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All Decked Out

All Decked Out St. Cloud, MNThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) wants to remind you that now is the time to get all decked out! Start planning that dream deck you've always wanted. Whether you're looking for a private oasis or expanded entertainment area, The Design Team will draw up plans for the outdoor space of your dreams. You will be amazed how much beauty and value a gorgeous deck will add to your home or cabin! From basic to elaborate, The Design Team designs it all. With room for a porch swing or even a hot tub, the only limit is your imagination. We can also make suggestions based on your location and ideas. Call today and set up your free consultation (320) 252-1517. Let The Design Team get you all decked out!

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The Design Team Difference

When it comes time to design your dream home or remodel, there is no better team than The Design Team! We have been in business for over 20 years, and know all the Minnesota codes and processes from start to finish. Having designers who know the ins and outs of the business and the code specifications you need to know is a huge saver of both time and money for you in the long run. The Design Team has designed hundreds of beautiful dream homes in Minnesota, and look forward to designing hundreds more! We take the hassle out of your home plans by working directly with homeowners, contractors, lumberyards, and realtors to make the process as seamless as possible for you. Call today and get started with your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. Now is the time to get started on your dream home plans if you’d like to get started this year, so don't delay! It's important to leave plenty of time to finalize your home plans before builders get booked up this year. Take that first step and discover The Design Team difference today!

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Aging in Place - A Home Plan That Works

Making A Home Handicap AccessibleThe Design Team wants to make sure your home plans work you for now and in the future. Whether you are looking to retire, and want your home or cabin to be handicap accessible, or a younger couple that plans on designing your forever home, The Design Team is well-versed in everything your plan needs with your ease and comfort in mind. Whether you or a visiting loved one needs extra accommodations, we will draft your ideal plans. From wider hallways and lowered electrical switches to varied height countertops and ramp access, we make sure your home designs are user-friendly so you can stay in your home in comfort as long as you like. If you are thinking ahead, 36" doors are a good idea to incorporate into your plans. Whatever your needs, The Design Team’s designers will make your vision come to life. Call (320) 252-1517 today to set up your free consultation. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Expand Your Space

StCloud PorchesPergolasPatiosThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a key way to expand your space: outdoor living spaces! Whether you are thinking of an outdoor kitchen or fireplace, enclosed or open porch, The Design Team does it all! We will design your deck, patio, or pergola. Best of all, The Design Team is up-to-date on all the latest codes, so you won't need to worry about making changes down the line. Trust the experienced staff at The Design Team to model your perfect outdoor living space to expand your dream home plans. Call (320) 252-1517 today to set up your free initial consultation. We'll help you bring your summer dreams to life at The Design Team!

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Home Visualizer

Home VisualizerThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that seeing home plans is one thing, but to really get a better idea of your visions in action, we offer our unique Home Visualizer tool. View sample projects, upload your own photos, and make changes to ongoing projects all on this useful tool! Home Visualizer could not be simpler or more user-friendly, so please click for yourself and try it out today on our website:

http://thedesignteam.renoworkspro.com/en/

At The Design Team, we want to make your home remodeling as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. We've had fantastic results with our Home Visualizer tool, and we know you will, too. Call (320)-252-1517 today and set up your initial consultation. Experience the difference with the true professionals at the Design Team!

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A Perfect Fit

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that every vision is as unique as the individual. That's why we want to thoroughly get to know our clients before we start drafting your plans. The Design Team offers a free initial consultation, usually lasting about an hour, where we go over all of your specific needs, style preferences, and budget. We will discuss your lifestyle, and how best to design a home that complements it. The Design Team will also address your property, square footage, lot requirements, and architectural style. You have a vision The Design Team will bring it to life with your dream home plans. Call (320)-252-1517 today and get started on your free consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

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Home Feature of the Month: Columns

The Design Team offers St. Cloud stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a popular feature in home design: the column. Whether you are looking for columns to serve a structural or merely a decorative purpose, The Design Team can help. With so many styles to choose from including traditional Greek, craftsman, colonial, Victorian, prairie, timbers, or even external greenery, the Design Team will go over your best options to suit your vision and structural needs. Indoor columns also offer class and elegance to your living space, and need not be weight-bearing. The Design Team designers are right on staff to custom-tailor any plans to your specifications. Call (320)-252-1517 today to set up your free consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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The Design Team Process

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There are many steps between finding your custom dream home and the reality of watching it come to life. Our experts at The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) have streamlined this process to make it as seamless as possible for everyone involved. Whether you are planning to remodel or build from the ground up, The Design Team follows these steps:

Initial Consultation: (no charge) Approximate 1-hour meeting to discuss homeowner's ideas, lifestyle, home size, room-to-room relationships, lot conditions, etc. For remodels, measurements and photos will also be taken.


Estimate/Work Order: (50% deposit) We determine an estimate based on complexity, size, and general scope of project. If preliminary design work exceeds deposit amount, you will only be charged for time spent on the plans.

Phase 1: (Not build-ready plans) Preliminary design based on 1st client meeting.

