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Feature of the Month....Entertainment Area

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a key feature at the heart of home design...entertainment areas!

There are so many possibilities for your entertainment space, whether you want to utilize existing space around the kitchen, great room, or dining room, or go all-out with a finished basement, The Design Team has endless options for you to choose from! Ramblers, or ranch-style homes offer a larger footprint, and with that comes ample basement space to create some fun and lively areas to utilize, but any home with a basement can be finished useful space. A theater room, bar area, or recreation area for a pool table or other games are ideal for the lower level. Often these spaces are considered the noisy, more active areas of the home. Whatever your fancy, trust The Design Team to bring your vision to life! Not only that, but our experienced designers can make suggestions you haven't even thought of. Place your bar in a reverse juxtaposition to face your home theater. Add a deck for a walk-out entertainment space with outdoor kitchen. Perhaps you have a lake property and want an outside-in entertainment design around a pool or refreshment area. The Design Team will connect the spaces visually and offer flawless designs that really flow. The only limit is your imagination! Celebrating our 20th year, you can always expect the best with The Design Team. Call today and set up your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Designing Women

Designing WomenThe Women of The Design Team

By: Annie Dittberner

Photo courtesy of: The Camera Shop

For 20 years, The Design Team has been one of Central Minnesota’s premier home design specialists. From young families and first time buyers to older couples looking to downsize, The Design Team works with homeowners, contractors, lumberyards and realtors to develop original residential designs.

“We design homes to fit our client’s lifestyle,” says designer Tricia Peters. “Everyone is different. Every home is different. It’s important for us to always focus on the client and to listen to what they’re saying.”

Within five years of its founding, The Design Team employed a staff of 11, including designers, drafters and an office manager. When the 2008 recession hit, however, they fell to four employees. Now, The Design Team is comprised of seven women — each of whom add a unique touch to creative home design.

“We all get along really well,” manager and designer Betsy Rakotz says. “It’s easy to communicate and we really work as a team. Every day, there’s questions flying around and everyone is open to offering an opinion.”

Since The Design Team completes nearly 1,000 projects each year, Betsy says it’s important for the team to work efficiently and communicate effectively.

“There are so many different markets that we have to understand,” Betsy says. “We know what needs to happen, so we take a lot of time to interview clients up front in order to provide their home needs.”

Guiding you to your dream home

In the beginning stages, designers from The Design Team sit down with their client for an information-gathering meeting.

“What’s more important than your home?” Tricia says. “It’s about how we can be a part of making it an enjoyable place to be.”

The Design Team discusses architectural style, square footage, lot requirements and budget with their client. After the initial consultation meeting, the designer will provide an estimate and go over the design strategy. Once the client approves the design, The Design Team prepares final construction documents.

“We’ve been doing this a long time so it’s become second nature to us,” Betsy says. “We like to think globally about the house. There are a lot of aspects to putting together a home and it takes a lot of skill and knowledge to do that.”

Since the building codes and complexity of homes have become more stringent, their team understands the importance of putting the customer first.

“As a homeowner coming to us, you are in control of the plan,” Tricia says. “Making our clients feel comfortable is part of our process of listening. We figure it all out in the planning stages. You learn a lot about people.”

Changing of the times

Depending on a client’s desired level of design, The Design Team uses new technologies like 3D drafting, visual walk- throughs and a virtual reality system as methods for clients to get a clearer picture of the home they envision.

“The Design Team is a good choice for your home design because we care about you. With 20 years of experience we are efficient, creative and affordable. Remember, good design doesn’t cost; it pays” Betsy says.

From start to finish, The Design Team provides clients with the tools to design their dream home.

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Retire in Style

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) wants you to know that wherever you are in life, we are here to design the perfect home to suit your needs. Whether you are looking to modify your current home or design your retirement home, we can help! We can draw up plans with visiting family in mind and few or no steps in your design. Large family rooms, bonus rooms, and entertaining spaces offer plenty of space and still allows a sense of togetherness for the family to gather. Add a beautiful screened porch or sunroom for an extra seasonal space to enjoy. If you can dream it, we can design it! Visit us on the web and browse us on Houzz to collect ideas. Then call for your free initial consultation, where we will go over your needs and budget: (320) 252-1517.

