I am one of those types that longs for grey skies and downpours. Give me a rainy day, a good book and a cup of home roasted fresh brewed coffee and I’m one happy gal.
One of the main features of our new home that made me fall in love with our property was the large, wide, floor to ceiling length windows in the living room, kitchen and dining room. The large, open floor plan of these three rooms makes me feel like I’m living in an atrium or conservatory – especially when it’s raining!
The living room and kitchen especially look out onto a large enclosed deck in the front yard, with walls of hanging ivy and garden vines enclosing the patio. It’s pretty much my happy place whenever it’s raining.
The previous owners had recently installed the deck, but hadn’t finished the project, so hubby and I knew some of our springtime tax return (or Taxmas money, as we like to call it) would be spent power washing, sanding, staining, sealing and beautifying the front deck.
One of the features I KNEW I wanted for my deck was a rain chain. Not just because it would make a great focal point (our downspout on the deck is centrally located, so it’s easily viewed from the living room windows, the front door and the seating area of the deck), but also because a better downspout / redirect was a necessity. The previous owners pretty much left the downspout without a redirect, so rain water was emptying directly onto the exposed, untreated wood of the deck. In just two seasons (even in this California drought!) the wood was getting pretty nasty and water damaged. So a rain chain with a catch basin was pretty much a must in my mind.
In my quest for rain chains, I came across Good Directions, a company that takes the art of rain chains to a whole new level, with unique designs and superior workmanship handcrafted in the Old World style. I reached out to them in hopes of having a chance to try out one of their handcrafted copper rain chains. And lucky me, the awesome folks at Good Directions decided to send me a rain chain to review for all you lovely folks!
(As luck would have it, the rain chain arrived right when our rainy spell in this California drought passed, and it hasn’t rained ONCE since I received my chain for review. Grrrrr!! But at least it’s installed in time for April showers, and with the magic of technology (and a good garden hose) the hubby and I were able to recreate a rainy day on our front porch to capture in photos, much to the amusement of our neighbors, hehe!)
A Little More About Rain Chains
Rain chains originated hundreds of years ago in Japan, where they are known as kusari-doi (literally “chain-gutter”) and where they are still widely used on homes and temples.
Rain chains are essentially alternatives to a typical tube-style downspout. Their purpose is largely decorative, to make a water feature out of a home’s rain gutter system – rain chains guide water from the roof gutter to the ground as a decorative alternative to a downspout.
Rain chains generally terminate into a catch basin tray, a downspout splash block, or a basin to collect the water. (Rain barrels, container water gardens and rock beds are also becoming increasingly popular as rain gutter / rain chain reservoirs.)
About Good Directions
Good Directions offers fresh, unique and classic outdoor living décor from a growing roster of artisans. From weathervanes to birdhouses to fire pits, all of their heavy-gauge, high quality products are designed to last for generations.
From the president of Good Directions:
Outdoor living is booming. Today’s homeowners are bringing the same attention to beautifying their outdoor living spaces as they do their interiors. Good Directions is passionate about providing our customers with unique items that combine stylish form with durable function; elements that meet the high standards of house-proud homeowners. At Good Directions we believe excellent quality and service should be a given. We think you deserve more. We hope you’ll always look to Good Directions for outdoor living products that are unique and innovative.
My Thoughts on the Good Direction Rain Chain
Good Directions sent me one of their most popular items, their Polished Copper Double Link Rain Chain. The double link chain features an all-time classic design. The handcrafted links intercept in such a way that the rainwater is funneled and directed to playfully dance and flow down the chain, creating a delightful focal point for your outdoor enjoyment.
The 6 foot rain chain includes a gutter clip that fits into any standard size downspout for easy installation.
For our porch, we extended the rain gutter out from the support pole on the deck (before, the rain gutter just emptied out along the pole onto the deck), and installed the new downspout outlet to allow the chain to trail down into a tall garden vase filled with river pebbles.
This rain chain certainly is a beautiful looking and sounding alternative to the traditional, boring and eyesore gutter downspout I could have installed on our deck! It’s a classy and unique focal point on sunny days, and is an active water feature during rainy days.
Additionally, a natural patina will develop on the polished copper over time, adding to the character and charm of this unique piece of art.
I am EXTREMELY pleased with the strength and quality of this product. I was actually shocked to see how solid this chain is.. it’s definitely a pass down to the children keepsake / garden heirloom! Now Good Directions has me wistfully eyeballing their weathervanes (need a new piece for the goat barn!) and their hose pots… and boot trays.. and bird feeders… Seriously, their online catalog is pretty much eye candy for homeowners.
Interested in a rain chain for yourself? Good directions offers pure copper rain chains in a broad selection of styles and finishes that will appeal to every taste. They also offer rain chain basins, (sold separately). CLICK HERE to check out their online catalog!
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