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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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You Drive, We Steer

You Drive, We Steer St. Cloud, MNThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) offers countless advantages to designing your dream home plans. Having our designers right on staff gives you the opportunity to work directly with us, ensuring you get everything you want out of your designs. When you control the plans, you control the process. You drive, we steer. The Design Team knows all the latest building codes and requirements to implement your ideas, which is a huge time-saver down the line. When we meet with you, we discuss your lot first and determine your sightlines, which are a key factor in plotting your home design. We use whiteboard technology and google satellite images to visualize your site to demonstrate your thoughts on the position of your home as well as sightlines and views. This is a fun way to get to know your lot and incorporate your lifestyle and wishes into your home plans. If you can dream it, we can design it! You're in the best hands with The Design Team. Call us today and set up your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to drawing you in!

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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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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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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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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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