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Fall With Us

Fall With UsWhether you are planning a remodel or a brand new home, the Design Team invites you to fall with us! Now is the time to start planning your fall build, and we are excited to help bring your ideas to life! We see a lot of trends in our business, and some popular trends now are in home additions. These include master suite additions, with walk-in closets, bathrooms, and bedroom improvements. Screened-in porches are always a lovely addition. They bring the outside in and allow you to enjoy the fresh air without all those pesky bugs! They add value and endless enjoyment to your home. Best of all, they are relatively inexpensive to add so won't break the bank. Call the Design Team today and get started crafting ideas for your fall build. We look forward to meeting you!

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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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Drawn From Experience

Mar09_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that the best ideas are often the most spontaneous ones! We at The Design Team draw from our many years of experience, and we love to get new input and ideas from you! The only limit in this business is your imagination, so if you are looking for new home plan ideas or simply remodeling innovations, we encourage you to use all the tools at your disposal! Attend home and garden shows, visit homes on tours, browse The Design Team on Houzz, talk to your friends who have designed with us, look through our virtual gallery, whatever sparks your creativity! If you can dream it, The Design Team can design it. Collect your ideas and bring them to us to make them a reality! Call today for your first consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Style of the Month...Art Deco

Mar02_InspirationalThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. If you're looking for a contemporary design that never goes out of style, you may want to consider our design of the month, Art Deco.

History

Art Deco style first began about the 1920s in Europe, and then was introduced in the U.S. in about 1930. It has been hailed by some as the start of contemporary architecture.

    Characteristics
  • smooth walls
  • occasionally glass block windows used
  • flat roofs
  • round corners
  • round windows
  • casement windows
  • most of the time stucco used

Call The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) today to discuss whether the Art Deco 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 meeting you!

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Visualize First

Feb09_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows the best way to conceptualize your upcoming remodel or home plans is to see them in action! That's why we have our free Visualizer tool on our Design Team website. You can have a look for yourself here

View sample projects, upload your own photo and use our simple tools to add new ideas to your home, or modify and share stored projects. Take the guesswork out of your home ideas with the Design Team's Visualizer. This is such a great tool for collaboration on ideas with the Design Team! Call today for your consultation and find out what sets the Design Team apart in home design.

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Upcoming Spring Home Shows

Feb07_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) will be participating in several upcoming spring home shows, so please mark your calendars! This is a great opportunity to gather ideas, plan designs, and see some favorites implemented in a more concrete setting. We look forward to seeing you here:

  • CMBA Home Show --This is the largest home building show in central Minnesota! March 11, 12, & 13 (Friday 12-8, Saturday 9-7, and Sunday 10-4)
  • Alexandria Home and Garden Show-- March 2016, Runestone Community Center
  • CMBA Tour of Homes-- Spring Show February 26-28 and March 4-6 (Friday 4:30-7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 12-5) Come on over and look for the Design Team at these wonderful spring home shows!
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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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Sweet Sixteen

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It's almost here, another new year! Ready to make 2016 "sweet sixteen" with your new dream home? The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is here for you! Now is the perfect time to start planning your spring build or remodel. Browse our beautiful galleries on our website and please check us out on Houzz to get ideas on all the latest trends! Some features that are still currently very popular include: 

  • barn doors 
  • cable rails  
  • master suites with luxury showers

Master suites are always in high demand for perfect relaxation and tranquility. Luxurious showers may be preferred over whirlpools, dual-head showers, sunken spa tubs with beautiful views...whatever your dream, The Design Team will make it a reality! No need to put it off, now is the time to plan. Call the Design Team today and make 2016 your sweet (or suite!) sixteen. 

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You Dream It, We Design It

Jan11_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that not every dream home has to start from the ground up. Now is the time to start planning for your spring remodel, and the Design Team is here to help you every step of the way. You don't need to buy a new piece of property to build your dream home, build on what you have! Add that sun room, build a loft or whole new level, the sky is the limit. That reminds us...adding a skylight is a beautiful way to enhance the beauty and natural light of your home. Whatever your budget, whatever your vision, The Design Team's experts are on hand to guide you every step of the way. If you can dream it, we can design it! Please enjoy our stunning photo gallery of remodel projects we have finished: http://www.thedesignteam.biz/index.php/remodel-additions Call today to set up your consultation and let the Design Team help you build your dream home right where you live!

