Frequently Asked Questions

Our Frequently Asked Questions page in broken down into 7 sections. While the topic of building a home can generate a lot of questions, we have tried to gather the most asked questions and organize them here.

Each section below has the most asked question in that category. If you do not see the question you need the answer to, please phone or email us your question. If enough people have the same question, we will expand this section. And remember no question is too small, we deal with home plans all day so what might be obvious to us could be a total mystery to someone building a home for the first time.

Building a Home

With which codes do the plans comply?

Plans are designed to specifications published by the International Residential Code (IRC) or the International Code Congress (ICC). Our plans are designed to meet or exceed the national building standards. Because of the great differences in geography and climate throughout the US and Canada, each state, country, county and municipality has its own building codes, zone requirements, ordinances and building regulations. Your plans may need to comply with the local requirements regarding snow loads, energy codes, soil and seismic conditions and a wide range of other matter. Therefore we always recommend that you have the plans reviewed by a local structural/truss engineer.

How many times may I build this plan?

As a registered purchaser of a plan, you are licensed to build only one structure from the plans, regardless of the number of plan sets you purchased. If you intend to build a plan more than once, contact our Customer Service Department at (800) 718-7526 for more information.

How much will this plan cost to build?

The best way to determine the actual plan cost to build is to consult a local builder in your area that typically builds homes like the one you are interested in. This quote, based on expert knowledge in your specific area, will provide you with the most accurate quote possible. The materials lists we offer will help them in determining the cost. Even then, costs will vary widely based on the finishes you will choose to complete your home such as lighting fixtures, cabinetry and flooring.

Where can I go to see a particular home built?

Many people want to see a particular home that has been built. Our house plans are sold throughout the United States and Internationally, however we have a privacy agreement with our clients and therefore we cannot divulge this information.

How is the square footage calculated?

Square footage calculations are made from outside the exterior frame wall and do not include decks, porches, garages, basements, attics, fireplaces, lanais, etc.

What are your specialty ceilings?

There are a variety of specialty ceilings available…some are listed below.

Tray Ceiling – An inverted indentation with sloped sides and a flat top.

Stepped Ceiling – An inverted indentation with stair-stepped sides and a flat top.

Coffered Ceiling – A ceiling with beams laid out in an intersecting grid pattern with regular intervals.

Pyramid Vault – A vaulted ceiling working gradually to a central point.

Groin Vault – The intersection of two barrel vaults in opposite directions.

Cove Lighting – Concealed lighting used in a recess.

Does Sater Design Collection recommend builders?

Sater Design Collection can recommend builders near your area. We provide you with resources to make an informed decision about the right builder for your project. On our site, you will find a listing of builders which may include some in your area, as well as an article to help guide your search for a reputable, quality builder.

Are your homes available in ICF?

Yes, we can convert homes to ICF through our Plan Modification services.

Buyers Guide

Lot first, or plan first?

If you are shopping for home plans, it is important to consider if you will buy your lot or your plan first. 
One important consideration that may help you determine this is the local set-back requirements. Each municipality has its own rules about how far your new home must be from the edges of your lot and the middle of your street. Specific neighborhoods may have their own requirements as well.

If you are set on a specific neighborhood or a specific home plan, you have probably made up your mind on what will come first for you. However, if you are still flexible, check out some home plans you like in your size range and the average lot requirements of your building area. Compare that to the specific lots for sale, and see where this leads you. 
Lastly, if you have your dream home plan and your dream lot and they are not a perfect match, consider having our modifications department handle the changes needed to make them work together. We have often done slight size changes to fit lot restrictions with minimal impact on the overall interior spaces.

What style of home is right for me?

The style of  home will likely be dictated to some extent by the area and neighborhood in which you plan to build. However, there are other considerations when evaluating the style of home for you.

What is the size and age of your family? For example, if you and your spouse are planning to retire in this home, consider one with a first floor master or elevator option to improve your satisfaction in years to come. Families with growing children may appreciate a plan with a computer loft or bonus room as extra “hang out” space for the kids.

