Join me in building our new eco home by hand in the countryside of Auvergne, France



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    Hello. My name is Laïa. I'm a 48 years man, father of three kids (12 and 6 years twins) that I keep on week-ends and/or weeks. For two years I'm building our house from a small vineyard house. I make it with wood, material recoveries, only with hand tools, no machines.
    For next weeks I will install photovoltaic electricity and an outside bay-windowed bathroom. It's for this construction that I'd appreciate some help.
    I live in Auvergne, France, in a very small town. Our futur house is close to the town, somewhere in landscape.
    I used to be a traveller, now I'm a good sedentary guy, enjoying meeting and sharing experiences.
    My job, when I work during summertime, is climbing and canyoning guide.
    I love singing, playing music.
    Nice to meet you...

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I've been working on this construction site for two years, with wood and material recoveries. Few money and time enough. I hope you can learn to build nice things with simple technicals. The way of working is : take the time you need to enjoy your job. The site is peaceful, in nature.
    My english is not very good, but if you want to learn or improve your french you're welcome.

  • Help


    Our tiny vineyard house is too small for an inside bathroom. As I decided to build one outside, it would be a kind of panoramic bow-windowed room on a wood floor terrace. I've just recovered some double-glass windows enough. The rest of the structure will be of wood and pallets.
    Now you can imagine the job : clearing 20 m2 of forest, building the wood floor terrace and the wood bathroom. So the most of work is carpentry.
    A important information you need is that I use only hand tools. No electricity, no machines and no noise. Only birds and silence...

  • Languages spoken

    French: Fluent
    English: Beginner
    Spanish: Beginner

  • Accommodation


    I live in a flat in the small city, close to the construction site (20 minutes walking). There is a small room for guests. My kids (12, 6 & 6) come around every two weeks. So you can come and live with me/us. It's a nice place and neighbour is relax.
    If you prefer landscape and nature, you can live in the vineyard house. There is a stove, warm water, minimum for cooking and I should soon install electricity... But the house is still under construction ! That means less confort... But you can choose intermediate, stay relax and peaceful in the vineyard house and come in town when you want for showers or for sharing meals.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Auvergne is the French region of volcanoes, cows and cheese. L'Allier is a good flow for canoe, climbing, trekking or anything about nature.
    You can join us by train or car. The closest airports are Clermont-Ferrand (2 hours) and Lyon (3 hours but more planes)

  • 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?


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    Hours expected

    Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week

Host ref number: 798558723476