Multi-Use Rainwater Collection

  • Rain Bench tips & tricks
  • retrofit: Rain Collecting Cap
  • Cedar Rain Bench update
  • the natural way to harvest rain...
  • creative outdoor living designs
  • Self watering square foot garden
     130 gallon rainwater reservoir automatically waters your garden from below, fills from rain
  • the WaterShed
     A garden shed with rainwater storage built into the walls
  • cedar rain bench
     an example of how nice rain water harvesting can look... 260 gallons of useful (seating), beautiful (cedar) multi-use landscape elements

Store 600 gallons of rainwater, without 1 tank or barrel…


  1. Build 2 Cedar Rain Benches (Tiny House Nation used this design), fill ’em up with the next rain,*
  2. Water a 10’x10′ garden for 2 months without ANY rain*
  3. You now have equal to 11 rain barrels, without the barrels!

* a 40′ x 50′ house with 2 Rain Benches (300 gallons each), one 1″ rainfall, then applying 1″ of water per week to your garden from those benches.

And get this, your city may help you pay for them

65 gallon, 3' RainBenchFor example, Southern California’s Water$mart rebates would almost entirely pay for 3 standard Rain Bench® DIY kits (include instructions for a 65 gallon rain bench) AND the lumber to build them (about $340 total).  Then just follow the simple instructions included…

…and you have 3 rain benches holding 200 gallons of rainwater, for $40.

Watch a time lapse of building one (less than a minute…)

Click here to learn more about the Tiny House Cedar Rain Bench® 

Want to inspire your neighbors to save water?  Our DIY Rainwater Guide is coming soon with some ridiculously cool rainwater projects for you

 … and when one barrel just isn’t enough

(turn DOWN your sound if you’re trying to be discrete!)

Nothing against rain barrels, they’re just not as easy to sit on…

“Wait a minute,” you may say,”Why harvest rainwater?

1. it’s free.  Use as much of it as you want.  (unless it’s illegal, then make sure it’s well hidden 😉  Did I type that out loud?

2. it’s easy.siennapuppy

3. your city or county will probably pay you to do it.

4. if your well pump or public supply is lost, you still have water.

5. it’s soft, good for washing and appliances (with filtration)

Sienna loves rainwater.  For washing, drinking, rolling and splashing in…

6.  Plants grow better with rainwater.  Way better.

a nice addition to any garden

Mom’s Rain Bench in the Garden

Just a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use care when storing rainwater on a deck.  It must be strong enough to hold a hot tub; water weighs a lot!

So after about 6 years of testing, perfecting and proving our DIY Rain Bench® kits, we are updating this site and adding a plethora of new designs in winter/spring 2015, so check back in, and feel free to mosey around a bit.  Give us a call or email (contact page) if you have any questions at all…

and Have a Great Year!!


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