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Tiny houses to be featured at design showcase


Tiny house fans will get a chance to see the finishing touches being made on three tiny houses this week when the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America comes to Central Florida.

Leading designers and contractors will share their creative talent and install tile in tiny houses on the show floor of the 8th annual Coverings Installation Design Showcase at the Orange County Convention Center.

The live-action demonstration and exhibit will feature three tiny houses being installed with tile over the course of the show by master installers, incorporating material from industry-leading tile and stone manufacturers. Coverings returns to the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando from April 4-7, 2017.

"Tiny houses are still considered recreational vehicles," says Robin Butler, president of the National Organization of Alternative Housing (NOAH). "However they are being built to construction standards of homes not only with good windows and insulation but interior finishes and creative designs and use of space. It's good to see the tiny house movement going mainstream in the construction industry and conventions."

"Many builders construct a quality product," Butler added. "NOAH-certified tiny houses have had third-party inspections performed at strategic stages of construction. The tiny house owner, the municipality, the insurance company and the lender are assured of the quality that went into that particular home."

Apopka-based NOAH provides tiny house inspection and certification services. They are a client of the UCF Business Incubator in Apopka.

Adam Money, developer of Orlando Lakefront at College Park advised he plans to incorporate the tiny houses into a Lakefront Bed & Breakfast. The three houses will be enjoyed by guests for years to come.

“Tile is incredibly versatile, and we’re delighted to help promote the material as something that can cover the floor—and all four walls—of a residential space,” advised Money. “We think that even in a tiny home, Coverings attendees will see expansive opportunities for tile and stone.”

Design teams led by principles from The Georgia Pear Interiors, Kim Lewis Designs, and bluetreehome will be paired with installers who hold Five Star Recognition from the National Tile Contractors Association and certification from the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation to bring each design to life.


National Organization of Alternative Housing, Tiny Houses