Tiny Homes Expo to address big demand for downsizing

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ORANGE PARK – If you’ve ever thought about downsizing, but aren't quite sure just how much or how to do it, help is on the way.

The Jacksonville Tiny Homes Expo will be at Orange Park Mall in the JC Penney parking lot on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Tiny Homes Expo is a free event; however, there is a $5 charge – cash only – to tour the tiny homes.

Guests will be able to see homes of different sizes and designs from 300-to-800 square feet, as well as schoolies – school buses converted into homes. There will also be trailers and vans similarly repurposed.

There will be about 24 tiny homes and schoolies onsite.

The reason for the expo is because right now there is a craze nationwide for the tiny homes, with about 10 different TV shows dedicated to the topic.

Owners of the homes will be available to answer consumers’ questions about this style of living.

“This is family fun for mom and dad. Even the kids would love it,” said Jason Hershin of Specialty Pop Up events, who is promoting the expo at the Orange Park Mall. “They’re looking at something visually that either they’ve never seen before or they’ve never heard of. Which means these tiny homes, how the bathrooms are situated, how people sleep, how people move them and how they're mobile. How affordable these things could be for a family of three or four people to live tiny. It's like going to an aquarium and seeing these amazing fish from the deep that you would never get to see. This is touching and feeling and sitting and standing inside a tiny home or tiny schoolie and trying to imagine yourself living in that seven days a week, 365 days a year.”

Food trucks and vendors will also be there to complete the experience.

If you are considering purchasing a tiny home, be advised that currently, they’re not allowed in the state of Florida because of building codes created for Florida weather patterns.

They are allowed in Georgia, North Carolina and other nearby states. To be safe, always check your local laws.

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