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PDF, CAD or Vellum

At Sater Design, we’re all about creating your dream home and making the process as easy as possible for you. Therefore, the plan format you select will depend on your situation. For your convenience, we sell our plans in 3 basic plan formats: printed on Vellum paper, in electronic PDF file format, and electronic AutoCAD files. AutoCAD is the name of the program that is used to create the plans. There is no “correct” or “better” plan format, it all depends on your individual needs. Each plan format has its benefits and some are more versatile than others.

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.).

Print Vellum: The most popular plan format our customers order is the Print-Vellum format. This plan format gives you a set of plans printed on Vellum paper that you can show your builder. The Vellum paper is erasable (using a special architect’s eraser) so added notes or minor changes can be made to the plans if needed. Copies can be made as needed – see the Plan Licensing Information page for more details. The Vellum plan format is the most expensive to ship. We also ship your license agreement forms, and valuable materials from our corporate partners that will help you build your home.

PDF Electronic: The second most popular plan format is PDF, which is an electronic file format, but it is not editable so changes can be more difficult to make. We email you the plan as a set of electronic PDF files. We then ship your license agreement and valuable materials from our corporate partners that will help you build your home. This plan format provides the most expedient way to receive the plans, usually within the same business day (by email). Your local blue print shop can make prints as needed, see the Plan Licensing Information page for more details.

CAD Electronic: If you need to make changes or alterations to the plan, you will need to order the plan in electronic AutoCAD. This plan format file is sent on a USB flash drive and is shipped with your plan licensing information packet, your license agreement forms, and valuable materials from our corporate partners that will help you build your home. Anyone with the AutoCAD program and knowledge of how to use it - which most builders do – will be able to open the files and make changes to them. Your builder or local blue print shop can make prints from the AutoCAD files (see the Plan Licensing Information page for more details). 

If you don't know how to decide, please feel free to call our Customer Service department about your specific criteria at 800-718-7526 to receive free plan assistance.

Still have questions or concerns? Don’t hesitate to contact us. We’re awaiting your call!

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