Meet The Sandifer Team

Nick Sandifer, President/Owner

Nick is a graduate of Florida State University with a degree in Real Estate Finance, Appraisal and Feasibility. He started his building career with a large national builder, Centex Homes.  Later he worked as a project manager for local custom home builder Benchmark Luxury Homes. His experience working for both national and local custom builders has allowed him to focus on the schedule and the details. Nick has experience with a wide range of residential construction projects from small bathroom remodels to new custom homes.

Having built production homes, he understands the importance of pushing the schedule to complete jobs in a timely fashion on budget but also is very detail oriented. “Every small detail has to be right, I look at each project as if it’s my home. If we missed the mark, I wont allow it to stay that way. It will be fixed.”  I love helping people create the spaces they’ve dreamed of.

Nick and Sandifer Design Build recently joined Remodelers Advantage, are also a member of NEFBA, REMODELERS and are a pinnacle builder. Nick enjoys spending his time away from work with his wife Chelsea and his two children Paige and Cole. Nick also loves to spend time cooking and working out.

Chelsea Sandifer, Vice President

Chelsea is a graduate of the University of North Florida with a degree in Psychology and Deaf Studies. She started her building career with Sandifer Design Build in 2015. Most of her work is behind the scenes, including permitting, scheduling, new client communication, and client selections. Chelsea also manages marketing, events, and the coordination of all information from office to field.

Outside of work, Chelsea enjoys spending time with her husband Nick and their two kids Paige and Cole. Her hobbies include: focusing on nutrition, working out, and traveling.

Larry Durden, Project Manager

He started his building career at a very young age with his entire family being in construction. One of Larry’s fondest early memories of remodeling was for a Dairy Queen restaurant in which he was paid with hotdogs and milkshakes. Larry is a retired qualified heavy equipment operator including being a G.M. and Caterpillar certified technician.

Larry enjoys spending time with his wife, Jessie, of 50 years, his 5 kids, and his 11 grandchildren. He also likes going to church, playing the guitar/piano, and singing southern gospel music.

Since he has come out of retirement, Larry loves being in the construction industry. He considers it a hobby in which he greatly enjoys the work. He also has a keen eye for detail and always wants the job done right and as efficiently as possible.

Edward Lopez, Project Manager

Edward Lopez, project manager at Sandifer Design Build

Edward started his professional career in 1991 at a furniture manufacturing company in North Carolina.  He started by working on the production floor installing hinges. Edward quickly developed a passion for the manufacturing process. While working for a manufacturer that specialized in producing furniture for colleges and universities in Olympia, Washington, he was introduced to Lean Manufacturing. Edward moved into management roles that culminated into the role of Plant Manager. Edward played a key role in the new plant layout and implementing certain practices of Lean Manufacturing which quickly helped improve the company’s throughput. Edward accepted the position of Operations Manager for a custom cabinet manufacturer in Silverdale, Washington and remained in that role until he moved to Fort Collins, Colorado in 2004.

While living in Colorado, Edward worked as a Warehouse Manager for a high-end custom millwork company where he managed shipping and receiving. He managed five CDL drivers and was responsible for the adhering to the regulations of the Department of Transportation. He also managed the delivery and route schedule of each driver. Edward then moved into the role of Production Manager. In this role, he was responsible for building and maintaining the production schedule and was also responsible for finding innovative ways to increase the company’s productivity. He was able to utilize his experience in the practice of Lean Manufacturing.  He played a key role in identifying new methods of production and identifying key pieces of machinery that had advanced technology. Edward has over 25 years in a management role which includes, purchasing, negotiating, production scheduling and managing projects.  

Edward also served in the U.S. Army Reserves for thirteen years. His hobbies include spending time with his wife and going for long rides together on his Harley, spoiling his granddaughter, and participating in Spartan Races and Half Marathons when he can train for them.

Lisa Carrothers, Designer

Lisa is a graduate of Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design.  Launching her design career in 2003 at a kitchen and bath design studio as an Assistant Designer, Lisa cut her teeth with planning, design, preparation of AutoCAD drawings, and project management details, for a multitude of custom kitchens and bathrooms from start to finish.

Since then, Lisa has worked as a Senior Designer in the kitchen and bath industry designing and collaborating on hundreds of residential kitchen and bath design projects. Her background and education allow her to immerse herself in every aspect of each design project, from the initial drawings to the selections process, all the way to installation. She is inspired by the personal nature of each project, “Every home’s architecture is different and each client has a vision. I have the wonderful job of using my creativity, skills, and knowledge to capture my client’s vision and create a space that they will love –  both aesthetically and functionally.”

“The design process is very personal for both my clients and me.  It’s very rewarding to help my clients create the perfect plan, see it all come together and then experience the joy of seeing my client’s reaction once the job is completed.”

Outside of design, Lisa enjoys spending time with her husband Jack and two children, Emily and James.  She is an avid FSU fan and also loves to scuba dive.

Samantha Roberts, Office Manager

Samantha Roberts, office manager at Sandifer Design Build

Samantha provides administrative office support to the Sandifer Design Build team. Samantha is a native of Fernandina Beach, Florida and has worked in the business office, administrative field for over 15 years. She is working towards her BS in business at Jacksonville University with a focus in project management.

Samantha developed a strong sense of devotion to construction as the daughter of a sheetrock contractor, step-daughter of a general contractor, spending summers at construction sites and a family who embraced various aspects of the construction industry for employment. These experiences gave her natural inclination to appreciate the building of a building, a house, a community; one home at a time.


Remember to contact us if you’re interested in a custom home build project or a home remodeling project. Let’s make your dream home a reality!