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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.


The Front Porch - An American Favorite

Posted by Dana Gibson on

Why is the porch so connected to the idyllic vision of the American home? The porch, as a structural part of a home, has been around for centuries. So why do so many of our better selling home plans feature a great front porch? Speaking for me personally, a porch is often the most memorable part of a home. Sure, we might spend most of our waking time in a house in the kitchen, but the porch is a special place. Porches Span Generations Growing up in a multi-generational household, I had the opportunity to spend a lot of time...

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4 Tips For Picking A House Lot

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Should you buy your house lot before you pick a house plan? With all things considered, yes. This is not because there are a lot more house plans available than house lots, there aren’t. It is because form should follow function. For a house to work for you it needs to be right not only for you, but for where it is - its location geographically and where it is located on the lot. A house has to be part of the landscape, not something artificially and thoughtlessly stuck there. This means the house lot will have a lot to...

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What Size Home Do You Need?

Posted by Dan Sater II on

There are lots of online mortgage calculators designed to let you know how much house you can afford. But how much house do you need? Have houses gotten larger or smaller over the last 30 years? What home size will be desirable in the future? One way to figure out how much house you need is by figuring out the number of people that will live in it. One interesting note is that over the past 34 years the average persons per household has dropped. At least in the United States. According to the Census Bureau the average household size...

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Double Duty Rooms – The Wall Street Journal

Posted by Dana Gibson on

Forward-looking homeowners want rooms that can do double duty. This is very true and something that we get asked about all the time. It is so popular that one of our plans (the Carrington #6892) was highlighted in a recent Wall Street Journal article about double duty rooms. The author of that piece (Cecilie Rohwedder), discusses a recently custom designed home by Dan Sater. Dan’s client (the Stolarskis) needed the added flexibility a well designed double duty room can offer. The Carrington is one of our most popular and favorite plans. Beyond the great wrap around porch, the Carrington offers an...

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2017 Year in Awards

Posted by Dan Sater II on

In 2017 we had the privilege to be the recipients of several awards. While we feel all of our home plans are worthy of awards, we might be less than impartial. But we are especially proud of the plans that actually won awards in 2017. Every year the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) holds its annual American Residential Design Awards (ARDA). This is their premier award program exhibiting design excellence in the residential building industry. It is designed to put a spotlight on the most creative and innovative residential designers, builders, re-modelers, architects, developers, land planners, and interior designers....

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