Couple claim builder damaged foundations of their home while building a patio

The exposed foundations of the West's home
The exposed foundations of the West's home (Image credit: SWNS)

A couple in Kent claim they have lost £44,000 after a builder damaged their home’s foundations during a botched patio build, before he stopped turning up to work.

Sandra, 63, and Stephen West, 62, hired the builder to remove old decking from  their home in Benenden, Kent, and install a new patio for their garden design. They found the builder through an online recommendation.

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