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Things to Consider When Designing your Floor Plan

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When designing the floor plan for your dream home, there are many things to consider:

  • Your lifestyle
  • How can your home can compliment your lifestyle?
  • Details of the home: size, lot requirements, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms,
  • Will you be caring for pets?
  • How long you plan to live there?
  • Location
  • Exterior/style of your home
  • Room layout
  • Location
  • Sun rise/set
  • Views
  • Ceiling heights/styles - whether you want vaulted or flat
  • How many levels
  • Slab on grade, single, multi level or two story
  • Furniture relocation
  • if you would like a dining room, office or guest suite etc.
  • Budget

Everyday living is most important when considering a floor plan design, and lastly is your budget. What can you afford? Give The Design Team (St Cloud MN) a call (320) 252-1517 for more information on St Cloud MN home plans residential design for your dream home!

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Why is it Important to Have a Good Blueprint?

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Good design doesn’t cost... it pays! A good plan is the tool that you use to communicate your ideas to your contractor, interior designer and your product selections specialists. It pays for you to share your ideas with your contractor so they can get the best deals while bidding and working with their material suppliers and sub-contractors. It pays to have it prepared because it is required to obtain a building permit, and it pays when it could identify potential problems before construction that may not have been noticed before building.

All successful projects start with good plans. If you’re thinking of building or remodeling then The Design Team (St Cloud MN) can help! Give us a call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to get your questions answered. 

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The Design Team Saint Cloud is 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.

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 to Alexandria, MN. Please submit resumes to 2455 12th Street SE, St. Cloud, MN 56304 or to info@thedesignteam.biz.

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The Home Design Process Explained

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Are you looking for someone to design a home for you and are unsure where to turn? The knowledgeable professionals at The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) will be happy to answer any questions you may have, starting with an in depth interview at our office.

During your interview, please mention your overall goals for your project and other important considerations. For example, are you looking to downsize? Our designers would also appreciate it if you could bring along anything that could help jumpstart the process, such as pictures of a current house design you prefer or elevation specifics. With the help of The Design Team (St Cloud, MN), building your new home will be a smooth journey. Call today to let us know some of your design ideas! (320) 252-1517

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Contractor For Hire vs. DIY

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Regardless of the scope of their project, many people are intrigued by the possibility of acting as their own contractor. This allows them to negotiate firsthand with subcontractors and keep a closer eye on how their project is progressing. However, by going with the licensed professionals you can expect knowledgable, experienced contractors. Contractors frequently anticipate potential problems - because of their experience and have the ability to solve problems along the way. Contractors schedule the right subs in the right order - knowing and understanding the process inside and out. Leaving you stress free during this exciting time in your life.

Looking for the best pricing when building your dream home? Understandable! By working with the general contractor and the subs they propose/utilize is where you will get the best pricing. They have worked with specific professionals in the area and know who does the best work and is reliable, affordable, and dependable.

Trust the general contractor you hire and the subs they utilize - you'll be glad you did.
Call the experts at The Design Team to get your project off the ground without delay! (320) 252-1517

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Why You Need Construction Documents

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Previously on this blog, The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) discussed the importance of beginning a project with final construction documents instead of waiting until construction is well underway to make any required changes. Click Here to read the article. 

Prioritizing construction documents at the start of a project reduces the risk of builder error and missed details. It also helps to expedite permit requests and similar preliminary tasks. Avoid getting stuck doing unnecessary legwork. Call the experts at The Design Team now! (320) 252-1517

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A Closer Look at "Splurging" When Planning Your Home

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You've seen it on TV countless times: an awestruck and appreciative family is being led through their newly renovated house room by room. Finally, exciting music plays as they reach the most aesthetically pleasing room in the house, full of unique features and expensive furnishings. While it looks good on TV, making one room the center of the house by "splurge" spending isn't for everybody.

