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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.


Battle High Lumber Costs With Concrete

Posted by Dan Sater II on

The best alternative to wood is concrete. At least when it comes to new home construction. Why would you need an alternative to wood? Well lumber might grow on trees but it sure isn't getting any cheaper! Many factors are driving the cost of lumber way up. Some studies have shown that these factors can add up to $6000 in extra costs to a new home. And that is a lot of "green". While a lot of our designs are based around 2x6 wood construction, we also have many house plans that are based on concrete blocks. Some of our...

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Getting Into A House

Posted by Dan Sater II on

I’m not talking about buying or building a house. I literally mean the ways you enter a home. It is important to think about daily life when looking at a house plan. How you will come and go is just as important as what it will be like to live in the plan. A lot of people look at a home plan and imagine what it will be like to come home from work or the grocery store. It is interesting that not everyone uses the front door as their everyday means of entering the home. Sometimes more time is spent...

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3 Grand Plans for Large Lots

Posted by Dan Sater II on

If you have the room, why not stretch out a bit? We tend to forget that there is a lot of land out there. Sure, they are not making it anymore (land that is) but that doesn’t mean large expansive lots are impossible to find. And if you have the space, the best thing to do is use it wisely.Here are three picks for house plans that need a large lot. They are by no means the only plans we have for larger lots, but each one of these has special features you’ll just love. Extreme Southern Comfort! The Huntington...

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Right Sized House Plan for Today & Tomorrow

Posted by Dan Sater II on

What is the right sized house plan? That might seem like a simple question, but it all depends on what year you ask that question. You might even say it depends on the needs of the owner, but again it would depend on what year you ask the owner that question. Over the past 19 years the trend of house size has gone upwards. Back in 1999 the average size of a new single family home was about 2100 square feet. The average size continued to increase all the way through 2008, peaking around 2500 square feet. It is no...

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Narrow Lot House Plan Trend

Posted by Dan Sater II on

House plans designed for narrow lots, as a trend, are a result of changing building codes, regulations and land availability, to name a few. Over the past 20 years or so the landscape of available house lots has changed. It is much more common today for a company to develop a section of land into a crafted community than it was in the past. Some may say they are just trying to pack-in as many homes in the land as possible. And to be honest there are developers out there that do that. But the majority of them are trying to...

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