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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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Giving You Options

Giving You Options St. Cloud. MNThe Design Team (St. Cloud. MN) is proud to be celebrating our 20th year in the business. We have served St. Cloud and surrounding areas for the past 20 years, and we are looking forward to the next 20! Finishing nearly 1,000 projects yearly, The Design Team has proven methods for collaboration and implementation, delivering stunning home plans to our steady stream of clients. Not only that, but The Design Team works directly with contractors, lumberyards, and realtors, acting as the perfect liaison with homeowners to walk you through every step of the process. Many people wonder if The Design Team also designs remodels in addition to new home plans. The answer is a resounding yes! During your initial visit, we will work with you to get your plans underway. Depending on the scope of your project, The Design Team may need a 2-hour initial site visit for measurements and get more details for your project. The important thing to know is if you can dream it, The Design Team can do it! Add that bonus room. Design that sun porch. Call us today and set up your free initial consultation to discuss your vision for your remodel: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to meeting with you!

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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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Designers You Trust

Designers You TrustIf you're looking for the best home designers in Minnesota, look no further than The Design Team! The Design Team is celebrating our 20th year in business, and we are proud to serve the Minnesota area and beyond. With extensive knowledge and experience in all areas of design as well as the latest codes, you can be sure your quality home plans will be up to spec and not have any surprises down the line. Our designers are right on staff to help you through all aspects of the process and work directly with contractors, lumber yards and realtors to give you outstanding residential designs that exceed expectations. From one and two stories to one-and-a-half stories, The Design Team does it all. Whether you are looking for a saltbox design, Victorian gothic, sleek and modern or classic and traditional, or any combination between, The Design Team will design the home of your dreams! We will design the perfect accents and features to make your home uniquely your own. If you can dream it, we can draft it! Call The Design Team today to set up your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to drawing you in!

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What's In Store

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plansThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a feature no one can ever have too much of…storage! For starters, let's talk closets. There are two main styles of built-in closets: lineal, or reach-in, and walk-in. Walk-in closets typically start at about 5’x5’ and can be as large as space allows. These can include a standard single rod and shelf, or possibly two rows of rod and shelf; closet organizers, and/ or shelving. Walk-in closets are popular in master suites, often including a stackable washer and dryer or ironing board for convenience. Modern designs may creatively incorporate sleek built-ins in lieu of a walk-in closet. The Design Team loves innovative designs as much as the classics, or any combination of both. Closet organizer companies are also increasingly popular and The Design Team can make some great recommendations! Built-ins are also great for the mudroom area and may include lockers, cubbies, benches, walk-in or reach-in closets. Looking for seasonal storage? Storage under stairwells? The Design Team can draft any of these into your home plans. Finally, think exterior storage. We design everything from sheds and garages to garage extensions that include storage—perhaps storage trusses built into your roof space and accessible by ladder, or pull-down stairs. Attic trusses can also add extra storage or even living space. Your options are endless! We have designs for all seasons at The Design Team. Call today for your free consultation (320) 252-1517.

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Time To Make a Plan

Time To Make a PlanThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) wants to remind you that NOW is the time to start planning your spring or summer project. Permits are taking longer to obtain, inspectors require engineering, and more and more codes are needing to be met. Never fear! That's where The Design Team comes in. Our experienced staff knows how to draft the perfect designs that are sure to be up to all the most recent codes. We want to keep you in the loop, though, and the right home designs take more than a few weeks. Drafts take time, revisions take time, and the process takes time. The Design Team wants exactly what you want—the perfect home plans delivered when you want them. Don't delay for your 2017 plans. Call today (320) 252-1517 and get started with your free consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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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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Color Your World

Color Your World St CloudYour roof is one of the most important features of your home. That's why The Design Team offers such a wide variety of styles and variations for your home plans. In considering what type of roof to design, remember that color is another crucial point. Being one of the most prominent features of your home, your roof needs a color that is pleasing to its design, and relates to the other materials selected for the home. Not to worry! Browse our gallery here: http://www.thedesignteam.biz/index.php/gallery-of-homes, utilize our unique Home Visualizer tool, or visit us on Houzz for more ideas. Expect the best roof forward with The Design Team!

