Bali Huts are a great statement piece for any backyard. They can completely transform not only the aesthetic but the atmosphere. You can feel like you’re on a tropical holiday without even leaving your own property. But do you ever wonder about the history of the Bali Hut, and how it came to be what it is today?
The word “hut” comes from the 1650s, from the French noun hutte, meaning cottage. Huts were designed to be a durable, well-built dwelling of a higher quality than a temporary shelter.
Designs are often based on local craftsmanship traditions and are considered architecturally sophisticated. As they often appear in tropical and subtropical climates, huts are designed to favour high airflow configurations. This means they are built from material which allows heat dissipation, such as thatches and straws. These materials were also readily available, unlike granite and cement.
In modern times, huts have been adapted to be used for other purposes and needs. Huts can include lodges or cabins, which are still erected on a concrete base. Other uses include storage, workshops and teaching spaces.
Thatching methods have been used over the past three centuries. Many various materials are used for thatching, depending on the culture. Ancient Hawaiian hale shelters were made from local ti leaves, lauhala or pili grass. In Fiji, thatching often consists of palm leaf roofs with layered reed walls. Throughout Europe, water reed, bulrush/cat tali, broom, heather, and rushes were used as roofing for shelters and dwellings. Until the late 1880s, thatching was the only roofing material available in most of England. Since then, thatching has seen a decline. However, due to the interest in historical buildings, thatching has become more popular in the last 30 years, as it is now a sign of wealth.
Today, Bali Huts have the same basic design that has been around for generations, although often incorporated with a modern twist. Aarons Outdoor Living imports the highest grade Alang Alang grass, and combine it with a solid timber frame to offer the best Bali Huts on the market. As throughout history, today’s Bali Huts are still completely waterproof and will reduce heat in Summer by up to 10 degrees. This means you can spend more time outdoors in your backyard and less time in front of an air conditioner.
Our Bali Huts come in five standard sizes, as well as a popular umbrella thatch which can be used as a poolside bar or entertainment area. Bali Huts can come with or without decks and have many customisable options. Finally, you can choose the finish you want – natural, cedar stained or walnut stained. Bali Huts are durable and can withstand any weather. Aarons Bali Huts have a 30-degree pitch roof frame which ensures water runs straight off the roof and away from outdoor furniture.