How to Hide 8 Rain Barrels

On Your Front Porch

If you could save 600 gallons of rainwater, would you?

  • If you could do it without one rain barrel, tank, or digging up your yard to bury a cistern.
  • If you have a 10′ x 10′ garden, 600 gallons would supply 1″ of water per week (recommended), at 10 gallons/day for 60 days, or two months.

You could water your garden for two months without any rainfall.*

*If you own a house with a 25′ x 40′ roof, you can catch 600 gallons from a 1″ rainfall.

H2O Supply

Normally a graph like this is a good thing.

Unless it shows groundwater depletion. Some pretty smart folks are investing in water now, banking on future shortages.

Here’s one way (or 2) you can make a smart choice for your water future.


The Cedar “Rain Bench”

  • 300 gallon capacity (per plans)
  • Step by step, illustrated instructions
  • A shopping list of lumber to buy locally,
  • DIY or your local contractor, support your community
  • 8′ long x 3′ wide x 2′ tall
  • Can be built to 2 1/2′ tall and hold up to 420 gallons
Let's do this

Built-in rainwater storage

Detailed instructions, or design your own
Let's do this

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

  1. It’s free. (unless it’s illegal, then make sure it’s well hidden 😉  Did I type that out loud?
  2. It’s easy. Once built, it can operate automatically.
  3. Your water utility might 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 some filtration)
  6. It keeps your lakes and rivers cleaner
  7. It helps to recharge your depleting groundwater
  8. Your plants will grow better with rainwater.  A Lot better.

Sienna loves rainwater baths.

Who else is doing this?

Here’s just one example (3 minute clip)…

Second Rain’s Cedar Rain Bench kits were used on Tiny House Nation, a show that follows renovation experts and hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin as they travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and the inventive people who live in them.

Check out Tiny House Nation Monday nights at 9PM ET on FYI. The plans used specifically to build the benches for the off grid home in this episode are also included in our DIY kit.

Picture taken in the heat of summer, after this self watering ‘rain planter’ was watered exactly 0 times.

Create rainwater storage AND outdoor living space at the same time. That’s huge.

 Well, at least it can be…


The best time to save rainwater is before a drought.

The second best time is now.

Ultimate Rainwater Guide

Coming soon. Our guide to everything you need to know to be awesome

Seriously. It is that good.

Our fully caffeinated collection of ideas, anecdotes, examples and how-to store your rainwater bigger and better than ever. It’ll be in our store for about the price of a cup of coffee. Is there a theme here?

Ongoing R&D

We are constantly pushing the envelope of what even we think is possible...

Finding a Better Way

We’ll keep you updated with the latest and greatest techniques; if it’s remotely experimental, it’ll probably show up here first.

Video Tutorials

Nothing is easier than learning by watching someone do it, even if it's Scott.

Tips & Tricks

Watch our video tutorials to learn how the various parts of your rainwater system work together, and prepare to be blown away by a few new ideas.