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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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The feature of the Month....Mudrooms

The feature of the Month....Mudrooms St. CloudThe 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 in home design: mudrooms!

Mudrooms are a Minnesota staple and have a variety of sizes and uses. Typically these rooms are located off the garage and may include 3 common features: laundry, powder room, and storage. The size of your family dictates how much space you will need. Do you have athletes in the family? Mudrooms are perfect for storing athletic gear and equipment. Add some storage benches with hooks to store seasonal items and hang coats to dry from the elements. Doors can be closed off when you have company to keep the area looking neat. If you have dogs, mudrooms are ideal spaces for a food station, dog bed, kennel area, and more. Or add a craft table and turn your mudroom into a perfect space for paints, clay, and other messy pursuits! The options are endless and the choice is yours.

We often like to refer to the mud room as the ‘Owner’s Entrance’. This the most used entrance into the home, and is most likely used by your closest friends and family. Why not dress it up a little? As American architect Louis Sullivan said, “Form follows function”.

Whatever your needs, The Design Team will draft the perfect plans and ideal-sized mudroom for you and your family. Call today and set up your free consultation: (320) 252-1517. We look forward to drawing you in!

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Aging in Place - A Home Plan That Works

Making A Home Handicap AccessibleThe Design Team wants to make sure your home plans work you for now and in the future. Whether you are looking to retire, and want your home or cabin to be handicap accessible, or a younger couple that plans on designing your forever home, The Design Team is well-versed in everything your plan needs with your ease and comfort in mind. Whether you or a visiting loved one needs extra accommodations, we will draft your ideal plans. From wider hallways and lowered electrical switches to varied height countertops and ramp access, we make sure your home designs are user-friendly so you can stay in your home in comfort as long as you like. If you are thinking ahead, 36" doors are a good idea to incorporate into your plans. Whatever your needs, The Design Team’s designers will make your vision come to life. Call (320) 252-1517 today to set up your free consultation. We look forward to meeting with you!

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Expand Your Space

StCloud PorchesPergolasPatiosThe Design Team offers St. Cloud and surrounding areas stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a key way to expand your space: outdoor living spaces! Whether you are thinking of an outdoor kitchen or fireplace, enclosed or open porch, The Design Team does it all! We will design your deck, patio, or pergola. Best of all, The Design Team is up-to-date on all the latest codes, so you won't need to worry about making changes down the line. Trust the experienced staff at The Design Team to model your perfect outdoor living space to expand your dream home plans. Call (320) 252-1517 today to set up your free initial consultation. We'll help you bring your summer dreams to life at The Design Team!

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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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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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Home Visualizer

Home VisualizerThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that seeing home plans is one thing, but to really get a better idea of your visions in action, we offer our unique Home Visualizer tool. View sample projects, upload your own photos, and make changes to ongoing projects all on this useful tool! Home Visualizer could not be simpler or more user-friendly, so please click for yourself and try it out today on our website:

At The Design Team, we want to make your home remodeling as pleasant and hassle-free as possible. We've had fantastic results with our Home Visualizer tool, and we know you will, too. Call (320)-252-1517 today and set up your initial consultation. Experience the difference with the true professionals at the Design Team!

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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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Home Feature of the Month: Columns

The Design Team offers St. Cloud stunning home plans in a variety of styles. This month we are focusing on a popular feature in home design: the column. Whether you are looking for columns to serve a structural or merely a decorative purpose, The Design Team can help. With so many styles to choose from including traditional Greek, craftsman, colonial, Victorian, prairie, timbers, or even external greenery, the Design Team will go over your best options to suit your vision and structural needs. Indoor columns also offer class and elegance to your living space, and need not be weight-bearing. The Design Team designers are right on staff to custom-tailor any plans to your specifications. Call (320)-252-1517 today to set up your free consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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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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House Style of the Month - Colonial

b2ap3_thumbnail_Sept02_Inspirational.jpgThe Design Team offers St. Cloud home plans of all different styles. If you are looking for a traditional design that never goes out of style, you may want to consider the colonial, our House Style of the Month.


History of the Colonial House

The colonial style house was derived out of the Colonial period of the US during the 1700s. The first colonial homes were two stories with one room per floor. Over time, the colonial developed into what is known as the four-over-four style, meaning four rooms on each of two stories.


Colonial homes come in many sizes, but all share certain features. One of these is a symmetrical design with a front door in the middle of the front of the house. These homes will have two windows on either side of the entry door, and five across the top level, one of which will be over the front door. Colonials will have a pitched roof and a stairway that is behind the front door.

Colonial homes have been around since the dawn of our country, and never go out of style. Call the Design Team today to find out more about this beautiful, traditional home plan.

Double-Hung Windows
6" Lap Siding
6 Panel Doors
10/12 to 12/12 Roof Slope
Small Panes of Glass
Center Hall Was Common
Gable Roof
Occasionally Side Lights By Front Door Were Used
Corner Boards
Small Garage Doors
Symmetrical In Front
Most of the Time Chimney on Ends of House Were Used
9" to 12" Overhang
Little Overhang or Non on Gable Ends

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Building Next Spring/Summer? Plan Ahead!


Home building all starts with a plan. If you are considering building next spring or summer, start planning now! Be sure to check out some plan books at You can choose from exclusive or non-exclusive plans, individual or alternate elevations, six plan collection or purchase by volume to receive discounts.

If you’d rather check out plan books in person, stop by our office to view or purchase them to take home. You’ll be sure to find the perfect plan to fit your variety of needs.

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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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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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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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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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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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Designing a Home to Fit Your Lifestyle


Designing a home to fit your lifestyle has never been easier. The Design Team creates custom home designs that you’ll love!  You’ll meet with The Design Team to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, home size, room to room relationships, lot conditions, and more! Excited? We are too!

Give us a call to find out how you can take your ideas and turn them into a reality. (320) 252-1517.

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Building This Summer/Fall? Start Your Plans Now!


The Design Team (St Cloud MN) makes designing your custom home stress free with our personal approach and hands on experience. If you are building your dream home this summer or coming fall, plan ahead and contact The Design Team. Residential home plans can and should be started right away.

Contractors will want to get out and get going when the ground thaws in order to meet your timeline. Take the stress out of custom home design and building and trust experts with your dream. We look forward to connecting with you! (320) 252-1517 for more information.

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2455 12th Street SE
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