Maximising a small backyard without losing the garden was one of the clients requests when we were approached to redesign a dogs paradise into the clients retreat. A raised cement rendered planter was created to deal with the level changed at the boundary and also doubles as the back rest to the recycled floating bench. The bench is a simple form that removes clutter from the concrete paving while providing ample seating for outdoor dinning with family. The raised garden also gives added height to the planting needed for privacy from the adjoining neighbour. A Slightly raised lawn and deep heavily planted garden beds add depth and interest to a small garden but also allow the families dog a space to mark his own.