Go with the Flow-The sound of moving water from waterfalls adds to the soothing nature of Japanese gardens. This stream is punctuated by two waterfalls and ponds. Papyrus, ornamental grasses, and ground covers bring life to the stream edge - for side yard
Multifunctional Outdoor Room -This outdoor kitchen is a favorite summertime spot, but it's also used for hobbies. The homeowner also uses the counter for potting, arranging flowers, & carving pumpkins.
An alternative to chlorine pools, the BioTop Natural Pools use plants to keep water clean and clear. Wikipedia has some more info on natural swimming pools as well. These could make a great addition to a permaculture design site.
Put the newspaper over the dirt pages thick and then covered it with mulch. The newspaper will prevent any grass and weed seeds from germinating, but unlike fabric, it will decompose after about 18 months.