Home projects help with down to earth, creative couple in woods of WV. USA

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  • Description

    Description

    We’re a down to earth, open-minded, creative couple looking for people to help us with home projects. We live in our home seated in the woods of WV, near George Washington National Forest.

    We bought this house in 2014 and it was pretty much just a shell, since then we've installed plumbing, electric, windows, doors, floors, and more, but it's always a work in progress. We've had a few friends help us out along the way, which is why we decided to make a Workaway hosting account, because sometimes it just feels like we need an extra hand. We find working on the house a fun experience, it's a learning process, and it's always rewarding.

    Who we are:
    We're a happy drama-free couple and have been together for 11 years.
    Bob: is an artist, illustrator, and tattoo artist. Bob is laid back, patient, and has a good sense of humor.
    Sarah: is an aspiring herbalist, DIYer, part time farmer/gardener. Sarah is energetic and friendly.
    We also have two dogs, and one cat. We love our animals and spoil them.

    What we do in our down time:
    After the sun goes down or in our free time you might find us watching a movie, reading, playing video games, making art, and every once in a while we might have a backyard fire with a couple of beers, or some tea. We usually don't stay up very late, and generally our home is a pretty relaxed and quiet environment.

    We have a small collection of books on: DIY home projects, design, trees, plants, herbs, holistic, philosophy, art, and comics.

    During the weekends, we like to go hiking, kayacking (we have a tandem and two singles), foraging, check out haunted places, to Winchester, play video games, explore the local area, watch movies, read, draw, or just chill out & relax. We're the type of couple that likes a good blend of both social interactions and privacy.

    What’s in the area:
    There will be plenty of time to check out the local area, or get involved with art (we have tons of supplies). We live on 5 wooded acres with a creek. We are a 5 minute walk from a Theravada Buddhist Society (who welcomes visitors), 10 minute drive from Cacapon river access, 20 minute drive from two small towns with art, music, and local culture type stuff, and 35 minute drive from larger city (Winchester, VA), there’s a good bit to do there, a nice old town area, music, historical attractions, and various place to shop, eat—etc. Shenandoah National Forest and Skyline Drive is an hour away. Washington DC is about a 3 ¹/² hr drive or so. We're also a 15 minute drive from the Eagle Rock hiking trail (great view), and tons of other hiking and geocaching trails.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    Gardening
    Building
    General Maintenance
    Other
    Help in the house

  • UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN sustainablity goals this host is trying to achieve

    UN goals
    No poverty
    Zero hunger
    Good health and well-being
    Quality education
    Gender equality
    Clean water and sanitation
    Affordable and clean energy
    Decent work and economic growth
    Industries, innovation and infrastructure
    Reduce inequality
    Sustainable cities and communities
    Responsible consumption and production
    Climate action
    Life below water
    Life on land
    Peace, justice and strong institutions
    Partnerships for the goals
  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    We can teach you:

    About art and illustration, how to make mead, change a tire or oil in your car, about herbs, wild foraging, basic carpentry, basic electric, basic car mechanic work, plant and tree identification, how to make herbal medicine, tinctures, decoctions, salves, lip balm, and infusions, diy comics and zines, gardening, homemade kombucha, DIY house projects, kayaking, how to start a fire, homemade Chinese food, skillet bread, how to get creative with building suppies, etc.

  • Help

    Help

    Things we’re working on and could use some help with:

    Fixing up a large shed: basic carpentry, adding windows, insulation, hanging wall panel, wood stove set up, etc.

    Home fix up: refinishing hardwood floors (sanding, staining, sealing,) ceiling spackling, sanding and putting up trim and baseboard, painting, drywall.

    Outdoors: power-washing, splitting and stacking firewood, raking leaves, bush transplants (digging), painting, leaf blowing, picking up around property.

    The bus: we recently bought a cheap shortbus and are working on getting it mobile and fixed into a camper.

    Most of the things I have mentioned above have been a learning process for us. Especially as we've been working on the house and property over the past 5 years and learning what it's like to be a homeowner.
    Thankfully I have a handful of skilled uncles who all work in different trades (carpentry, mechanics, drywall, and electricity) so I've learned from them over the years and they've been kind enough to show me how to do some of these things. So it's not like we're trying to get super skilled volunteers to finish up the work for us, were not trying to replace any type of paid work, but offering the opportunity to work alongside us to learn from us and learn together. We wouldn't have anyone do anything that we wouldnt be there right next to them doing ourselves.

  • Languages spoken

    English: Fluent

  • Accommodation

    Accommodation

    Accommodations:

    We have a private room you're more than welcome to stay in. Alternatively if ever you wanted to, you could always camp somewhere on the property, and start a little fire whatnot.

    Like I mentioned earlier, our house is a 'work in progress,' so don't expect anything luxurious, lol.

    When we're doing tasks, I always cook dinner for everyone. We have freezer and fridge space for food that you would like to bring for yourself as well.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Other info:

    Verizon cell service doesn’t work at our house; Sprint, Boost, and AT&T works though, along with a possibly few others.

    We are smokers, but only smoke outside.

    We don't have WiFi, we use the limited data on our phones for internet. If you absolutely need to use for for a short period of time, no problem. But it's super slow, so usually only one person can use it at a time. However, we have had couchsurfers visit the Buddhist society next door and they let them use their wifi in the library. You can also find free wifi at the closest town (20min drive).

    Anyway, this is something you’d be interested in, let us know! Don’t hesitate to share concerns or ask questions, we’re easy going people, if you think you could help with the outbuilding, but can’t split wood, it’s all good, we wouldn't have you do anything you didnt want to or anything that we wouldnt do ourselves. Just let us know! Thanks!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    Two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Bob and Pooky at Eagle Rock
Sarah, Nuclear, and Pooky
Sarah and Bob working on the roof, replacing aluminum.
In the midst of hanging drywall.
Bob and our nephews
On the farm
Part of our backyard (during fall)
Eagle rock - nearby hiking trail
Eddie
Me, Bob, and my step-bro.
Sarah and family on the Great Cacapon River

Host ref number: 271499169944