When you’re young, friendship is one of the most important things in your life. You may even honor a very special person with the title of “best friend.” Yet, as we age, other relationships like marriage and family can sometimes trump the once sparking bond that is “bestie-hood.”
Yet, four couples that had been friends for 20 years refused to let this happen. Although they were all romantically involved and were starting families, they didn’t want their tight connection go kaput. All fans of the Tiny House Movement, they decided to buy a beautiful piece of property near Llano River in Texas and create something truly exceptional — a tiny house compound.
The notion is pretty unique, in fact: Out of the all tiny house coverage we do here at LittleThings, we’ve only stumbled upon one other tiny house complex called “Caravan,” in Portland, OR. Yet, they didn’t come up with this uncommon concept all on their own. They had some help from architect Matt Garcia.
With his help they made something truly exquisite…
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The longtime friends knew they wanted to keep in close contact and they felt a vacation retreat they could all escape to at the same time was a great way of staying in touch.
They purchased a gorgeous piece of land on the Llano River in Texas, right outside of Austin, and at first they considered building one large house.
Instead they opted for separate small cabins for each couple.
They would also include one 1,500-square-foot shared common building that would have a kitchen, space for dinners, activities, and guest accommodations.
Each single-unit cabin is 400 square feet and cost $40,000 to build.
They dubbed their tiny house oasis the “Llano Exit Strategy.”
They paid attention to sustainability as well, building passive, low-impact buildings that blend beautifully into their environment.
They were also designed to deal with Texas’s harsh, arid climate.
The galvanized metal siding helps rebound harsh rays.
The roofs are also sloped specifically for collecting rainwater.
The water is directed from the roof to a water basin.
Spray foam insulation blocks summer heat while keeping the cabins comfy in winter.
The interiors of these tiny houses are truly remarkable, combining industrial and rustic design aesthetics.
Details like corrugated sheathing make the houses look modern.
While barely treated wood walls that show off the knots make the houses feel comfy.
It truly is the perfect home away from home.
Could you live here with your closest friends?
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