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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.


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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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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