Greetings from South Africa!
Actually this is shoddy flashing.
Inspection details: The thinner the grass used as thatching the more dense the roof will be and the thinner the overall layer can be. So a roof thatched with 3mm grasses can be thinner than one thatched with 7mm reeds.
As far as the chimneys: one done right and one done wrong. Slop that sealant on!
Like this home. The architect designed it with the ceiling too low. you could reach up and touch it easily. The builder went ahead and built it according to plan. They both should have known better, probably did know better, but didn’t care.
The owner hired Eric, who I’m working with out here, to snag it. Snagging is what they call inspection of a new home in many parts of the world. During snagging, you’re looking for code violations and bad building practices.
When Eric caught the low ceiling the house was about as far along as you see it now. They had to disconnect the whole roof, jack it up and build the walls higher. The weren’t very good at shoring. They broke trusses. It was a mess.
Check out the truss tails, you can see the gaingnails!This house cost about $300,000, so it’s not a cheap house!
See that drive with all that red soil. At first there was no drain in the drive and the hillside drained into the garage. The stonework is terrible, just terrible! The list goes on and on.
Eric makes really good money snagging and supporting the homeowners in court.
I’ve driven through Oklahoma, Charlie. Every time you hit a bug it’s like someone threw a water balloon filled with mucus at the windshield!
So the zoo might as well have tropical architecture to match those tropical-size bugs. :mrgreen::mrgreen:
I’ve seen one thatched cottage in Ojai, CA and another in Virginia. Only two I’ve seen in the US. I don’t know how they pass fire regulations, even here they have to be treated with a retardant. Plus, where do you find someone qualified to install thatch in US?
Thatch does decay too. In valleys and above chimneys and dormers.