DIY Thatch Roofs

Thatch Roofs are a beautiful way to transform your backyard or outdoor area into a tropical getaway. Inducing an immediate relaxation response, the thatch roof is a unique and aesthetically beautiful outdoor gazebo.

The good news is that at Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs, we sell our thatch roofs, including Bali Huts, African Thatch and Umbrella Thatch as DIY kit packages. If you have handyman skills, then this will definitely save you dollars and is a rewarding way to spend your weekend. All thatch roofs come prefabricated, which means they are easy to install and you can follow simple to read instructions to assist you along the way. If you get stuck at any time, Matt’s Homes offers a personalised phone service to talk you through any queries you may have.

Check out our new video below, featuring our DIY Thatch Roofs and get inspired this summer.

For quality built, Australian made Thatch Roofs, visit Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs or call now on 1300 62 88 77. Located in Bayswater, Melbourne, you can order online or drop by their store and view their products on display.


Best Timber for Bali Huts

Nowadays, thatch roofing is a very popular choice for home owners, renovators or businesses, who want to turn their outdoor area into a tropical retreat. When it comes to building roofs or choosing an outdoor gazebo, we usually only think of roof structures like brick, steel, iron or sail cloths (for outside areas). However, thatch roofing can be used to not only cover an outdoor gazebo, but sheds, houses or cottages. Aesthetically, thatch roofing adds a huge landscaping dimension to any outdoor area, along with having plenty of environmental and economical benefits. In particular, Bali Huts are an attractive and environmentally friendly roof, harvested from a renewable resource, and made with alang-alang grass.

But what about the timber? What is the best timber for Bali Huts and is it better to get timber from Bali? We will often get asked questions like these and based on our professional experience and customer feedback, we believe that the best timber is sourced from Australian grown plantations. The timber we use for our roof frame is kiln-dried arsenic-free treated pine (termite resistant, along with being pet and child friendly).

The problem with sourcing timber from Bali is that they are usually made with coconut posts and designed purely for cosmetic purposes. The coconut posts are hollow and rot easily – and as you can imagine, the termites absolutely love them. Coconut timber also is prone to split in dry, humid climates so it is best to buy timber made from Australian plantations because it tends to be not only weather resistant, but incredibly durable. The good news is that Australian made Bali Huts have a lifespan of approximately 10-15 years with no maintenance, mildew or cleaning. Its natural insulation qualities reduce heat by up to 10° in summer, and offers warmth on cooler days.

Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs has a large range of Bali Huts and thatch roofing. The list below is what comes with their standard Bali Huts package and you can also get Bali Huts with decking. Visit Matt’s Homes for pricing and more info or call today on 1300 62 88 77.

  • Hand woven alang-alang grass
  • Natural Finish 3.6m long treated pine thatch poles suitable for sites up to 500mm out of level
  • Pre-cut roof frame with perimeter boards (240mm x 45mm) and hips & rafters (140mm x 45mm)
  • Kiln-dried arsenic-free treated pine roof frame
  • All hardware, including screws, nails, fastenings & ridge capping (where necessary)
  • Supplied in kit form with easy to follow PDF instructions
Balinese Hut with Deck Area
Balinese Hut with Deck Area

DIY African Thatch

The African Thatch is an outdoor gazebo made from Cape Reed tiling. You can tell an African Thatch by its tiled roof appearance. More and more people are turning to this outdoor gazebo when they are looking for shade and to enhance their outdoor area. Below are some pics of the African Thatch by Matt’s Homes to inspire you to consider this as a DIY option for enhancing your backyard or outdoor area this Summer.

African Thatch by Matt's Homes and Outdoor Designs

African Thatch by Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs

African Thatch without deck

African Thatch without deck

African Thatch with deck

African Thatch with deck











  • The African Thatch is a unique product in that it both cools and heats conversely. During the summer months when the temperature is hotter, it maintains a daytime temperature that is lower than other outdoor gazebo roof products (such as roof tiles, tin etc). The African Thatch allows more air to pass through it and you can even drop the temperature further by wetting the thatch roof, which has an evaporative cooling effect.
  • The African Thatch is an extremely strong product that you will often find in many places in Australia that are prone to storms or even cyclonic winds. A decking area can make your African Thatch even sturdier.
  • The tile design of the African Thatch means that it can be placed onto existing structures or custom designed frameworks. Long treated pine thatch poles and kin-dried arsenic free treated pine roof frame can all serve to complement any existing colours you have around your home, from colour bond roofs to darker tiled or slate roofs. A natural product, the African Thatch is aesthetically pleasing and will add an attractive landscaping dimension to your backyard.

If you’re looking for an African Thatch to enhance your backyard, with the added benefit of getting the best prices in town, then visit Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs. Located in Bayswater, Melbourne, you can visit their in store display or call today on 1300 62 88 77. All products are available online and can be delivered fully installed or as a DIY kit.

WIN a FREE Bali Hut!

Feeling lucky? Anytime is a good time to win a prize, particularly as we are about to head into a long and beautiful Summer. Melbourne based family owned business, Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs is offering readers a chance to win a Timber Shed, Timber Cubby House or Bali Hut. All you have to do is jump onto their facebook page, like it, select the product you want to win and enter your details. It is that easy. If you already like their facebook page, you can still enter, just by following the prompts.

Watch our video to find out how to enter…

The Bali Hut you can win is 3m x 3m and is perfect for going over a spa, or creating a relaxation area for your backyard. This size is perfect for smaller backyards, allowing enough room for you to entertain guests comfortably.

Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs provide quality built Bali Huts and thatch roofing for competitive prices. Made out of environmentally friendly, non arsenic treated pine and alang-alang grass, Bali Huts are a brilliant addition to any backyard or outdoor area, creating a tropical look and feel and a great place to kick back and unwind, without having to leave your own home.

Visit Matt’s Homes and Outdoor Designs or call today on 1300 62 88 77.

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