Zionsville’s Try It Tiny set for Festival of Books and Arts

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In a world where bigger is better, a new trend has emerged.

Tiny houses have grown in popularity in recent years as a way for people to downsize, travel or try out a new area before planting permanent roots. 

Maggie Daniels is the founder of Try It Tiny. (Submitted photo)

JCC Indianapolis has partnered with Zionsville-based Try It Tiny to play host to “The Tiny House Roadshow II: Home is Where the Harvest Is,” set for Oct. 25-27 at JCC Indianapolis, 6701 Hoover Rd. More than a dozen tiny homes will be on display for guests to peruse. The event is part of the JCC’s 21st Annual Katz Festival of Books and Arts, Oct. 23 to Nov. 13. 

Try It Tiny was founded in 2016 as an online rental service for tiny homes. 

“It’s an Airbnb-style business where people can list their tiny house or their land for rent,” founder Maggie Daniels said. “The reason land is included is because often finding places to park tiny houses can be difficult, and it offers another alternative to the traditional campground.” 

The homes on display will showcase a variety of ways to best utilize a small space. 

“These homes vary in terms of size and design,” Daniels said. “We will be able to represent different builders who can answer questions. Guests can explore the creative uses of space and ways to be most efficient using less space.”

Several units will be available for purchase. 

“Initially, a lot of folks were interested in living in a tiny house full-time time, but it has morphed into several different products,” Daniels said. “Some people use them as a rental property or a guest house. It’s a great way to use it as a travel trailer, workshop or spare bedroom.” 

The homes are available to tour from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 25 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 26 and Oct. 27. Tickets are $15 per person. For more, visit jccindy.org/tiny-houses.

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