Ipe Decking on Dock
Palapa shade structure

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July 6, 2013


Largest Thatched Tiki Bar In The Caribbean

The Tiki Hut Company has just completed a custom designed tiki bar for one of the most exclusive golf and ocean clubs in the Bahamas. Working closely with the architects and design staff, The Tiki Hut Company has completed the project from conception to completion. Now the largest thatched tiki bar in the Caribbean, it serves as the club's bar and dining area and is located right on the beach at the main pool. Not only is this structure the largest of its kind, it's by far the most unique. Four dorma windows were built-in to allow natural light into the bar area. The windows were positioned to face to the four points of the compass: North, South, West and East.

Take a look at a few of the photos taken throughout the project:
March 25, 2013


Article in Landscaping network.

" Want to step out your back door and feel like you’ve escaped to a tropical resort? The Tiki Hut Company, specializing in high-end, custom-built thatched tiki huts, helps celebrities, resorts, zoos, restaurants and more create the tropical theme they desire. With experience building palapas on private islands throughout the world, Nick Schrauwen, president of the Tiki Hut Company, has a wealth of expertise on designing and installing thatched structures. Check out his dos and don’ts to learn more about custom tiki huts.


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They must blend into your house design and landscaping. They can be contemporary (sanded and stained) or can be natural with curves and character to match an aspect of the surroundings. Pressure treated eucalyptus looks nice in a modern setting, while a peeled cedar will provide a more rustic quality....

February 16, 2013

Thatched Overwater Bungalows and Villas in Caribbean

Bora Bora and the Maldives have been building overwater bungalows for over 20 years, and it looks like the Caribbean is finally going to see overwater bungalows. Recently there have been articles of overwater bungalows being proposed for the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos and the West Indies. Of these, the West Indies overwater bungalows look to be the only bungalows in the construction phase, the rest have either stalled or are still in the concept phase.  The Tiki Hut Company inquiries have increased for overwater bungalows from clients throughout the Caribbean. This has notably increased in early 2013.

Overwater bungalows are plentiful in the Pacific, due to reefs and lagoons around Atolls in the South Pacific or calm ocean conditions in the Maldives.  The Caribbean has a few naturally formed bays and lagoons that would be suited for overwater bungalows, but they are scarce.  Tidal surge,...

February 8, 2013

Comparing Synthetic Palm Thatch panels and Natural Palm Thatch panels is not as easy as choosing one or the other based on economic criteria. At the start of the selection process Synthetic Thatch always seems more expensive,  but over an extended period of time, synthetic thatch is cheaper.  This period is usually at 10-12  years where it is break even and then Synthetic thatch starts to be the more economical choice. The Natural Thatch's life span compared to Synthetic thatch's lifespan is important when deciding on which type of thatch to choose. In choosing the thatch, there are factors that will be needed to be taken into consideration such as, roof pitch, maintenance expense over life of product, installation expenses, thatch being fire retarded, cost of repairs if required and most importantly whether the thatch is in the shade or exposed to full sun.  If natural thatch is used on an open roof i.e. no plywood and synthetic is used on a subroof, then the comparison will be...

November 27, 2012

The Tiki Hut Company has recently completed an ipe Deck construction in The Exumas, Bahamas. TTHC was awarded a contract to complete a large fuel dock for a private client as well as install state of the art, remote controlled boat lifts. Contract included underwater bolting of bracing and installing openings to allow tidal surge to pass through deck in sections elevating the upward forces on the deck substructure. Fortunately, all work was completed  before Hurricane Sandy struck, and the deck withstood 6' tidal surge, without any damage.

Ipe decking was fastened from below, giving the deck a smooth look free of screw heads. 1 1/2" thick by 5 5/8" wide (2x6) Ipe boards were use for decking. 

To see more photos, see decking gallery.


June 8, 2012

The Capital One Venture ad entitled, "Destination Wedding" features a hut created by The Tiki Hut Company. The work lasted about 4 days. The commercial was shot in California at Trump International. The turnaround was quick; we had 4 days to shoot a 12 day project. The Tiki Hut Company was commissioned to create and build a tiki hut with a thatch roof and bamboo structure to emulate a wedding reception.

The commercial took 6 hours to film; the break down was 2 hours. The Tiki Hut Company organized, constructed and took down in 3 Days! We had raving reviews from our client who loved our professional expertise and our ability to keep to our deadline.  For anyone wondering, Alec Balwin is a very cool...

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