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280 Sq. Ft. Luxury Tiny House by Chris Heininge Construction

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This is a 280 sq. ft. luxury tiny house designed and built by Chris Heininge Construction our of Aurora, Oregon.

It’s 10′ x 20′ and 15′ high. Inside you’ll find a living area, kitchen, full bathroom, and upstairs sleeping loft. This tiny cabin is built with 2×4 framed construction and plywood.

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280 Sq. Ft. 10′ x 20′ Luxury Tiny House


Images © Chris Heininge Construction

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  • sandee
    December 8, 2014, 12:30 pm

    lovely. This is one I would live in. Stairs make all the difference. I like the interior finishes. great Job.

  • Karen
    December 8, 2014, 12:33 pm


    • Dennis
      December 8, 2014, 1:35 pm

      I agree 100% Love this tinyhouse.

  • gale
    December 8, 2014, 12:34 pm

    In a word……gorgeous!

  • Nancy h
    December 8, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Love it! So well done and thought out.

  • Bb
    December 8, 2014, 12:41 pm

    It’s amazing! However I don’t see any wheels. Is it up to code?

  • Aldene
    December 8, 2014, 12:52 pm

    I love this; are there any plans available?

  • Bill
    December 8, 2014, 12:58 pm

    It is very nice, but $70,000 for 280 sf? That’s $250/sf! To me, that defeats one of the main purposes of a tiny living, i.e., a simpler lifestyle with no mortgage debt. But, to each his own…

    • Alex
      December 8, 2014, 1:51 pm

      I hear you Bill. That’s a lot of money. Smaller homes are always going to cost more per sq. ft. because they still have all of those expensive core elements that all homes do. But if anything, just take away the free ideas within to Do-It-Yourself someday for a lot less.

      • CathyAnn
        December 8, 2014, 2:40 pm

        Yes. There are a lot of ideas to take away from this posting. For instance: the cabinet doors would be easy to build and there are less expensive countertops that would serve very well and look good. I like the stairs with railing too. I could handle those, and I’m nearing 70. This looks like a rather simple DIY build compared to many I’ve seen.

        BTW, I agree about the window over the tub.

      • Bonnie Lynch
        December 8, 2014, 6:20 pm

        Love the house! Great design and no ladder!
        But I respectfully beg to differ with your comment, Alex, that smaller homes are “always going to cost more per square foot.” My husband was in the construction business for 25 years and he just shakes his head whenever people make this argument. There is absolutely no reason that a tiny house should cost more per square foot than any other-sized house with similar fixtures and finishes, etc. People are charging more per square foot because they can. I would *never* pay someone to build my tiny house who tried to tell me it was going to cost more per square foot than the going rate for a larger house. Look at the average prices per square foot of comparable 2000- versus 3000-sf homes. They aren’t different. (I know this because I did it for the upscale homes here in Portland.) The math of “tiny homes cost more” just doesn’t work out, and I wish we could all take a role in stamping out this idea and stop paying exorbitant prices for tiny houses.

        • Neddy
          December 9, 2014, 2:02 pm

          Hello, I have to respectfully agree with Alex on this. I too have been in the construction business for 25 years and my experience is that GENERALLY speaking a “Tiny house” will cost more per square foot. Here is the logic. All rooms must at a minimum be framed, sided drywalled and roofed so that cost won’t change no matter how big. Now you add the cost of a kitchen and bathroom which is a higher percentage of a “tiny house” than a “standard house”. The area of fixtures, countertops, cabinets etc. is a higher percentage of total area. Even if you want to say bigger houses have bigger kitchens the ratios still don’t approach what you see in a “tiny house”. Most people with a 2,000 sq. ft. house don’t have 1,000 sq. ft. kitchen but in a “tiny house” it’s not in common to have a kitchen half of the total square footage, and you know how expensives kitchens are! The ratios HAVE to be different! After all a typical “Tiny house” is 10 times smaller than a typical house. There are things that CAN’T get much smaller when building for human sized people. To keep the cost per sq. ft. the same you’d have to shower in a cereal bowl.

