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Plan Options

Each Sater Design Collection home plan is available with different home plan options. Home plans are never one size fits all. Each time a plan is built is a bit different. Depending on where the home is being built will determine what is needed or required. But it is impossible for us to develop a plan that would work for every family and location. To help our clients we offer Plan Options. When you order a plan you can add a Plan Option that will alter the plan to better fit your building location or your needs.

Plan Options & Delivery Times

When a client orders a home plan that includes a plan option it will delay the delivery time. We have to alter the plan to apply the option. Many times these alterations can be extensive and do take awhile to complete. Most of the time we can give you an estimated time of delivery. Its best when ordering a plan with plan options that you take the delivery time delay into account when choosing the shipping method. If you choose 2nd day air you will get the plan 2 days after the day it is shipped, but not the day it was ordered. We suggest that you allow ample time when ordering.

Not All Plans Are Equal

You will notice that not all plans have the same plan options available. Most of the time this is due to how the house is designed. Sometimes the floor plan of a home does not lend itself to specific options. For example, a home that is designed as a one story home has no stairway. If you wanted to add a full basement to that home the floor plan would have to be altered to include a stairway. But a home plan that has a second story already has a stairway, so adding a basement is made simpler by adding a set of stairs under the existing stairs.

Never Fear, We Can do Almost ANYTHING

If you have a favorite floor plan but need an option that you do not see listed, that is not a problem. Just contact us and let us know what you would like. We can help you decide if you should fill out our Plan Modification request form or if there might be a similar plan that would work for you. A plan modification is a great way of turning that “almost perfect” plan into your dream home. We can even help if you would like to have a custom home designed just for you. Visit us over at The Sater Group, Inc.and learn more about our custom home design services.

Plan Options In Detail:

What is the difference between print licenses?

A print license is conveyed to the purchaser of a PDF file. The PDF file cannot be modified and can only be printed. 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 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 an 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 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 x 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.