Minneapolis, MN, April 20, 2017 — William P. Cahill is teaming up with four-time National Contractor of the Year, Mom’s Design Build, to offer his acclaimed thatched roofs in Minnesota.
The Shakopee, MN, landscape design and remodeling company sponsored William’s thatching exhibit at the 2015 Irish Fair of Minnesota on Harriet Island in St. Paul. Now clients can work with Mom’s Design Build to design thatched roof structures into their one-of-a-kind landscapes. This month, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) named Mom’s its National Contractor of the Year (CotY) in three outdoor categories: Landscape Design/Outdoor Living Over $60,000, Landscape Design/Outdoor Living Under $60,000 and Residential Exteriors $100,000 to $200,000. That was the most national titles awarded to any contractor nationwide.
“I can’t create a thatched roof without a structure and that structure should be part of a larger landscape environment that suits the theme,” William explained. “I am partnering with Mom’s Design Build in Minnesota because Jim and his award-winning team take an artistic approach to landscape design. With Mom’s Design Build as general contractor, we can offer the complete package.”
William travels throughout the United States and the Islands to thatch roofs for private estates, public venues and resorts. His work can be seen on outdoor kitchens, gazebos, sheds, pool houses, playhouses, historic structures and natural habitats.
Count on Mom’s Design Build to make your backyard a magical place
If there is a sameness to Mom’s clients it’s that they want something different. It doesn’t matter if the project is large or small. Mom’s family appreciates personalized artistic expression that will transport them without leaving home. Colors, textures, shapes, and even the occasional seasonal palm (the mother of all annuals) combine to create dramatic backdrops for Minnesota’s richest outdoor experiences.
Mom’s Design Build Founder Jim Sweeney said that after getting to know William and his thatch creations in 2015, he understood that Mom’s could offer remarkable craftsmanship and storybook structures with an unrivaled back-story. William began his thatching career on Irish patriot Padraig Pierse’s cottage in Ros Muc and the cottage attached to poet W. B. Yeats’ castle in Gort, both in County Galway. The Smithsonian Institute sponsored him to help thatch the famous Jamestown Church in historic Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. Later he would work on projects for the likes of Martha Stewart, Tom Monaghan and the Chicago Botanical Gardens. William has been featured in national magazines, leading newspapers and television shows for three decades and still does most of the handwork himself. Now he is ready for his first Mom’s collaboration right here in Minnesota.
Every Thatched Roof Holds a Story
Every William Cahill roof comes with a story. It starts with William harvesting and bundling American Phragmite reeds along the East Coast in winter for the next season. By the time he secures and dresses the bundles and sculpts his signature decorative ridge, a roof could require up to a million reeds. Somewhere among the thick honeycomb field, he’ll hide a small pouch of Irish coins for the next thatcher who returns, usually in 15 to 20 years.
For the full experience, brew a pot of tea and settle in for a chat about Irish history and William’s remarkable journey thatching structures from coast to coast and in the islands for private estates, public places and resorts.
Thatched Roofs’ Personal Appeal in Minnesota
Jim said he believes thatched roofs will appeal to Mom’s clients who cherish memories of cottages they saw when traveling in Ireland or the European countryside. Others may simply covet a conversation piece that none of their friends can match. And everyone will appreciate the unmatched beauty and old-world craftsmanship that a reed roof provides.
Thatch can be installed over solid decking with a continuous waterproof membrane or atop open rafters and spaced battens so the reeds can be enjoyed from below. Either way, the thick overlapping reeds will efficiently direct water from the ridge to the eaves. A steep pitch (at least 45 degrees) is essential for Minnesota’s snowy winters.
To explore a thatch roof for your Minnesota property, Contact Mom’s Design Build at (952) 277-6667.