The Design Team (St. Cloud. MN) is proud to be celebrating our 20th year in the business. We have served St. Cloud and surrounding areas for the past 20 years, and we are looking forward to the next 20! Finishing nearly 1,000 projects yearly, The Design Team has proven methods for collaboration and implementation, delivering stunning home plans to our steady stream of clients. Not only that, but The Design Team works directly with contractors, lumberyards, and realtors, acting as the perfect liaison with homeowners to walk you through every step of the process. Many people wonder if The Design Team also designs remodels in addition to new home plans. The answer is a resounding yes! During your initial visit, we will work with you to get your plans underway. Depending on the scope of your project, The Design Team may need a 2-hour initial site visit for measurements and get more details for your project. The important thing to know is if you can dream it, The Design Team can do it! Add that bonus room. Design that sun porch. Call us today and set up your free initial consultation to discuss your vision for your remodel: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to meeting with you!
The Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a key feature at the heart of home design...entertainment areas!
There are so many possibilities for your entertainment space, whether you want to utilize existing space around the kitchen, great room, or dining room, or go all-out with a finished basement, The Design Team has endless options for you to choose from! Ramblers, or ranch-style homes offer a larger footprint, and with that comes ample basement space to create some fun and lively areas to utilize, but any home with a basement can be finished useful space. A theater room, bar area, or recreation area for a pool table or other games are ideal for the lower level. Often these spaces are considered the noisy, more active areas of the home. Whatever your fancy, trust The Design Team to bring your vision to life! Not only that, but our experienced designers can make suggestions you haven't even thought of. Place your bar in a reverse juxtaposition to face your home theater. Add a deck for a walk-out entertainment space with outdoor kitchen. Perhaps you have a lake property and want an outside-in entertainment design around a pool or refreshment area. The Design Team will connect the spaces visually and offer flawless designs that really flow. The only limit is your imagination! Celebrating our 20th year, you can always expect the best with The Design Team. Call today and set up your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to drawing you in!
The 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.
The Design Team, (St. Cloud, MN) knows that when it comes to home designs, often seeing is believing. This is why we are excited to demonstrate our state-of-the-art Oculus technology. Stop by The CMBA (Central Minnesota Builders Association) Home Show March 10, 11th, and 12th at the St. Cloud River's Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud and ‘walk through’ a modern home design using this amazing new 3D visualization!
In 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!
After another successful tour of homes, The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) came away with lots of popular trends to pass on to you! For instance, having a mixture of light and dark woodwork in the same room is a current trend that is getting a lot of attention. Lower-level bars are popular, as well as having an entire wine room for display and storage. The home theater revolution continues, with more open areas trending. Instead of having large homes, size is trending down a bit with more attention to detail. Large areas of woodwork, sunny spaces, and smaller, cozier sitting rooms are all popular right now. Whether you are looking for trending ideas or have plenty of your own ideas, The Design Team will craft your custom plans to suit every taste. From traditional to cutting edge, The Design Team does it all. Call (320) 252-1517 today and set up your free consultation. Discover The Design Team difference.
The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) wants to remind you that the seasons don’t slow us down. You may not be able to build all year round, but we can certainly design and plan anytime. In fact, the colder months are the perfect time to meet up with The Design Team. Let’s schedule your initial consultation and start working on your home design today!. Let your dream home plans warm you this winter! Call The Design Team today at (320) 252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation.
The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is happy to help you navigate every option of your home build or remodel, every step of the way. We will even assist you in making choices you may not initially realize factor into your project. For example, the Design Team will make different options available based on whether your home will be a seasonal one or a permanent residence. The Design Team experts will also help you decide which options would work best for you depending on how long you plan on living in your year-round residence. Will you be making some improvements and selling it again in the future? Or will this be your forever home? Maybe you're not sure yet, and that's okay, too! The Design Team will go over all your options. We pay attention to specific design versus attention to potential resale. Forever homes may utilize features such as 3-foot doorways and fewer steps. Whatever your desires, the Design Team is here to fulfill them, every step of the way. Call and set up your no-cost consultation today!
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No matter how comfortable you are in your home or how long you've lived there, there's always one area that could stand to be fully remodeled or given an updated look. Do you have a room in mind? The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) can help refine some of the more subtle aspects of your design ideas to create an end product that enhances your original vision for the project, incorporating your feedback at every step of the process.
During an introductory consultation our designers aim to get to know you as a person and develop a detailed, yet efficient design plan that is in keeping with your personality type. We recommend you do some research online while comparing and contrasting various remodeling tactics for the area in question before calling us to shorten the expected duration of the project. Call The Design Team today at (320) 252-1517 to put your remodeling plan into action!
The Design Team (St Cloud MN) does work with contractors if you so choose. There is no designated list of The Design Team (St Cloud MN) approved contractors forced upon clients. We are willing to work with anyone you wish to bring on board the design project.
The Design Team (St Cloud MN) finds it helpful to have lumberyards & contractors involved. They support your efforts in keeping the budget in check, and lend a practical perspective to your project. Sometimes, the homeowner wants to manage the project & get several bids - and that's great too. Whatever direction you want to take your future home construction, the pros at The Design Team are willing to listen to your ideas and preferred approach. Call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.