- 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 garden130 gallon rainwater reservoir automatically waters your garden from below, fills from rain
- the WaterShedA garden shed with rainwater storage built into the walls
Our mission is to make rainwater harvesting feasible and attractive to every homeowner, in a way you can use…
Like storing 600 gallons of rainwater without 1 tank or barrel… (you may have seen one of our cedar “Rain Bench®” DIY designs on a recent episode of Tiny House Nation)
Example? Try this:
- Build the above Cedar Rain Benches, fill ’em up with the next 1″ of rain,*
- Water a 10’x10′ garden with it for 2 months without ANY rain*
- You now have equal to 11 rain barrels (without the barrels) AND some beautiful outdoor seating!
* a 25′ x 40′ house with the above Rain Benches, will fill with 600 gallons from a one 1″ rainfall, then apply 1″ of water per week to your garden from those benches, at 10 gallons/day for 60 days!
And get this, your city may help you pay for them
Here are just a few of the growing number of water rebates available: Limited Time, Rebates = Free Rain Benches!
For 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 for kits from us and lumber purchased locally). Then just follow the simple instructions included…
…and you have 3 rain benches holding 200 gallons of rainwater, for $40 total cost.
Watch a time lapse of building one (less than a minute…)
Most of our stuff is DIY. Why? Because it’s pretty simple and we think shipping tons of materials all over the country is unnecessary when you can do it with stuff in your own backyard. And if you can’t do it yourself, chances are you know or could hire someone to build this for you…
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.
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.
Just a few things to keep in mind:
- Place your reservoir far away from the house and bottom fill it.
- Use care when storing rainwater on a deck. It must be strong enough to hold a hot tub; water weighs a lot!
- Take advantage of incentives and rebates NOW to get paid back for your DIY bench!
So after about 6 years of testing, tweaking and proving our DIY Rain Bench® kits, we are updating this site and adding a plethora of new designs in 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…