From time to time we get asked to take part in unusual thatching and challenging projects. We’ve listed some here, chosen because they show the versatility of thatching as well as the type of projects we can undertake.
The Loch Tay Crannog thatched project (pictured above) in 1996 was an exceptionally beautiful place to work in and every one of the nearly 2000 bundles were individually tied on with tarred twine and no metal of any kind was used in this authentic construction.
To find out more about this Crannog you can visit Loch Tay site at www.crannog.co.uk
BV House in the Ribble Valley
Thatched walls may seem unusual, indeed it is, but in the case of this project, the BV house situated in the Ribble Valley Lancashire it made a lot of sense. The house was design by Homa Farjadi and Sima Farjadi, they were creating a house that used materials that sympathetic to the local environment but which also challenged conventional design practices. The result was amazing!. Not only did the thatched walls give the house a tactile look and feel they also provided superb insulation and protection from the rain.
This project was particularly interesting as much of the finished format was left to us to work out as there were no existing examples of this kind of thatching to draw on. The walls took approx 4500 bundles of water reed.
Thatching in the Sudan
In 1983 Peter went to the Sudan for 6 weeks to work on a sugar plantation, helping to upgrade the local thatched houses so they became a more permanent roof covering for the plantation workers. Peter is in the white hat instructing some of the volunteers and also at the apex of the roof putting the finishing touches to the ridge covering. The temperature is 47degrees C in the shade.
Round Shaped Roof in Harmston
This unusual round shaped roof is in Harmston, Lincs and was one of 5 new build roofs that we thatched on this the new development. It was said in times gone by that round shaped buildings were good because the devil could not hide in the corners!