Don’t let rainy days get you down

We’ve been thinking a lot about rainy days recently, and not just because it seems like it may be a bit of a wet Spring. No, the real reason is that we have a few sets of permit drawings that have been passed back to our engineers with comments about meeting storm water runoff regulations. As various levels of government and regulatory agencies throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed step up their game to protect the Bay, storm water runoff regulations are starting to have a pronounced impact on how homeowners deal with their own runoff. Or at least it is for those homeowners who need a building permit.

We’ll have more to say about this some time in the near future, but for now we thought we’d leave you with one of the prettier ways to deal with storm water on your property: Conservation or Rain Gardens.

Before the pretty pictures, we’ll let this graphic tell the rain garden story.

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Note the built up edge on the storm water grate. That helps keep the rain in the garden and out of the sewer system. Unless there is too much water, then it just goes over the edge into the drain.
Note the built up edge on the storm water grate. That helps keep the rain in the garden and out of the sewer system. Unless there is too much water, then it just goes over the edge into the drain.

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Some rain gardens also include a dry creek which is usually a shallow rock creek that directs and slows down runoff.
Some rain gardens also include a dry creek which is usually a shallow rock creek that directs and slows down runoff.

Make yourself at home

Welcome to At Home with MK–a blog for those of us love everything about the world of home design. Although we build homes for a living (at MK Development) we can’t get enough of faucets and windows and doorknobs and paint colors and…well, you get the point. And being engineering geeks we even get excited about the technical stuff, from energy-efficient windows and green roofs to footings and foundations.

So stay for a while, look around, let us know what you think, and most importantly, make yourself at home.