Building Workshops Feb 8-26 for Happy, simply. – a lifestyle model and education project.

I now have a confirmed location for Happy, simply. – a lifestyle model and education project. The Paekakariki Holiday Park! So it is now into the serious part, to the actual building of the dwelling!final look

This is a call out for those who are interested in learning and experiencing the building of a simple, self-sufficient and sustainable dwelling – see designs attached!

Numbers will need to be limited but there are many opportunities for many to be involved. We are also treating this as a learning workshop and a cost involved to help with payment of the skilled people running the workshops who are largely volunteering their expertise.

The quick details (with more details below):

Day / Date Build Stage Description Max people Cost
Sat 9 Feb Set up Getting materials and tools in place 5 Free
Sun10 Feb Pre-pre-build Setting up frames & starting from near scratch 10 $20
Mon – Fri

11 – 15 Feb

Pre-build Finish framing & maybe getting them standing 8 $70
Sat / Sun

16 / 17 Feb

Big Build This is the crunch time to get as much done with lots of people in a fun weekend.

If people want to add on Friday and/or Monday would be great and only extra $20

10 $50
Mon – Fri

18 – 22 Feb

Dwelling forming From frame to filling in all the bits 8 $70
Sat / Sun

23 / 24 Feb

Outer & final touches Outside and finishing touches

If people want to add on Friday and/or Monday would be great and only extra $20

10 $50
Mon / Tues

25 / 26 Feb

Final bit & clean up Last remaining touches, the clean up and last polish! 10-15 Free
Friday 1 Mar Party Come see the final product, cheers to all involved and a community celebration! Heaps BYO


  • Paekakariki Holiday Park (beautiful by the sea!) map
  • Lunch will be included but accommodation is not however the Holiday Park is great and cheap ($15/person) and I’ll see if some friendly folk allow camping…
  • Days are 9am-5pm as much as possible
  • Will need any tools you might have access to (plus makes you look legitimate)
  • One-off days cost $30 and if you want to do the whole build from Feb 9-26 it will be just $150 and I’ll try to find accommodation for you!

Please let me know as soon as you can and before positions fill up:

Name Contact Days / Dates You Want to Participate Q’s Notes Etc…

Link to blog for Happy, simply. and ALL are welcome to come and visit the building stages and the progression of it all!

Floor Plan Drawing


Calling all builders, social justice junkies and cool community orientated folks!

Want to be a part of a fun group of people working together for a happy, simply world?

I am putting an idea into action and want involve a community to participate, learn, share and laugh along with me. From Feb 8-26 we will be making a 10m2 dwelling with Sustainable Habitat Challenge (SHAC).

This is an experiential learning opportunity / workshop on sustainable housing design, how to build a house and just generally enjoying the best simple things in life!

Please see attached Happy, simply poster and blog for the concept of what we are doing

The details for involvement are:

  • sourcing reused/recycled/leftover materials to use for the build
  • using passive energy and heat techniques for efficient and sustainable design
  • a guided step by step process putting together framing and inside infrastructure
  • reasoning and expertise on design and why the designers have chosen certain details and materials
  • implementing total solar energy systems
  • grey-water and drinking water capture and systems
  • creating a rooftop garden and filtering water for grey-water usage
  • constructing foldable eves and decking
  • making the dwelling transportable by trailer or truck
  • use of small wood burner and exhaust system for heat
  • some ideas on bio-composting toilets and their integration into the model (in the future after the council has allowed testing)
  • remaining within compliance and consent for not needed official council approval


  • This will very much be an active learning experience, a workshop for learning and practical experience in building, design and sustainability
  • Roles will vary but we will have at least one professional builder & designer on site
  • The designers have been giving building workshops in NZ for some time now and can also share their ideas on mud-brick (adobe) houses and other eco-designs

The idea is to have fun, learn, up-skill and keep it all happy, simply. Fun, games shenanigans and more guaranteed…

Please know – if you participate on top of the skills you will acquire you will:

  • Leave an amazing legacy of a lifestyle model and education project that we be celebrated and shared
  • Have a personal relationship with this building
  • Be a part of the open door / stay a night policy
  • Be changing the world in a very happy, simple way!

Also there is no funding for this project and I will be financing it all so your contributions and support will be priceless and hopefully rich for you too (experientially!).

Many Thanks



PS. ALL are welcome to visit the progression of it all! Especially from the community…inside labelled view

Structure Drawing - prop 1


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