New construction: Includes floor plan and 1 elevation (typically front elevation is shown, though lakeside elevation may be preferred for lakeside property)

Remodels and additions: As-is layout of existing structure (or affected areas), floor plans and elevations of proposed design changes

 

 

Phase 2: (not build-ready plans) Revisions and fine-tuning

  • Meetings to discuss client feedback, design recommendations, and changes to the plans. (Note: our 'allowances for revisions' on our work order is estimated for 2-3 rounds of revisions. We keep you posted how many hours are used on the project.)
  • Revisions to the plans
  • Add foundation plan, all 4 elevations, a preliminary section and a roof plan

Phase 3: (permit- and construction-ready plans) Final construction documents

  • Add dimensions, notes, window callouts and rough openings, stair and building sections (Note: At this point The Design Team highly recommends a pre-construction meeting with the general contractor, all sub-contractors, the designer, and the homeowner to go over everything and minimize issues down the road.)
  • Plan review, final changes and corrections
  • Plans issued

Call The Design Team today and take that first step toward making your custom dream home a reality! (320)-252-1517. We look forward to meeting with you!

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House Style of the Month: Cape Cod Colonial

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August's house style of the month is the Cape Cod Colonial Style.

Early Cape Cod Colonial style homes were crude in design, one room on the first floor and a sleeping loft in the area above. This design experienced a surge in popularity from 1920-1950 due to the presence of a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a spacious, yet compact dining room. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) can outline a 1/2 Cape Cod, 3/4 Cape Cod, or full Cape Cod style home depending on your preferences.

Cape Cod homes are usually 1 1/2 stories with 6" white or gray lap siding and 10:12 to 12:12 roof slope. Some defining features of these homes include double hung windows, a gable roof, dormers, small overhang, 6 panel door, center chimney, and wood shingles on the roof.

If you're interested in a Cape Cod style home, contact The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) for more information on how you can make your next home Cape Cod style while also retaining a family friendly environment. Call (320) 252-1517 for further details regarding St. Cloud custom home designs.

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Why You Need Construction Documents

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Previously on this blog, The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) discussed the importance of beginning a project with final construction documents instead of waiting until construction is well underway to make any required changes. Click Here to read the article. 

Prioritizing construction documents at the start of a project reduces the risk of builder error and missed details. It also helps to expedite permit requests and similar preliminary tasks. Avoid getting stuck doing unnecessary legwork. Call the experts at The Design Team now! (320) 252-1517

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A Closer Look at "Splurging" When Planning Your Home

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You've seen it on TV countless times: an awestruck and appreciative family is being led through their newly renovated house room by room. Finally, exciting music plays as they reach the most aesthetically pleasing room in the house, full of unique features and expensive furnishings. While it looks good on TV, making one room the center of the house by "splurge" spending isn't for everybody.

The Deign Team (St. Clould, MN) can accent your home with tasteful flourishes such as sliding barn doors over open spaces, typically an office or ‘away room’.

Call The Design Team at (320) 252-1517 for details on other options, including dramatic windows and ceiling detail. We're ready to start turning your dreams into a reality.

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How The Design Team Determines Costs

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is eager to help you get started building your dream home. We aim to get to know you personally through a detailed interview. Common questions that must be answered before the design process can begin include: has a suitable lot and/or builder been chosen? How does the current size and style layout of your home compare to expectations for the finished product?

Of immediate concern to many customers is cost per square foot. Before considering things such as cost per square foot, The Design Team recommends bringing in to the interview pictures of any design aspect you would like to see included in your project. The more information you provide The Design Team at the beginning of a project, the quicker you will be able to see results.

The Design Team is ready to put your creative ideas into motion! Questions? Call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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The Design Team Values Your Input

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The Design Team (St Cloud MN) recognizes that the process of reshaping a client's home is an immensely personal series of decisions. Our Design Team, in St. Cloud, MN, is committed to working with contractors, lumberyards, and realtors (of their choosing). This gives you, the client, the best talent and resources to fulfill your vision.

While our designers will meet with you personally to get a thorough understanding of your expectations, we recommend you do some research online while comparing and contrasting different styles before meeting with us for the sake of efficiency. Additionally, measure existing rooms you have so that you have a sense of space, as well as measure any furniture you are interested in moving from the home. Mention if a builder has been contacted, and any other relevant information you believe to be important during the initial stages of design.

The Design Team is eager to hear about what you have planned for your home! Your dream home is only a phone call away. (320) 252-1517.

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What Home Style Fits Your Family?

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Custom home design for new construction is a specialty of The Design Team. Do you know what home style best meets your needs and the needs of your family?

Before starting your custom home design, learn about the most popular home styles and the key elements of each style to determine which style best represents you

You can view the different home design styles The Design Team has had the pleasure of working with as well. Visit us on Houzz to see the variety of styles we’ve recently designed for happy homeowners here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/thedesignteam1997/__public

Contact The Design Team (St Cloud MN) for information on the differences between home design styles and how to determine which home design would be best for you. We look forward to connecting with you! (320) 252-1518.

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Building This Summer/Fall? Start Your Plans Now!

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The Design Team (St Cloud MN) makes designing your custom home stress free with our personal approach and hands on experience. If you are building your dream home this summer or coming fall, plan ahead and contact The Design Team. Residential home plans can and should be started right away.

Contractors will want to get out and get going when the ground thaws in order to meet your timeline. Take the stress out of custom home design and building and trust experts with your dream. We look forward to connecting with you! (320) 252-1517 for more information.

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A Home That Fits Your Lifestyle

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A home that fits your lifestyle - what does that look like? The Design Team St Cloud MN designs homes to fit your lifestyle and meet the needs of your family. Call the Design Team St Cloud MN today to find out what your dream home would look like when incorporating your lifestyle into the design (320) 251-1517. 

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Contact Information

PHONE:
320-252-1517

TOLL FREE within Minnesota:
888-275-7732

FAX:
320-252-1518

EMAIL:
info@thedesignteam.biz

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

Appointments are appreciated.

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