FAQs

A Hut is built with wooden posts and the roof is made of Thatch (Grass). A Cabana is similar to a Hut but does not usually have walls, and is usually decorated with light curtains. A gazebo is similar to a shelter often seen in parks and school and the roof is most likely made of metal.

Yes we can repair just about any damage to your Thatch roof Hut or Cabana. We are the rethatching specialists and can advise you on the best solution.

Yes we can. We are the recommended repairer by NRMA, AAMI and GIO for the repair and rethatching of Huts and Cabanas. We are the Rethatching specialists!

This is where we strip an old hut of the worn Thatch and replace it/ Re-Thatch it with our quality Thatch (Alang Alang Grass for Bali Huts or Cape Reed Grass for African Huts). One of the things we do, that not a lot of other companies  do is pluck the internal Thatch after installation. This makes it looks neat and tidy. We also wet and rake the the Thatch during installation, much like brushing your hair to make it look better!

African Thatch is “Cape Reed” grass and comes from south Africa. They harvest and produce an easy to use tile which can be clipped, nailed or screwed to its frame. We use all the same quality timber for these frames. We do not personally import the Cape Reed tile but buy them from a Queensland importer. This is due to the limited amounts we use.

We import Alang Alang grass from Indonesia. It is sourced from the island of Lombock, harvested, sent to Bali where it is made into Thatch pieces. Our Thatch is made to export quality, which means it is far thicker and stronger than what is usually sold in Indonesia.

Our timber is Australian treated pine and is handpicked for quality assurance. H3 treated pine for all the roof framing and H4 f7 treated pine for the posts. We also source Australian iron bark straight from the sawmill in Bulladellah for our hardwood posts.

We cut a section out of the post so the beam can be sat in the cut out section. Looks better and the support is stronger!

Terracotta is handmade in Indonesia and yes we can source a particular terracotta piece you may be looking for.

We use class 4 galvanised 14 gauge batten screws for our roofing frames – Strong and durable.

We import directly from Vietnam. The bamboo is sourced from renewable bamboo plantations.

When building the asphalt shingle hut we construct a timber hut called a bird’s mouth “hipped roof” – This is the construction term. We thatch the roof with a shortened bali thatch we call “easy thatch”. Then, and with the ordinary asphalt shingle hut we place A-bond structural plywood over the top. We then fix weather proof matting onto the plywood. Then finally the shingles are attached to the plywood. The shingles we source are a well trusted brand used in America called CertainTeed, the model or design is Hatteras. They have 170mph wind rating.

You will need to check with your local Council as this varies by region.

We offer engineering drawings AND a design certificate. The roof timber sections are designed using the latest up-to-date software.

We are fully responsible for freight. If anything gets broken we will replace it without any questions asked. All gazebos and huts are palletised and wrapped to give as much protection as possible.

The roof pitch is a big factor in determining the longevity of your Hut/Cabana roof. Usually, a steeper roof pitch will last longer due to its better drainage capabilities. For this reason, we use a roof pitch of minimum 30 degrees to a maximum of 40 degrees therefore extending the life of the thatch. This also dramatically reduces damage done by strong winds.

Our most common roof style is the basic hipped roof design. We can do the hipped roof – birdsmouth design ( rafters extend over frame to form structural eve)  and in some cases where a skillion roof may suit better we can also build this or something similar

Our most common posts are 140 x 140 H4 F7 treated pine and for larger premium huts 200 x 200 ironbark posts. We can also offer 150mm and 200mm round treated pine.

Yes, we supply you with terracotta sections as a standard with all our Huts.

Our round African huts have a combination of timber and steel, but the square huts are all timber.

Buying a thatched hut is a major investment, but a very satisfying one. Ask lots of questions, and just like anything choose the person you feel comfortable with, not the cheapest 🙂