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Aging In Place

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is celebrating its 20th year in business and knows the ins and outs of various requirements for all our clients. One important consideration when designing a home is the ability to age in place. You want your biggest investment to last, and The Design Team considers all aspects in your home plans. Perhaps you're designing your retirement home or cottage. What factors should you consider? One big element to include is sufficient natural light. As we age, our eyes need more natural light. The Design Team may suggest a south orientation, to maximize your available resources. Perhaps a walk-in shower or single-story rambler would be beneficial. Whatever your needs, you can be assured The Design Team will complete your stunning home plans with an eye for detail. You don't need to compromise beauty for practicality! The Design Team offers the best of both worlds. Call today for your free consultation and discover The Design Team difference: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to meeting with you!

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More Ideas

More IdeasThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) offers an endless selection of home styles and designs. We work within your style and budget to craft your ideal home plans. We at The Design Team aren't happy until you're happy, and will work with you until you have the ultimate home plans for your dream home. Give your home design a unique, eye-catching appeal. With The Design Team, you know you are getting the most experienced staff with extensive knowledge on all your home design options. Call (320) 252-1517 and discover The Design Team difference!

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Plan The Neighborhood

Plan The Neighborhood  St CloudThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) offers more than just single-family home plans. We also work on neighborhood designs! Typically The Design Team will come up with a multi home design program. Each individual design has several different elevation options for homeowners to choose from, so as to avoid the ‘cookie cutter’ effect. Plan management service is available, with plans managed in-house. Contractors work directly with The Design Team to establish aesthetics, demographics, and target markets of the entire neighborhood. Patio homes may be desired, or young families may be looking for split-level designs. There are limitless possibilities, and The Design Team will design them all! If you are a developer looking to create a new neighborhood, The Design Team is your solid choice to partner with. Call (320) 252-1517 today.

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A Perfect Fit

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that every vision is as unique as the individual. That's why we want to thoroughly get to know our clients before we start drafting your plans. The Design Team offers a free initial consultation, usually lasting about an hour, where we go over all of your specific needs, style preferences, and budget. We will discuss your lifestyle, and how best to design a home that complements it. The Design Team will also address your property, square footage, lot requirements, and architectural style. You have a vision The Design Team will bring it to life with your dream home plans. Call (320)-252-1517 today and get started on your free consultation. 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.

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.

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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Plan Now to Start Your Fall Building Project

Bungalow_TheDesignTeamNow that you just opened your lake cabin and have started enjoying all that summer brings to Minnesota, let's start planning your fall building project! Whether you are considering a remodel to the current space, or an addition to accommodate those lake house guests - now is the time to think about what your lake home space could look like.

Enjoy your time at the lake this summer in your cabin. Make memories that last a lifetime and take some time to think about what the space could be transformed into. Need more storage? A larger entertaining space? A larger or additional garage for all of your lake toys? Perhaps a bunk house? Enjoy your cabin all summer and be prepared to start your building project when the weather gets cold.

Call The Design Team to schedule your free, no obligation meeting on site to discuss what your space could become with just a little bit of help.

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The Design Team - Home Plans Now Online!

May07_InspirationalAre you contemplating designing a new home? Wanting to browse plans in the comfort of your home before visiting with some designers? The Design Team has several custom home plans online for you to browse on our website. Click here.

Browse our current online home plans - from Multi-Level, to Rambler, to 1 1/2 Story, to Two Story and give us a call to let us know what you think. Modifications to each plan is available. Please contact The Design Team for information or to schedule your free, no obligation meeting.

If you need help or have questions, feel free to give us a call (320) 252-1517. We’d be happy to chat with you about your next home!

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New Home Planning - Guiding You to Your Dream Home

After an initial consultation with The Design Team (St Cloud, MN), which lasts about an hour, you can expect a first draft within 2-3 weeks. This timetable varies according to the relative complexity of the project and your personal needs. We take the time to really understand what your needs are in order to provide you with exactly why you are looking for.

The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) can assist in creating the home of your dreams with an eye for precision and craftsmanship. Please call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to get started.

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New to The Design Team - Concept Plans at Great Prices!


The Design Team (St Cloud MN) now offers an additional product line. The Design Team is in partnership with the Home Builders Network (HBN) to offer you, a cost effective option for unique home plans.

Custom home plan collections have never been so easy! If you are looking for a neighborhood of plans with a similar style and size, you’ll find convenient six plan groupings - just search “Collections”.

