Steilacoom, WA Asks Tiny House Family to Leave

Between Olympia and Tacoma is Steilacoom, a small town of about 6,100 people – 3 of which are being asked to move their tiny house by September 17, 2016. Peter, a high school graphics design teacher, mother Shannon, and baby Hart Samuel, live in a tiny house they built themselves.

Their tiny home has been parked for 17 months on property they own. A normal house is also on the lot – and Peter’s sister lives there. Peter, Shannon, and Hart live in the tiny house in the back.

They’ve been working to resolve the legal and zoning issues with the city for some time… here’s a recap on their website.

If anyone has any expertise in issue like this, and might be able to suggest ways for Peter & Shannon talk the town government into letting them stay, reach out to Peter & Shannon via their website,

Photo via The Bellingham Herald, where you can read more about this tiny house legal battle.

Video: Tiny House Legal Battle

Video: Tiny House + Baby

Shannon is Building The Pioneer Cabin

Shannon is building the Pioneer’s Cabin, a 16’x20′ cabin I designed. His house is located on 14.5 acres just north of Birmingham, AL and will be used by his family part time. It will be most likely fully off-grid with power from solar panels and/or a generator.

He’ll be using live edge siding and pine logs for front porch posts and balusters. As he builds we’ll be following along. So far he’s built the foundation and deck platform but has also begun collecting and working the wood for the siding, porch posts, and balusters.

Above: Most recent progress photo. Below: Logs cut for live edge siding.


Above: Pine logs being peeled for porch posts. Below: The pine logs for balusters and posts.


You can find the plans for the Pioneer’s Cabin at Tiny House Design.

Update: Shannon will be harvesting barn wood for his cabin, and has scored some good reclaimed roofing.