Construction and creativity needed to help transform my walk-out basement into a treetop retreat! North Carolina, USA


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    I've traveled the world as a workaway'er and now have returned home to begin the adventure of hosting!

    I'm fun-loving, adventurous, and I love to create and design spaces.

    I own a cleaning/design company, which is a personal and humanitarian project.

    My home is a beautiful 3-story home on a hillside with panoramic views of the mountains of western North Carolina, a short drive from the most exciting, FUN city in NC, Asheville- better known as "Beer City USA" - which means we have the most craft breweries and brew pubs, per capita of any city in the USA!

    Asheville is best known for its hip "vibe" (so welcoming to people from all over the world), street musicians, foodie-heaven restaurants (most of which use locally-sourced, organic food), hand-crafted cocktails, eclectic rooftop cafes and bars, live music and comedy (year round!), tree houses you can spend the night in, French Broad Chocolate Lounge (and many other wonderful chocolatiers), sweet bakeries and creperies, champagne book shoppes, the trendy river arts district, vintage clothiers, antique stores, La Zoom Comedy Bus, The Pubcycle (a group gets on a 12-person bike, replete with drinks and comedy as they cycle from pub to pub), Biltmore House, America's largest and most amazing palace, breathtaking hikes, zip lining, river rafting/tubing along our beautiful clean rivers, camping (or glamping, for those who love their creature comforts in the woods :)), an all-around FUN-FUN-FUN city!

    Whether you love the hip vibe of velvet dive lounges, with orchid-garnished cocktails, the hidden speak easy, or glittering elegance and fine dining at some of the most coveted hotels and bars around the world, Asheville IS the place to BE!

    OH and did I say LIVE MUSIC, OPERA, DANCE, BIKING, THEATRE! Asheville has it all!

    MY PROJECT: I own a three-story home and am doing construction to transform my unused basement space into a guest retreat.

    I'm looking for individuals with framing, tiling, masonry, electrical, drywall, landscaping, and other construction skills.

    I would also like to incorporate some creative aspects into my project, so if you have something unique to contribute, would love to have you!

    WHAT I PROVIDE: You will be provided a private upstairs room with a comfortable bed, your own bathroom, basic toiletries (shampoo and soap), access to laundry, linens, coffee/tea/water and simple breakfast items (oatmeal, yogurt, cereals and fruit), and will be provided dinner, simple lunch items (like sandwiches and fruit) either with us, or basic pantry items for you to be able to prepare a simple meal for yourself. You will be expected to help with preparation and cleanup at meal time, or anytime you prepare things in the kitchen.

    You are welcome to share ethnic dishes with me! We can cook, drink, play games, and clean up together!

    I am also happy to take you someplace fun each weekend, and you're welcome to tag along, most anywhere I go to experience beautiful western NC! Asheville

    WHAT I EXPECT: 4-5 hours of your time, 4-5 days a week (very flexible - lets just set some goals, get finished, then have some FUN!)

    We will be working together and I want to make it a FUN experience, getting to know about you and your world!

    I'd love to learn your language, listen to your music, taste your recipes and discover WHO you are! YOU are the most important part of my experience!

    PLEASE be clean and tidy. :)) SHOWERING is a must. (We love clean!!!)

    PLEASE tidy up after yourself at all times, including kitchen, bath and common areas. If you don't like clean, smile, this might not be a good fit for your experience.

    Be respectful with quiet hours between midnight and 8:00 am.

    PLEASE no illegal drugs on premises.

    Please drink responsibly.

    Outdoor smoking only.

    Indoors, we are a shoe-free, washed hands zone to help ensure the health and safety of all our guests. :)

    NOTE: While I do like to treat workaway'ers, occasionally, on an outing, you will want to have extra spending money for major activities, alcohol purchases, major dining experiences, and other personal expenditures.

    There are many FREE things to do, such as picnics, hiking, biking, and even wine tasting, so we can plan accordingly, as you wish.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Art project

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    I'm a world traveler, writer, and professional (I own my own company) who has lived in Turkey and Korea, and have traveled in 18 different countries. Now that I'm home, I want to host the world!

    I'm a great cook and would love to teach you a few regional dishes - crusty pone biscuit bread with honey or jam, fried squash, pan-seared banana bread with raspberry compote, gourmet burgers with shallots and arugula, goat cheese/apricot crostinis and more!

    I am so excited to live just outside Asheville, NC and would LOVE to take you on some amazing hikes, introduce you to the VERY cool bar and foodie scene, and even take you to some live music experiences. The adventure is BIG! I want to share it with you!

    Most importantly, I want to get to know you, hear your stories, listen to your music, get to know your soul :))
    I believe in love, respect, and honesty. I share all the above and am looking for like-minded workaway'ers who are looking for the same.

  • Help


    Framing in the basement, drywalling (or putting shiplap) in the bathroom, creating an outdoor courtyard, staining or flooring the concrete basement, adding your own creative energy to our home (leave a bit of your art, built in - YOUR artistic fingerprint), organizing and packing up unused things in the house and basement, (if you know how to construct cool things, like murphy beds, hanging indoor swing beds, and other neat stuff - that would be awesome). We have a small courtyard and would like to rock the wall there and create a base (gravel, pavers, decking, etc). If you know how to install a ceiling, or finish drywall, that would be awesome!
    We also need to get the basement cleaned out and organized, in preparation for renovations. There is also some opportunity for daily cooking and cleaning upstairs.

    Also building trails and creating fun outdoor activity and camping sites for a community project to help youth and adults to heal through nature and LOvE!

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, some French, a little Turkish

  • Accommodation


    Private/semi-private bed and bath with comfortable, clean bed (nice linens, fluffy towels, basic toiletries), bath and shower
    Your space will be private, unless there are other workaway'ers, no more than four at a time, then space is shared.
    Breakfast foods, drinks and snacks, simple lunch foods, plus evening dinner - sometimes you will be provided groceries and will need to prepare your own meal. :)
    Complimentary wifi
    Fire pit, tree swings, and hot tub under the stars :))
    Weekly FUN adventure or outing (you may help choose!)
    Beautiful mountain home with panoramic views!
    Join us for outings in your free time!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    My home is in Burnsville, North Carolina, about half an hour from Asheville. We will provide transportation to Asheville, or other nearby tourist activities at least once a week, but we are pretty sure you will LOVE everything about where you are!

    I am kind and good, honest, very clean and respectful of all humans and animals. I believe in loving every one and doing to others as I'd have done to me.

    I am spiritual, but not religious, and believe we are all from the same Creator - here to create something beautiful and help others on our journey.

    LOVE is everything! Bring your soul, your gifts, your authentic self!

  • A little more information

    A little more information

    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

  • ...

    Hours expected

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

Nik and me look forward to hosting you!
Our home! Your airy space has french doors that open to a private courtyard with sunset views! Hot tub under the stars overlooking the eastern mountains and meadow.
A short stroll around the serene property
Our living space! We did this ourselves! Join us here for games on the floor or a great movie!
Third story bedroom view
Fun in the backyard!
Kitchen view, east
Coffee at sunrise, from the kitchen window
View from the second story living area!
My recent Workaway in Jersey City, building a shed!
Regional country cuisine! Potato soup, corn bread muffins, pintos with tomatoes! Yum!
Cozy fall fire and hot drinks on the porch at our home! Here - WE get to share stories and a glass of wine!
Hip Vibe! I'm on left! Nightlife at one of the rooftop bars; I'm on the left! Asheville, NC.

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