Take a minute and search the plans on the HBN site. Search by house type, elevation style, garage location, square footage and/or house width. It’s quick, easy, and you’ll end up with a start to your dream home.

If you need help or have questions, feel free to give us a call (320) 252-1517. We’d be happy to chat with you about your next home!

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Home Style of the Month - Half Timber / Tudor Style

This month at The Design Team (St Cloud MN) we are talking about the Half Timber or more commonly known as the Tudor Style home. The history of the Tudor style houses were built in England about 1550 during Queen Elizabeth’s time. The second story sometimes overhung the first floor to get more space in the second floor.

Characteristics of the Tudor style home include: b2ap3_thumbnail_Half-Timber-1.jpg

  • Large Sculptured Chimneys (Many)
  • Brick, Stucco and some Stone
  • Stucco Between Timbers is Called Nogging
  • Gable, Hip and Clipped Gable Type Roof
  • Casement Windows
  • Small Panes (Square or Diamonds)
  • 8/12 to 12/12
  • Half Timbers
  • 1 1/2 to 3 Stories
  • Some Eyebrow Type Windows
  • 9” to 12” Overhang
  • Some Leaded Glass Windows were used
  • Dormer Windows
  • Chimney Pots
  • 7 x 9 Garage Door
  • Arch Type Door (Many Panels)

If you’ve loved the Half Timber / Tudor Style home - the characteristics, the style, the charm - you are not alone. The Tudor style home is filled with characteristics making the home unique and beautiful - inside and out. The Design Team (St Cloud MN) has designed some great custom Tudor style homes in this area. If you are considering a Half Timber or Tudor style home for your next home, connect with us on must have features you won’t want to live without.

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Join The Design Team on One of their Upcoming Home Tours!

b2ap3_thumbnail_JPC---Heinz-Front-Elevation_Grass.jpgThe Design Team (St Cloud MN) will be embarking on a late summer/early fall series of home tours highlighting our favorite designed homes in the area. Venues, dates and times are listed below along with any other relevant information available at this time.

Upcoming Home Tours:

Vikingland Builders Association
August 23rd from 10am to 6pm & August 24th from 11am to 5pm
Tickets are $3 for ages 2 and up. Tickets will be available for purchase at all the homes the day of and ahead of time at all the local lumber yards (and possibly more locations)
Questions? Call 320-763-3301
See our design at RL Heinz Construction & Concrete

Mid- Minnesota Home Tour Lakes Area Home Tour
Sept. 5-7, 2014

Central Minnesota Builders Association Tour of Homes
Sept. 12-14 & 19-21
Hours: Friday 4:30-7:00pm, Sat. & Sun. 12-5pm

Builder Association of the Twin Cities - Parade of Homes

Sept. 6th -28th, 2014

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House Style of the Month: Cape Cod Colonial


August's house style of the month is the Cape Cod Colonial Style.

Early Cape Cod Colonial style homes were crude in design, one room on the first floor and a sleeping loft in the area above. This design experienced a surge in popularity from 1920-1950 due to the presence of a kitchen, multiple bedrooms, and a spacious, yet compact dining room. The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) can outline a 1/2 Cape Cod, 3/4 Cape Cod, or full Cape Cod style home depending on your preferences.

Cape Cod homes are usually 1 1/2 stories with 6" white or gray lap siding and 10:12 to 12:12 roof slope. Some defining features of these homes include double hung windows, a gable roof, dormers, small overhang, 6 panel door, center chimney, and wood shingles on the roof.

If you're interested in a Cape Cod style home, contact The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) for more information on how you can make your next home Cape Cod style while also retaining a family friendly environment. Call (320) 252-1517 for further details regarding St. Cloud custom home designs.

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Things to Consider When Designing your Floor Plan


When designing the floor plan for your dream home, there are many things to consider:

  • Your lifestyle
  • How can your home can compliment your lifestyle?
  • Details of the home: size, lot requirements, square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms,
  • Will you be caring for pets?
  • How long you plan to live there?
  • Location
  • Exterior/style of your home
  • Room layout
  • Location
  • Sun rise/set
  • Views
  • Ceiling heights/styles - whether you want vaulted or flat
  • How many levels
  • Slab on grade, single, multi level or two story
  • Furniture relocation
  • if you would like a dining room, office or guest suite etc.
  • Budget

Everyday living is most important when considering a floor plan design, and lastly is your budget. What can you afford? Give The Design Team (St Cloud MN) a call (320) 252-1517 for more information on St Cloud MN home plans residential design for your dream home!

