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Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 6:36 pm
by cs
How does thatch compare to slate in cost in the UK? Over here, slate's an expensive option for both labor and materials. I would guess thatch would be even more labor intensive... but maybe the raw materials are less.

Chris
http://www.saracenihouse.com

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:31 pm
by mjt
"The Emerson Hadley House" in 1897. It's a Cass Gilbert house built in 1895.

It's not "mine", we're just taking care of it for the next owner... And blogging about the experience at http://fixfarrington.blogspot.com

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Fri Oct 07, 2011 5:34 pm
by stuart45
cs wrote:How does thatch compare to slate in cost in the UK? Over here, slate's an expensive option for both labor and materials. I would guess thatch would be even more labor intensive... but maybe the raw materials are less.

Chris
http://www.saracenihouse.com

My roof is about 60 square yards and the slates which are 14x6 inch cost £600. I was able to do the job myself, but I reckon to get it done for me would be in the region of £3,000.
I would have no chance of thatching it myself and to get it done would be in the region of £10,000.
There are 3 main types of thatch used here. Mine is water reed which used to come from Norfolk, but now is mainly imported from Eastern Europe. Thatch used to be the peasants roof material, but now is really expensive.

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 3:13 am
by lavender_bush
Ooo... Somerset? plus it has thatched roof - I'll take it... swoon 8)

LOVELY! I bet there's a jigsaw with a picture of your house on it somewhere, 2 things that we Brits do well, cute cottages and using them on jigsaws :lol:

You need to start saving your pennies for when you do have to replace the thatch, but it does last a long time doesn't it?

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:32 pm
by jade mortimer
jigsaw, huh? you cut through thatch with a jigsaw??

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:46 pm
by lavender_bush
Should I have used the word 'puzzle' :)

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Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:40 pm
by 2ndline
We moved into this house in sept 09'

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:49 pm
by 2ndline
Oops! wrong picture, that's the "hen" house! This is the place when we first went to see it. It was vacant at the time.The realtor in the picture makes the house look tiny, It has 11' ceilings upstairs and down. the eaves are about 25' from grade in real life.This is the addition. the back "ell" was built circa 1835-1842

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 10:56 pm
by 2ndline
This is the orig. house with a rather unsympathetic porch added on, and an new coat of brick veneer upstairs as well

Re: Exterior of your home pics

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2011 11:08 pm
by 2ndline
From the south