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House Style of the Month...French Country

House Style of the Month...French CountryThe 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 want to consider our design of the month, French Country.

History

This style varied widely, but was originally based on farm houses that were found in the French countryside. Initially popular in the U.S. in the 1900s, this style has seen an increase in popularity again lately.

    Characteristics
  • casement windows
  • small panes
  • hip roof with some gable
  • 8/12 to 12/12 roof slope
  • most of the time brick or stucco
  • about a 1" roof overhang
  • 1 ½ or 2 stories
  • curved top windows (sometimes called eyebrow windows)
  • small garage doors
  • hip dormers
  • some stone used
  • French door – arch top with oval window or plank with round top
  • occasionally quoins were used
  • dental blocks sometimes
  • chimney pots

Call the Design Team today to discuss whether the French Country design 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 with you!

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Style of the Month...The Pennsylvania Dutch

Pennsylvania-DutchThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and all other areas stunning 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 Pennsylvania Dutch.

History
This design was first built by Germans who settled in Pennsylvania in the 1720s. The word Dutch comes from the mispronunciation of the word "Deutsch."

    Characteristics
  • stone
  • double-hung windows
  • small panes of glass
  • 6-panel door
  • 2 to 2 1/2 stories
  • shutters
  • not always balanced
  • more than one chimney
  • wood shingles
  • 8/12 to 12/12 roof slope
  • 9" to 12" overhang
  • little overhang on gable ends

Call the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) today to discuss whether the Pennsylvania Dutch 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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We Serve To Conserve

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) doesn’t just want to design your ideal home or remodel...we are here to help you maximize your energy efficiency every step of the way. Winterizing your home is not only prudent for the environment, it is essential for your budget! Whether you need to change furnace filters, replace aging HVAC equipment, or seal areas heat may be escaping, the Design Team is here to ensure your new or existing home is up to spec, meeting standards, and maximizing your energy efficiency this winter. The Design Team partners closely with Energy Star to get your home to its full efficiency potential. Please refer to https://www.energystar.gov/ for more information on energy saving tips and techniques, as well as tax credits and rebates for getting your home up to code. Call the Design Team today and let us guide you through your most efficient winter yet!

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Spring Ahead!

We know, we know...with old man winter just sinking his claws in it's hard to think about now, but spring will fortunately be here around the corner! With that in mind, it's never too early to start planning your spring build with the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN). Now is the perfect time to meet with the Design Team and start discussing options, location, and plans for our spring build or remodel! What could be more warming than watching your dream home plans come together this winter? Remember, if you're looking for more ideas, the CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association) will be putting on its spring show on March 11, 12, and 13th, 2016. This will be located at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud. With all these options and the Design Team here to guide you, we are certain you will find the perfect plan for your new dream home in the new year. Call the Design Team today and get started on planning your spring build!

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Style of the Month...Colonial

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and other areas home plans in a variety of different styles. If you are looking for a spin on a classic that never goes out of style, you may want to consider one of the following different colonial styles:b2ap3_thumbnail_Nov03_Inspirational.jpg

Georgian Colonial

History: This style became popular in England during the reign of King George V. The first ones were built in America around 1730.

    Characteristics:
  • traditional material was brick
  • occasionally quoins
  • most times a door with side lights
  • some with 6" lap siding
  • two to four chimneys
  • double-hung windows
  • occasionally palladian-style windows
  • most times fan windows over front door
  • shutters
  • most times hip roof
  • small panes of glass
  • 2 or 3 stories
  • 6-panel door
  • occasionally captain's walk
  • symmetrical in front
  • 9" to 12" overhang
  • dentil blocks
  • 10/12 to 12/12 roof slope

Federal Colonial

History: The Federal style was built after the Revolutionary War which ended in 1776. People in America liked the Georgian style but did not want to be reminded of King George so they called it the Federal style.

    Characteristics:
  • brick or 6" lap siding
  • double-hung windows
  • 9" to 12" overhang
  • shutters
  • corner boards if lap siding
  • occasionally a captain's walk
  • 2 or more chimneys
  • 6-panel door
  • symmetrical
  • occasionally a fan window above front door
  • small panes in windows
  • hip or gable roof
  • occasionally palladian windows
  • about an 8/12 roof slope

Regency Colonial

History: The Regency Colonial was popular in England between 1810 and 1920. This style wasn't seen in the U.S. until the late 1800s.

    Characteristics:
  • double-hung windows
  • hip roof
  • about an 8/12 roof slope
  • shutters
  • chimneys at end of the house
  • small panes of glass
  • curved panel over the front door
  • 6-panel door
  • occasionally side lights by front door
  • mostly brick-- some stucco
  • symmetrical
  • 9" to 12" overhang
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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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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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