The Deign Team (St. Clould, MN) can accent your home with tasteful flourishes such as sliding barn doors over open spaces, typically an office or ‘away room’.

Call The Design Team at (320) 252-1517 for details on other options, including dramatic windows and ceiling detail. We're ready to start turning your dreams into a reality.

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How The Design Team Determines Costs

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is eager to help you get started building your dream home. We aim to get to know you personally through a detailed interview. Common questions that must be answered before the design process can begin include: has a suitable lot and/or builder been chosen? How does the current size and style layout of your home compare to expectations for the finished product?

Of immediate concern to many customers is cost per square foot. Before considering things such as cost per square foot, The Design Team recommends bringing in to the interview pictures of any design aspect you would like to see included in your project. The more information you provide The Design Team at the beginning of a project, the quicker you will be able to see results.

The Design Team is ready to put your creative ideas into motion! Questions? Call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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Does The Design Team Work with Independent Contractors?

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The Design Team (St Cloud MN) does work with contractors if you so choose. There is no designated list of The Design Team (St Cloud MN) approved contractors forced upon clients. We are willing to work with anyone you wish to bring on board the design project.

The Design Team (St Cloud MN) finds it helpful to have lumberyards & contractors involved. They support your efforts in keeping the budget in check, and lend a practical perspective to your project. Sometimes, the homeowner wants to manage the project & get several bids - and that's great too. Whatever direction you want to take your future home construction, the pros at The Design Team are willing to listen to your ideas and preferred approach. Call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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How does The Design Team Incorporate Design Ideas for Homeowners?

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In today's fast-paced society, time might be the most valuable commodity we have. That's why the experts at The Design Team listen and communicate with you the homeowner. We approach every project at a client first, personal level.

For best results, our designers recommend that you have a general idea of what you want to achieve. Our designers aim to help refine certain aspects of your home design vision as opposed to dictating when and how everything gets accomplished.

During your complimentary first client meeting The Design Team strives to understand what you have in mind - so that we can keep the revisions to a minimum. Want more information? Give us a call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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Implementing a Custom Home Design

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After an initial consultation with The Design Team (St Cloud MN), you can expect a first draft within 2-3 week. This timetable varies according to the relative complexity of the project and your personal needs. An average project could take anywhere from a few days to a couple of months.

The Design Team (St Cloud MN) can help you create 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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Free Drafting vs. Experienced Design - Which is Right For You?

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Free drafting vs. experienced design - a decision all future home builders will come up against. Free drafts created with no concept of your price range, lifestyle, or your thoughts/wishes. The Design Team knows how to put a house together - not just technically, but by using design principles as well. This includes: appropriately sized & located elements, no wasted space, appropriate sized rooms, and more. Sometimes - you get what you pay for.

The Design Team has over 50 years combined experience - leaving you with the home design you will love for the duration of time you own your home. When you work with The Design Team to design your next home, you'll know immediately whether you qualify, with prices being discussed upfront. Trust the experts with the details of your custom home design plan. Dial (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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The Design Team Values Your Input

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The Design Team (St Cloud MN) recognizes that the process of reshaping a client's home is an immensely personal series of decisions. Our Design Team, in St. Cloud, MN, is committed to working with contractors, lumberyards, and realtors (of their choosing). This gives you, the client, the best talent and resources to fulfill your vision.

While our designers will meet with you personally to get a thorough understanding of your expectations, we recommend you do some research online while comparing and contrasting different styles before meeting with us for the sake of efficiency. Additionally, measure existing rooms you have so that you have a sense of space, as well as measure any furniture you are interested in moving from the home. Mention if a builder has been contacted, and any other relevant information you believe to be important during the initial stages of design.

The Design Team is eager to hear about what you have planned for your home! Your dream home is only a phone call away. (320) 252-1517.

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What Home Style Fits Your Family?

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Custom home design for new construction is a specialty of The Design Team. Do you know what home style best meets your needs and the needs of your family?

