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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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Building in North Dakota? What You Need to Know

Are you part of the North Dakota oil boom? Have you and/or your family recently transferred or are planning to transfer to North Dakota? The Williston area is experiencing rapid growth and homeowners are in need of home plans that meet their needs and are as unique as their family. If you fall in this category, The Design Team can create a custom home plan you’ll love to call home.

The Design Team doesn’t just work in Minnesota. Although we are “Minnesota Nice” we’ve collaborated with contractors and homeowners throughout the United States. The Design Team partners with Simonson Lumber (Williston, ND) to bring you the best in materials, service and building education available to the North Dakota market.

If you are part of the oil boom in the North Dakota area, and are looking to build a home, condo, or townhouse give The Design Team a call (320) 252-1517. We are working with contractors and homeowners and families in the Williston, ND and surrounding areas on creating long lasting homes that look beautiful and fit the needs of the homeowners they are designed for.

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Ten Steps to Select the Right Builder for Your Needs

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Source: New Home Source, Jay McKenzie

"With the ten steps [below], you’ll be well on your way to selecting a good builder who’s a good fit for you, your needs, and the new home you’ll build together.

10 Steps to Select the Right Builder

  1. Define your needs. What size, type and price range of home do you need?
  2. Experience counts. While every builder was once a new builder, experience matters.
  3. Are past buyers satisfied? Ask for – and check – references from past home buyers.
  4. Verify the builder is licensed (where required) and adequately insured.
  5. Is there a design fit? Does this builder have expertise in the style of home you seek?
  6. Warranty and service. How does this builder stack up for each?
  7. Resale value. Have past homes from this builder maintained or increased value?
  8. Industry involvement. Is the builder a member of the local Home Builder’s Association?
  9. Tour model homes or customer homes. There’s absolutely no substitute for this step.
  10. Look for signs of quality. In workmanship, materials and practices when you tour these homes.

Are you thinking of building in the spring? Now is the time to start talking to builders, designers, subcontractors, and more. Give The Design Team a call at (320) 252-1517 to start the process of building your next home. Your free, no obligation consultation is awaiting you - give us a call. We look forward to meeting you!

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Work with The Design Team St Cloud - We’re Hiring!

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The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) is hiring a full-time position for our Saint Cloud office. We are looking to hire an Architectural/Residential Design and Drafting person in St. Cloud, MN. Do you have a full understanding of residential construction and architectural design? Do you love creating home plans that stand the test of time, are unique, and individually created to meet the needs of homeowners? Then we want to hear from you!

Founded in 1997 The Design Team creates custom residential designs and construction documents for new and remodeled homes. Looking for candidates with a minimum two to three years of experience in: residential design, client meetings, Revit and AutoCad software, Sketchup & color rendering is a plus. Benefits include health, dental and life insurance along with 401k. Some travel is required. Please submit resumes to 2455 12th Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304 or to info@thedesignteam.biz.

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Follow The Design Team on Houzz!

The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) is proud to showcase the best St. Cloud custom home designs on Houzz.com. The Design Team's Houzz.com profile includes photos of rambler homes, lake homes, and split level homes among its home designs. Browse through home photos to gain a better understanding of the design layout you are looking for. Houzz.com also allows visitors to save their favorite home design photos to customized 'Ideabooks' which can serve as a nice starting point when you meet with the experts at The Design team to begin the design process.

Getting Ideabooks in place is an important part of the design journey. Designers can really get a good feel for your thoughts/ideas/direction with the help of visuals you’ve gathered. With the help of The Design Team (St. Cloud MN), your dream home can finally become a reality. Browse our profile at Houzz.com and call us today to let us know your design ideas! (320) 252-1517.

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House Style of the Month - Contemporary

This month we are talking about "Contemporary” style of homes. The contemporary style is today's version of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie Style.

Characteristics of the Contemporary style home include:

  1. Lots of glass
  2. Clean lines
  3. Gable, shed and some hip roofs
  4. Occasionally a clerestory roof was used
  5. Integrate the indoors and outdoors together
  6. Any type of windows (not double-hung windows)
  7. Flush garage doors
  8. Open plan
  9. Architects and designers try to be original
  10. Natural materials
  11. Wing walls
  12. Simplicity
  13. Sky lights
  14. First to have decks

The Contemporary home style will change from year-to-year. Do you think it will stand the test of time? We think it will! The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) designs Contemporary style homes that will stand the test of time. There are some fantastic examples of Contemporary homes in the St Cloud, MN area. If you are considering a Contemporary style home and are wondering if its right for you and your family, give us a call 320-252-1517 and we will be happy to discuss the Contemporary style home with 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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Building Next Spring/Summer? Plan Ahead!

