SOUTH SHORE: Tiny homes

Published on: November 14, 2018

2nd annual Tiny Home Show best yet, organizers say

RNR Traveling Homes drew lots of visitors inside one of its model tiny homes. The company makes steel shells that owners can build out any way they want.

Thousands of people came to check out about a  dozen tiny homes stationed in the parking lot of the Hillsborough Community College SouthShore Campus Nov. 10. Bringing in $1,300 more for charity this year, the event has already spurred thoughts of a third show next year.

“We had a tiny village Saturday,” said Debbie Caneen, owner of the Circle Pond Tiny Home Community in Ruskin, host of the show. “People had the opportunity to see a variety of tiny homes and the many creative ways their owners use their small spaces.”

Six visitors liked what they saw so much, they ordered a tiny home on site.   

Caneen said the event wouldn’t have been possible without the support of an “amazing group of volunteers.” Members of the Sun City Center Men’s Club directed traffic; women from the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center worked the gate; Ruskin Community Development Foundation volunteers provided ice, coordinated the bank and posted signs; and South Shore Coalition on Mental Health and Aging volunteers took care of logistics.

“I just can’t thank them enough,” she said.

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A group of visitors listen to John Kernohan, one of five Tiny Home Show speakers, as he presents “Living Your Tiny House Dream.”

In addition to lots of tiny homes to peruse, the show featured many vendors providing information or selling merchandise for present and prospective owners.

Visitors peruse the interior of a model tiny home featured at the Tiny Home Show Nov. 10 in Ruskin.

One of the smallest tiny homes in the show was this Gypsy Wagon owned by Jon Kernohan and Fin Davies. It epitomized the idea of going tiny and living big.

Many Tiny Home show visitors waited in line to see Andrea Burns’ tiny home called the Tomato Box. Burns brought it to the event from Smyrna, Ga.