We often think of interior design as a phase that happens after the construction of a home, once it's time for colour, furniture and home decor selection. But for great design to happen in new construction, it needs to start well before the project breaks ground. Christina Aldana is the lead decorator and owner of Calgary-based Aldana Design, Inc. Specialising in full-scale interior design projects, Christina consults homeowners throughout the entire new build process, from concept, construction to completion. "A designer's role is to help fully craft and communicate the client's vision to the building team," says Christina. "Knowing space use flows, furniture and art placement, and lighting requirements before the plans are finalized allows the vision to be successfully realized. It also minimizes possible mistakes, helping save time and money." Windows and doors play a vital role in the design of a home. Aside from aesthetic details such a colour and grids, window and door placement and size have a significant impact on a space. In addition to the overall look of a space, they affect all of the design fundamentals, including traffic flow, furniture and decor placement, and lighting needs. For example, many homeowners want very large windows and oversized patio doors in their new homes. Without the input from an interior designer, more windows and doors can sometimes mean less wall space for furniture or artwork. Interior designers can help by offering creative solutions so homeowners can have the exact space they want without the need to compromise. Christina designed this large custom-built home in Calgary. Featuring Innotech windows and doors, every space is intentional, functional and beautiful. "My favourite part of this home is the protected courtyard with the wood burning fireplace," says Christina. "We installed a large four-panel Tilt + Turn Door to access the space, making it a natural extension of the formal dining room. Even in winter, the homeowners can tilt the doors to listen the crackle of the fireplace during their meal." Other spaces in the home, including the great room, kitchen, master bedroom, inglenook and guest bedroom, feature Innotech windows and doors that are designed and positioned specifically for each space. Once every detail of a space is taken into account, building plans can be finalized and construction can begin!