The Goodwins' stream runs right by the French doors in back, leading to a waterfall and koi pond at one end, and at the other to a fountain made from bluestone pavers stacked like books—appropriate to the home of a pair of writers. The water features can be seen from most downstairs areas of the house, and heard even from the second-story bedrooms. Water-loving frogs herald spring, and birds come through all winter long. "The great thing has been how it's made us much more connected to nature, and to the changing seasons," says Doris.
Though water elements are commonly made from free-form synthetic rubber liners or premolded fiberglass forms, the Goodwins' is constructed like a gunite swimming pool, with the filter above ground (and screened from view); pipes are built in to recirculate the water.