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The Living House

World, Oceania, New Zealand, Auckland



Travel dates

27°C, 02:49

About the workproject

We need 2 volunteers

My name is Rochelle and my husband and I are in the process of building a new house in Beachlands, Auckland and our house is going to be a bit special. We are building our home our of rammed earth and are hoping to become the first residential Living Building Challenge Certified building in NZ (arguably the hardest green building rating in the world).

We have a website for the new house build at so feel free to take a look

We are just commencing work on the main house at the moment (February 2018) and are looking for people who are interested in natural building to come and help us ram the walls of our new house, in addition to help us complete the earthen floors.

We also need to build a pergola in the pool area as well as some general building work.

Apologies but the accommodation and work photos are out of date, but I can't figure out how to change them!

About the host

Rochelle (47)

Host since




Last seen online

more than 6 month ago

Our family consists of Joel, myself Rochelle our two children Nicolas and Isabella. I also have two teenage step daughters who come and visit periodically. We also have a dog Evie and 2 cats.

Joel and I both work for ourselves. I work from home and Joel has a factory in Clevedon which is close by.

We are in the process of building a new house behind our existing house and are doing it ourselves (we are pretty handy) but need some extra hands to help get things finished.

We live in Beachlands in Auckland, NZ. Our house is a 2 minute walk away from the beach and a 5 minute walk from the local park. We are also walking distance from the local shops.

It is a 20 minute walk to the ferry which will take you into downtown Auckland for $12.50. Rochelle takes this ferry to work once a week.

My project blog

The start of the Living House

February 21, 2018

After nearly a year of solid work we are now ready to start building after ground! Joel has been honing his skills on the playhouse and we are ready

Project dates

Open for offers, contact us

Work to be done

  • construction

Expected workhours

  • 5 hours a day
  • 5 days a week

Work exchange deal

  • shared room, camper, tent, cabin

We have a sleep out available with bunks that can take up to two guests. We also have space for tents and for campers to park. Our house has three bathrooms and you would need to share facilities with us.

We also have a swimming pool and spa on site.

  • shared meals

We are very flexible. Likely we would cook/provide lunch and dinner but you could get your own breakfast from our pantry or provide your own. We are open to options so just let us know what you would prefer

  • no money is involved