For the garage side of the yard, we choose a hog-wire style open fencing, with a simple gate. It’s pictured below. There are vines planted, which will grow up the fence sides. Hopefully, the open style will get some sun to the grass, and it can grow a bit, so the dogs will have something to play on.
We had some left over wood from the beautiful beams in the great room. So, I had the carpenter make a work bench top for a nook in the garage. Its about 22 inches deep, with 2 large timbers next to 2 smaller ones. Originally, I set the top of the bench at 42 inches. But, after installation that was clearly too high. At that height, it would be hard to get leverage to push or hammer an object on the bench. So, we dropped it down to about 37 inches, which will work much better.