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I installed half round gutters and corrugated downspouts on my house recently ... (I have an old house and I wanted to maintain this look). As I was doing this, and since I knew I had
some nearby yard work planned, I incorporated a rain barrel.
After some research (through which I learned there is no shortage of techniques for making rain barrels nor in the shear number of rain barrels now on the market), I chose a 60 gallon rain barrel made by a company called EarthMinded. I picked it because 1) it looked good 2) it was comparatively large 3) it looked easy to install and 4) it could be bought through a local conservancy that subsidized the barrels bringing their cost down.
With rain barrels (like real estate) location location location is everything. Screened (at least partially) from the road, I set the barrel just downhill of last year's Vinca planting and just uphill from a bit of grass I intended to overseed (I completed this this past weekend and plan to post on it). I purchased 2 bags of pea gravel, used scrap (ground-contact-rated) 4x4s (further treated) and a spare piece of blue stone. Together, this/these provided a solid, level and elevated base (all very important).
Assembling and installing the barrel was a snap (Earthminded's instructions were excellent) BUT I did have to request beforehand a kit that would work with my new round downspouts.
I may write more about this project on my blog in the coming weeks but for now if you have questions, don't be afraid to ping me. Thanks for reading. ~jb
I love to decorate the front entry of our home for the seasons! Do you too?
Do you like to have pretty greenery and a seating area at the front of your home?
Add some budget friendly curb appeal to your front entry with these 4 tips! Tip #1 - Add urns to either side of your front door. See my post to learn how I decorated these urns on a budget and more of my budget proof tips and tricks here: http://www.settingforfour.com/2013/05/4-tips...
I'd love for you visit my blog for the full post on our porch. It is our favorite room in the house! I will share with you how it has evolved over time with thrifty finds that have been repurposed with paint and fabrics.
After tearing off the front overhang on our house, we need a new facia board. While I'm at it, it's time to fix the sun-beat, peeling, rotten soffit that's along the whole front of the
garage. Surely, the HOA will soon ding us on that as well. How the heck was I going to manhandle handle those huge boards into place and fasten them alone? Check out the whole story in my blog post below...