What special features are important to your family? Based on hobbies and interests, you may want to consider workbench space in the garage, a special media room or just a spacious outdoor kitchen for eating outdoors. Does a member of your family work out of your home part-time or full-time? Consider the types of office space you would like to have.

Just like when you are searching for a pre-built home for sale, set forth your must-have features and then search for the plans that have as many of your additional features as possible. Keep in mind that our in-house modifications department can help you make the close, but not quite perfect, house better meet your list of wants.

You’ve got your plan, Now What?

You have your plans, now what? There are multiple steps you need to take before submitting your plans to your local planning commission.

Your local plumbing contractor needs to draw in the plumbing lines based on your lot, the positioning of your home on your lot and the location of the water supply. They will use that information, along with the location of the plumbing fixtures shown in the plans to create your plumbing plan.

Additionally, your local HVAC contractor will draw in the duct lines for your home. Since energy calculations are different throughout the country (and world), it is important to have lines drawn to support the equipment your HVAC contractor has determined will best suit the size and climate of your new home.

We strongly recommend you have your plans reviewed by a local structural and truss engineer to ensure your plans will fully satisfy local building codes and be expediently approved. Different locations have different conditions, such as hurricanes or earthquakes that homes need to be able to withstand. A local expert familiar with your specific locale is best prepared to ensure your plans meet the requirements of your area.

Please remember to verify if your municipality requires a licensed Architect to stamp and seal the plans. You will need to arrange this if it is required in your area.

How do I select a builder?

Selecting a builder for your new home is as critical, if not more critical than, the selection of your new home’s plans. The success of the build and your satisfaction with the final product are absolutely contingent upon securing a quality, reputable builder to work on your new home.

Start by developing a pool of potential builder candidates. Ask for suggestions from your family, friends and work associates. Also, if you are building in a new neighborhood, consider asking your new neighbors if they would recommend their builders. An additional source could be attending a Parade of Homes or similar event in the area you are planning to build. You will be able to see the work of multiple builders first-hand.

Once you have located a few builders you are interested in working with, narrow down your choices by meeting with them. Confirm that they have built properties that are similar to what you are trying to achieve in terms of size, style and budget. Inquire about their schedule and the potential timeline they could offer for your build. If you have already selected your plan, ask each builder to bid on your specific home plan.

Ask to see sample timelines, invoices and other similar information from previous bids, to see how they work and the manner in which they report progress to you during the build. This will help you see how organized they are. Ask about specific crew experience, how they select subs, and similar questions.

Verify the reputation of the builders you have selected and contact the state licensing board to ensure your candidates all have up-to-date licenses and current insurance. Ask each builder for references of homes they have built. Contact these homeowners and ask about their work. Also, consider driving by some of the houses the builder has built and some of the sites they currently have under construction to see how tidy, organized and productive they are in working.

In the end, weigh the overall bids you have received with the references and overall rapport you have forged with different builders, as well as your gut instinct to make the best overall builder decision.

Should I be my own contractor?

Instead of hiring a builder to manage the building of your home, there is the option of being your own contractor. Proceed with caution if you are thinking about going this route.

First, being your own contractor is taking on the job another person would be doing full-time. The hours you will need to be on your property will be very early and you will need to visit the property very often. You and your spouse will already have dozens, if not hundreds, of finishes to select from exterior colors to doorknobs and cabinetry. Do you have the time needed to do the job successfully?

Second, it requires specialized knowledge. Will you be able to recognize things that are going wrong as quickly as an expert? How well can you read plans? Are you confident in your ability to trouble-shoot if you should have to resolve issues while building?

Finally, how will you locate reputable sub-contractors? A builder has an established set of subs they work with that they trust. Finding qualified and insured professionals will take time and effort and you may still encounter pitfalls along the way.

Financing Basics

Financing the construction of a new home is more challenging than obtaining financing for a conventional home purchase. Particularly in the current financing market, begin to search for financing early. Work with a mortgage broker that specializes in, or is at least familiar with, the unique loan products that cover home construction lending.