Before starting your custom home design, learn about the most popular home styles and the key elements of each style to determine which style best represents you

You can view the different home design styles The Design Team has had the pleasure of working with as well. Visit us on Houzz to see the variety of styles we’ve recently designed for happy homeowners here: http://www.houzz.com/pro/thedesignteam1997/__public

Contact The Design Team (St Cloud MN) for information on the differences between home design styles and how to determine which home design would be best for you. We look forward to connecting with you! (320) 252-1518.

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Building a Custom Home in Central Minnesota

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Building a custom home is a very exciting time in your life - congratulations! When considering the home of your dreams - size, complexity, and general scope of the project determine the initial estimated price to complete the design work and construction documents. If you are not sure you need construction documents, be sure to re-read a past post here.

The Design Team (St Cloud MN) designs homes to fit your lifestyle. If your current living arrangements no longer meet your needs, consider building this summer/fall. Contact The Design Team to find out what’s involved in building a custom designed home (320) 252-1517.

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Designing a Home to Fit Your Lifestyle

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Designing a home to fit your lifestyle has never been easier. The Design Team creates custom home designs that you’ll love!  You’ll meet with The Design Team to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, home size, room to room relationships, lot conditions, and more! Excited? We are too!

Give us a call to find out how you can take your ideas and turn them into a reality. (320) 252-1517.

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Building This Summer/Fall? Start Your Plans Now!

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The Design Team (St Cloud MN) makes designing your custom home stress free with our personal approach and hands on experience. If you are building your dream home this summer or coming fall, plan ahead and contact The Design Team. Residential home plans can and should be started right away.

Contractors will want to get out and get going when the ground thaws in order to meet your timeline. Take the stress out of custom home design and building and trust experts with your dream. We look forward to connecting with you! (320) 252-1517 for more information.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Home Building

b2ap3_thumbnail_100_2010small.jpgThis source provides a general step-by-step guide to the home building process. Of course every home building is different, if you are new to the building process this site will give you a foundation of ideas/steps to keep in mind when considering building in the near future. 

The Design Team takes extra time and energy to inform you on the building process - to avoid surprises and delays. Understanding the process and necessary involved parties will really leave the stress out of the building process and leave you prepared. Contact The Design Team (St Cloud MN) (320) 252-1517 for St Cloud home designs, home planning, home remodel, cabin plan design and more. We here at The Design Team look forward to hearing from you!

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Find The Design Team on Houzz!

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Have you heard of the new site Houzz? It's a grea site that offers "a new way to design your home". You can find everything from home design and decorating to remodeling ideas and inspiration for any room in your home. You are able to create Ideabooks to share with us during your initial consultation that will give us great insight as to your personal style and preferences. You are able to ask for advice, find products and even professionals in the area. 

The Design Team is now on Houzz! If you've worked with The Design Team in the past and you are on Houzz yourself, consider leaving a review of your experience working with us. We'd love to hear what you think! We will be posting completed projects and updating our photos as the weather warms up and projects are completed. 

Check The Design Team out on Houzz here. 

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Home Plan Details You’ll Want to Know Before Spring

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Planning to build this spring? Getting excited because the temperatures have peeked above the negatives? So are we! The questions regarding when do you reach out to us if you plan to build this spring are buzzing throughout Home Shows, Tour of Homes, and Conventions. 

When do you contact The Design Team in the construction process?

As soon as you have your land secured and know where you are building. The Design Team offers an initial consultation for new construction at no charge. Make your appointment to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, room to room relationships, existing conditions and more. This can give you a beginning point of reference in regards to timelines, to-do's, and more.

How long does the planning stages take with The Design Team?

The Design Team has a simple 5 step process - leaving you with custom designed home plans. Want to know more? Give The Design Team a call (320) 252-1517 today. We are excited for your future new home and look forward to hearing from you!

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

Appointments are appreciated.

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