How we designed an award winning garden – Part 4

Masterplan and Setting Out Drawings

The masterplan and setting out drawings are less for the client and more for the contractor. Their job is to communicate every last detail of the final construction from how deep to countersink the holes to the types of screws to use.

The masterplan is an overview of the final design, using the conceptual design drawing as its basis. The setting out drawings are dimensioned drawings, which focus on specific areas. They might include: finished surface levels; drainage; rise and falls; lighting ducting and irrigation. They might also be construction drawings, i.e. elevations or sections.


These drawings will all be cross-referenced to the specification of works, which we’ll talk about in a future blog. Next week we’ll cover planting plans.