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The Sater Design Collection has been producing award-winning house plans for over 35 years. This blog is our way of sharing our knowledge with you. Our goal is to be a valuable resource to you in your search for that perfect home plan.

We hope that you will comment on our posts and share your knowledge and experiences with us. We will be writing about what we feel is important for you to know. If there are any specific questions you have we'd love to hear them.


What a House Plan is Not

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Why does it matter to know what a house plan is not? If you understand what a house plan is NOT, you will have a better understanding of the house building process. Consequently, you will have a better appreciation for a good builder. It is the Map NOT the Road: In SAT terms, a house plan is like a map is to a road. While a map will tell you where a road goes, or will go, it doesn’t contain any information on how to build the road. The same is true, to a certain extent, for house plans. The...

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Protect Your New Home

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Protecting your new home goes beyond things like insurance. One of the most common problems homes have is moisture. The fight against moisture damage and mold is fought on many fronts. Controlling the Environment: Heating and cooling of a home needs to be done very carefully. Many times the HVAC systems are oversized on new construction. You might think an oversized system would be better, but that is not the case. Improperly sized heating or cooling can result in extra costs and an uncomfortable home. After the properly sized system is determined, it must be installed correctly. Leaking duct work...

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Home Building Checklist

Posted by Dan Sater II on

A home building check list is the second thing you need after you decide to build a new home. However, like most of us, you probably have zero knowledge of what to add to this list. While building a new home is a big process, it can be handled easily if it is broken down into smaller parts. Focusing on each step while keeping an eye on the big picture will make things run smoother. Generally we find that you can break down the home building experience into 4 basic steps. Each step: buying land, getting financing, picking a house...

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Stock House Plan or Custom Designed House Plan?

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Which should you buy, a stock house plan or get a custom house plan designed just for you? There are three things to consider when making that decision. Two of them are centered around your needs and the last around your budget. Why Buy Off The Rack? Looking for a house plan is not that different than looking for an outfit. There are lots of retailers out there selling house plans. And it seems that there is a house plan for every need or desire. Both are true, but just like shopping for an outfit, you need to be careful....

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Change a House Plan Exterior

Posted by Dan Sater II on

A house plan exterior is not written in stone. They can be built of stone, but the style is not etched in stone. When shopping for a house plan remember that the floor plan is key and almost everything else can be changed. Why Change The Exterior? Finding a house plan you like is not an easy thing to do. Beyond balancing your needs from your wants, you also have to deal with the inside and the outside. We get many people calling with questions about the exterior styling of our home plans. People sometimes do not understand that the...

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