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