Accessing the palm fronds for the thatch roof turned out to be one of the easiest things we’ve had to do so far. There’s a property nearby owned by a friend full of the right kinds of palms, so we simply had to have a chat with the caretaker there and negotiate a fair price for the 2.5 fletes we needed to cover our roof with thatch. Each flete costs 1,900 cords so 2.5 plus tractor transport ended up costing about $250 US. The palm fronds get hand woven along the varilla in tight rows and when done correctly will last about five years.
Francisco preparing the palm fronds for installation
Rudy installing the fronds on the varilla
After four hours they are half-way done!
We added an extender in the front to give a little more sun and rain protection.
Another added feature, a window for extra air flow (and hopefully no rain leakage)!
All done! The next step is the concrete floor…
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