These days, the tree houses that our children have to play with aren’t quite the haphazard garden structures that we had erected at the bottom of the garden, structures that threatened to blow down at even the slightest gust of wind.
Oh, no. These days, such houses are truly the height of luxury – in some cases, even better than our actual homes! Well, perhaps that’s not quite the case but in all seriousness, it’s not far off. A well-built house in the sky, complete with all the latest mod-cons, is becoming incredibly commonplace for homes as well as businesses, while the opportunities to book yourself a stay in a luxurious treehouse hotel are fast increasing as well.
What’s great about this is that, basically, the only limit for your tree house is your own imagination and whatever you can dream up will most likely be able to be done by someone out there somewhere.
One of the main priorities when building a sky cabin has to be the roof, particularly if you’re in the UK where the weather is somewhat tempestuous to say the least. Typically, a treehouse roof will be made out of tile, wood or corrugated iron sheets – but there is another material you might like to consider if you really want to have a stylish structure in your backyard.
We’re talking about thatch, of course, a material that’s long been associated with romantic cottages tucked away in the heart of the great British countryside. Because of the rustic appearance of thatch, it’s the perfect choice for a tree house, matching the wood to absolute perfection. If you do decide to go for thatch, you will need to make sure that the angle of the roof is increased to a minimum of 45 degrees. Usually, you would pitch the roof by at least 30 degrees so that any rain can run off it easily.
Of course, fire safety will be a top priority for your tree house since it’ll be made of wood, but the importance of this is increased if you do go for thatch. If you’re having light fittings installed, for example, enclose them in a bulkhead, keep any halogen lights well away from thatch and fit a smoke alarm in your house. Also remember to keep barbecues and bonfires at a safe distance, and don’t use Chinese lanterns or fireworks near the house.
However, if you’re concerned about the expense of thatch, as well as its upkeep, you could opt for thatch tiles instead. This particular style of roofing is easy to install, very durable and lasts a long time, so your investment will certainly pay for itself in the long run. Even better, you can install this kind of roofing yourself since the tiles are naturally flexible (so great for unusual projects) and you won’t need any specialist skills or tools for the installation.