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Feature of the Month....Porches

Feature of the Month....PorchesThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a key feature in home design: porch styles!

Open air porches are covered porches, typically in the front of the house, giving it curb appeal. They dress up the front of your home, can be used for lounging and grilling, and support columns can add functionality to your form.

Screen porches have summer appeal! Enjoy the outdoors without all the harsh rays and bugs. Screen porches expand your living space, and help bring the outdoors in. They are ideal for relaxation any time of day.

3-season porches are unheated, but may have windows as well as screens. Typically they will have an exterior door between the porch and your living space. With insulation and another heat source, a 3-season porch may be enjoyed longer, or converted to a 4-season porch over time.

4-season sunrooms are a step above porches, offering a heated space with lots of windows that can be enjoyed all year round. These rooms are great for relaxation, serving as a retreat for those who enjoy sunshine, and range from smaller size to as large as your great room …the choices are endless! Sunrooms typically extend off the back of the home, with south side orientation being ideal. They can extend off the dining or living room if you choose.

Remember, The Design Team can customize any design to make it purely yours. Our unique home visualizer tool will help you get a better idea of what the finished product will look like. Call today and set up a consultation (320) 252-1517. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Our Team is Expanding!

Our Team is Expanding!The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is proud to announce the addition of two new team members, Amanda and LaWana!

Amanda graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a Bachelors of Design in Architecture, and joined The Design Team in July 2016. Amanda has experience in color consultations and estimating experience in the supply industry. Her passion has always been designing homes, even when she was young and they were made of paper and way too much tape! She enjoys working with people and enjoys creating spaces where memories are made. We welcome Amanda and look forward to her color renderings and 3D visualizations!

 

Our Team is Expanding!LaWana comes to us with an AAS degree in Architectural Construction Technology from the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She has experience working with a residential architect in the in the Alexandria area, and loves designing homes. LaWana says, "I am very excited to be part of The Design Team, a dream come true!" We are excited to welcome you, LaWana!

We at the Design Team take pride in offering the best team with a wide variety of specialties, to take care of all your home design needs. Call today (320) 252-1517 and set up your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Best Face Forward

Best Face ForwardIn keeping with curb appeal, choosing exterior materials, textures, and colors are all crucial considerations for your home plans. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has a wide range of experience in all different types of materials, from vinyl siding to stucco, steel and many other options. The Design Team will sit down with you and help determine which materials best serve your needs and budget. We will help you navigate your myriad of decisions and craft the perfect home plans tailored to you. By the time your final plans are delivered, you will be well-versed in all aspects of home design! Call (320) 252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

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Home Feature of the Month: Roof Styles

Oct02 InspirationalThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. The only limit is your imagination! This month we are focusing on a key feature in home design: the roof. Your roof defines the character of your home and is an important consideration! The most common types are gable, hip, or a combination of the two. From low-slope prairie design to the steep Victorian roof lines or in-between colonial style, you have many options to consider. The Design Team is on hand to answer all your questions and concerns, and help guide you to the style that will be perfect for your specific taste. We will help familiarize you with gables, hips, clipped gables, salt box, gambrel, shed or modern clerestory roof designs. Whether you’re planning an addition or just freshening up your exterior look, The Design Team will guide you through your roof options. Call (320) 252-1517 today and set up your free consultation.

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Always Here For You

Always Here For You The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) understands how busy your lives already are without having to make time to plan your design or remodel. We make the process as seamless as possible for you. The Design Team has many ways to keep in contact with you throughout the process. After your initial consultation, we at the Design Team avail ourselves of all available technology to keep you up-to-date, in the loop, and on target. Phone, email, and fax are of course options. If you are out of town and need to meet with us, video conferencing is also available. Never fear, The Design Team is here for you! Call (320)-252-1517 today and let's get started planning your dream home or remodel. You have the vision, we'll do the revisions. No matter where you are, we are never far at The Design Team!

