFF

Owner/Vice President

TARA SODERSTROM

Director of Marketing and Client Relations

JACK PHELUS

Executive Admin - Data Analysis & Support

ADAM DELAY

Design Manager

KEVIN HARDIN

Director of Sales and Design/Development

DANIELLE HOUSE

Senior Designer

HEATHER HUDSON

Architectural Designer

ANGEL CONDAL

Kitchen & Bath Designer CKD

BRANDON WITT

Architectural Designer

RICK HEISE

Architectural Designer

MIKE VECCHIONE

Architectural Designer

MEGAN SOKOLOWSKE

Interior Design & Development

DAVID RIANO

Kitchen and Bath Designer/Development

ANTHONY LOCOCO

Director of Development

MIKE FLEMING

Purchasing

SAMUEL PAVLOVCIK

Director of Architecture (ALA, NCARB)

ROD KELLY

Senior Architect

DIANA RIZKO

Interior Design & Development

JUSTIN LENZ

Director Of Construction

GARY POLCYN

Senior Project Manager

KEITH GOODWIN

Project Manager

RICK DIVITO

Project Manager

STEVE ABACO

Project Manager