Garage Plans Drawing FormatIf you are thinking about replacing your garage with a new one, or maybe you want to build a new garage where you didn't have one before, at some point you will have to determine which drawing format you are going to be using. Garage plans usually come in 4 different formats:
- Paper prints
- CAD files
- Reproducible prints
- Downloadable files you can print yourself
Which garage plan drawing format is right for you? Let's explore.
Using a General Contrator
If you are using a General Contractor (GC) to build your garage for you, then the drawing format will be pretty much up to whatever the GC wants. A GC should be able to work from any of the available formats though. Most GC's will have the capability to work with CAD files and they may also have a large printer or plotter that is capable of printing CAD or Downloadable files. Since building a garage is probably only a one time event for you, paper prints from the publisher are usually cheaper and will work just fine for your project as long as the GC is OK with them. Learn more about garage plans drawing formats here.
Building it Yourself
If you plan on building the garage yourself then paper prints are the way to go. There are exceptions of course, depending on your situation. The primary advantage to Downloadable Garage Plan files (usually pdf format) is the permanent record they create. CAD Garage Plan files are the only real choice if you are planning on making extensive changes to the garage plans. Both CAD and Downloadable files are also available immediately in most cases, you don't have to wait on mail delivery.
Still not sure which format drawing package to get? Learn more about garage plans here.