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St. Cloud Home Design

St. Cloud Home DesignThe Design Team is a proud local St. Cloud business established in 1997. We have expanded our reach well beyond the St. Cloud area, and a lot of that is due to you, our valued clients! Perhaps The Design Team drafted your new home, and now you want us to design your lakefront property. Maybe we planned your lake home, and you now want to convert it into a full-time retirement home. Whether your project is large or small, The Design Team does it all, including custom design and drafting for:

  • New construction
  • Remodels
  • Additions
  • Decks
  • Garages
  • Small projects
  • Neighborhood programs
  • Stock plans
  • Light Commercial Design

Call today for your free consultation: (320) 252-1517.

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Custom Home Design

Custom Home Design St. CloudA custom home is so much more than just a house. It's the culmination of years of your hard work. That's why The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is the obvious choice for designing your custom home. Your home is your oasis. It is your dream and your retreat. Your home is also where you

  • entertain
  • relax
  • unwind
  • enjoy the quality moments of your life
  • create your best memories

With our combination of experience and industry knowledge at The Design Team, it is our passion to work with you to design your custom home so you can enjoy all these moments. Call today for your consultation (320) 252-1517 and discover The Design Team difference.

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Design With A Difference

Design With A DifferenceThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is dedicated to offering our clients the best possible experience designing their dream home. The advantages of choosing The Design Team are myriad, but here are just a few:

  • Experienced designers right on staff
  • Huge variety of home plans available to fit every style and budget
  • Cabins, lake homes, one, 1 1/2, and two-level plans, ramblers, bi-level, lofts and more
  • Unique Home Visualizer tool helps bring your ideas to life
  • Custom-tailoring your design with all details to make your dream home a reality
  • Familiarity with all current building codes so all plans up to spec
  • Liaising with contractors to make process seamless

Call for your consultation today (320) 252-1517 and discover how we design with a difference at The Design Team!

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Designing Women

Designing WomenThe Women of The Design Team

By: Annie Dittberner

Photo courtesy of: The Camera Shop

For 20 years, The Design Team has been one of Central Minnesota’s premier home design specialists. From young families and first time buyers to older couples looking to downsize, The Design Team works with homeowners, contractors, lumberyards and realtors to develop original residential designs.

“We design homes to fit our client’s lifestyle,” says designer Tricia Peters. “Everyone is different. Every home is different. It’s important for us to always focus on the client and to listen to what they’re saying.”

Within five years of its founding, The Design Team employed a staff of 11, including designers, drafters and an office manager. When the 2008 recession hit, however, they fell to four employees. Now, The Design Team is comprised of seven women — each of whom add a unique touch to creative home design.

“We all get along really well,” manager and designer Betsy Rakotz says. “It’s easy to communicate and we really work as a team. Every day, there’s questions flying around and everyone is open to offering an opinion.”

Since The Design Team completes nearly 1,000 projects each year, Betsy says it’s important for the team to work efficiently and communicate effectively.

“There are so many different markets that we have to understand,” Betsy says. “We know what needs to happen, so we take a lot of time to interview clients up front in order to provide their home needs.”

Guiding you to your dream home

In the beginning stages, designers from The Design Team sit down with their client for an information-gathering meeting.

“What’s more important than your home?” Tricia says. “It’s about how we can be a part of making it an enjoyable place to be.”

The Design Team discusses architectural style, square footage, lot requirements and budget with their client. After the initial consultation meeting, the designer will provide an estimate and go over the design strategy. Once the client approves the design, The Design Team prepares final construction documents.

“We’ve been doing this a long time so it’s become second nature to us,” Betsy says. “We like to think globally about the house. There are a lot of aspects to putting together a home and it takes a lot of skill and knowledge to do that.”

Since the building codes and complexity of homes have become more stringent, their team understands the importance of putting the customer first.

“As a homeowner coming to us, you are in control of the plan,” Tricia says. “Making our clients feel comfortable is part of our process of listening. We figure it all out in the planning stages. You learn a lot about people.”