        • Alex
          December 9, 2014, 3:21 pm

          Thanks for explaining that Neddy. It makes sense. And, of course, you really can build a cheap tiny house if you do it yourself (labor is expensive too and there’s not that much square feet to divide)

    • Paul
      December 8, 2014, 4:55 pm

      Bill, you miss a very salient point. This is a LUXURY Tiny house.

      But, beats me why they have a stupid (to me) faux electric fireplace.

      Personally I’d have used a reversible air conditioner (we call them heat pumps in NZ) so cool air in summer, if you need it, and heat in the winter when you need it. Using heat pump technology you get roughly 3.5 kilowatts of heat for every 1 kilowatt of power used. Makes much more financial sense than a glorified electric heater where it is 1:1

  • Bruce CG Gallagher
    December 8, 2014, 1:05 pm

    Lovely….this person understands form and function…..beautiful design.
    Quietly elegant.

  • Randi
    December 8, 2014, 1:29 pm

    This is absolutely perfect! Such planning. I have never seen such a layout. You didn’t miss anything. All the little touches are there too. Oh I would love to live here!

  • corinaros
    December 8, 2014, 2:55 pm

    Love this home especially the gas stove under the stairs!

  • connie
    December 8, 2014, 3:20 pm

    Beyond well done. Incredible!! Love it!

  • Suzanne
    December 8, 2014, 3:50 pm

    Beautiful. Is the bathroom up or down?

    • Bonny
      December 8, 2014, 8:41 pm

      The bathroom is on the lower floor…go to the photo with the staircase and the ‘fireplace’…the next photo shows the left side of the kitchen and the door shown is the door to the bathroom…I presume since the window is the same round one.

  • Cynthia
    December 8, 2014, 4:42 pm

    I love this tiny house. Just when I think the perfect tiny house has been shown there is another one. This one is so clever and it looks from the photos that there is a lot of storage and every single inch that could be used for storage has. I love the roof idea, so ingenious for travel. Just love this entire concept. A wonderful side note is the loft stairs. This can help the elderly that have no issues with stairs and I love the storage beneath the stairs along with the fireplace. This is just so creative. Love, love, love it.

  • martha rojas
    December 8, 2014, 4:50 pm

    Is the bathroom on the ground or first floor?
    The design is simple beautiful!

  • Susan
    December 8, 2014, 5:33 pm

    I would so live in this one. Love it!

  • Brian
    December 8, 2014, 7:31 pm

    Wow what a super home this is. Well built with a great simple design with clean lines. This one would be wonderful to live in for one or two people. Thankyou for sharing. Cheers from Australia

  • Richard
    December 8, 2014, 10:59 pm

    Best ever! Love the asian influences and all the great storage and lighting choices. I agree that the window (and the tub for that matter) wouldn’t be my choice but then its not my house! In the meantime someone put some amazing thought and craftsmanship into this and for that they deserve applause!

    • Alex
      December 9, 2014, 3:24 pm

      Thanks Richard! I love the Asian style too 🙂

  • Amy E.
    December 8, 2014, 11:27 pm

    First comment ever, for the best tiny house I have seen. Love everything about it, only I would go for a heat pump.. Heat/air. This is amazing! Love the tub!

    • Alex
      December 9, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Thanks Amy!

  • Rodger
    December 9, 2014, 8:41 am

    Thanks for sharing this info ! The recessed integration of the staircase into the loft area is simple, yet brilliant; thereby reducing the floor space used on the first level.

    • Alex
      December 9, 2014, 3:23 pm

      Thanks Rodger!

  • LK
    December 9, 2014, 9:47 am

    I agree with the person who said just when you think you’ve seen the best, we see another submission of something beautiful. Love it, love the simplicity. This is a work of art!

    • Alex
      December 9, 2014, 3:22 pm

      Thanks LK!

  • suze
    December 11, 2014, 4:32 pm

    Out of every tiny home I have seen, this is the one I would really want. Main reasons: the idea of stairs to the loft and the full bathtub. Well done!!!

  • Linda
    December 11, 2014, 9:35 pm

    Wow! Nicest tiny house I’ve seen so far! Good job!

  • Bruce
    January 20, 2015, 2:44 pm

    I so love the Asian flavor this home has… I could happily call this my last home.

