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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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From Our Homes to Yours

When planning your dream home, nothing sparks your imagination quite like seeing some ideas in person. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) invites you to see some of our work this spring at the area home shows! The Alexandria home show will be taking place March 4th and 5th and is a great place to start off the season. CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association) is the following week March 10th, 11th, and 12th. Booth #409 will have the Oculus, our latest technological advance. Stop by and take a virtual tour! Mark your calendars and come see some amazing Design Team projects up close. We look forward to seeing you there! Call (320) 252-1517 for more details and to set up your free consultation.

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Save the Dates

Save the DatesThe Design Team would like to invite you to save the dates for some upcoming Home Shows.

These are excellent events to attend if you are planning to build a home in the next year or two. They are full of excellent ideas and opportunities to talk face to face with vendors and experts! The Alexandria Show will be held on March 4th and 5th at the Runestone Community Center. The CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association) is putting on its 2017 Home Show March 10, 11th, and 12th at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, and the Mid Minnesota Home and Outdoor Show is March 31-April 2 at the Essentia Health Sports Center. Spark your imagination and then call The Design Team at (320) 252-1517 for your initial consultation. We look forward to designing your dreams!

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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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Become Part of Our Team

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that planning your home design can be a daunting process. That's why we invite you to join our team, putting our knowledge and experience to work for you. The Design Team knows which factors to consider, and takes the time to get to know you and your family to determine all your home needs. You want your home to have curb appeal, and symmetry of design is key. Our adaptable designs will give you what you want, while still remaining balanced. Your interior design will be reflected in your exterior, making it all part of the seamless whole. Call The Design Team today at (320) 252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to the Team!

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Think Local

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has been proudly serving the St. Cloud and surrounding areas since 1997. We are thrilled that our business continues to expand and cover an even wider range. The Design Team also wants you to keep us in mind for any of your local projects, large and small. We design all different sizes of homes, from the largest to the coziest. The Design Team not only designs custom home plans, we also do custom designs for remodels, additions, decks, garages, and other small projects. Whatever our St. Cloud residents need, we have designs on you at The Design Team! Don't forget smaller projects benefit just as much from the years of experience we offer with The Design Team. Our knowledgeable staff listens well to your ideas, offering experienced designs that are more accurate and require fewer, if any, revisions. Call (320) 252-1517 today and let us show how seamless your design projects can be!

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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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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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House Style of the Month...Classic Colonial

Classic-ColonialThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) offers St. Cloud and all other areas stunning home plans in a wide variety of styles. If you're looking for a classic design that never goes out of style, you may be interested in our design of the month, the Classic Colonial.

History

The Classic Colonial is based on classic Greek architecture. The style was introduced by Thomas Jefferson, who used it to begin building Monticello in 1772, which was completed in 1803. It is widely believed that there is very little difference between classic colonial, southern colonial, and Greek revival styles.

    Characteristics
  • columns
  • Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian capitals
  • porticos (porch)
  • variety of roof shapes on the same house
  • 2 to 3 stories
  • double-hung windows
  • small panes
  • some round or round-top windows
  • fan windows
  • 6-panel door
  • brick or stucco

Call the Design Team today to discuss whether the Classic Colonial may be the perfect design for you! Remember, The Design Team designers are right on staff to custom-tailor any design to better suit your needs. We look forward to meeting you!

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Style of the Month....The Cotswold

CotswoldThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas beautiful home plans in a variety of styles. If you are looking for a traditional design that never goes out of style, you may want to consider our design of the month, the Cotswold.

History
The Cotswold design dates back to its origins in the Cotswold hills of England, back around 1066 at the time of the Norman Conquest. Though originally built mostly by less well-off members of society, this romantic design carried across the ocean and gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s.

    Characteristics:
  • brick, stone and stucco (more than Elizabethan tudor)
  • casement windows
  • some of the time half timbers were used
  • some wood lap siding (8") on gable ends
  • gable and hip roof
  • small pane windows (diamond or square)
  • dormers
  • smaller than Elizabethan style
  • chimney pots
  • large chimneys
  • round or arch type door (many panels) or plank
  • more stucco used than on the Elizabethan
  • 7 x 9 garage door

Call the Design Team today (St. Cloud, MN) and discuss whether the Cotswold may be the perfect design for you! Remember that the Design Team has our designers right on staff to help you plot and make variations on any traditional design you may want to explore. We look forward to meeting you!

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What's Your Plan?

b2ap3_thumbnail_CraftsmanCustomHome_TheDesignTeam.jpgThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) wants you to make the best possible informed decisions on your upcoming dream home. That's why we offer all our plans right online for you to browse, along with our stunning photo gallery. We give you all the basic outlines to work with. Need modifications? Expansions? No problem! The Design Team offers home plans to peruse at your leisure. Seeing everything in black-and-white to start with helps you to envision what your ideal home will look like. Call St. Cloud's expert custom home designers, The Design Team, at (320)-252-1517 today, to set up your no cost, no obligation consultation. New home plans including loft, cabin over, and cottage are now available online. Click and call!

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Plan Now to Start Your Fall Building Project

Bungalow_TheDesignTeamNow that you just opened your lake cabin and have started enjoying all that summer brings to Minnesota, let's start planning your fall building project! Whether you are considering a remodel to the current space, or an addition to accommodate those lake house guests - now is the time to think about what your lake home space could look like.

Enjoy your time at the lake this summer in your cabin. Make memories that last a lifetime and take some time to think about what the space could be transformed into. Need more storage? A larger entertaining space? A larger or additional garage for all of your lake toys? Perhaps a bunk house? Enjoy your cabin all summer and be prepared to start your building project when the weather gets cold.

Call The Design Team to schedule your free, no obligation meeting on site to discuss what your space could become with just a little bit of help.

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The Design Team - Home Plans Now Online!

May07_InspirationalAre you contemplating designing a new home? Wanting to browse plans in the comfort of your home before visiting with some designers? The Design Team has several custom home plans online for you to browse on our website. Click here.

Browse our current online home plans - from Multi-Level, to Rambler, to 1 1/2 Story, to Two Story and give us a call to let us know what you think. Modifications to each plan is available. Please contact The Design Team for information or to schedule your free, no obligation meeting.

If you need help or have questions, feel free to give us a call (320) 252-1517. We’d be happy to chat with you about your next home!

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New Home Planning - Guiding You to Your Dream Home

After an initial consultation with The Design Team (St Cloud, MN), which lasts about an hour, you can expect a first draft within 2-3 weeks. This timetable varies according to the relative complexity of the project and your personal needs. We take the time to really understand what your needs are in order to provide you with exactly why you are looking for.

The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) can assist in creating the home of your dreams with an eye for precision and craftsmanship. Please call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to get started.

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The Design Team Specializes in Custom Design and More


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The Design Team in St Cloud MN works with homeowners, contractors, lumberyards, and realtors to develop residential designs that exceed clients' expectations. Our designers develop hundreds of plans per year and specialize in:

  • Custom Design and Drafting for New Construction, Remodels, Additions, Decks, Garages and Small Projects
  • Neighborhood Programs
  • Stock Plans
  • Light Commercial Design
  • Blueprinting

If you are planning on making a custom home a reality next spring, contact the experts at The Design Team - St Cloud MN (320) 252-1517.

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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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