Short family opening new home to the public
by Jennifer Cohron
Nov 10, 2013 | 2335 views | 0 0 comments | 138 138 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The new home of Mike and Jenny Short, located on South Walston Bridge Road, is one of the four beautiful homes that will be part of this year’s Pilot Club of Jasper’s annual Tour of Homes. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
The new home of Mike and Jenny Short, located on South Walston Bridge Road, is one of the four beautiful homes that will be part of this year’s Pilot Club of Jasper’s annual Tour of Homes. Daily Mountain Eagle - Jennifer Cohron
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Jasper residents who frequently drive along South Walston Bridge Road have seen the home of Mike and Jenny Short under construction for the past year.

Soon, they will be able to get their first peek inside at the Pilot Club of Jasper’s annual Tour of Homes. The annual fundraiser is scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, Dec. 8.

The Shorts, childhood sweethearts who were married last December, call it “the house that built us.”

The couple and Mike Short’s 12-year-old son, Will, moved in two weeks ago.

Jenny Short is getting a double dose of déjà vu.

Not only has she returned to her hometown of Jasper after years of living away, but her new home is almost exactly like the one she left behind in Tampa, Fla.

“Over the course of my life, I’ve built several houses. For our purposes, this had all the right materials and the right floor plan. It really lent itself to family-style living,” she said.

With 3,960 square feet, the Shorts have plenty of spaces in which to share quality time.

The house includes four bedrooms, five and a half baths, a living room, a den, a family room, a game room and a spacious kitchen at the center of all the activity.

Just as the Shorts are a blended family, their home has a mixed aura of comforting and contemporary.

“It’s not a traditional Southern home at all. There is some unusual stuff in here that is part of my life and some is part of Mike’s life. We’ve just blended it together,” Jenny Short said.

Examples of unique art in the home are an ancient Chinese raincoat, Salvador Dalí’s “Lincoln in Dalivision,” a literal family tree made by an artisan friend of the Shorts, a Thai tapestry and a work of art created by artists in one of the favelas, or slums, of Brazil.

Tickets for the Pilot Club of Jasper’s Tour of Homes are available from any Pilot member and are $10 in advance or $12 at the door.

Proceeds from the event will go to Equines Assisting Special Individuals (EASI), a local therapeutic horseback riding program.