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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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We've Got Designs On You

Apr08_InspirationalThe Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) knows that building your dream home or remodel is one of the most important decisions you can make. The best builds start with the best designs, and our expert designers at The Design Team offer you the very best our industry and collective expertise has to offer. You may be able to find free home plans, but remember, you get what you pay for! Nothing is more crucial to your dream home than its design. The Design Team has been perfecting our craft since 1997, keeping up on everything from classic designs to the latest innovative technologies and developments. You simply won't find a better team of design specialists for your dream home or remodel. Trust the experts at The Design Team to draft your perfect plans, with all the special touches to make it uniquely your own. Call (320)-252-1517 today to set up your initial consultation.

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We Serve To Conserve

The Design Team (St. Cloud, MN) doesn’t just want to design your ideal home or remodel...we are here to help you maximize your energy efficiency every step of the way. Winterizing your home is not only prudent for the environment, it is essential for your budget! Whether you need to change furnace filters, replace aging HVAC equipment, or seal areas heat may be escaping, the Design Team is here to ensure your new or existing home is up to spec, meeting standards, and maximizing your energy efficiency this winter. The Design Team partners closely with Energy Star to get your home to its full efficiency potential. Please refer to https://www.energystar.gov/ for more information on energy saving tips and techniques, as well as tax credits and rebates for getting your home up to code. Call the Design Team today and let us guide you through your most efficient winter yet!

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Style of the Month...Colonial

The Design Team offers St. Cloud and other areas home plans in a variety of different styles. If you are looking for a spin on a classic that never goes out of style, you may want to consider one of the following different colonial styles:b2ap3_thumbnail_Nov03_Inspirational.jpg

Georgian Colonial

History: This style became popular in England during the reign of King George V. The first ones were built in America around 1730.

    Characteristics:
  • traditional material was brick
  • occasionally quoins
  • most times a door with side lights
  • some with 6" lap siding
  • two to four chimneys
  • double-hung windows
  • occasionally palladian-style windows
  • most times fan windows over front door
  • shutters
  • most times hip roof
  • small panes of glass
  • 2 or 3 stories
  • 6-panel door
  • occasionally captain's walk
  • symmetrical in front
  • 9" to 12" overhang
  • dentil blocks
  • 10/12 to 12/12 roof slope

Federal Colonial

History: The Federal style was built after the Revolutionary War which ended in 1776. People in America liked the Georgian style but did not want to be reminded of King George so they called it the Federal style.

    Characteristics:
  • brick or 6" lap siding
  • double-hung windows
  • 9" to 12" overhang
  • shutters
  • corner boards if lap siding
  • occasionally a captain's walk
  • 2 or more chimneys
  • 6-panel door
  • symmetrical
  • occasionally a fan window above front door
  • small panes in windows
  • hip or gable roof
  • occasionally palladian windows
  • about an 8/12 roof slope

Regency Colonial

History: The Regency Colonial was popular in England between 1810 and 1920. This style wasn't seen in the U.S. until the late 1800s.

    Characteristics:
  • double-hung windows
  • hip roof
  • about an 8/12 roof slope
  • shutters
  • chimneys at end of the house
  • small panes of glass
  • curved panel over the front door
  • 6-panel door
  • occasionally side lights by front door
  • mostly brick-- some stucco
  • symmetrical
  • 9" to 12" overhang
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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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Building Next Spring/Summer? Plan Ahead!

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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 www.hbnplans.com. 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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The Design Team is now on Houzz.com!

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Do you have a number of design ideas for your new home but are unsure how to incorporate them within your preferred design? The Design Team (St. Cloud MN) is proud to showcase the best St. Cloud custom home designs on Houzz.com. The Design Team's Houzz.com profile includes photos of rambler homes, lake homes, and split level homes among its home designs. Browse through home photos to gain a better understanding of the design layout you are looking for. Houzz.com also allows visitors to save their favorite home design photos to customized "ideabooks" which can serve as a nice starting point when you meet with the experts at The Design team to begin the design process.

Saving your design ideas in a digital ideabook or with physical photos is an essential part of the design journey. These act as a creative jumpstart for our designers while giving them specifics regarding current home designs you favor and elevation details. With the help of The Design Team (St. Cloud MN), your dream home can finally become a reality. Browse our profile at Houzz.com and call us today to let us know your design ideas! (320) 252-1517.

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House Style of the Month: Cape Cod Colonial

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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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Contractor For Hire vs. DIY

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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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A Closer Look at "Splurging" When Planning Your Home

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You've seen it on TV countless times: an awestruck and appreciative family is being led through their newly renovated house room by room. Finally, exciting music plays as they reach the most aesthetically pleasing room in the house, full of unique features and expensive furnishings. While it looks good on TV, making one room the center of the house by "splurge" spending isn't for everybody.

The Deign Team (St. Clould, MN) can accent your home with tasteful flourishes such as sliding barn doors over open spaces, typically an office or ‘away room’.

Call The Design Team at (320) 252-1517 for details on other options, including dramatic windows and ceiling detail. We're ready to start turning your dreams into a reality.

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How The Design Team Determines Costs

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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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What Home Style Fits Your Family?

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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: http://www.houzz.com/pro/thedesignteam1997/__public

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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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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Designing a Home to Fit Your Lifestyle

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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!

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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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Contact Information

PHONE:
320-252-1517

TOLL FREE within Minnesota:
888-275-7732

FAX:
320-252-1518

EMAIL:
info@thedesignteam.biz

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

Appointments are appreciated.

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