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Aging In Place

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is celebrating its 20th year in business and knows the ins and outs of various requirements for all our clients. One important consideration when designing a home is the ability to age in place. You want your biggest investment to last, and The Design Team considers all aspects in your home plans. Perhaps you're designing your retirement home or cottage. What factors should you consider? One big element to include is sufficient natural light. As we age, our eyes need more natural light. The Design Team may suggest a south orientation, to maximize your available resources. Perhaps a walk-in shower or single-story rambler would be beneficial. Whatever your needs, you can be assured The Design Team will complete your stunning home plans with an eye for detail. You don't need to compromise beauty for practicality! The Design Team offers the best of both worlds. Call today for your free consultation and discover The Design Team difference: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to meeting with you!

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The feature of the Month....Mudrooms

The feature of the Month....Mudrooms St. CloudThe 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: mudrooms!

Mudrooms are a Minnesota staple and have a variety of sizes and uses. Typically these rooms are located off the garage and may include 3 common features: laundry, powder room, and storage. The size of your family dictates how much space you will need. Do you have athletes in the family? Mudrooms are perfect for storing athletic gear and equipment. Add some storage benches with hooks to store seasonal items and hang coats to dry from the elements. Doors can be closed off when you have company to keep the area looking neat. If you have dogs, mudrooms are ideal spaces for a food station, dog bed, kennel area, and more. Or add a craft table and turn your mudroom into a perfect space for paints, clay, and other messy pursuits! The options are endless and the choice is yours.

We often like to refer to the mud room as the ‘Owner’s Entrance’. This the most used entrance into the home, and is most likely used by your closest friends and family. Why not dress it up a little? As American architect Louis Sullivan said, “Form follows function”.

Whatever your needs, The Design Team will draft the perfect plans and ideal-sized mudroom for you and your family. Call today and set up your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Your Design Hub

Your Design HubThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that there will be many new homeowners this year! We look forward to drafting your dream home plans. We know it can be a daunting process, which is why we do everything we can to make the process as seamless as possible for you. This means doing some initial work up front—connecting with a contractor when you are considering building can save time down the line. The Design Team is happy to be your design hub. We not only draft and revise your custom home plans, we work with your contractor, who will manage each piece of the process, including pricing. Having all three parties involved from the start is the ideal situation for planning stages! If this all sounds confusing, never fear. The Design Team is here to walk you through every step of the design process, and enjoy yourself while you do it! Call today for your free initial consultation to get started: (320) 252-1517. The only step between you and your dream home plans is The Design Team! We look forward meeting you!

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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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More Ideas

More IdeasThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) offers an endless selection of home styles and designs. We work within your style and budget to craft your ideal home plans. We at The Design Team aren't happy until you're happy, and will work with you until you have the ultimate home plans for your dream home. Give your home design a unique, eye-catching appeal. With The Design Team, you know you are getting the most experienced staff with extensive knowledge on all your home design options. Call (320) 252-1517 and discover The Design Team difference!

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Habitat For Humanity

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is proud to partner with our local Habitat For Humanity. Our Design Team home plans assist with the building process. Attention to detail is key to help these homes blend in with their surrounding neighborhoods. Current projects are in East St. Germain and 11th Avenue North. The Design Team is happy to support this wonderful organization and give back to our community. Call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to find out what The Design Team can do for you and your family.

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Tour Of Homes

Tour Of HomesAfter another successful tour of homes, The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) came away with lots of popular trends to pass on to you! For instance, having a mixture of light and dark woodwork in the same room is a current trend that is getting a lot of attention. Lower-level bars are popular, as well as having an entire wine room for display and storage. The home theater revolution continues, with more open areas trending. Instead of having large homes, size is trending down a bit with more attention to detail. Large areas of woodwork, sunny spaces, and smaller, cozier sitting rooms are all popular right now. Whether you are looking for trending ideas or have plenty of your own ideas, The Design Team will craft your custom plans to suit every taste. From traditional to cutting edge, The Design Team does it all. Call (320) 252-1517 today and set up your free consultation. Discover The Design Team difference.

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Plan The Neighborhood

Plan The Neighborhood  St CloudThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) offers more than just single-family home plans. We also work on neighborhood designs! Typically The Design Team will come up with a multi home design program. Each individual design has several different elevation options for homeowners to choose from, so as to avoid the ‘cookie cutter’ effect. Plan management service is available, with plans managed in-house. Contractors work directly with The Design Team to establish aesthetics, demographics, and target markets of the entire neighborhood. Patio homes may be desired, or young families may be looking for split-level designs. There are limitless possibilities, and The Design Team will design them all! If you are a developer looking to create a new neighborhood, The Design Team is your solid choice to partner with. Call (320) 252-1517 today.

