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designing your dream home or remodel st. cloudThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) understands that designing your dream home or remodel can be a daunting process. That's why when you design with us, you become part of the team. The Design Team's process is what sets us apart from the rest. We not only meet with you to get an extensive idea of your lifestyle, tastes and needs to draft your home plans, but also work with contractors and lumber yards to assist your negotiations through the entire process. With the Design Team, our designers are right on staff to offer you custom-tailored home plans to suit your dreams and budget. Our unique home visualizer tool helps you envision your plans in action. Call (320)-252-1517 today and set up your free consultation. We look forward to welcoming you to the Team!

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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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Drawing You In

Feb04_Inspirational.jpgWhatever your vision for your new home or remodel, the Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is on hand to make that vision 20/20. Many of our clients have never attempted a remodel or new home before, and that is where the experts at the Design Team come in! We are here to get you started on one of the most important journeys you will take. The Design Team invites you to come in and explore all your requirements and desires for your new home. We will design your plans with all the custom-tailoring that fits your vision and lifestyle. We think of all the little details that makes your vision a successful one. Trust the experts at the Design Team to make your vision 20/20 and support you every step of the way. Call today for your initial consultation. We look forward to drawing you in!

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House Style of the Month - Mission House

MissionCustomHome_TheDesignTeamThe Design Team offers St. Cloud home plans of all different styles to match our customers’ needs. If you want something a little outside of the box then consider our house style of the month, the mission house. Our St. Cloud, MN home design can make this a reality for you.

History of the Mission House
The mission house style was first developed in the Western U.S. around the year 1800. This house style started to take root in the West as settlers became aware of the cultural and architectural past of the region. They then decided to incorporate some of these elements when building their homes, copying the style of old mission churches in the area.

Characteristics of the Mission House
There are a few design elements that really help the mission house stand out and embody the mission church style. Mission style homes are often built with a hip roof that has tile. They are also easily recognizable by their stucco walls and arched doors and windows. Casement windows with small panes of glass and a front door with many panels are also common features of the mission house.

Remodeling your St. Cloud home with a mission house design is sure to bring new life and flavor to the neighborhood.

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Houzz Things

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Want to see your dream home plans come to life in full color? The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) is proud to be featured on Houzz, the one-stop website for all ideas on remodeling and building. Follow us on Houzz to keep up with current construction, projects, designs, and more. Simply find The Design Team, St. Cloud Custom Home Designers, on the Houzz site and click "Follow." You can also contact us directly through the Houzz website or by calling (320)-252-1517 to set up your free initial consultation. We look forward to building with you!

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Remodeling Your Current Home - How Do You Get Started?

May05_InspirationalFeeling a remodeling project in your future? Ready to add on or update some space in your current home? Great! Now, where to start?!

The Design Team offers an initial consultation at your home/site. While meeting with you for approximately 1 hour, we listen to your ideas, lifestyle, room to room relationships, existing conditions, etc. We will also take photos & measure existing conditions of the affected areas. (Travel time and measuring fees apply, contact us for details).

After considering the complexity, size & general scope of the project, we will determine an estimated price to complete the design work and construction documents. After the estimate, a preliminary design is put together, which is an as-is layout of existing structure (May be a partial layout based on affected areas only. You’ll receive floor plans & elevations of proposed design changes, and we will revise and fine-tune from there.

If you are ready to talk about your upcoming remodel project or addition, let us know! We’d love to hear how you plan to chance your space to better fit your lifestyle or meet your family’s needs.

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You’ve Seen Us at a Home Show…Now It’s Time to Get Started!

Apr11_InspirationalWhether you are looking to build your custom dream home, or remodel your current home, we may have met at a recent home show. We connected with so many great people looking to create their dream home this year! Getting a feel for what what you are looking for is the first step, so give us a call to get started! We can assist you with designing your dream home from the ground up!

You probably have a lot of ideas after seeing all of the booths and speaking with all of the experts/builders/finishers/etc. Now it’s time to put those ideas on paper and start the process of your building your dream home - or remodeling your home to make it the home of your dreams.

We love some of the new trends/features that are coming out - and we have so many new ideas so share and implement into your home. Give us a call at 320-252-1517 to find out how easy it is to get started! We look forward to meeting with you and finding out what style of home best fits your lifestyle.

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Remodeling or Adding On? How Can It Transform Your Curb Appeal?

Apr08_InspirationalIf building a new home isn’t in your immediate future - that’s ok. Transforming your current space may work for you and your lifestyle - and make the most sense for you. Remodeling or adding on to your home can be a vague concept if you don’t know where to start or are having trouble visualizing the finished look.

Take a look here to see how remodeling or adding on to your home can add some major curb appeal without breaking the bank. Make your home make sense for you and your lifestyle. Consider the flow of the inside of your home - what would you change? How could you modify your exterior to maximize your curb appeal? We can help you answer these questions and so much more.

Call The Design Team at 888-275-7732 for more information on remodeling or adding on to your home. We look forward to showing you how your home can be transformed into something you will love.

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Considering a Remodel or Addition?

Mar03_InspirationalIf new construction and new home building is out of your reach, or not of interest to you - a remodel or addition might be just what your family needs. Do you find yourself short on space? Disorganized? Wanting more storage or more entertaining space? A addition or remodel to your St. Cloud home may be just the answer.

