The thatched roofs of Hungary
There are many types of thatched buildings in Hungary. They include public houses and farm outbuildings, as well as traditional thatched houses, in the region of Őrség, Hortobágy, Balaton, Lake Fertő and near to the Tisza, but everywhere, when reed is by hand.
Below are listed some of the distinguishing features of a traditional thatched house.
- A simple rectangular plan with one room opening into the next without any central corridor.
- Walls of stone or clay.
- The roof carried by the main walls or on rafters, supported by the walls.
- An open hearth at the floor level, with its chimney projecting through the roof ridge.
- Windows and doors on the side, rather than the end walls.
- A steep roof covered with thatch.