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Home building all starts with a plan. If you are considering building next spring or summer, start planning now! Be sure to check out some plan books at www.hbnplans.com. You can choose from exclusive or non-exclusive plans, individual or alternate elevations, six plan collection or purchase by volume to receive discounts.

If you’d rather check out plan books in person, stop by our office to view or purchase them to take home. You’ll be sure to find the perfect plan to fit your variety of needs.

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Home Style of the Month: Foursquare

Be sure to check out the Foursquare styles homes this October as they are our Home Style of the Month. Originating in the 1900’s, this style house was built on farms as it was a quick and easy. This style can be recognized for its two and a half stories, brick or 6” lap siding, approximately 30’ square shape and often a center chimney. Some other features include double-hung windows, one to two foot overhang and hip roof and dormers. Most had basements along with many different types of doors. Visit our website at www.thedesignteam.biz for more information on October’s home style of the month.

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Upcoming Home Tours Featuring The Design Team

b2ap3_thumbnail_IMG_2129.JPGWe are excited to see some of our favorite designed homes be highlighted. Check out the upcoming home tours The Design Team will be a part of and make sure to stop in and see the homes we were a part of. The attention to detail and work of the builders is amazing. 

Upcoming Home Tours:

Central Minnesota Builders Association Tour of Homes

Sept. 12-14 & 19-21
Hours: Friday 4:30-7:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm

  • Werschay Homes #6 & #21
  • Globe Builders #12

Builder Association of the Twin Cities - Parade of Homes
Sept. 6th -28th, 2014
http://www.paradeofhomes.org

  • Mega Homes #334

Enjoy the tours and let us know what you think!

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Saving You Money When Hiring A Home Designer and Builder

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The following article from The Washington Post talks about “Smart Money Tips.” It’s true - the most important decision you will make is how to use your money wisely during the home building process. How do you know you are getting the best house for your budget? Read the article below for some good smart-money tips - from design experience to square footage and everything in between - you’ll get some good tips to make the entire process more affordable.

CLICK HERE to read the House Watch: Hiring your architect and home builder in tandem can save you money.


Contact The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) 320-252-1517 or info@thedesignteam.biz for more information or to schedule your free initial consultation with one of our designers. We look forward to hearing your must-haves for your next dream home!

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Visit the Design Team at the MMBA Tour of Homes

The Design Team is excited to be a part of the MMBA Fall Tour of Homes September 5th - 7th.

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  • The Design Team was part of the drafting & design of Home #1 (8071 North Shore Pines, Pine River, MN) for builder Lands End Development.This Pine River custom home features 5 bedrooms, a bunk room with built in beds, screened in porch, and a great room with a massive wood burning fireplace and spectacular views of the lake. Other fun features include a gourmet kitchen, rough sawn plank flooring, a hunting themed pub with trophy mounts from around the globe, a beach house on the water’s edge, and much more. This property has something for every family member to enjoy.
  • The Design Team was also part of the process for Home #5 (24517 East Clark Lake Road, Nisswa, MN) for builder Start to Finish Builders & Remodelers. This Custom Nisswa Northwoods home includes rustic features to add character and make this home truly unique. This custom 3 bedroom home features an open kitchen with granite countertops, a great room with large vaulted ceilings, 2 1/2 baths with unique barn wood cabinets and a stone vessel sink. The massive floor to ceiling fireplace offers a cozy feeling on cool evenings and the large windows overlook a stunning view of Clark Lake.

Be sure to stop by both of these beautiful homes on the MMBA Fall Tour of Homes September 5th - 7th during the tour. We hope you enjoy the design of these homes - as much as we do!

Call The Design Team (St Cloud MN) (320) 252-1517 for more information on these two homes on the MMBA Fall Tour of Homes or other custom home designs you’ve seen on our website. We looking forward to hearing your comments/feedback on the homes!

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New to The Design Team - Concept Plans at Great Prices!

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The Design Team (St Cloud MN) now offers an additional product line. The Design Team is in partnership with the Home Builders Network (HBN) to offer you, a cost effective option for unique home plans.

Custom home plan collections have never been so easy! If you are looking for a neighborhood of plans with a similar style and size, you’ll find convenient six plan groupings - just search “Collections”.

Take a minute and search the plans on the HBN site. Search by house type, elevation style, garage location, square footage and/or house width. It’s quick, easy, and you’ll end up with a start to your dream home.


If you need help or have questions, feel free to give us a call (320) 252-1517. We’d be happy to chat with you about your next home!

