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Seeing is Believing

Seeing is BelievingThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that dreaming up ideas is one thing, but seeing them in action before you start drafting blueprints is key in making sure your vision comes to life. That's why the Design Team offers our unique Home Visualizer tool on our website to assist you in doing just that! View sample projects, upload your own photos, view, print and share your projects—all of this is just a click away with the Design Team's Home Visualizer! Call today (320)-252-1517 to see how Home Visualizer can work for you!

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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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Neighborhood Planning

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has a long-standing reputation for offering superior quality designs and building relationships with our clients and contractors to make your dream home or remodel is better than you could ever have imagined! We wear many hats at the Design Team, and our business is growing and expanding every year. Another area we are getting back into recently is neighborhood planning. This is an exciting opportunity for us to design a group of homes that cohesively go together, but also have individualized options to make them uniquely your own. If you are a developer with a vision, the Design Team is here to help make it a reality. Call today (320)-252-1517 for more information.

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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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We've Got Designs On You

Apr08_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that building your dream home or remodel is one of the most important decisions you can make. The best builds start with the best designs, and our expert designers at The Design Team offer you the very best our industry and collective expertise has to offer. You may be able to find free home plans, but remember, you get what you pay for! Nothing is more crucial to your dream home than its design. The Design Team has been perfecting our craft since 1997, keeping up on everything from classic designs to the latest innovative technologies and developments. You simply won't find a better team of design specialists for your dream home or remodel. Trust the experts at The Design Team to draft your perfect plans, with all the special touches to make it uniquely your own. Call (320)-252-1517 today to set up your initial consultation.

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House Style of the Month...Classic Colonial

Classic-ColonialThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) 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 be interested in our design of the month, the Classic Colonial.

History

The Classic Colonial is based on classic Greek architecture. The style was introduced by Thomas Jefferson, who used it to begin building Monticello in 1772, which was completed in 1803. It is widely believed that there is very little difference between classic colonial, southern colonial, and Greek revival styles.

    Characteristics
  • columns
  • Doric, Ionic, or Corinthian capitals
  • porticos (porch)
  • variety of roof shapes on the same house
  • 2 to 3 stories
  • double-hung windows
  • small panes
  • some round or round-top windows
  • fan windows
  • 6-panel door
  • brick or stucco

Call the Design Team today to discuss whether the Classic Colonial may be the perfect design 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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Home Show

Apr02_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is happy to announce that we will be participating in another upcoming home show. The Williston Home Show is going to be held on April 15-17. If you haven't had a chance to attend a home show yet this spring, save the dates because now is your chance! The Design Team will also be hosting a design seminar, featuring "the good, the bad, and the ugly!" We will be on hand to show you examples of all different types of designs, so you know which are ideal for your purposes, and which pitfalls to avoid. Mark your calendars and The Design Team will see you at the Williston Home Show soon!

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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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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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View To A Thrill

Jan08_InspirationalIf you've always dreamed of that stunning home on the lake, The Design Team is the perfect choice to make your dream a reality! The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) specializes in beautiful lake home designs, custom-tailored to include all your favorite features, as well as maximizing your location to display the most majestic views. Not sure exactly what you want? Not a problem! The Design Team sits down with you and gets an extensive idea of your lifestyle and needs, offering suggestions from our expert staff to make sure you end up with the lake home of your dreams! The only limit is your imagination. Visit us on Houzz and browse our beautiful galleries for lake home ideas. Call today and get started on building your perfect lake home!

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Contract Contact

b2ap3_thumbnail_100_1947small_20151215-204427_1.jpgThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that home building and remodeling can be a daunting experience. That's why we are here to guide you every step of the way, from batting around ideas until the final coat of paint is applied. The Design Team works closely with contractors of every stripe to help you build a great relationship as well as brick and mortar. Your relationship with your contractor is a crucial part of any building project. You will have a relationship with your contractor for at least a year normally, and up to 10 years with warranties. The Design Team is here to help you pick the best partnership based on your needs. Picking a contractor based on price alone isn't often the best course, though of course price is important. A great preliminary step is to interview builders before having a plan. The Design Team will help you select one that keeps your costs aligned with your budget, as well as have upfront conversations with builders for information gathering. The Design Team does our homework so you can be confident in your choices. Call the Design Team today and let us help you find the best partnerships all through your home building project. We are here for you!

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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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Style of the Month....The Cotswold

CotswoldThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas beautiful home plans in a variety of styles. If you are looking for a traditional design that never goes out of style, you may want to consider our design of the month, the Cotswold.

History
The Cotswold design dates back to its origins in the Cotswold hills of England, back around 1066 at the time of the Norman Conquest. Though originally built mostly by less well-off members of society, this romantic design carried across the ocean and gained popularity in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s.

    Characteristics:
  • brick, stone and stucco (more than Elizabethan tudor)
  • casement windows
  • some of the time half timbers were used
  • some wood lap siding (8") on gable ends
  • gable and hip roof
  • small pane windows (diamond or square)
  • dormers
  • smaller than Elizabethan style
  • chimney pots
  • large chimneys
  • round or arch type door (many panels) or plank
  • more stucco used than on the Elizabethan
  • 7 x 9 garage door

Call the Design Team today (St. Cloud, MN) and discuss whether the Cotswold may be the perfect design for you! Remember that the Design Team has our designers right on staff to help you plot and make variations on any traditional design you may want to explore. We look forward to meeting you!

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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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Save Your Energy

Nov08_InspirationalThe Design Team, St. Cloud custom home builders, invites you to consider energy conservation in your next new home or home remodel project. When planning your new build or remodel, we will go over all of your options and decide on the best course of action for you in your new home. Often paying a little extra towards energy-efficient options will offer you bigger savings in the long run, as well as minimizing your impact on the environment. The Design Team is happy to discuss your best choices, including windows, solar panels, and even wind gear. Call today and set up your no-cost consultation. We look forward to saving energy with you!

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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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True Teamwork

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that experience is the best teacher, no matter what your field. That's why we are proud of having over 50 years of collective experience among us! When the Design Team started in 1997, a small group of experienced home designers got together under The Design Team name. Today, we have thousands of successful plans under our belts, and our expertise has grown along with our experiences. The Design Team is a collaborative effort, offering shared staff space for creative solutions. We have hands-on experience with a wide variety of homes, remodels, additions, garages, and other small projects. If you can dream it, we can design it. Trust The Design Team to make your dream a reality. Call today for your free consultation!

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Retire In Style

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The Design Team knows that one of the most important decisions you can make is choosing an ideal retreat for your retirement. Whether opting for a seasonal cottage or a year-round home, there are many considerations. St. Cloud's custom home experts, The Design Team, are here to help you navigate all your options. In thinking of health and future requirements, perhaps a home with no stairs will suite your needs. Will you be looking for a home office, a guest suite for your aging parents? One level living space with a second floor for extended family and entertaining? The Design Team knows you've worked hard, and you deserve an ideal home to enjoy. We like to use the term ‘Smart-sizing rather than ‘down-sizing’ as we consider your needs and use of your new space. Let the experts at The Design Team realize your vision incorporating the best use of natural light, comfort, and style. Call today and take the first step towards building your dream retirement home!

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Contact Information

PHONE:
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TOLL FREE within Minnesota:
888-275-7732

FAX:
320-252-1518

EMAIL:
info@thedesignteam.biz

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

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