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The tiny house movement is definitely gaining speed. Popular TV shows plus cool design elements and expert builders constructing beautiful, minimalist homes, more and more people are seeing the value in downsizing their spaces.

Chris Heininge is one of the key contractors who provides people with smaller, more efficient houses. He bases much of his work on a philosophy that revolves around a simple lifestyle, one that places a lower value on material possession. Since 1999, Heininge has committed to building these tiny houses, allowing people to de-clutter their lives, ultimately seeing the value in simple living.

Check out one of his newer homes below, which is only 280 square-feet. It”s a wonderful example of an efficient use of space, but the most noticable takeaway? Bigger doesn”t always equal better.

The tiny home even has a little patio.

The tiny home even has a little patio.

As you can see, the space within the home is maximized so as to allow multiple rooms to seamlessly blend with each other.

As you can see, the space within the home is maximized so as to allow multiple rooms to seamlessly blend with each other.

Natural light streams in through uniquely designed window frames.

Natural light streams in through uniquely designed window frames.

The kitchen and dining area are just a few steps away from the stairs leading up to the bedroom.

The kitchen and dining area are just a few steps away from the stairs leading up to the bedroom.

A cozy fireplace sits under the stairs.

A cozy fireplace sits under the stairs.

And of course, the house is outfitted with all of the necessary amenities that a bigger house would have.

And of course, the house is outfitted with all of the necessary amenities that a bigger house would have.

This is a remarkable and beautiful tiny house. It”s use of space is laudable, and it still seems so open and spacious, even within its limitations. And for just $70,000, it”s definitely worth the cost.

This is a remarkable and beautiful tiny house. It

(via San Francisco Globe)

This house is pretty incredible. While it might be tough to raise a big family in one of these, for those trying to whittle their lives down to the essentials, a house like this is definitely a step in the right direction.

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