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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.


Barn Doors Can Make You Money!

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Barn doors are more than popular, they actually add value to your home. Recently there has been a trend of using barn door hardware on interior sliding doors. But it is important to know when and where to use them and to determine if the are right for you. There have been studies done by Zillow that show barn doors can help you sell your home faster. The study from 2016 says that having features like barn doors and subway tile can help you sell your home for as much as 13% more and up to 60 days faster. Of...

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Bring the Outdoors Inside

Posted by Dan Sater II on

What is the best way to bring the outdoors inside? Take down a wall of your home. Sure that sounds extreme! But short of that, all you are doing is opening a door or two. So the first question is, how do you take down a wall of your home when you want it down? Removing a wall of your home when you want it down is actually very doable. After all, we have car sized robots on Mars. Then the question becomes, which wall and where? Most people spend most of their time in or around the kitchen. It's a...

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When Is a Door More than a Door?

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Our home designs are more than the sum of their parts. When one of our designs are built, all parts of the design work together to create something special. It all comes down to details. If the details are given the correct amount of attention, they elevate the whole. A good example of this is the attention of detail given to doors. When you think about it, doors are one of the most interacted with parts of a home. They are more than just portals by which we enter a home or transition between rooms. They are what we and...

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What is the Cost Per Square Foot for a Sater Home?

Posted by Dan Sater II on

We get asked this all day, every day. I have been doing this for over 35 years and I could tell you right here, and right now. But you are not going to like the answer. Breaking down the cost of building a home to the square foot is basically a wild guess without much validity. Cost Per Square Foot Estimate is a Wild Guess If you're new to home building, you will hear terminology thrown around. It might seem like a good idea to calculate the cost of building a home by breaking it down to the square foot. Unfortunately,...

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Multi-Generational Homes are More Popular than Ever

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More than one generation living under the same roof is nothing new. Back around 1900, a little over 50% of people older than 65 were living with younger generations. This is according to a Pew Research Center report. Things have not changed that much in the past 100 plus years.The crash of 2008 was a pivotal point in the housing industry. It was also an event that made us focus on the multi-generational home. Many older Americans had been living with their children and the recession caused a lot of the grandchildren to be forced to move back home.Because of...

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