Do you ever look around your house and wonder, "How and when did I collect all this junk?" Checking out this home will have you thinking about downsizing as well.
Chris Heininge comes from a family of "gifted craftsmen, artists, and designers." His family has designed and built more than 100 homes in Oregon, Washington and Arizona. It's no surprise that with such experience their homes have been catching the attention of many new and old homebuyers.
Influenced by his teenage years as a Christian missionary in Japan, Hong Kong, Macau and India, Chris adopted the principle of "tiny living." He loved the Japanese tradition of a beautiful, simplistic life without material objects crowding it.
While living in Aurora, Oregon, in 1999, Chris began building the first in his series of tiny homes. He saw that people were moving away from the idea of "McMansions" and enjoying the efficiency of tiny living. The tiny homes not only cost less to build, but they are also cheaper to maintain.
Here is an overview of one of Chris's mobile tiny homes, named the Aurora. Its exterior looks mundane, but don't be fooled by the appearance of this 280-square-foot house. As the saying goes, appearances can indeed by deceiving.
The living room feels homely and features large windows, letting in a lot of light. The couch is multipurpose, serving not only as a place to read a book but also a place to put unused items away.
The staircase to the loft upstairs also features storage and even a cozy fireplace, a luxurious feature not often seen in tiny homes.
The kitchen is fully functional, featuring a microwave, dishwasher, sink and cooking area. There's a nook where you can have breakfast while watching the TV.
On the opposite side, you'll see more shelving space and cabinetry. From the photos, you can see that Chris chose to show off his belongings from his time in Japan.
Upstairs houses the sleeping quarters, which is common in most tiny homes. The built-in dresser and nightstand, however, make this home ready to go.
A home isn't complete without a luxurious bath. This one seems to even feature jets! One soak in this tub, and you'll likely forget you are even in such a small home.
Storage is ample in all corners of the home.
The clever design shows that sometimes everything you need in life can fit in just 280 square feet.