Where do you start?
The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) sets up a meeting at your home to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, room to room relationships, existing conditions, etc. At that time, The Design Team will also take photos & measure existing conditions of the affected areas. Once The Design Team has a comprehensive idea of your lifestyle and home they take it to the “drawing board."

The next step includes laying out the existing conditions to create an as-is plan. This gives the entire team an inclusive view of your home. From there we would draw the proposed changes on the as-is layout - creating your “new” space.

This strategy is very effective with St. Cloud home remodels and home additions. This allows you the homeowner to get a comprehensive look of the space and how it works with your existing home. Being confident with every part of your addition/remodel will make your experience much more positive.

If you are considering an addition or remodel to your home this spring/summer, the time to contact The Design Team is now! We are drawing plans for homeowners who want to break ground as soon as they can. Are you one of them? Give us a call 320-252-1517 for more information or to set-up your appointment for The Design Team to visit you at your home.

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Take the Headache Out of Remodeling

Jan08_InspirationalGraphicNo 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!

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Changes Coming to the Minnesota International Residential Code in 2015

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The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) would like to make to make Minnesota residents aware of upcoming changes to the Minnesota energy codes and International Residential Code (IRC). The IRC will be adopted around January 24th, while the energy code is expected to be finalized in February 2015. Changes include the required installation of automatic residential fire sprinkler systems in all townhouses, two family dwellings and in single family homes 4,500 square feet or larger. The single family home floor area encompasses all floors and basements, garages excluded. Furthermore, all wireless smoke alarms must be interconnected.

These changes, along with others that redefine the definition of a "crawl space" and modify window fall protection standards, will impact contractors and homeowners working within the constraints of a budget.

The Design Team is committed to keeping our customers and contractors aware of these ongoing developments and modifying home designs to comply with these regulations if necessary. Check back with this blog frequently to stay up to date with the latest building code amendments. Questions? Please call (320) 252-1517 for the most current information.

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House Style of the Month: Homestead or Farmhouse

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Be sure to check out the Design Team’s house of the month for December: the Homestead. Sometimes referred to as American Country or Farmhouse, this style home was brought to the Midwest from 1850-1920, influenced mainly by Victorian and Colonial homes.

Most often, these homes would start small and as more space was needed, homesteaders would add to their homes. Features include 6” lap siding, double hung windows, small panes of glass, gable roofs and most distinguishable, their wrap around porches.

Is the Homestead of Farmhouse right for you? Which features do you most enjoy and would you most like incorporated into your home? It's a beautiful home style with lots of potential - is it right for you? Call The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) 320-252-1517 to find out more information on Homestead or Farmhouse custom home plans.

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The Home Design Process Explained

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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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How does The Design Team Incorporate Design Ideas for Homeowners?

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In today's fast-paced society, time might be the most valuable commodity we have. That's why the experts at The Design Team listen and communicate with you the homeowner. We approach every project at a client first, personal level.

For best results, our designers recommend that you have a general idea of what you want to achieve. Our designers aim to help refine certain aspects of your home design vision as opposed to dictating when and how everything gets accomplished.

During your complimentary first client meeting The Design Team strives to understand what you have in mind - so that we can keep the revisions to a minimum. Want more information? Give us a call (320) 252-1517 to schedule a free consultation.

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Building a Custom Home in Central Minnesota

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Building a custom home is a very exciting time in your life - congratulations! When considering the home of your dreams - size, complexity, and general scope of the project determine the initial estimated price to complete the design work and construction documents. If you are not sure you need construction documents, be sure to re-read a past post here.

The Design Team (St Cloud MN) designs homes to fit your lifestyle. If your current living arrangements no longer meet your needs, consider building this summer/fall. Contact The Design Team to find out what’s involved in building a custom designed home (320) 252-1517.

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Home Plan Details You’ll Want to Know Before Spring

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Planning to build this spring? Getting excited because the temperatures have peeked above the negatives? So are we! The questions regarding when do you reach out to us if you plan to build this spring are buzzing throughout Home Shows, Tour of Homes, and Conventions. 

When do you contact The Design Team in the construction process?

As soon as you have your land secured and know where you are building. The Design Team offers an initial consultation for new construction at no charge. Make your appointment to discuss your ideas, lifestyle, room to room relationships, existing conditions and more. This can give you a beginning point of reference in regards to timelines, to-do's, and more.

How long does the planning stages take with The Design Team?

The Design Team has a simple 5 step process - leaving you with custom designed home plans. Want to know more? Give The Design Team a call (320) 252-1517 today. We are excited for your future new home and look forward to hearing from you!

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Like The Design Team (St Cloud MN) on Facebook and receive information regarding home design, home construction, and more! Like and Share The Design Team's Facebook page with your friends and family who love home design and planning. You'll find out which Home Shows and conventions we'll be a part of - so we can connect in person!

Whether you are just starting out, moving up, downsizing or remodeling, The Design Team can help create a plan that’s right for you. Call (320) 252-1517 for more information. We look forward to hearing about your custom home building needs!

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PHONE:
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TOLL FREE within Minnesota:
888-275-7732

FAX:
320-252-1518

EMAIL:
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ADDRESS:
127 6th Ave N
St. Cloud, MN 56303

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