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Space was tight, but they found room for waterfalls, a pond, fish, entertaining.

Like many older-neighborhood houses, the one Chris and Ross Nooney bought in Seattle was on a narrow lot. The rear garden had the most space for outdoor living, but since much of it was on a steep slope, usable space was shortly.

To gain room for entertaining and dining, the Nooneys and designer Steve Lindjord paved the level part of the garden with brick (shown at far right). This patio is bordered on two sides by a low retaining wall made from cedar 2 by 6's faced with cedar 1 by 3's, and on a third side by a 4-foot-high fence of cedar 1 by 2's.

Originally, old fruit trees grew on the hillside, with a tangled understory of blackberries and periwinkles. These were dug out and replaced with self-sowing forget-me-nots, pampas grass, and perennials such as creeping thyme, English ivy, hostas, shasta daisies, and violas.

To mask traffic sounds and use the slope to advantage, the Nooneys put in the gentle waterfalls and fish pond shown here. Two pumps move the water: a 40-gallon-per-minute (gpm) pump to make it rum full and a 1/2-gpm pump that can keep just a trickle going--to aerate the pond and, in winter, prevent ice from forming.

The three-tier falls are made primarily of 2-inch-thick rough cedar left unfinished so as not to harm the fish. The floor of each spillway is an acrylic shelf jutting out just enough past the edge that water drops down in a clean sheet.

The wooden boxes of the watercourse are lined with 8-mil polyethylene sheeting (which will probably need replacing every other year). The fish pond, however, is lined with 20-mil vinyl; the Nooneys tried the 8-mil polyethylene here first, but the weight of the water soon made it leak.

The pond itself is 4 feet wide and 8 feet long, framed with 3/4-inch marine plywood. Its 2-foot depth keeps cats and raccoons from reaching the goldfish.
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