Convertible Loans

These loans cover your construction and then convert into a permanent mortgage without a second closing. This is a special product called a CTP, or construction to permanent, loan designed particularly for the needs of individuals building homes. As you build your home, it serves as a credit line, from which you write checks for your lot and construction costs. You will typically make interest-only payments during the construction phase.

Separate Loans

Some individuals find that two separate loans work better for their situation. Explore your options with a mortgage professional to ensure you are getting the best possible product for you specific needs.

Landscaping Basics

Designing outdoor living spaces is the fun part of building a home. The easiest way to choose a landscape and pool designer is to pick a professional whose signature style you like; someone who is fun to work with and has a sense of adventure. A good landscape designer will have specialized knowledge of the specific area in which you are building in order to make the most educated plans based on what plants thrive in your hardiness zone. Additionally, landscape architects often possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree in this field.

In order to design appropriate landscaping and hardscaping that will complement the home, the designer will meet the owners to learn more about their lifestyle preferences and budget, as well as to find out how the pool will be used. It is important that the homeowners try to define what they are looking for, which could be as simple as tearing out pictures of what they like and do not like from magazines.

Once hired, the homeowners should trust the landscape architect to use his or her expertise in designing a cohesive pool and landscape plan. A good landscape architect listens to the homeowner and is able to visualize what they want and translate those visions into a reality.

A landscape designer will learn about the orientation of the home and work to maximize views toward and away from the house. When done correctly, landscaping will define the scale and proportion of the home.


Selecting Exterior Colors

Selecting the exterior color for your home may just be one of the most difficult decisions to make in building your house. After the plan, the exterior color may make the next biggest impact on the overall outcome.

You want your home to look like it really belongs in your neighborhood, that it contributes to the cohesive look of your street. You also want to ensure the exterior colors are appropriate for the style of the home. Even if you are planning on this house being “it”, the very last forever home for your family, try to pick exterior colors that have universal appeal, just in case you change your minds and eventually want to sell.

Look at our books and magazines for ideas. Even if we do not have photographs of your exact plan, look at the color schemes used on similar home styles that you like. Drive around your new neighborhood, and see what color schemes other people are using to make sure your idea will blend well.

Selecting Interior Finishes

You are about to face hundreds of choices on interior finishes. You will be picking out every faucet, cabinet, countertop, tile, paint shade and doorknob for the whole house.

You can either do this on your own or with the assistance of an interior designer. Even if you do not employ the designer to complete the rooms with furnishings and accessories, many designers like to work at this finish level.

You can find ideas in our books and magazines or even visit some model homes or a Parade of Homes event. One popular method for developing a cohesive look is to start an idea binder with brochures, paint swatches, magazine clippings and other items that you would like to include. Seeing all of these in one place can help you make cohesive decisions. This is how interior designers tend to make decisions, gathering the materials they are considering in one place, like on a mood board, to help guide decisions.

One consideration to make is that you do not want to select finishes that are out of an appropriate price range for your neighborhood. You do not want to pick things that are too cheap and would be things most future owners would like to replace, but you also do not want to invest in finishes that are so lavish you would not recoup their cost. Make the exception for luxuries you simply cannot live without, like that steam shower, but try to keep most finishes on par for your neighborhood.

Also, consider the style of your home. For example, selecting Mediterranean finishes for a beach cottage might be quite unusual. Or the opposite, cottage finishes in a Mediterranean-style home.

Customer Service

Shipping & Delivery

We use UPS to ship all our packages. UPS will not ship to a Post Office Box address. If an order is received by noon (12:00PM EST) on a business day, your order will usually ship the next business day. This does not include plans purchased with “Options”. Some plan options require extra time and will delay the shipping of the order.

Privacy & Security

Sater Design Collection, Inc. is very concerned about our customers security. For more details visit our Privacy and Security page.

Return Policy

Sater Design Collection, Inc. maintains a NO RETURN / NO EXCHANGE policy. Because our plans are copyrighted and registered to the purchaser, we cannot allow refunds or exchanges. Only upgrades to the same plan are allowed. Please be sure of your selection before ordering, and feel free to contact our office at (800) 718-7526 (Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST) to discuss any concerns you may have before ordering. Replacements due to loss, damage or stolen plans are on a case by case basis.



