The brief here was to clear the garden completely, provide a pathway to the shed, and an extension to their existing patio with a border of slate chippings so that the garden would be completely maintenance free.
The only other stipulation was that the paving and path be laid in a random way with an irregular edge.
Bearing in mind that due to a delivery error, we only had two sizes of slab. With a little thought and not too much cutting, I think we managed to give the customer what they wanted.
Even with just a few pots and some solar lighting, the area can be softened and still be virtually maintenance free.