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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.


What Exactly Is On The Drawing Board?

Posted by Dan Sater II on

We have recently launched a new section of our website. It is dedicated to showing what we are working on, as well as other past projects. We work with clients all over the world, designing residences for all sorts of locations and different cultural tastes. This new "On the Drawing Board" section is a way to share this work with you. Often times we have great designs that might not seem “stock plan” friendly. But that doesn’t mean they might not fit someone's needs perfectly. The problem is it takes a lot of time and work to transform a custom...

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Tips for Adding a Full Basement Modification

Posted by Dan Sater II on

It is a clear trend. For the past 10 years, more and more people are asking to have stock plans modified. This is a great choice if you are looking for some very specific features in a home plan. However, there are some things to know before you request a quote to modify a plan. Starting at the Bottom One of the most common requests we get is to add a full basement to a plan. You might think that is an easy and fast modification. And in some cases it might be, but adding a full basement under a...

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5 Ways to Save Money When Building a New Home

Posted by Dan Sater II on

There are more ways to spend money than to save it. That is not surprising to anyone. However, when building a new home, the spending can get out of hand quickly. Because not many of us will have the opportunity to build more than one new home, we lack the experience on where to save money. Here are a few tips that will help you do just that: It All Starts with a Location: The web is your friend when it comes to finding the right house lot. Many websites will allow you to setup “alerts” that will let you...

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Which Foundation is the Best Foundation?

Posted by Dan Sater II on

When it comes to a home, the most important part is the foundation. Everything sits on the foundation. If the foundation is good, everything else can be fixed. That's the general consensus anyway. But beyond a “good” foundation, is there a “best” type of foundation?  We offer all types of foundations. And we can modify almost all of our home plans to include the type of foundation you would like. But many people don’t look at the foundation or its important role it has beyond holding the house up. When they hear the word "foundation", most people think of a...

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Should You Build in a Gated Community

Posted by Dan Sater II on

I have designed many homes in my career. A fair number of them have been built in gated communities. I myself have built several of my own homes in a gated community. Here are a few things you should know.

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