02/12 Framingham, MA issues ‘stop work’ order for tiny house

Notice left by building inspector Tuesday, ordering that Seth and Christine Terramane halt work on their tiny house build.

Notice left by building inspector Tuesday, ordering that Seth and Christine Terramane halt work on their tiny house build.


The town has issued a “stop work” order against a couple building a tiny, 200-square-foot house on wheels behind a Framingham church.

In a post on Instagram, Seth and Christine Terramane shared a picture of the bright orange order a Framingham building inspector left Tuesday, ordering they halt work on the project. The couple, who were featured in a Daily News story last Sunday about the growing trend of tiny houses, say they plan to find a way around the setback.

An inspector from Building Commissioner Michael Tusino’s office cited “work without a permit/zoning” as the reason for the stop work order.

“First of all they didn’t apply for a building permit so I don’t know exactly what they’re doing,” Tusino said Friday. “Based on your article, they’re building a tiny house. We’re looking at it like, ‘you’re building a structure on a property, stop working, come tell us what you’re doing.’”

Seth Terramane, who is building the home himself on a trailer, said Friday, “We had already called and made sure our build was legitimate beforehand. I don’t entirely know where this is coming from.”

Read more – http://www.wickedlocal.com/article/20160212/NEWS/160218060

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Elaine Walker