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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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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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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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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:

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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 Design on Windows

designing a new home or remodel st. cloudWhether we are designing a new home or remodel, the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that windows are one of the most important investments you will make. That's why our design experts help you work through all your various options and decide which windows best suit your needs. The Design Team walks you through all your possible selections, including:

  • Double hung/ single hung/ slider—screen on outside
  • Casement / awning –screen on inside
  • Grid style
  • Custom windows—available in any size or shape
  • Wood/ vinyl / hybrid materials

With so many options, trust the experienced staff at the Design Team to help you choose the ideal selections for your dream home or remodel plans. Call (320)-252-1517 today to set up your free consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Plan Ahead!

Apr12_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) would like to remind you that NOW is the time to plan ahead! If you have designs on a design for 2016, today is the day to get started. Call The Design Team today (320)-252-1517 to set up your initial no-cost consultation. In this initial meeting, The Design Team will sit down with you and discuss everything from your lifestyle and personal preferences to site amenities, square footage, design ideas, and budget. The Design Team walks you through the entire design process, from ideas to home plans, retouches, and getting you set up with your contractors. We at the Design Team knows that most people have never done this before, and have earned their reputation as trusted partners! If 2016 is your year for your dream home or remodel, call The Design Team and let us draw your vision. Remember to visit us on Houzz and utilize our unique Home Visualizer tool to assist you with modern ideas and the latest innovations. The Design Team looks forward to drawing you in!

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Next-Level Technology

Mar07_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN), home design specialists, knows that technological advances are important to keep up with, especially in a field like ours! That's why we are thrilled to offer new smart board technology, the latest in cutting-edge digital advancement. This technology has a host of advantages, including the ability to have interactive meetings right online, without even having to come into the office! This flexibility is crucial for folks who work regular business hours, and allows collaboration in real time with all parties involved including The Design Team, yourself, contractors, materials supplier, and more. All you need is internet access and your imagination...we supply the rest! Call today and learn how this next-level technology will make your home design or remodel as seamless as possible with The Design Team!

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Drawing You In

Feb04_Inspirational.jpgWhatever your vision for your new home or remodel, the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is on hand to make that vision 20/20. Many of our clients have never attempted a remodel or new home before, and that is where the experts at the Design Team come in! We are here to get you started on one of the most important journeys you will take. The Design Team invites you to come in and explore all your requirements and desires for your new home. We will design your plans with all the custom-tailoring that fits your vision and lifestyle. We think of all the little details that makes your vision a successful one. Trust the experts at the Design Team to make your vision 20/20 and support you every step of the way. Call today for your initial 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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True Teamwork

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that experience is the best teacher, no matter what your field. That's why we are proud of having over 50 years of collective experience among us! When the Design Team started in 1997, a small group of experienced home designers got together under The Design Team name. Today, we have thousands of successful plans under our belts, and our expertise has grown along with our experiences. The Design Team is a collaborative effort, offering shared staff space for creative solutions. We have hands-on experience with a wide variety of homes, remodels, additions, garages, and other small projects. If you can dream it, we can design it. Trust The Design Team to make your dream a reality. Call today for your free consultation!

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Up To Code

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The average person isn't always aware of all the building codes, which are updated regularly. The Design Team takes the guesswork out of your dream home vision by partnering closely with the CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association), making sure our plans are up to the latest codes. The Design Team prides itself on working with homeowners, contractors, lumberyards, and realtors, ensuring a custom home design or remodel that exceeds all expectations. You have questions, The Design Team has answers. Feel free to refer to the CMBA website also: http://www.cmbaonline.org/. Whatever it takes, St. Cloud custom home design experts, The Design Team, are on hand to make your dream a reality. Call and set up your free consultation today!

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Fall Home Tours

As the autumn sets in, it is time again for the fall home tours! Most Builders Associations in Minnesota will be hosting home tours.

These tours will be starting in September and will be featuring various builders throughout Minnesota.

CMBA is having their home tour on Sept. 18-20 and Sept. 25-27. This includes home listings for St. Cloud, Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Rice, St. Augusta, Foley, and Becker house plans. Feel free to contact The Design Team for more details!

BATC (Builder’s Association of the Twin Cities) is hosting their Parade of Homes Sept 12-Oct 4. They will also be featuring a Remodeler’s Showcase Oct 2-4.

Maps & schedules are available at the holiday gas stations.

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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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We're Building You Up

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Now is the time to think about that remodel you've been contemplating. Want to enclose that screened porch? Add a loft? Build a guest cottage? The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has the expert design staff to help make your building dreams a reality. Add a guest room. Remodel your dream kitchen. Put in that skylight. Whatever your idea, The Design Team is here to build you up from brainstorm to bright addition. Call (320)-252-1517 today to set up your free consultation and get started!

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Remodeling or Adding On? How Can It Transform Your Curb Appeal?

Apr08_InspirationalIf building a new home isn’t in your immediate future - that’s ok. Transforming your current space may work for you and your lifestyle - and make the most sense for you. Remodeling or adding on to your home can be a vague concept if you don’t know where to start or are having trouble visualizing the finished look.

Take a look here to see how remodeling or adding on to your home can add some major curb appeal without breaking the bank. Make your home make sense for you and your lifestyle. Consider the flow of the inside of your home - what would you change? How could you modify your exterior to maximize your curb appeal? We can help you answer these questions and so much more.

Call The Design Team at 888-275-7732 for more information on remodeling or adding on to your home. We look forward to showing you how your home can be transformed into something you will love.

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Considering a Remodel or Addition?

Mar03_InspirationalIf new construction and new home building is out of your reach, or not of interest to you - a remodel or addition might be just what your family needs. Do you find yourself short on space? Disorganized? Wanting more storage or more entertaining space? A addition or remodel to your St. Cloud home may be just the answer.

Where do you start?
The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) sets up a meeting at your home to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, room to room relationships, existing conditions, etc. At that time, The Design Team will also take photos & measure existing conditions of the affected areas. Once The Design Team has a comprehensive idea of your lifestyle and home they take it to the “drawing board."

The next step includes laying out the existing conditions to create an as-is plan. This gives the entire team an inclusive view of your home. From there we would draw the proposed changes on the as-is layout - creating your “new” space.

This strategy is very effective with St. Cloud home remodels and home additions. This allows you the homeowner to get a comprehensive look of the space and how it works with your existing home. Being confident with every part of your addition/remodel will make your experience much more positive.

If you are considering an addition or remodel to your home this spring/summer, the time to contact The Design Team is now! We are drawing plans for homeowners who want to break ground as soon as they can. Are you one of them? Give us a call 320-252-1517 for more information or to set-up your appointment for The Design Team to visit you at your home.

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House Style of the Month: Homestead or Farmhouse

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Be sure to check out the Design Team’s house of the month for December: the Homestead. Sometimes referred to as American Country or Farmhouse, this style home was brought to the Midwest from 1850-1920, influenced mainly by Victorian and Colonial homes.

Most often, these homes would start small and as more space was needed, homesteaders would add to their homes. Features include 6” lap siding, double hung windows, small panes of glass, gable roofs and most distinguishable, their wrap around porches.

Is the Homestead of Farmhouse right for you? Which features do you most enjoy and would you most like incorporated into your home? It's a beautiful home style with lots of potential - is it right for you? Call The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) 320-252-1517 to find out more information on Homestead or Farmhouse custom home plans.

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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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