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When planning your dream home, nothing sparks your imagination quite like seeing some ideas in person. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) invites you to see some of our work this spring at the area home shows! The Alexandria home show will be taking place March 4th and 5th and is a great place to start off the season. CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association) is the following week March 10th, 11th, and 12th. Booth #409 will have the Oculus, our latest technological advance. Stop by and take a virtual tour! Mark your calendars and come see some amazing Design Team projects up close. We look forward to seeing you there! Call (320) 252-1517 for more details and to set up your free consultation.

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New Year, New View

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is happy to announce that we have added new plans to our website! Browse our plan gallery and you will find new designs for rambler, multi-level, and bi-level plans. Remember The Design Team customizes and adjusts every plan not only to tailor to your tastes, but to make certain your plans meet all the current codes and engineering guidelines. There are many factors to consider when designing your dream home, which is where our experienced staff comes in. The Design Team takes care of all the details, and makes your process a seamless one. Call The Design Team today at (320) 252-1517 and set up your free consultation. Let the New Year bring your new view with The Design Team!

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The Best Laid Plans

The Best Laid PlansDesigning custom homes and remodels is what we do. At The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) our designers are right on staff, able to tailor our designs to meet your specifications. If you can dream it, we can design it! The Design Team offers many advantages such as numerous house plans right online, as well as our unique Home Visualizer tool to see your plans in action. We offer a huge variety of styles to choose from including one-story, one-and-a-half story, and two or more story designs. The Design Team takes your location and land conditions into consideration, planning the most advantageous designs to your specific needs. During your initial consultation, we consider your lifestyle, family, and entertaining desires to incorporate into your home or remodel plans. With The Design Team, you will always get the best laid plans. Call today (320)-252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Your Next Step

designing your dream home st cloudPerhaps you're looking for a plot of land in the St. Cloud area, or have already purchased one for your dream home. What's next? The Design Team! The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has our designers right on staff to custom-tailor your home plans to your specifications every step of the way. Your free initial consultation will cover your lifestyle, lot and square footage, your visions for your dream home, and more. The Design Team also features many home plans on our website, and we are featured on Houzz if you are looking for more ideas. Whatever your vision, The Design Team will bring it to life with your dream home plans. Call (320)-252-1517 today and set up your free consultation. You've got the land. The Design Team will take it from here!

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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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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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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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Plan Ahead!

Apr12_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) would like to remind you that NOW is the time to plan ahead! If you have designs on a design for 2016, today is the day to get started. Call The Design Team today (320)-252-1517 to set up your initial no-cost consultation. In this initial meeting, The Design Team will sit down with you and discuss everything from your lifestyle and personal preferences to site amenities, square footage, design ideas, and budget. The Design Team walks you through the entire design process, from ideas to home plans, retouches, and getting you set up with your contractors. We at the Design Team knows that most people have never done this before, and have earned their reputation as trusted partners! If 2016 is your year for your dream home or remodel, call The Design Team and let us draw your vision. Remember to visit us on Houzz and utilize our unique Home Visualizer tool to assist you with modern ideas and the latest innovations. The Design Team looks forward to drawing you in!

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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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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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Style of the Month--Dutch Colonial

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas beautiful home plans in an endless variety of styles. If you are looking for a classic design that maintains popularity to this day, you may want to consider our Style of the Month...the Dutch Colonial.  

History 

Contrary to what is commonly believed, the Dutch Colonial style did not originate in Holland. It originated with Dutch settlers starting at about the early 1700s. The profile of the Dutch Colonial often makes it referred to as a barn house. Its gambrel-roofed style on the upper level allowed it to be classified as a single-story home, which helped for tax purposes. It shares some characteristics with the Colonial Revival style, including symmetry, siding, and windows.  

Characteristics: 

  • symmetrical in front  
  • Dutch door or 6-panel door 
  • double-hung windows 
  • small panes of glass 
  • 6" lap siding 
  • wood shingles 
  • chimney not in center 
  • gambrel roof 
  • top roof 5/12  
  • sides of roof 20/12 
  • small overhang on roof 
  • shutters 
  • second floor smaller than first  
  • dormers (shed or gable)  
  • corner boards 
  • small garage doors 9X7 
  • 9" to 12" overhang 
  • very little overhang on gable ends 

Call the Design Team today to discuss whether the Dutch Colonial may be the perfect design for you! Always remember the Design Team has our Designers are on staff to tweak any design and make any variations you want to explore. We look forward to meeting you!   

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Home Shows

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) will be participating in spring home shows again, so make sure to mark your calendars! This is a great opportunity to see the Design Team in action, and gather ideas and information for your upcoming home plans. The first one will be in Alexandria at the Home and Garden show on March 5-6. The second one will be in St. Cloud March 11-13. Save the dates and look for us at these spring home shows. We look forward to meeting you!   

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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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The Lake Effect

Dec02_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that when it comes to choosing an ideal location for your seasonal or year-round residence, lake property is second-to-none. That's why the Design Team has a gallery of stunning lake home plans to choose and build from. At the Design Team, we don't simply build you a dream lake home, we shape a vision based on your unique location, maximizing your plans with breathtaking views in mind. Don't settle for less than the experts on the Design Team. Trust the Design Team to craft and oversee every aspect of your dream lake home. Please browse our beautiful Design Team galleries, take a virtual tour, and call us today to get started on building your dream!

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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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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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Fall Home Tours - Start in September!

Fall home tours for 2015 are being prepared in Minnesota, offering a sampling from the best Central Minnesota builders. If you are interested in learning more about home plans in MN from various builders in the area, start marking these dates in your calendar.

CMBA Tour
The Central Minnesota Builders Association (CMBA) is hosting their fall home tour on September 18-20 and September 25-27. Several builders will be participating in the tour with home listings for St. Cloud house plans as well as others in Sartell, Sauk Rapids, Rice, St. Augusta, Foley, and Becker.

MMBA Tour
The Mid-Minnesota Builders Association (MMBA) will be hosting their Lakes Area Home Tour in Brainerd, MN from September 11-13. The MMBA will be organizing homes from several different builders for the fall Lakes Area Home Tour.

VBA Tour
The Vikingland Builders Association (VBA) is another organization that will be hosting a fall home tour. The tour will take place from August 29-30 in Alexandria, MN.

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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:
2455 12th Street SE
St. Cloud, MN 56304

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