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Long Beach family wins tiny home with $20 raffle ticket

The Guenegos of Long Beach won this tiny

The Guenegos of Long Beach won this tiny house in a raffle. Pictured, from left, are Kourtney, 43, Eile, 12, dog Opal, Shane, 45, dog Pippa, and Lochlan, 11.  Credit: Amanda Moore

A Long Beach family recently won a tiny house in a raffle that raised $8,500 for Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County.

The 8-foot by 16-foot house, which sits on a trailer, was built with the help of volunteers from around Long Island and New York City.

Interior designer Amanda Moore of Long Beach-based Wolf & Wing Interior Design and her partner, Keri Venti, designed the house and did the interior build-out, coordinated the volunteers and organized the raffle. The house was initially framed, sided and roofed by Prochilo Construction at the Town of Hempstead Energy Park with donated materials, then brought to the parking lot of the Long Beach Catholic Regional School and finished by Moore, Venti and volunteers.

“We poured our hearts and souls into the project, learned so much and were able to donate roughly $8,500 of net proceeds to Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County as a result,” Moore said.

Raffle winner Kourtney Guenego, 43, one of the volunteers, says she, her husband, Shane, 45, an animation producer, and two kids — Lochlan, 11, and Eile, 12 — enjoy camping. Since the Guenegos don’t have room for the tiny house near the Long Beach bungalow where they live, they are considering moving it to a tiny house community that is being established in the Catskills.

“We’re thinking we would put it on his property and go up and use it, and Airbnb it when we can’t use it,” says Kourtney, who owns a massage therapy practice.

Tickets were $20 each. The Guenegos bought one. The house is valued at $40,000.

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