Changing of the times

Depending on a client’s desired level of design, The Design Team uses new technologies like 3D drafting, visual walk- throughs and a virtual reality system as methods for clients to get a clearer picture of the home they envision.

“The Design Team is a good choice for your home design because we care about you. With 20 years of experience we are efficient, creative and affordable. Remember, good design doesn’t cost; it pays” Betsy says.

From start to finish, The Design Team provides clients with the tools to design their dream home.

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Retire in Style

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) wants you to know that wherever you are in life, we are here to design the perfect home to suit your needs. Whether you are looking to modify your current home or design your retirement home, we can help! We can draw up plans with visiting family in mind and few or no steps in your design. Large family rooms, bonus rooms, and entertaining spaces offer plenty of space and still allows a sense of togetherness for the family to gather. Add a beautiful screened porch or sunroom for an extra seasonal space to enjoy. If you can dream it, we can design it! Visit us on the web and browse us on Houzz to collect ideas. Then call for your free initial consultation, where we will go over your needs and budget: (320) 252-1517.

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From Our Homes to Yours

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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Show and Tell

Show and TellWith spring home show season right around the corner, St. Cloud's own Design Team encourages you to grab a friend and make a day of collecting design ideas and inspiration!

The CMBA Tour of Homes is beginning February 24-26 and continues March 3-5. There are 37 homes listed for the 2017 Spring Tour, so you have plenty of designs to see! These homes will be open those two weekends only, so mark your calendars and take your tours! Hours are Fridays from 4:30-7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 12-5. The Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) sponsors the Spring 2017 Parade of Homes, taking place March 4- April 2. Their Remodeler's Showcase also runs March 31-April 2.

There are so many ideas to absorb and see firsthand, we know you will bring us some fabulous ideas! It's the season for show and tell, so take some time and gather your ideas. You can rely on our experienced team to incorporate everything into your very own custom plan! Call The Design Team (320) 252-1517 to set up your free consultation. We look forward to designing for you!

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Save the Dates

Save the DatesThe Design Team would like to invite you to save the dates for some upcoming Home Shows.

These are excellent events to attend if you are planning to build a home in the next year or two. They are full of excellent ideas and opportunities to talk face to face with vendors and experts! The Alexandria Show will be held on March 4th and 5th at the Runestone Community Center. The CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association) is putting on its 2017 Home Show March 10, 11th, and 12th at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud, and the Mid Minnesota Home and Outdoor Show is March 31-April 2 at the Essentia Health Sports Center. Spark your imagination and then call The Design Team at (320) 252-1517 for your initial consultation. We look forward to designing your dreams!

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Our Team is Expanding!

Our Team is Expanding!The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is proud to announce the addition of two new team members, Amanda and LaWana!

Amanda graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2015 with a Bachelors of Design in Architecture, and joined The Design Team in July 2016. Amanda has experience in color consultations and estimating experience in the supply industry. Her passion has always been designing homes, even when she was young and they were made of paper and way too much tape! She enjoys working with people and enjoys creating spaces where memories are made. We welcome Amanda and look forward to her color renderings and 3D visualizations!

 

Our Team is Expanding!LaWana comes to us with an AAS degree in Architectural Construction Technology from the St. Cloud Technical and Community College. She has experience working with a residential architect in the in the Alexandria area, and loves designing homes. LaWana says, "I am very excited to be part of The Design Team, a dream come true!" We are excited to welcome you, LaWana!

We at the Design Team take pride in offering the best team with a wide variety of specialties, to take care of all your home design needs. Call today (320) 252-1517 and set up your initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Best Face Forward

Best Face ForwardIn keeping with curb appeal, choosing exterior materials, textures, and colors are all crucial considerations for your home plans. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has a wide range of experience in all different types of materials, from vinyl siding to stucco, steel and many other options. The Design Team will sit down with you and help determine which materials best serve your needs and budget. We will help you navigate your myriad of decisions and craft the perfect home plans tailored to you. By the time your final plans are delivered, you will be well-versed in all aspects of home design! Call (320) 252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to meeting you!

