The author guides the reader through the development of thatching, the materials used including imported ones and the artistic work that creates the charm and beauty of a thatched roof. There are extensive chapters giving a host of practical tips for those living in thatched houses, including the advantages and disadvantages, maintenance, fire precautions, costs, insurance, etc. A glossary reveals the many unusual terms used by the thatcher and there is a list of useful addresses for further advice.
The Complete Guide to Living with Thatch contains a wealth of practical information and advice for all those who live in or who are contemplating buying a thatched house, old or new. It also provides a unique reference guide and record of the hundreds of attractive thatched villages and curiosities – many of them illustrated – to visit in the British Isles. A summary of thatching worldwide is also given. This book will delight all lovers of the countryside and those interested in our rural heritage.