We moved into a house with a yard that is a typical lot size in a subdivision. There is a nice cedar shed in one corner which we want to keep and a square flagstone patio that unfortunatley was poorly installed and needs attention. That's it. The rest is grass, sort of a clean slate (dog chewed up the shrubs that the last owner planted). I'm trying to convince my DH to remove the flagstone that is there and it can be reused at our cottage. I am also trying to convince him to install a deck , actually most of the yard would be deck with only about an 8 footx20 foot run of grass . We live across from a park so the kids run around there on the equipment and the dog uses the park as well. Plantings would have to be hardy perenials for now until the puppy (love him to death) learns not to eat them. I'd like to use river rock beds and larger rocks, ornamental grasses, hardy hostas and a feature speciman tree maybe a Jap Maple or Dogwood? I was on the BHG website and designed an idea of what I'm after. I'd love some feedback good and bad and any suggestions, improvements at all would be appreciated. TIA.