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Outstanding Home Design Services

designing your dream home st cloudWhen it comes time to designing your dream home, it can seem overwhelming. That's where the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) comes in! The Design Team will not only give you the best home designs, our expert staff makes your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible from start to finish. Call (320)-252-1517 and set up your free consultation. The Design Team will make your dreams come true.

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Welcome Gretchen!

b2ap3_thumbnail_HomeDesigner_StCloud.jpgThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is thrilled to welcome our newest member, Gretchen Olson! The Design Team enjoys encouraging new talents in the field, and inviting new perspectives in the exciting, innovative industry of home design. Gretchen is currently enrolled in the Architectural Construction Technology program at St. Cloud Community and Technical College, after completing several Fine Arts classes at North Dakota State University. Gretchen started working part-time with The Design Team in January of 2016, and truly believes that designing homes is its own art form. Though she is still a drafter-in-training, Gretchen is very eager to begin designing homeowners' dream homes! Experience is always the best teacher, and we are excited to offer this to Gretchen by welcoming her to The Design Team!

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Drawn From Experience

Mar09_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that the best ideas are often the most spontaneous ones! We at The Design Team draw from our many years of experience, and we love to get new input and ideas from you! The only limit in this business is your imagination, so if you are looking for new home plan ideas or simply remodeling innovations, we encourage you to use all the tools at your disposal! Attend home and garden shows, visit homes on tours, browse The Design Team on Houzz, talk to your friends who have designed with us, look through our virtual gallery, whatever sparks your creativity! If you can dream it, The Design Team can design it. Collect your ideas and bring them to us to make them a reality! Call today for your first consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Save Your Energy

Nov08_InspirationalThe Design Team, St. Cloud custom home builders, invites you to consider energy conservation in your next new home or home remodel project. When planning your new build or remodel, we will go over all of your options and decide on the best course of action for you in your new home. Often paying a little extra towards energy-efficient options will offer you bigger savings in the long run, as well as minimizing your impact on the environment. The Design Team is happy to discuss your best choices, including windows, solar panels, and even wind gear. Call today and set up your no-cost consultation. We look forward to saving energy with you!

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The Design Team Custom Home Plans Now Online

Mar11_InspirationalThe Design Team works hard to create a custom home design that perfectly fits your lifestyle. We are constantly researching, reviewing, and scouring our sources for the latest in custom home design.

After years of creating custom home designs for homeowners all of Minnesota and beyond, we are excited to announce some of our more popular home plans are online for you to see! Get a clear idea of how your new home could layout, browse styles that work for your family, understand how curb appeal affects your floor plan and more - all in the comforts of your own home!

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) will be building our home plans directory as we go - but looking through a few of these plans will give you an idea of the flexibility and opportunities that come with custom home design.

Click Here to review some of our more popular plans we’ve created throughout the years. Not seeing anything you like? That’s ok - this is a small sample of what we’ve done and we'd love to chat with you about your dream home.

Call The Design Team 320-252-1517 for more information on how your idea of the perfect home can become a reality!

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North Dakota Building - Creating a Community Feel

designteamLogo currentWe are excited about our new townhome project coming to North Dakota. These homes are designed for family living, with lots of detail and cub appeal. These aren't townhouses, they are townhomes! Our focus is on community, and creating an atmosphere that is welcoming for all generations. Call The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) at 320-252-1517 for more details today!

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Home Style of the Month: Foursquare

Be sure to check out the Foursquare styles homes this October as they are our Home Style of the Month. Originating in the 1900’s, this style house was built on farms as it was a quick and easy. This style can be recognized for its two and a half stories, brick or 6” lap siding, approximately 30’ square shape and often a center chimney. Some other features include double-hung windows, one to two foot overhang and hip roof and dormers. Most had basements along with many different types of doors. Visit our website at www.thedesignteam.biz for more information on October’s home style of the month.

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888-275-7732

FAX:
320-252-1518

EMAIL:
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2455 12th Street SE
St. Cloud, MN 56304

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