Ingrid (in Longenton)

Ingrid asked me to do some tidying up in her back garden, and lay a small patio out front where she could sit and enjoy the evening sunshine. There are problems with draining all round the gardens here so this meant aerating and reseeding patches of the lawn at the back of the house, and putting draining under the patio to prevent flooding. To match the standard paths laid on the estate, I used large flagstones which are a bit heavy for a sole trader, but the finish looks as though this has always been there which is my aim.

"Sat on new patio for afternoon tea on Tuesday - it's fab and much admired by neighbours."