Hi all, We just moved to a new house and it's time to start planning the new pond. I've done small scale ponds before, but I want more this time. I'm wanting to do a waterfall with stream to a small pond. I've got a good mental idea of what I want to do, but I thought maybe I could get some professional opinions on placement and size. Naturally, all of this is contingent upon any markings the utility companies will make this week. I've attached some pictures of the yard (poor quality due to being from my camera phone). This image is the South side of the yard. Red lines indicate the drainage. This image shows the overall yard. From house to the stone retaining wall (which is about 3' at the lowest and 4' at the highest) is roughly 36' at the line. I believe it's 27' from the corner of the house. The black circle indicates the lowest point of the yard. And finally, here are the images of what I generally have planned out, from a few different perspectives. Green indicates the pond, blue indicates the stream, red indicates the source/waterfall, black indicates the flagstone pathway (complete with a walking bridge), and pink indicates seating areas. Unless there is need for change in plans, my biggest concern is how I can raise the source for the waterfall. Currently, my plan is to build a faux rock/stone/softscape hill using PT lumber or railroad ties as the core, a small bubbler barrel for the water source, and then build around it all with the materials as needed. This way I won't have to worry about building an actual substrate base (nothing but clay here). Also, if you notice in the retaining wall there are drainage pipes. I would need to come up with a way to route this through my structure, but that is still in planning depending on my final approach to the waterfall. And finally my saga ends for the day. What do you guys think? Remember, this is my first major pond project. I've done small bubblers and garden ponds, but nothing of this magnitude (and I'm sure it's small by most standards).