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Happy Holidays from The Design Team!

Happy Holidays from The Design Team!

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How To Build the Home You Can Afford

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that there is often a disparity between the home you would ideally like to have, and what you can realistically afford. Don't despair! The Design Team is here with our expert staff right on hand to help you get the most out of your budget. Scaling back doesn't necessarily mean you have to cut corners, or even sacrifice all those details you want to include. That's where the Design Team comes in. We can help you design your dream home with an eye to maximizing results within your budget. You may not need an oversized home. Corners and angles can add to cost, whereas a steeper roof can save it. As for bids, it's a good idea not to get too many and get bogged down and overwhelmed. Every builder is unique, but in general $150-$220 per square foot is common, depending on details. Trust in the Design Team and we will help you every step of the way to navigate all your options. Call the Design Team today to get started on bringing your dream to life!

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Ace of Space

Nov06_InspirationalThe Design Team, St. Cloud's custom home experts, prides ourselves on maximizing use of space. Modern homes are leaning more and more toward multi-functional areas, and The Design Team is on hand to help you get full potential out your square footage. How about some extra drawer space built into your stairs? Hidden cubbies in corners? The possibilities are endless. Got an idea you haven't seen before? The Design Team loves a challenge! We welcome your fresh new perspective and enjoy adding to our repertoire. Call The Design Team today for your free initial consultation. We can't wait to add form and function to your new home or remodel!

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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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Tiny Houses Make Their Way to St. Cloud

The tiny houses trend has been sweeping the nation and is one of the newest home plans in MN. Always looking for new ways to design and build, the St. Cloud Technical and Community College (SCTCC) is joining the tiny house revolution. The Design Team has graduates from SCTCC who bring that same spirit of innovation into our St. Cloud home planning and design.

Environmentally Friendly Tiny Houses
More and more people in the U.S. are taking steps to combat environmental waste and commit to a simpler lifestyle. One of the most popular ways to achieve this is by building tiny houses. While the average American home is over 2,000 square feet, tiny houses can be anywhere between 65 and 400 square feet. This means fewer building materials are used and the house uses up far less energy. If you are looking for St. Cloud new home build ideas that are environmentally friendly, a tiny house might be just the thing for you.

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The Design Team Process

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There are many steps between finding your custom dream home and the reality of watching it come to life. Our experts at The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) have streamlined this process to make it as seamless as possible for everyone involved. Whether you are planning to remodel or build from the ground up, The Design Team follows these steps:

Initial Consultation: (no charge) Approximate 1-hour meeting to discuss homeowner's ideas, lifestyle, home size, room-to-room relationships, lot conditions, etc. For remodels, measurements and photos will also be taken.


Estimate/Work Order: (50% deposit) We determine an estimate based on complexity, size, and general scope of project. If preliminary design work exceeds deposit amount, you will only be charged for time spent on the plans.

Phase 1: (Not build-ready plans) Preliminary design based on 1st client meeting.

New construction: Includes floor plan and 1 elevation (typically front elevation is shown, though lakeside elevation may be preferred for lakeside property)

Remodels and additions: As-is layout of existing structure (or affected areas), floor plans and elevations of proposed design changes

 

 

Phase 2: (not build-ready plans) Revisions and fine-tuning

  • Meetings to discuss client feedback, design recommendations, and changes to the plans. (Note: our 'allowances for revisions' on our work order is estimated for 2-3 rounds of revisions. We keep you posted how many hours are used on the project.)
  • Revisions to the plans
  • Add foundation plan, all 4 elevations, a preliminary section and a roof plan

Phase 3: (permit- and construction-ready plans) Final construction documents

  • Add dimensions, notes, window callouts and rough openings, stair and building sections (Note: At this point The Design Team highly recommends a pre-construction meeting with the general contractor, all sub-contractors, the designer, and the homeowner to go over everything and minimize issues down the road.)
  • Plan review, final changes and corrections
  • Plans issued

Call The Design Team today and take that first step toward making your custom dream home a reality! (320)-252-1517. We look forward to meeting with 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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