I’ve finally got the rain barrel set up. We cut off the gutters and used a cheap plastic diverter to direct the flow into the barrel. I built a platform out of bricks I had lying around and ran a length of hose under the deck for the overflow.
It turned out so well, I think we’re going to try to build another one for the other side of the house. It’s so nice to be able to divert the overflow a hose-length away from the house and I’ve been using the water for my plants as an added bonus!