About Us

It was 1997 when a small group of experienced home designers here in St. Cloud, Minnesota, came together under The Design Team name. Today, many thousands of successful plans later, our staff has grown right along with our region-wide reputation for quality and satisfaction.

The Design Team works with homeowners, contractors, lumberyards, and realtors to develop residential designs that match each client’s individual vision. 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

Choosing the Right Designer Makes All the Difference

Whether you’re looking to remodel or build something new, choosing the right home designer is crucial. At The Design Team, 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 and drafters. Many home building companies choose to use The Design Team because of these very qualities. We offer our services to all of Minnesota as well as nationally. For further information on what The Design Team has to offer, give us a call at 320-252-1517.

Meet the Team

Betsy Rakotz

Betsy Rakotz

Designer, Manager

Betsy has been with The Design Team since 1997, and brings experience in commercial project estimating and building materials sales. During her time at The Design Team she has been fortunate to work on a myriad of projects ranging from small to big, simple to elaborate. She truly loves designing homes and putting the pieces together in a way that enhances the lifestyles of its new owners. But the best part of her career is getting to know all of the interesting people she’s had the opportunity to meet. Just as no two people are alike, homes take on their owner’s energy and design ideas, making them as unique as their occupants.

Tricia Peters

Tricia Peters

Designer

Tricia graduated from St. Cloud Technical College with an AAS Degree in Architectural Drafting & Design. She joined The Design Team in November of 1997. Tricia does work in both Northern and Southern Minnesota. She enjoys working with clients to help them develop their dreams into reality. Tricia really enjoys the many different projects that she works on. There’s always something new and different every day.

Amy Durant

Amy Durant

Designer

Amy graduated from St. Cloud Technical & Community College with a degree in Architectural Construction Technology. She also has a Teaching degree from St. Cloud State University. Amy has been with The Design Team since 2000. She is delighted about sharing her knowledge as a residential designer to help homeowners design their dream home. She is excited about working on house plans in Minnesota and other states around the country.

Jackie Brinker

Jackie Brinker

Drafter

Jackie Brinker has been with The Design Team since 2017. She started her career here as an intern while attending SCTCC, earning a degree in Architectural Construction Technologies and also has a degree in International Communications. She brings a lot of interesting stories & insights of her travels around the world.

Makayla Mayers

Makayla Mayers

Drafter

Makayla joined The Design Team in March of 2021. She started part time while finishing her degree in Architectural Construction Technology at St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She is now a full time drafter and passionate about helping families design a home where they can grow and flourish.

Annastasia (Anna) Lentner

Annastasia (Anna) Lentner

Drafter

Anna is currently enrolled in the Architectural Construction Technology program at St. Cloud Community and Technical College. She started working for The Design Team in April of 2021. Though she is still earning her degree, Anna brings a fresh perspective and creativity to designing homes.

Katelyn (Katie) Moulzolf

Katelyn (Katie) Moulzolf

Drafter

Katie started at The Design Team in April 2021 while attending St. Cloud Technical and Community College, where she will earn a degree in Architectural Construction Technology. While earning her degree, she looks forward to learning even more about the trade and bringing a different perspective to the industry.

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