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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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Home Features of the Month: Corbels and Brackets

Sept02 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 popular features in home design: corbels and brackets. These features add accents to both interior and exterior design, and fit in with the features from every type of home from craftsman to Greek-inspired home designs. They are both decorative and structural, and can be added to lend a signature look to porches, archways, islands, balconies and more. The Design Team can also show you how they can be used on bump-outs, bays or cantilevers to make them feel supported. Call (320)-252-1517 today and set up your free consultation. Find out how corbels and brackets can enhance the beauty and practicality of your dream home design.

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Style of the Month--Dutch Colonial

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas beautiful home plans in an endless variety of styles. If you are looking for a classic design that maintains popularity to this day, you may want to consider our Style of the Month...the Dutch Colonial.  

History 

Contrary to what is commonly believed, the Dutch Colonial style did not originate in Holland. It originated with Dutch settlers starting at about the early 1700s. The profile of the Dutch Colonial often makes it referred to as a barn house. Its gambrel-roofed style on the upper level allowed it to be classified as a single-story home, which helped for tax purposes. It shares some characteristics with the Colonial Revival style, including symmetry, siding, and windows.  

Characteristics: 

  • symmetrical in front  
  • Dutch door or 6-panel door 
  • double-hung windows 
  • small panes of glass 
  • 6" lap siding 
  • wood shingles 
  • chimney not in center 
  • gambrel roof 
  • top roof 5/12  
  • sides of roof 20/12 
  • small overhang on roof 
  • shutters 
  • second floor smaller than first  
  • dormers (shed or gable)  
  • corner boards 
  • small garage doors 9X7 
  • 9" to 12" overhang 
  • very little overhang on gable ends 

Call the Design Team today to discuss whether the Dutch Colonial may be the perfect design for you! Always remember the Design Team has our Designers are on staff to tweak any design and make any variations you want to explore. We look forward to meeting you!   

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Expert Advice

Dec09_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is happy to help you navigate every option of your home build or remodel, every step of the way. We will even assist you in making choices you may not initially realize factor into your project. For example, the Design Team will make different options available based on whether your home will be a seasonal one or a permanent residence. The Design Team experts will also help you decide which options would work best for you depending on how long you plan on living in your year-round residence. Will you be making some improvements and selling it again in the future? Or will this be your forever home? Maybe you're not sure yet, and that's okay, too! The Design Team will go over all your options. We pay attention to specific design versus attention to potential resale. Forever homes may utilize features such as 3-foot doorways and fewer steps. Whatever your desires, the Design Team is here to fulfill them, every step of the way. Call and set up your no-cost consultation today!

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Check out The Design Team at 2015 Spring Tradeshows!

Jan02_InspirationalGraphicThe Design Team (St. Cloud MN) will be hitting the road this spring to exhibit at three home and garden/design tradeshows in the area. Whether your questions center around increasing your home's overall value as you look to sell, landscaping, finding efficient energy options for 2015, or remodeling tips and tricks, you're sure to discover useful information from some of the best minds in home design at the following venues:

Central Minnesota Builders Association HomeShow March 6-8 2015
Location: St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center, St. Cloud, MN

Hours: Friday 12-9, Saturday 9-7, Sunday 10-4 Matt Muenster, licensed contractor and star of DIY Network's Bath Crashers, will have a featured demonstration March 6th at 7 PM and March 7th at 12 PM & 4 PM
http://www.cmbaonline.org/find-event/homeshow

Williston Area Builders Association's 2015 Home and Garden Show April 24-26 2015
Location: Raymond Family Community Center. Williston, ND

Be sure to watch the blog for updates regarding an upcoming show in Alexandria, MN. We hope to see you at one or more of these events this spring!

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Choosing the Right Designer Makes a Difference

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If you’re looking to remodel or build something new, choosing the right designer is crucial. At the Design Team St Cloud MN, every member of our team is well trained, professional and readily available to serve you.

Friendly, prompt, creative and dependable are only some of the words used to describe our team of designers. Many home building companies choose to use The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) because of these very qualities. The Design Team offers its services to all of Minnesota as well as nationally. For further information on what The Design Team has to offer and its services, call (320) 252-1517.

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Contact Information

PHONE:
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TOLL FREE within Minnesota:
888-275-7732

FAX:
320-252-1518

EMAIL:
info@thedesignteam.biz

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

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