Another cautionary tale where relationships have broken down because clear terms were not in place before work began.
It is understandable, the desire to want to work with friends. They are people we know and trust and we expect work will proceed more smoothly than if we involve an unknown party. Unfortunately this isn't always the case.
No matter who you're working with, it is always best to layout expectations at the start. It means both sides know what is expected and if the worst comes to the worst, and the relationship breaks down, it will be easier to identify who was in the wrong. This doesn't have to be a full blown contract, but the more detail you have and the clearer it is laid out, the harder it is for confusion to arise.
In this particular case, both sides had a different opinion on what was to be done and as nothing had been put it in writing, it turned into an ugly case of "he said this" and "she said that". Not only is Ms Lejonvarn facing a costly law suit, both parties have lost a friendship.
A couple whose “grand design” for the back garden of their £5 million home became a money pit are suing a former close friend over the turmoil.