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Dec05_InspirationalToday is the day. You're finally going to plan to that remodel you've been wanting to do for ages. What happens next? This is where the Design Team comes in! The Design Team is here to help you navigate all your options and energy efficiency down to the last detail. Stumped for ideas? Don't forget that the Design Team is now featured on Houzz! The Design Team keeps up-to-date on all the latest home remodeling trends, from master suite additions, to kitchen remodels, to larger bedrooms. How about that sun porch you've always wanted? A new deck? The Design Team does it all! Mud rooms are also another very popular addition, particularly to our Minnesota homes. They offer a back entry to the garage, closet area for backpacks, snow boots, etc. The Design Team also does rural/farm type add-ons, which may feature a very large mudroom complete with laundry room, and even a shower and bath. Whatever your dream, whatever your remodel project, big or small, the Design Team will make it a reality. Call us today and get started. We look forward to building with you!

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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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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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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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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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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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Why is it Important to Have a Good Blueprint?


Good design doesn’t cost... it pays! A good plan is the tool that you use to communicate your ideas to your contractor, interior designer and your product selections specialists. It pays for you to share your ideas with your contractor so they can get the best deals while bidding and working with their material suppliers and sub-contractors. It pays to have it prepared because it is required to obtain a building permit, and it pays when it could identify potential problems before construction that may not have been noticed before building.

All successful projects start with good plans. If you’re thinking of building or remodeling then The Design Team (St Cloud MN) can help! Give us a call (320) 252-1517 for more information or to get your questions answered. 

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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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