Thatched roof costs: How much to thatch a house plus what is a thatcher's square?

The outside of a thatched cottage with lawned gardens
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Thatched roof costs can be a large outlay in a project, typically costing tens of thousands of pounds. And for good reason, as thatching is a highly-skilled trade, often requiring decades of experience for a master thatcher to be able to start his or her own practice.

The problem is compounded by warnings of straw shortages by Historic England, causing huge problems for the industry and threatening the very existence of the cherished thatched cottage on the British landscape. Which is strange timing in a sense, given that thatched roofs can be one of the greenest, eco-friendly and warm roofing options available.

Amy Willis
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Amy spent over a decade in London editing and writing for The Daily Telegraph, MailOnline, and before moving to East Anglia where she began renovating a period property in rural Suffolk. During this time she also did some TV work at ITV Anglia and CBS as well as freelancing for Yahoo, AOL, ESPN and The Mirror. When the pandemic hit she switched to full-time building work on her renovation and spent nearly two years focusing solely on that. She's taken a hands-on DIY approach to the project, knocking down walls, restoring oak beams and laying slabs with the help of family members to save costs. She has largely focused on using natural materials, such as limestone, oak and sisal carpet, to put character back into the property that was largely removed during the eighties. The project has extended into the garden too, with the cottage's exterior completely re-landscaped with a digger and a new driveway added. She has dealt with de-listing a property as well as handling land disputes and conveyancing administration.