We have worked very hard to make the on-line ordering process as simple and easy to use as possible. But if you have any questions, concerns or difficulty, feel free to contact our office at (800) 718-7526 (Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST) and we will do our best to help.

Payment, Pricing & Promotions

Pricing is subject to change at any time without notice. We currently accept most major credit cards, you can also call us to arrange payment using a cashier’s check, feel free to contact our office at (800) 718-7526 (Monday through Friday 9:00AM to 5:00PM EST) for more information.

Viewing Orders

Viewing orders is easy and quick. You can view your order’s details and status by logging into the Sater Design Collection website and from your “Dashboard” look in “Recent Orders” and then click the “Details” link to view the details of that order.

Updating Account Information

You can log into you account by using your email address and the password you have setup. If you have forgotten your password just click the “Forgot your Password?” link and a new password will be emailed to you. Once you are logged into your “Dashboard” you can view and change any or all of your account information. You can change the billing and shipping addresses, and you can setup multiple shipping addresses. You can also signup for our Newsletters.

Ordering a Plan

What is the difference between print licenses?

A print license is conveyed to the purchaser as either a PDF file or a printed vellum. The PDF file cannot be modified and can only be printed. The vellum is erasable and allows for very minor changes and /or notes to be added. An electronic license allows for the client or the client’s consultants to make more elaborate modifications to plans (i.e.: widen a bedroom, add a fireplace, or add a window, etc.).

What is an electronic PDF plan?

When you order a plan in PDF format we will email you one set of plans in PDF file format. We also ship a DVD with the PDF files on it. Along with the DVD we ship your license agreement and valuable materials from our corporate partners that will help you build your home. This format allows you to receive the plan the fastest, usually within the same business day (by email) and allows you to take it to your local blue print shop to print copies as needed. See the Plan Licensing Information for specific information on the number of copies you can make.

What is a Print Vellum plan?

When you order a plan in Print Vellum format we ship one set of plans printed on Vellum paper. We also ship your license agreement forms, and valuable materials from our corporate partners that will help you build your home. Vellum paper is a special erasable paper. This type of paper makes small changes possible.

What is a Electronic CAD plan?

When you order a plan in electronic CAD format you get one set of plans saved as AutoCAD 2010 DWG files on a DVD. We ship you the DVD, your license agreement forms, and valuable materials from our corporate partners that will help you build your home. This format will allow you to take the AutoCAD files to your builder or local draftsman and they will be able to make changes to the plan. See the Plan Licensing Information for specific information on the number of copies you can make.

Do you have photography for the house I am interested in?

Our website is rapidly updated when we acquire new photography of plans. If you do not see photography for the plan on the website, we unfortunately do not yet have photography to share with you.

I have specific criteria, can you help me find a plan?

Definitely! Please feel free to call our Customer Service department about your specific criteria at 800-718-7526 to receive free plan assistance.

Photographs don’t match the home plan exactly?

The reason the photographs don’t match the home plan exactly is because different people have different needs. So sometimes a plan may have been modified to better serve the owners. The home plan is the most accurate representation of what the final home will look like.

I haven’t received my order yet. What should I do?

Each plan is prepared when ordered and shipped based on the shipping option you selected during the purchase process. If your order is late in arriving, please feel free to contact our Customer Service department at 800-718-7526 to track your plan status.

Plan Modification

I have some changes to make, how should I proceed?

If you are making changes beyond bringing the plans up to your local codes, we recommend that you make use of our Plan Modification services. If you are intending to simply bring the plans up to the building codes in your area, to satisfy the requirements of most building departments, you will need to purchase the reproducible Vellum or CAD version of the plan you are interested in. Plans must be purchased on Reproducible Vellum or CAD for the modifications and revisions to be permitted due to Copyright Law.

Do you offer custom home designs?

Yes, we do offer custom home designs. You can find out more information through our custom division. Learn more at The Sater Group, Inc.

Why modify a plan?

