New Thatched Roof on Holiday Cottage, Qolora

New thatched roof on beach cottage in the Eastern Cape of South Africa
New thatched roof on holiday cottage at Qolora, Eastern Cape

Who doesn’t dream of owning a holiday cottage on the beach? This rustic family beach house was given a new lease of life just in time for the summer. Situated in Qolora at the gateway to the Wild Coast, the house is the epitome of an old “Tranksei Cottage”. The thatched roof sits on thick, white washed cement walls with a large veranda overlooking the beach. Small rondavels complete the homestead.

At the end of last year, having hosted many a family holiday, the cottage was in dire need of some TLC. The thatched roof was in a terrible condition due to minimal maintenance over a long period of time. While the roof was being re-built, the owners took the opportunity to renovate other areas of the cottage including the veranda, kitchen and living areas.

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Project: Walled Thatch Lapa in Chintsa

Large Thatched Lapa - Closed in with Brick Walls
Large Thatched Lapa – Closed in with Brick Walls

Often lapa designs are open or semi-closed with no walls or perhaps a wall at the back. Here is an example of a large thatched lapa that Bosazza Roofing & Timber Homes constructed which is closed in with four brick walls.

The lapa is free standing in the clients garden – not attached to any part of the main house. The floor area is approximately 60 square metres which ensconces a large open living space, a dining area and simple kitchen including a built in braai. The lapa opens up on the sea facing side via wide sliding doors. Continue reading “Project: Walled Thatch Lapa in Chintsa”

Project: Re-thatch of Flatlet in Chintsa

Newly Thatched Roof on Home in Eastern Cape
Newly Thatched Roof on Home in Eastern Cape

Bosazza Roofing was contracted to re-thatch a large, self-contained flatlet on a private property in Chintsa East, Eastern Cape. The original roof had come to the end of it’s lifespan – the thatch was extremely thin and not well compacted resulting in leaks.

The scope of works on this roof included:

  • Replacing of several bottom-cord roof poles and rafters in the roof structure to strengthen it
  • Removing all old thatch from the roof and re-thatching the roof in new hyparrhenia hirta (thatching grass)
  • Application of thatch fire retardant spray

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Project: Traditional Style Thatched Roof in Cape St. Francis

This thatched roof in Cape St. Francis in the Eastern Cape was in need of a lot of care and attention. The client approached us to give a quotation on repairing or replacing the old thatched roof which was leaking and generally in a bad state of repair. Our team re-thatched the entire roof with Cape Reed fitting a fire blanket as they thatched and installing new drainage valleys to all valley sections.
The roof structure is built in a traditional style with a high pitch and gable ends.

Straight Edges and Neat Finishing - Thatched Roof
Straight Edges and Neat Finishing

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Project: Wonkmuntu Conference Centre

Location: Mthatha, Eastern Cape, South Africa
Completion Date: Sept 2012
Approximate Value of Contract: R 650 000.00

In 2012 Cintsa Thatching was commissioned to construct the highly engineered roof structure in poles, for the new thatched conference centre just outside of Mthatha in the Eastern Cape. Cintsa Thatching also thatched the “double” roof, and installed custom-made triangular windows into the thatch to allow more light to enter the building. You can see the thatched conference on your left hand-side as you drive past Mthatha Ultra City, towards Mthatha, on th N2.

Project: Mthatha Dam Conference Centre

Location: Mthatha Dam,Eastern Cape, South Africa
Completion Date: Main Roof July 2011/ Gatehouse April 2014
Approximate Value of Contract: R 1 050 000.00

In 2011 Cintsa Thatching won the tender to construct and thatch a highly engineered roof for the new conference centre at Mthatha Dam, working as a subcontractor under main contractor UWP Construction. The scope of works included installing custom-made triangular windows, application of thatch fire protection and the thatching of a small internal bar area. 2014 saw a thatched gated entrance added to the centre.