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Become Part of Our Team

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that planning your home design can be a daunting process. That's why we invite you to join our team, putting our knowledge and experience to work for you. The Design Team knows which factors to consider, and takes the time to get to know you and your family to determine all your home needs. You want your home to have curb appeal, and symmetry of design is key. Our adaptable designs will give you what you want, while still remaining balanced. Your interior design will be reflected in your exterior, making it all part of the seamless whole. Call The Design Team today at (320) 252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to the Team!

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Think Local

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) has been proudly serving the St. Cloud and surrounding areas since 1997. We are thrilled that our business continues to expand and cover an even wider range. The Design Team also wants you to keep us in mind for any of your local projects, large and small. We design all different sizes of homes, from the largest to the coziest. The Design Team not only designs custom home plans, we also do custom designs for remodels, additions, decks, garages, and other small projects. Whatever our St. Cloud residents need, we have designs on you at The Design Team! Don't forget smaller projects benefit just as much from the years of experience we offer with The Design Team. Our knowledgeable staff listens well to your ideas, offering experienced designs that are more accurate and require fewer, if any, revisions. Call (320) 252-1517 today and let us show how seamless your design projects can be!

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Outstanding Home Design Services

designing your dream home st cloudWhen it comes time to designing your dream home, it can seem overwhelming. That's where the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) comes in! The Design Team will not only give you the best home designs, our expert staff makes your experience as seamless and stress-free as possible from start to finish. Call (320)-252-1517 and set up your free consultation. The Design Team will make your dreams come true.

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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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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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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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A Unique Process for Your Unique Home Remodel

Bungalow_CustomHomeDesignCustom home designs and clients looking for a one-of-a-kind home design are unique, and so is The Design Team’s process. At The Design Team, we take pride in getting to know each client's specific needs, style and budget. It's our process that truly sets us apart.

First, we sit down for a free, no obligation consultation meeting. We'll talk about your lifestyle and how your home can complement and enhance your life. We ask about square footage, architectural style, how the home's views will interact with the scenery, lot requirements, your budget and more.

We really get a chance to learn about you and create a custom home design remodel that meets your needs and budget. Is your family growing? Would you like to entertain more? Do you nee more storage? These are common needs as average homeowners begin to outgrow their current home. If you aren’t ready to build from the ground up, consider a remodel. A lot of changes can be resolved with remodeling your current space to a space you love.

If you are not sure now is the right time to move or build - it may be the perfect time to remodel your current home. Contact The Design Team for your free, no obligation consultation.

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Home Style of the Month: Bungalow

Bungalow-Remodel-StCloudThe History of the Bungalow Home:


The peak of the bungalow popularity was from 1900 to 1930. It was built mostly by "do it yourself type people," who ordered a set of plans from some company, or they did their own plans. Some people say it was where the rambler got its start.

    Characteristics:
  • Mostly double-hung windows
  • 1 to 1 1/2 stories
  • 6" lap siding, stucco or whatever the person wanted that was building the house
  • Open ends on rafters
  • 4/12 to 8/12 roof slope
  • 1' to 2' overhangs
  • Most of the time they were small in size
  • All types of doors
  • Large porch posts

Is the Bungalow home style best for you? If the bungalow home style is a true reflection of you and your family, let The Design Team know! The Design Team has some great new home design ideas for the St Cloud area and beyond. Give us a call 320-252-1517 to get started!

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House Style of the Month: Rambler

Mega HomesThis home design offers some new adaptations on a more traditional favorite. What in the past has been referred to as a Rambler-style home, now incorporates some different features. This floor plan is one-story, and can include a patio home design. Often narrower lots will encourage creative design variations. These homes offer large basements, which are perfect for additional living space, recreation areas or entertaining. Although original rambler homes were fairly simple, we now see them dressed up with interesting roof lines, details borrowed from many styles, or porches. Are you thinking of updating your rambler home? Give The Design Team a call (320) 252-1517.

If you feel the Rambler design fits your needs, call the Design Team, the leader in St. Cloud home design! The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) would be happy to answer any further design-related questions you may have at 320-252-1517. We look forward to designing your dream home!

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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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