Many times people find plans that are almost perfect. With a few changes, the almost perfect plan can become your dream home. We can change almost anything, within reason. Your builder may also offer a modification service. If you want your builder to modify a plan, you simply purchase the AutoCAD version of the plan. This is an editable version of the home plan. However, since we designed these plans, sometimes it is best to have us modify them. But there is a limit.

When modifications become too detailed and extensive, it is time to look at a custom home. It is not unusual for modifications to cost much more than the cost of the stock plan. Sometimes the better choice is a custom home plan. Through our sister company, Sater Group, Inc. we offer full service custom home plan creation. However, it is always best to start with the Modification Consultation first. This way we have a good idea of what you are looking for.

What will your modification cost?

All of our modifications are based on an hourly rate. Any changes that can be completed by our CAD Department will be $125.00 per hour. Anything that will need to be redesigned by Dan Sater II will be $235.00 per hour.

On average, modifications cost around $3,649.50. The range could be anywhere from $125.00 to $20,000.00, depending on the amount of changes and size of the home.

How long will it take to complete my modifications?

Less than one-third of those who requested a modification quote proceed because of the time involved. Typically, once we receive your signed proposal, it takes three to four weeks to receive your preliminary. The preliminary drawings are sent to you with the changes you wanted to make. You have the opportunity to review them. Once you approve the preliminary drawings, it will take around four weeks to complete your modifications. However, depending on the complexity of your changes, it may take longer.

Why do modifications usually cost more than the plan?

Modifications are not just “point and click.” A simple change to one area might result in large adjustments needed in other areas. For example, simply moving an exterior wall 12 inches will require the foundation, floor, elevations, and roof plans to be adjusted. This could also impact the plumbing and electrical systems. Many times a simple interior change will impact the exterior look of the home as well. This can result in new exterior elevations being created. Seemingly simple changes to home plans can ripple throughout the structure. Modifications take skill, resources and time.

Modifications are essentially turning our stock plans into a custom home for you alone. With our stock plans, we are able to easily resell them to multiple people with virtually no labor cost. Modifications can be expensive and take a lot of time because we are creating a one of a kind home based on your individual needs.

How do I know which changes are possible?

Any change is possible. It all depends on how much you want to invest in your new home plans. There is a fine line between modifications and a custom home. Smaller changes, such as removing a door, adding a window or creating a third bay to a garage are simple modifications. Larger changes, such as bumping out walls and making the home larger are more complex modifications. When almost the entire home is being modified, that will lead to a custom home. Merging two or more separate home plans into one will definitely be considered a custom home.

Also, keep in mind that it is much easier to add square footage to a home than remove square footage. Making a home smaller is a difficult task. It is always safer to start with a smaller home and add square footage to it.

If, for some reason, we deem your changes to be too extensive for a modification, we will gladly refund your $125.00 modification fee.

Why the fee for the consultation?

We get requests for modifications all of the time. Each request must be researched. There are no quick and easy answers. A home plan is a collection of documents illustrating a home’s connected systems. Calculating the time a modification will take and how the modification will impact the rest of the structure requires knowledge and thought. The Modification Consultation form is the only way we can get all the information we need in order to give you a detailed and accurate estimate. If you decide to proceed with the modifications, the $125.00 modification fee will be deducted from the cost of the final modification. If you have any questions, please give us a call at (800)718-7526.

Plan Options

What is the difference between print licenses?

A print license is conveyed to the purchaser as either a PDF file or a printed vellum. The PDF file cannot be modified and can only be printed. The vellum is erasable and allows for very minor changes and /or notes to be added. An electronic license allows for the client or the client’s consultants to make more elaborate modifications to plans (i.e.: widen a bedroom, add a fireplace, or add a window, etc.).

What is a Unfinished Walkout Basement?

An unfinished walkout basement is designed for a sloping lot which falls away to the rear of the property.  Access to a rear patio on the basement level is provided via French and sliding glass doors. With this option we provide, in addition to the standard plans, a basement foundation plan, a first floor framing plan, and revised typical wall sections.

What is a Unfinished Basement?

