How do you organize your plan library?

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cbe
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How do you organize your plan library?

I am about to go meet a client that wants to see some similar plans to what he and his wife want.  This reminded me of a personal "to-do item" of creating a plan library of everything I've done.  At the moment, my plan library is small enough that my plans are pretty much committed to memory.  So when a client asks, I can show them some similar houses without much digging (if I have something matching that is).  I am just wondering what everyone else is doing...

 

I am thinking about just starting a database with some key info: area, width, depth, stories, style, garage/carport, garage location, # bedroom, # baths and a yes/no for several other items like bonus room, porches, etc.  

- Cory

Bill Wimberley
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How do you organize your plan library?

I would probably go the database rout as you described. You could even do it in a spreadsheet if you didn't want to develop a full blown database. Using a spreadsheet you can sort by various criteria to narrow down the listing. You could even place thumbnails that link to images, pdf files, or even the project file for the drawing.

Since you are a tech guru you might even consider creating a CMS based web site. I don't know about Wordpress or any of the other CMS programs but Drupal, which is what this site is based on, allows you to create sortable and filterable tables of information. That way you could direct your prospective clients to your web site and allow them to browse your plans and pick out what they like without you having to hold their hand.

Bill is the owner and maintainer of SoftPlanTuts.com

cbe
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I guess the database will be

I guess the database will be my best bet for now.  If/when I launch my site, I'll select only some plans to go on there.  Many of my plans are custom jobs that I'd rather not advertise.