Dan Sater’s most popular homes might surprise you. Sure, they’re chock-full of upscale amenities. But the real appeal comes from smart and spacious side yards integrated into the layouts.

“Our courtyard home designs are so popular in part because of the way they blend indoor and outdoor spaces together so well, making the homes live much larger than they are. However the biggest draw is how they create for the owner this hidden oasis that becomes a focal point for visitor and resident alike. This is particularly advantageous for lots without a view as the courtyard literally becomes the view.”

“Another attraction is the inclusion of semi-detached guest suite/cabanas, as they can adapt to the owner’s changing needs. They can provide privacy for visiting guests or boomerang children, or an exercise room, or even a studio to pursue a long held passion.”

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Two levels of outdoor living

Arched iron gates in the portico offer regal entry to a fabulous secluded courtyard. Rooms surround a pool and fountain with lots of glass for seamless indoor-outdoor living. A second floor features two guest suites and a loft, plus a balcony and deck that offer views of the courtyard from two different perspectives. The master suite has an elegant foyer and a private garden. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Just 40 feet wide

This splendid Mediterranean abode boasts a surprisingly narrow profile, rendering it perfect for a slim lot, yet abounds with luxurious details. Extensive outdoor spaces include a long loggia, courtyard, and even a cabana with its own full bathroom. Inside, an open floor plan connects the island kitchen, bay-windowed dining room, and great room to one another. The master suite features dual closets and vanities. This home won an award at the 2010 American Residential Design Awards in the Published Home category. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Terrific Guest Suite

Everything about this magnificent Mediterranean-inspired home speaks to modern living. Take the casita: detached from the main house, this guest suite is a terrific option for families with a live-in relative who would like a little extra space and privacy. Right next to it, an outdoor fireplace (a hot feature of outdoor living) heats up cool evenings. The main house features an open layout with a spacious great room and big, double-island kitchen. Homeowners will love the convenience of the master suite on the main floor (especially good for aging in place). Two more bedroom suites occupy the second level. See more images, information, and the floor plan.

Outdoor-focused luxury

The location of the bonus guest suite at the front of the plan and the courtyard in the center speak of Mediterranean influences. Featuring a full bath, walk-in closet, and easy pool access, the optional guest suite will appropriately pamper overnight visitors. At the right of the plan are the leisure room, nook, dining room, and grand room. The master suite, complete with an impressive bath, offers private access to the rear loggia. Upstairs, three more bedrooms share two baths and have separate balconies. See more images, information, and the floor plan.