I got a patio laid with drainage and a new deck this summer. I got lots of quotes – for some really mad money. I eventually got a carpenter to do the decking – excellent job and half the price. I got Navan Garden Design to do the patio. They charge per /metre sq. but this includes the price of the slabs and the work. They did an excellent job and were in and out in 2 days. Price is normally 60euro / metre sq.