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The Home Design Process Explained


Are you looking for someone to design a home for you and are unsure where to turn? The knowledgeable professionals at The Design Team (St Cloud, MN) will be happy to answer any questions you may have, starting with an in depth interview at our office.

During your interview, please mention your overall goals for your project and other important considerations. For example, are you looking to downsize? Our designers would also appreciate it if you could bring along anything that could help jumpstart the process, such as pictures of a current house design you prefer or elevation specifics. With the help of The Design Team (St Cloud, MN), building your new home will be a smooth journey. Call today to let us know some of your design ideas! (320) 252-1517

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Contractor For Hire vs. DIY


Regardless of the scope of their project, many people are intrigued by the possibility of acting as their own contractor. This allows them to negotiate firsthand with subcontractors and keep a closer eye on how their project is progressing. However, by going with the licensed professionals you can expect knowledgable, experienced contractors. Contractors frequently anticipate potential problems - because of their experience and have the ability to solve problems along the way. Contractors schedule the right subs in the right order - knowing and understanding the process inside and out. Leaving you stress free during this exciting time in your life.

Looking for the best pricing when building your dream home? Understandable! By working with the general contractor and the subs they propose/utilize is where you will get the best pricing. They have worked with specific professionals in the area and know who does the best work and is reliable, affordable, and dependable.

Trust the general contractor you hire and the subs they utilize - you'll be glad you did.
Call the experts at The Design Team to get your project off the ground without delay! (320) 252-1517

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How The Design Team Determines Costs


The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is eager to help you get started building your dream home. We aim to get to know you personally through a detailed interview. Common questions that must be answered before the design process can begin include: has a suitable lot and/or builder been chosen? How does the current size and style layout of your home compare to expectations for the finished product?

Of immediate concern to many customers is cost per square foot. Before considering things such as cost per square foot, The Design Team recommends bringing in to the interview pictures of any design aspect you would like to see included in your project. The more information you provide The Design Team at the beginning of a project, the quicker you will be able to see results.

The Design Team is ready to put your creative ideas into motion! Questions? Call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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Implementing a Custom Home Design


After an initial consultation with The Design Team (St Cloud MN), you can expect a first draft within 2-3 week. This timetable varies according to the relative complexity of the project and your personal needs. An average project could take anywhere from a few days to a couple of months.

The Design Team (St Cloud MN) can help you create the home of your dreams with an eye for precision and craftsmanship. Please call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to get started.

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Free Drafting vs. Experienced Design - Which is Right For You?


Free drafting vs. experienced design - a decision all future home builders will come up against. Free drafts created with no concept of your price range, lifestyle, or your thoughts/wishes. The Design Team knows how to put a house together - not just technically, but by using design principles as well. This includes: appropriately sized & located elements, no wasted space, appropriate sized rooms, and more. Sometimes - you get what you pay for.

The Design Team has over 50 years combined experience - leaving you with the home design you will love for the duration of time you own your home. When you work with The Design Team to design your next home, you'll know immediately whether you qualify, with prices being discussed upfront. Trust the experts with the details of your custom home design plan. Dial (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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The Design Team Values Your Input


The Design Team (St Cloud MN) recognizes that the process of reshaping a client's home is an immensely personal series of decisions. Our Design Team, in St. Cloud, MN, is committed to working with contractors, lumberyards, and realtors (of their choosing). This gives you, the client, the best talent and resources to fulfill your vision.

While our designers will meet with you personally to get a thorough understanding of your expectations, we recommend you do some research online while comparing and contrasting different styles before meeting with us for the sake of efficiency. Additionally, measure existing rooms you have so that you have a sense of space, as well as measure any furniture you are interested in moving from the home. Mention if a builder has been contacted, and any other relevant information you believe to be important during the initial stages of design.

The Design Team is eager to hear about what you have planned for your home! Your dream home is only a phone call away. (320) 252-1517.

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What Home Style Fits Your Family?


Custom home design for new construction is a specialty of The Design Team. Do you know what home style best meets your needs and the needs of your family?

Before starting your custom home design, learn about the most popular home styles and the key elements of each style to determine which style best represents you

You can view the different home design styles The Design Team has had the pleasure of working with as well. Visit us on Houzz to see the variety of styles we’ve recently designed for happy homeowners here:

Contact The Design Team (St Cloud MN) for information on the differences between home design styles and how to determine which home design would be best for you. We look forward to connecting with you! (320) 252-1518.

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