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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.


3D Interactive House Plan Tours

Posted by Dan Sater II on

Trying to visualize a house plan from a line drawing can be hard. It requires no small effort. And in this visualization a lot of things can be missed, or misunderstood. That is why we have created 3D interactive tours for some of our most popular house plans. The second most asked question we get is, “Do you have a model home I can visit?” Unfortunately most of the time the answer to that question is, No. There are times when a builder will have a model available for a short time. But those windows of opportunity are few and...

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New Book Release!

Posted by Dan Sater II on

The third printing of this best selling book is packed with new content. There are over 35 stunning home plans in this issue that were not in the last printing. These books are an amazing resource for the home plan shopper. They also make great gifts! This beautiful book does more than inform. It inspires. In this colorful and richly illustrated collection of luxury homes of all sizes you’ll find the newest and best-selling home designs from The Sater Design Collection. Dan F. Sater II, FAIBD/CPBD/CGP is one of America’s most influential and recognized residential designers. For more than thirty...

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Benefits of a Two-Story Home

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Why should you build a two-story home? What are the benefits of living on two levels? How does building two-stories effect the cost of construction? And if you choose to build a two-story home, which plan would we suggest? All these questions, and more, will be answered below! The Benefits of a 2-Story Home: There are three basic benefits of having a second story. For practicality sake it gives you more living space within a given footprint. By going vertical you can get more house in a smaller lot. The height of the second story brings with it better views....

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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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