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The Beautiful, Low Maintenance Landscape

By |2017-05-12T02:41:24+00:00March 16th, 2017|Creative, Design, design ideas, for the garden, raindom, sustainable design|

Beautiful doesn't have to mean high maintenance.Think of the number one goal you have for your outdoor living space. I'm willing to bet at least one of the top 5 is low maintenance. If you're like me, you just don’t have the time to do everything on your ‘to do’ list. Sometimes necessary things like keeping your landscape [...]

Mom’s Solar Studio

By |2017-02-16T15:16:34+00:00January 30th, 2016|design ideas, how-to, rain harvesting examples, sustainable design|

The Passive/ Active Solar Heated Tiny House Studio Welcome to our latest experiment!  A little building with an even littler carbon footprint. The goals were to use almost all reclaimed material and heat this small space with nothing but the sun, even on cloudy days or at night. How is that possible? Store the sun's heating [...]

Rainwater Calculator

By |2017-02-19T13:49:17+00:00January 23rd, 2016|design ideas, how-to, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

All these products are great, and you know you want to catch rain. But how much do you need? And how much can you even catch? Use this handy dandy calculator to find out, based on your exact roof and local rainfall. Read on, and prepare to become a rainwater calculating expert... Step 1: Find your [...]

300 gallon Cedar Rain Bench DIY

By |2017-02-24T15:02:30+00:00April 18th, 2015|design ideas, for the garden, how-to, not a rain barrel, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

When you realize 55 gallons of water is not nearly enough... It's time to set a new standard in rainwater storage. It's time to save water like you've never done before. 300 gallons of rainwater collection. One beautiful cedar bench. All.  In.  One. Does it cost a small fortune? Not with this handy dandy little DIY kit. [...]

Rainwater to Drinking Water

By |2017-08-08T01:27:36+00:00April 16th, 2015|Design, design ideas, how-to, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

standing in the rain with your mouth open is one way to drink rainwater.  Catching and filtering  it is another... ...first a disclaimer: I am no licensed plumber. He ran for the hills when we tried to hire him, so this is what I figured out on my own. I am not saying this is the [...]

retrofit: Rain Collecting Cap

By |2016-12-12T06:29:44+00:00March 25th, 2015|design ideas, how-to, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

Here is just one way to modify your existing rain bench to make the cap itself collect rainwater and put it inside your bench....  RainBench Retrofit: Collect water that falls on your rain bench, too. *This retrofit is for standard 65 gallon Rain Bench made with 1 DIY kit, 1 sheet of plywood and some 2x2s… [...]

Eco-Patio | Recycled Plastic Chairs

By |2016-12-12T06:29:44+00:00February 15th, 2015|design ideas, for the garden, sustainable design|

...because putting 670 milk jugs on your patio wouldn't be nearly as comfortable. Made from locally recycled plastic from recycling plants in southern Wisconsin, designed and built in Middleton, WI, these chairs offer a ridiculously comfortable and decent looking end use for all of that plastic you've been faithfully putting in your recycling. Why are [...]

Limited Time, Rebates = Free Rain Benches

By |2017-04-04T14:11:24+00:00December 14th, 2014|design ideas, rain harvesting examples, sustainable design|

Finally.  You can get that bench, or outdoor bar, or garden shed, or all 3.   Ok, not for free but it might just be TOTALLY paid for with rebates... There are a growing number of incentives and rebates now available due to 'Pilot An outdoor kitchen built with Rain Bench kits Programs' that were [...]

Permeable Paving

By |2016-12-12T06:29:45+00:00February 22nd, 2013|design ideas, how-to, rain harvesting examples, sustainable design|

make it permeable. That's right.  Allowing rainwater to go down into the ground is the most natural, permaculture-esque form of rainwater harvesting.  And you don't have to have a rain garden to do it. a permeable patio A simple change in basic materials, at no extra cost, can make your patio permeable.  The one pictured [...]

creative outdoor living designs

By |2016-12-12T06:29:45+00:00April 4th, 2011|design ideas, rain harvesting examples, raindom, sustainable design|

landscape designs, beautiful AND sustainable ... watch to see where the water is, and just how many rain barrels it takes to equal this design what follows is a plethora of designs incorporating the RainBench DIY kit as a customizable building block, from 40 to 96 gallons each and a variety of different materials...        hang [...]

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