  • Brenda Mason
    January 20, 2015, 3:59 pm

    I to love most of this little home. I agree I would have to have a washer & dryer ,a real fireplace, & a reg. size ref/freezer. ( then I wouldn’t have to go out except for Church.

  • Lisa E.
    January 20, 2015, 7:26 pm

    This is one of the better themed tiny houses I’ve seen. It has many of the same elements of other Japanese structures, but has managed to capture the warmth and charm of this ethnic style. Very nicely done.

  • Glen
    January 21, 2015, 12:17 am

    I do have an issue with the placement of bathrooms so close to food preparation areas. That aside, this is a really nice interior and quite possibly the most attractive loft bedroom I’ve ever seen.

  • Robert
    January 21, 2015, 1:06 am

    I’ve never seen such an interior this perfect. The wood stains and colors are so right. I like this home so much, it’s hard to put it into words. Congratulations to the builder(s), and thanks for letting us all get to see it.

  • kid
    January 22, 2015, 12:18 am

    What a beautiful tiny home. I like everything about this. The only thing I would change is a shower instead of a tub but, even that is nice the way they have it set up. I also like the port windows. Would like to know more on costs of doing this. Nice job all the same.

  • Barb McCullough
    February 10, 2015, 6:34 pm

    I just love this, think we will see a lot more of these in the future.

  • Mae Scott
    February 27, 2015, 8:03 am

    Wow, looks well made!

  • Aryana
    January 31, 2016, 6:30 pm

    This tiny house is my favorite.
    How about putting the tub under the stairs?

  • Diana
    December 6, 2017, 2:25 pm

    If you click on the link it sold for $59900. That’s pretty good. Has a Jacuzzi tub after all.

  • Phatkhat
    December 6, 2017, 3:47 pm

    Very elegant and well designed, for sure. But it is in a park or development? I see another house next door. Do people now not mind living in glass houses with no window treatments? Eh, okay where I live – in the woods with no neighbors near, but in a development??? I’d have to have blinds/shades/curtains!

  • Cheryl Gilkison
    December 6, 2017, 4:49 pm

    I love this tiny house. I have a garage I am wanting to convert to a tiny house. I don’t need the “luxury “. Just a cute little place to live out my final years

  • Michael L
    December 7, 2017, 12:00 am

    This home is fantastic!

    I showed it to an architect friend and said… this is my favorite house, but I need it as a THOW, with the usual modifications one wants to make! I now have a beautiful custom design, ready to build.

  • Tom
    December 9, 2017, 5:58 am

    I like this one a lot ! Great job and looks really professionally built, and quality finishes. I would change one thing, and that is to simply push the wall out 10 ft where the built-in seating is and add a room that would be the living room. Would be simple to do, and would really add to the space Then I would add a deck all around, and really use the outside space. At that point, you could consider French doors leading outside too. But this is really nice, especially the stairs !

    • Alex
      December 9, 2017, 9:08 am

      Neat idea to add on to it! Love it. It’s fun to be able to add on. And I always thought that’s the benefit of building with land on a foundation, but it turns out, you can creative with a tiny house on wheels too and still add on! It’s simple… Add a deck, or buy another trailer and build on. Here’s a neat example of that: https://tinyhousetalk.com/tiny-home-on-wheels-with-adjoining-patio-and-green-house/

      In this case, they added on a green house and patio using an additional trailer. In my case, I think I’d put my office there!

  • Denise
    December 10, 2017, 9:49 am

    I am glad you showcased this again Alex. This is my all time favourite, the Salsa box being second.

  • David J Bertetto
    February 7, 2020, 7:19 pm

    Just saw this, years after the original comments, and I have to agree that tiny houses are more per square foot to build. Think of a $300.00 toilet. In a 2000 sq ft home that would represent just 15 cents per square foot. In a 200 sq ft Tiny, that same toilet would be $1.50 per sq foot.

  • Maurie Shink
    February 8, 2020, 9:56 am

    As with other comments I very much like this tiny home. My problem is the storage of items beside the toilet on open shelves. As a mother of four men and a husband these things are in peril of spray from stand up urination!

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