Welcome, the forum's main intent is for users to share and exchange knowledge with each other. Earthship Seattle volunteers do moderate the forum from time to time and try to answer questions when we can.
Who would like to build an Earthship of their own some day?
I'm very, very close to finally building one.
I moved to WA from WI about a year ago with the purpose of being close to family and to build an Earthship.
I'm currently looking for land.
Question to the group: What county or counties are most favorable to building one? I'm looking for the least amount of regulations that will allow me to build one with the least amount of hastle.
It should be possible in most counties. The counties we talked to, in Tacoma, Snoqualmie, Bellingham, were all friendly to the idea, but it might still be quite a bit of work as they don't have the experience of permitting Earthships yet.
I've heard (but I've not tried to confirm this) that Earthships have been permitted in Klickitat county and I think someone got an Earthship permitted in Ferry county.
I'm also looking for land, and actually I've found a huge piece of land that could contain many Earthships, in Lewis county. It's for the Tenowa project which is about more than just Earthships. I can give you more info about that if you're interested.
Hi Florian. Thanks so much for all of this info! I just moved to Chehalis 10 days ago and am all settled into a rental at the moment. But I will begin searching for land to build on very soon.
I enjoyed looking into the Tenowa Project. I loved it. It's funny it mentioned Tamera in Portugal. I had no idea of it's existence. Especially because I'm from Portugal originally and am Portuguese! I'm very much intrigued by this type of community living. More so than just building an Earthship on some piece of land. I wouldn't mind being surrounded by like-minded people.
Please keep in the loop on this Tenowa Project!
I need to get in the habit to visit this forum more often.
Sorry I missed my opportunities to come visit Seattle. I don't go to Seattle very often, but I love that city and am only 2 hours away for a visit. Please let me know of any future activities and I'll try to make it a point to visit this forum more often.
I have already seen some land opportunities around me, but I'm not sure I want to consider Lewis County just yet.
Working on a 200 sq ft earthship now in Ferry Co WA with plans to build a bigger one once we get the process ironed out on the smaller one. I was curious of you knew any WA architectural engineers that can approve/ create custom Earthship engineered plans other than those through the earthship academy? My husband already created our layout and made plans in CAD but they arent approved by an engineer so the county wont consider them at this time. This is another reason we did a small one first since it doesnt require a permit and we have limited financial resources to pay for the official building plans.
My husband and I are looking at moving back to Washington in 2019. I was a bit surprised WA hasn't given Earthships a green light already! We were considering a shipping container home based on Earthship principles, but have discovered it would cost twice as much to meet codes as a stick home... so it's back to the full on Earthship. Would the counties approve one of the designs we can buy from Earthship or are there still numerous hoops to jump through? We need to live within 2 hours of the airport, so western Washington is really the only option.
Suggestions, experience, insight?
I've been thinking a lot about my earthship. As much as I'd like to buy land and build one on it, the thought that I had lately was: How nice it would be to be in a community of Earthships instead of on my own!
So, how are you coming on a Tenowa project in Lewis County? I live there now and am chomping on the bit to get started on find land and building one. But it would be really cool if we can start a small community of Earthships.
I don't come to Seattle often as I live in Chehalis. And it's near impossible for me to come during a weekday. Weekends work best.