Rain Chains

Over at the Nguyen Casa, we are planning on installing gutters. When you think of gutters you probably think generic, boring. However, gutters can be spiced up with rain chains.

If you are unfamiliar with rain chains, let me introduce you. As the name implies, they are chains that hang from the gutters and help guide the roof run off down. It is an attractive alternative to a downspout that can add architectural interest to your home. They typically pour over a pebble covered drain, into a water feature, or can be used as irrigation in flowerbeds and planters. Since my backyard is a breading ground for malaria, I’m interested in the container-less setup.

Rain chains can be found in a variety of shapes and finishes.

Here are a few images of some installed:

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As you can see there is a rain chain that suits any style.  Here are a few of my favorites that are available online.

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Do any of you have rain chains on your home? If so, how do you like them?