Many natural builders are moving to rural areas to escape the hustle, bustle, pollution, high costs and, of course, oppressive building codes. Sometimes the areas they move to are very arid. Constructing man-made wetlands can greatly improve the environment around the home as evidenced by the accompanying photos. With a bit of time, effort and research, you could create a mini oasis that cools your home, supplies healthy food, and adds colorful and scented flowers that attracts wildlife such as birds and butterflies. And who wouldn’t want a cool, beautiful, relaxing place to hang out when temperatures are sweltering?