An unfinished basement is a popular foundation due to the added functionality it brings to a home. The basement can be used as storage space, finished off for living areas (depending on location), or both. The basement foundation combines elements of both a slab and crawlspace foundation. The floor in a basement is basically a concrete slab, and the engineered floor truss system is basically the same that a crawlspace uses. The foundational wall system is built as either an 8” concrete block or poured in place concrete. Please refer to your contractor and/or local building official to determine the best solution for your site and the governing building codes. Basement foundations can be found all over the country, but areas with high water tables or unsettled soil may preclude you from building a basement due to potential flooding or cracking in the foundation walls.

What is a Crawl Space?

A crawl space foundation is designed with an engineered floor truss system supported by an elevated stem wall. Crawl spaces are typically used in areas with colder climates and/or high moisture, where excessive water can build up. Supporting the home off of the ground keeps it away from moisture that could cause damage. A crawl space will also allow easy access to piping and utility areas underneath the home for both hookups and any necessary repairs.

What is a Slab/Stem Wall Foundation?

A Slab/Stem Wall Foundation is where the finished house floor is required to be raised above grade more than 12” without adversely impacting the surrounding grade, due to zoning or flooding requirements. This requires a block stem wall at the perimeter of the home to contain the fill required for achieving the desired house floor elevation. The garage floor is usually exempt from this requirement and is located closer to finish grade.

What is a Full Reverse?

Full reverse plans are redrawn with all the plans including elevations fully reversed. Additionally, all text and dimensioning notes are right read, rather than mirrored, which are simply plans printed backwards.

What is a Rendering Print?

A Rendering Print option is a full color print, on a 20 x 12 sheet of semi gloss paper, of the front rendering of the plan you are purchasing. It is the same front rendering that is currently shown on the website.

What does Exterior Wall 8″ Block mean?

Our optional 8″ Block for the exterior wall typically encompasses the first floor only on Two Story Plans, and the basement/ground floor and first main living level for Basement and Island Basement Plans. The second floor living levels are typically drawn as frame construction even with an 8” block construction option. If you wish the plan to be 8″ block on all stories of the home we can convert it, but it must be done through our Plan Modification process. It is industry standard that a plan that comes with a basement, of any type, the exterior walls will be either 8″ block or poured concrete.

What does Exterior Wall 2×6 Wood mean?

Our Frame Exterior Wall Option includes all exterior walls, excluding foundational stemwall or basement walls, which are typically either 8” concrete block or poured concrete. Other wall construction methods are available through our Plan Modification process.

What is a ICF Wall?

First, ICF stands for “Insulating or Insulated Concrete Forms”. Basically, these are insulated foam panels used as forms to contain steel reinforced poured concrete. These forms may consist of an open center, which many times houses metal reinforcement used to stabilize and strengthen the concrete that will eventually be poured into it. You can apply any interior or exterior finish to ICF homes. ICF systems are most often used for exterior walls only. The benefits of an ICF wall system to the consumer would be improved energy efficiency, greater strength and durability, better sound resistance, superior fire and pest resistance as well as a more environmentally friendly construction method.

What is involved in converting a plan to Metric?

This plan option is to convert the plan dimensionally from feet and inches to the metric equivalent .



What Makes Up a Set of Home Plans:

Cover Sheet, Index & Site Plan

Home Plan Set Cover SheetThe cover sheet features an elevation of the exterior of the house that shows approximately how the home will look when built. The index lists the order of the drawings included, with page numbers for easy reference. The site plan is a scaled footprint of the house to help determine how the home will be placed on the building site.



Wall Sections & Notes

Home Plan Set Wall SectionThis section shows section cuts of the exterior wall from the roof down through the foundation. These wall sections specify the home’s construction and building materials. They also show the number of stories, type of foundation and the construction of the walls. Roofing materials, insulation, floor framing, wall finishes and elevation heights are all shown and referenced.



Typical Details & Notes

Home Plan Set Typical DetailsThis section addresses all the facets and typical details you will want to include in your home, with the exception of local building code requirements. Architectural and structural elements are detailed, including: window and door components, railings, balusters, wood stairs and headers, interior walls, interior partitions, concrete steps and footings (if applicable).



