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Top 10 UTT properties of 2019

It’s the end of another busy year for all our property owners. Here are the top 10 UTT properties of 2019 with some of our lovely reviews from the guests who stayed there over the year. 1. Bwthyn Trehilyn “A wonderful property with such a friendly feel. Everything was perfect and we loved the underfloor […]

Bungalow to beautiful

We’ve renovated homes from every period since the Tudors, but the greatest issue facing the landscape of Britain/ Ireland is what to do about the ugly houses built after 1975. They make by far the greatest impact on rural landscapes and are often entirely inappropriate for their location. Ireland and Wales are blighted by inappropriate […]

Our tin cabin this weekend!

Outside is great for UTT…alas the furniture is too DFS for us. Sigh.

Tin roofs we admired

Tin roofs we admired

Decorative pressed tin panels we admired

Wish we knew the supplier as these are lovely! Love tin? You’ll like www.underthethatch.co.uk/fran that we designed and built.

Why Does UTT do Black Friday?

Black Friday is an American tradition for price reductions the day after ‘Thanksgiving’. It seems to have come out of nowhere as a new event over this side of the Atlantic… as a celebration of consumerism. There’s something inherently vulgar about it. So why do we, a small, independent family-run business join in the scrum, […]

Heritage Angel

We think this woman is amazing – and we’d kindly ask you to vote in a ’30 second’ poll that will give her National recognition. Watch the video of her amazing cottage (link below), and please, take a few seconds to vote. UTT recommended a friend (without her knowledge) for a ‘Heritage Angel’ award – […]

Books on Irish vernacular architecture

We’re fans of vernacular architecture – and have published/ helped produce a few books ourselves on the subject (Welsh/Irish interest). We’ve an interest in vernacular architecture from any country, and obviously Wales. Here’s a list of books from a country that we have a particular soft spot for – Ireland. Ireland has a peculiar relationship […]

Making ‘Falun Red’ traditional Swedish paint – Falu rödfärg!

We’re such HUGE fans of traditional Scandinavian buildings, yet despite several visits we’ve never managed to find the right UTT in Sweden (or Norway, Faroes, Iceland, Finland… but we love them all!) So we’re building one nearer to home. We want to have it in distinctive the distinctive red oxide paint…but modern paints available in […]

UTT HQ on the shore – some fresh images

The Cobbler’s children are always the worst shod, they say…and we’re probably guilty of not photographing our own home like we do the UTT cottages – so here’s a few interior shots of UTT HQ – built in 2017