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All Year: Yes
Area (ha): 1012m2
Persons: 2
Category: Other
Host ID: 20442
Region: Western Australia

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Last Updated: April 13, 2019

We have enjoyed the 2 year journey of building our small eco-home in Yanchep with lots of wonderful HelpXers. The site is opposite the ocean 45mins north of Perth and the build is at last in its final stages. We are now seeking helpers with building, carpentry and/or landscaping experience.

Our project has been an owner-build with Linda project managing while Ian continued with his day job (CEO at Central Desert Native Title Services).

The design of our home incorporates passive solar principles and is being built with a low cabin footprint. The construction is lightweight using SIPs and phase change materials to moderate temperatures. Water is harvested for gardens and we're using many recycled products in the build. We have 18 solar panels to power the house and our electric car.

Your room in Yanchep comes with views of the ocean and we serve mainly VEGAN food (we use eggs but no dairy).

If you love the surf, sunsets over the ocean and have lots of muscles and/or building experience we'd love to hear from you.

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In return for 4-5 hours work we offer accommodation and meals each day. Depending on our schedule we find it often works well for helpers to work 2 full days followed by a day when they can be independent and discover Perth.

On days off you are welcome to stay in our home in the city. Mt Lawley is in a great location for visitors to Perth. It's close to the CBD, the Swan River, public transport, wetland walks and bikeways ~ we have bikes for you to use!

On days off only breakfast and accommodation is provided.

At times there will be gardening and maintenance work in Mt Lawley too as we have an older-style home with a rather large and wild backyard! Over the years it has provided us with a wonderful bounty including eggs, vegis, bananas, mangos avocados, goats milk, firewood and even hardwood for our kitchen benchtops. This came from a tree which we planted over our 2nd son's placenta 30 years ago!

Our home in Mt Lawley has an eclectic, retro green style and all cleaning and personal care products are biodegradable and SLS-free.

We hope we have inspired your curiosity!

In anticipation and with gratitude, Linda and Ian....and Lola, our cockier spaniel dog!

reviews (15)
Helper: Isis Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: May 2, 2019
A wonderful contact from the first moment. I stayed 3 days with Linda in th... view complete review

Helper: Antoine de Biran Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Fiji Date: February 24, 2019
I forgot to say they are great people and thanks for the varied n delicious v... view complete review

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Helper: Antoine de Biran Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Fiji Date: February 24, 2019
Wow.....Ian and Linda have perfect taste by French standards...in tune with t... view complete review

Helper: Sabine and Emmanuel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: June 15, 2018
The week we spent with Linda, Ian and Lola was absolutely amazing, interestin... view complete review

Helper: Tom and India Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United Kingdom Date: February 12, 2018
Linda and Ian are brilliant, they are such fun to be around and really easy t... view complete review

Helper: Arne Wessels Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: September 18, 2016
My first helpX with Linda, Ian and Lola the dog was very nice. Was able to he... view complete review

Helper: Romain and Pauline Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 4, 2016
We stayed our first month in Australia at Linda and Ian's place and it was re... view complete review

Helper: Paul Glinka Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: May 9, 2016
Linda and Ian (and Lola the funny cocker spaniel) are fantastic and very love... view complete review

Helper: François Seurel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: July 20, 2015
I spent only one week in Mount Lawley and it went too fast most probably beca... view complete review

Helper: Solene and Olivier Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: March 15, 2015
We spent 6 really lovely weeks in the charming old-brick house that Linda, Ia... view complete review

Helper: Anna and Axel Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Germany Date: October 19, 2014
Linda, Ian, Oli (and Lola ;-) ) made us feel at home from the very first minu... view complete review

Helper: Lily and Tom Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Belgium Date: October 1, 2014
It was our first « Helpexperience » and it was just perfect ! The house is we... view complete review

Helper: Ed McMullin Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: United States Date: March 5, 2014
6 Feb - 3 March 2014 I simply had a great time and I was always looked after... view complete review

Helper: David and Yeye Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Spain Date: December 27, 2013
We stayed with Linda and her family for 8 days, enough time to know how nice ... view complete review

Helper: Emeline and Philippe Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: France Date: April 27, 2013
We stayed only 5 days with Linda ans her family but it was one of our best He... view complete review

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