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Home Style of the Month - Half Timber / Tudor Style

This month at The Design Team (St Cloud MN) we are talking about the Half Timber or more commonly known as the Tudor Style home. The history of the Tudor style houses were built in England about 1550 during Queen Elizabeth’s time. The second story sometimes overhung the first floor to get more space in the second floor.

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  • Large Sculptured Chimneys (Many)
  • Brick, Stucco and some Stone
  • Stucco Between Timbers is Called Nogging
  • Gable, Hip and Clipped Gable Type Roof
  • Casement Windows
  • Small Panes (Square or Diamonds)
  • 8/12 to 12/12
  • Half Timbers
  • 1 1/2 to 3 Stories
  • Some Eyebrow Type Windows
  • 9” to 12” Overhang
  • Some Leaded Glass Windows were used
  • Dormer Windows
  • Chimney Pots
  • 7 x 9 Garage Door
  • Arch Type Door (Many Panels)

If you’ve loved the Half Timber / Tudor Style home - the characteristics, the style, the charm - you are not alone. The Tudor style home is filled with characteristics making the home unique and beautiful - inside and out. The Design Team (St Cloud MN) has designed some great custom Tudor style homes in this area. If you are considering a Half Timber or Tudor style home for your next home, connect with us on must have features you won’t want to live without.

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Looking to Build in the Fall/Winter? Start Planning Ahead Now!

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The end of summer is rapidly approaching and soon you'll be faced with family obligations and the holidays. The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) ensures that your home design vision will be fulfilled thanks to our personable approach and years of experience. If you are hoping to begin building your dream home in the fall or early winter, it would behoove you to contact The Design Team at your earliest convenience.

Contractors will want to meet with you before the ground freezes in order to meet your established deadline. The designing of your home is a multifaceted process that can be broken down into 3 phases:

Phase 1: Preliminary design based on first client meeting (these are not build ready plans)

For newly constructed homes, floor plans and one "road side" elevation is discussed, or the "lake side" elevation of the home in the case of waterfront property

Phase 2: Revisions & Fine tuning (These are not build ready plans)

In these meetings we discuss any feedback we've gotten from you, possible design recommendations, and finalize any revisions to your design plan. The "allowance for revisions" section of your work order allows for 2-3 hours of revisions. We will keep you updated as to how many of the allotted hours have been used.

Phase 3: Final Construction Documents (permit and construction ready plans)

At this phase, The Design Team advocates a pre-construction meeting with the chosen contractor, all sub contractors, the designer and the homeowner to come to a unified understanding of the client's expectations for the project.

Your custom St. Cloud home plans deserve to take shape! Trust the experts from The Design Team. Call (320) 252-1517 for more information.

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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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The Design Team is now on Houzz.com!

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Do you have a number of design ideas for your new home but are unsure how to incorporate them within your preferred design? The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) is proud to showcase the best St. Cloud custom home designs on Houzz.com. The Design Team's Houzz.com profile includes photos of rambler homes, lake homes, and split level homes among its home designs. Browse through home photos to gain a better understanding of the design layout you are looking for. Houzz.com also allows visitors to save their favorite home design photos to customized "ideabooks" which can serve as a nice starting point when you meet with the experts at The Design team to begin the design process.

Saving your design ideas in a digital ideabook or with physical photos is an essential part of the design journey. These act as a creative jumpstart for our designers while giving them specifics regarding current home designs you favor and elevation details. With the help of The Design Team (St. Cloud MN), your dream home can finally become a reality. Browse our profile at Houzz.com and call us today to let us know your design ideas! (320) 252-1517.

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House Style of the Month: Cape Cod Colonial

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August's house style of the month is the Cape Cod Colonial Style.

Early Cape Cod Colonial style homes were crude in design, one room on the first floor and a sleeping loft in the area above. This design experienced a surge in popularity from 1920-1950 due to the presence of a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a spacious, yet compact dining room. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) can outline a 1/2 Cape Cod, 3/4 Cape Cod, or full Cape Cod style home depending on your preferences.

Cape Cod homes are usually 1 1/2 stories with 6" white or gray lap siding and 10:12 to 12:12 roof slope. Some defining features of these homes include double hung windows, a gable roof, dormers, small overhang, 6 panel door, center chimney, and wood shingles on the roof.

If you're interested in a Cape Cod style home, contact The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) for more information on how you can make your next home Cape Cod style while also retaining a family friendly environment. Call (320) 252-1517 for further details regarding St. Cloud custom home designs.

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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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888-275-7732

FAX:
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EMAIL:
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ADDRESS:
127 6th Ave N
St. Cloud, MN 56303

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