Foundation layout Plan

Home Plan Set Foundation LayoutThis sheet provides a fully dimensioned and noted foundation layout, including references to footings, pads, and support walls. For plans with a basement, additional walls and columns may be shown. Basement plans come with a floor framing layout which may be included in this section or the floor framing section, depending on the plan. Actual structural information should be obtained by a locally licensed engineer for your specific site location.



Detailed Floor Plan

Home Plan Set Detailed Floor PlanThis section provides detailed floor plan drawings and descriptions of all the elements that will be included on each floor of the home. The home’s exterior footprint, openings and interior rooms are carefully dimensioned. Important features are noted including built-ins, niches and appliances. All doors and windows are identified. Typically this section also includes the square footage information.



Reflected Ceiling Plan

Home Plan Set Reflected Ceiling PlanOne of Sater home’s most distinguishable features is the highly detailed ceiling treatments. This section shows ceiling heights and treatments. It also shows the details, profiles and finishes of the ceiling treatments. Arches and soffits are also specified in this section.



Floor Framing Plans

Home Plan Set Framing PlansHomes with a basement or crawl space will have a floor framing plan for the first floor. Multi-story homes will have floor framing plans for upper floors as well. The floor framing plans provide structural information such as the joist location, spacing and direction, as well as the floor heights and stair openings.



Roof Layout

Home Plan Set Roof LayoutThe overall layout and necessary details for roof design are provided in this section. If trusses are used, we suggest using a local truss manufacturer to design your roof trusses to comply with your local codes and regulations.



Exterior Elevations

Home Plan Set Exterior ElevationsExterior elevations are drawings that show how the finished home will approximately look. In this section, elevations of the front, rear and left and right sides of the home are shown. Exterior materials, details and heights are noted on these drawings.



Building Section & Details

Home Plan Set Building Section & DetailsThis section will illustrate the important changes in the floor, ceiling and roof heights or the relationship of different floors to one another. Interior elements of rooms and areas, such as columns, arches, headers and soffits, are also discernible and easier to visualize in a cross section.



Interior Elevations

Home Plan Set Interior ElevationsThese interior elevations show the specific details and design of the kitchen, bathrooms, utility rooms, fireplaces, bookcases, built-in units and other special interior features. The interior elevations vary based on the complexity of the home.



Electrical Plan

Home Plan Set Electrical PlanThis section shows an electrical plan that will enhance functionality and highlight the unique architectural features of the home.



Materials List

Home Plan Set Materials ListTo assist in pricing and construction of a Sater home, a materials list is included free of charge. This detailed list is a great resource as you begin your construction. It gives quantitative information for everything from the cubic yards of concrete in your plan’s footings to the number of studs required for interior wall framing.



Green Solutions Guide

This Green Solutions Guide is designed to help you make decisions about the level of green building you wish to implement in the construction of your new home.

Read the Green-Solutiuons-Guide online.



Whats Included

Do plans come with a Materials List?

Many of our plans come with a Materials List as a benefit when you order a plan.  Materials Lists can be ordered for those plans that do not have a Materials List for a small fee.

What is included in the Material List?

Our material list is a quantitative take-off of the materials required to build a specific plan. This list does not include finished materials (i.e., paint, carpet, etc.) electrical, mechanical, or plumbing materials, as these items are customer specific.

Do you include trusses on your home plans?

Because local codes and conditions would dictate different trusses designs in different areas we do not include them on the plans. We recommend having your plan converted to truss construction by a qualified expert.

Why don’t the plans include HVAC and plumbing?

Our plans are sold around the country, and without knowledge of your local code and climate, it isn’t possible for us to appropriately design a system to handle your heating and cooling needs. Similarly, without knowledge of which direction water will enter your home, we are unable to draw the plumbing lines. Your contractors are best able to assess and plan accordingly for your specific situation.

Frequently Asked Questions about Custom Home Design

If you are looking for information on getting a custom home plan designed, please visit Sater Group, Inc.