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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid PlansDesigning custom homes and remodels is what we do. At The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) our designers are right on staff, able to tailor our designs to meet your specifications. If you can dream it, we can design it! The Design Team offers many advantages such as numerous house plans right online, as well as our unique Home Visualizer tool to see your plans in action. We offer a huge variety of styles to choose from including one-story, one-and-a-half story, and two or more story designs. The Design Team takes your location and land conditions into consideration, planning the most advantageous designs to your specific needs. During your initial consultation, we consider your lifestyle, family, and entertaining desires to incorporate into your home or remodel plans. With The Design Team, you will always get the best laid plans. Call today (320)-252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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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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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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Tiny Houses Make Their Way to St. Cloud

The tiny houses trend has been sweeping the nation and is one of the newest home plans in MN. Always looking for new ways to design and build, the St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) is joining the tiny house revolution. The Design Team has graduates from SCTCC who bring that same spirit of innovation into our St. Cloud home planning and design.

Environmentally Friendly Tiny Houses
More and more people in the U.S. are taking steps to combat environmental waste and commit to a simpler lifestyle. One of the most popular ways to achieve this is by building tiny houses. While the average American home is over 2,000 square feet, tiny houses can be anywhere between 65 and 400 square feet. This means fewer building materials are used and the house uses up far less energy. If you are looking for St. Cloud new home build ideas that are environmentally friendly, a tiny house might be just the thing for you.

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Still Time to Build This Year

HouseDrawings_TheDesignTeamBelieve it or not, there is still time to build your St. Cloud custom home this year! Even if you got off to a late start, you can still get started and make great progress on your St. Cloud, MN home planning and design. The Design Team can help you start building before the year is out.

Organize and Plan Ahead
Organization is key if you still want to start building or working on your St. Cloud additions and renovations this year. Know what you still need to get done and plan ahead for your fall or winter build. There will be many tasks to take care of if you still want to build this year but your dream home can be possible with some organization.

With The Design Team by your side, you can start building your home this year.

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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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Winter Home Costs Can Be Avoided With Simple Tips

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Winter energy bills can be costly, from heating your home to hanging Christmas lights; keeping things comfortable can put a dent in your wallet. Don’t be stingy on your holiday spirit this year; there are other ways to save your pennies. Investing in a smart home thermostat will eventually pay for itself and could be a simple answer to your winter utility cost problems. New thermostats now come with smart technology - programming your schedule and temperature habits help maintain a comfortable home and save you money.

If you find yourself without ample room for guests, family, or your tree this holiday season, think about what an addition would do to your home. The Design Team would be happy to meet with you to discuss possibilities on a great addition that would enhance your future holiday gatherings. Creating a warm, inviting, and enjoyable environment is a great first start to a successful holiday gathering. Call The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) for more information to see if an addition is right for you.

 

 

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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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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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Join The Design Team on One of their Upcoming Home Tours!

b2ap3_thumbnail_JPC---Heinz-Front-Elevation_Grass.jpgThe Design Team (St Cloud MN) will be embarking on a late summer/early fall series of home tours highlighting our favorite designed homes in the area. Venues, dates and times are listed below along with any other relevant information available at this time.

Upcoming Home Tours:

Vikingland Builders Association
August 23rd from 10am to 6pm & August 24th from 11am to 5pm
Tickets are $3 for ages 2 and up. Tickets will be available for purchase at all the homes the day of and ahead of time at all the local lumber yards (and possibly more locations)
Questions? Call 320-763-3301
See our design at RL Heinz Construction & Concrete

Mid- Minnesota Home Tour Lakes Area Home Tour
Sept. 5-7, 2014

Central Minnesota Builders Association Tour of Homes
Sept. 12-14 & 19-21
Hours: Friday 4:30-7:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm

Builder Association of the Twin Cities - Parade of Homes

Sept. 6th -28th, 2014

http://www.paradeofhomes.org

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House Style of the Month - The Queen Ann Victorian

July’s house style of the month is The Queen Ann Victorian style.

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Coming from the 1800’s this style is the result of advanced technology of the when ornate moldings and many other parts could be mass-produced cheaply. Richard Shaw designed the very first Queen Ann Victorian style house in England, however the first ones to be built were found in California where the trend then spread to the rest of the United States. These houses are 2 – 3 stories tall, typically with 6” lap siding and 6/12 – 12/12 roof slope. Some key features of these homes include bay, picture, stained glass and tall double hung windows, turrets, decorative chimney tops, many porches including porte-cochere and carpenter’s lace.

If the Queen Ann Victorian style home is your dream home, contact The Design Team (St Cloud MN) for information on how you can make your next home Victorian style while still fitting the needs of you and your family. Call (320) 252-1517 for information on St Cloud MN Victorian custom homes. 

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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

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