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Style of the Month...Tudor

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas stunning home plans in a wide variety of styles. If you're looking for a classic design that never goes out of style, you may want to consider our design of the month, the Tudor.

History

The Tudor originated in England in the 15th century during the reign of the house of Tudor. There were not many of these houses in the U.S. to start with, unless they belonged to the very wealthy.

    Characteristics
  • 2 ½ to 3 stories
  • stone, brick, or stucco
  • chimney pots
  • slate roof
  • 8/12 to 12/12 slope roof
  • not symmetrical
  • casement windows
  • small panes of glass (square or diamond)
  • many chimneys
  • fort-like appearance
  • very large house
  • arch-type door with many panels
  • small overhang or none

Call the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) today to discuss whether the Tudor style may be the perfect one for you. Remember, the Design Team designers are right on staff to custom-tailor any design to better suit your needs. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Retire In Style

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that one of the most important decisions you can make is what your retirement home will look like. You've worked hard, and now is the chance to enjoy your retirement in style! Whether designing a beautiful lake home or country getaway, the Design Team wants to make sure you get everything you want out of your upcoming retirement home. We will design your dream home that not only fits your lifestyle and budget, but has all the finishing touches that you've always wanted in a home. Put in that jet tub. Add a sun porch. If you can dream it, we can design it! Trust the experts at the Design Team to bring your vision to life! Call today (320)-252-1517 for your free consultation.

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Energy Efficiency

Energy EfficiencyThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows energy-efficient homes are increasing in popularity every day. They save you money, and increase the value of your home considerably! Not only that, but energy-efficient homes are more comfortable and durable. The Department of Energy sponsors programs such as "Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH)," which helps builders become knowledgeable about new construction methods that improve the energy efficiency of newly-built homes. Through the ZERH program, homes typically become 40%-50% more energy-efficient than a typical home construction!

A new home being built in Sartell, MN, was inspired by ZERH. The Design Team incorporated many of the latest energy-efficient ideas into this design, including foam insulation on the outside of the wall to reduce thermal bridging and cut heat loss. When you are looking for the best value and most energy-efficient designs around, trust the Design Team. We look forward to drawing you into the house of your dreams!

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Spring Forward

Feb01_InspirationalHard to believe, but spring will be here before you know it! The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) encourages you to start planning your spring project now. Whether you have a remodel in mind, or want to start designing your dream home, the Design Team is here to make your vision come to life. Once the weather warms up, we book up quickly, so get in early and reserve your time with the Design Team. The Design Team is featured on Houzz, if you want to browse some current popular trends. Please visit our photo gallery here to see some of our latest projects. Call today and let the Design Team design your dream today!

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House Style of the Month- Salt Box Colonial

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and other areas home plans of all different styles. If you are looking for a slightly different spin on a traditional style, consider the Salt Box Colonial, our house style of the month.

History of the Salt Box Colonial
The salt box started as a small farm house and grew in size because it was added to over the years. Lean-tos were often added to the rear of the house, extending the roof on a steep slope. The rear of the house was oriented to the north to ward off biting winter winds. Its name comes from its resemblance to a box that salt was shipped in from Europe to America.

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    Characteristics:
  • two stories in front and one in back
  • center chimney
  • 10/12 or 12/12 gabled roof
  • double-hung windows
  • small-paned windows
  • shutters
  • 6" lap siding
  • symmetrical in front
  • small 6" to 12" overhang on roof
  • corner boards
  • first ones made with post and beam construction
  • 6-panel door, also known as colonial door, with pilasters and pediment
  • no overhang on gable ends

Let's face it, Minnesota winters are tough. Why not consider this traditional design built with just such weather in mind. Call The Design Team today to learn more about the beautiful Salt Box Colonial!

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Spring Forward

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It's not too early to start planning your spring build. In fact, The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) encourages you to start now, whether you are starting your dream home from the ground up, or simply planning a remodel. The Design Team has an expert staff on hand for both designing your project. We know how to save you money on your upcoming build, minimizing cost without any sacrifices on quality. Trust the masters at The Design Team to idealize your visions. The Design Team also offers easy updates for the upcoming holidays and entertaining. No matter the size or scope of your project, The Design Team is here to help. Call today for your free consultation!

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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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Building in the St Cloud Area - What You Need to Know

Bungalow_CustomFeatures_StCloudYou may have noticed the increase in new home construction in the St Cloud area. Building permits are up in the St Cloud area and homeowners are starting or in the middle of building their dream home. If you’ve been considering building in the St Cloud area, below are a few resources you may want to review.

City of St Cloud - Building Safety


"The City of St. Cloud helps ensure construction of safe buildings and protects community character through zoning laws and building code regulations. The Building Safety Department administers these laws through permits and inspections. When you as a homeowner build something in St. Cloud or change the way you use the home or property, you may need to obtain a permit. "

When Do You Need a Permit? (FAQ’s around City of St Cloud Building Permits)


"Building permits are required for room additions, decks (with walking surface over 6-inches above grade), porches, finishing basements, wood stoves, masonry fireplaces, interior modifications (including any work where existing framing is exposed), structure or non-structural renovations or repairs, demolition work, accessory structures over 100 square feet in area, re-roofing, re-siding, replacement windows (including window inserts), and retaining walls over 4-feet high.


Separate electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits are required for the installation, alteration, repair, relocation, replacement or addition to any wiring, piping, duct alterations, and any equipment, fixtures or appliances associated with those systems."

If you have questions regarding building in the St Cloud area, feel free to give The Design Team a call. We work with the City of St Cloud, local contractors and lumberyards to seamlessly build your new home.

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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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