When we were kids we always used to say that we are going to live in the same neighborhood with our best friends one day. Some of us still haven’t made it happen and don’t stop dreaming! Especially after reading about these best friends who built their own tiny town to grow old together in.
Four couples that have been best friends for 20 years wanted a better way to live closer to each other and closer to the environment. They have spent the last two decades doing everything together and they are thicker than family. Even though they live somewhat close to one another, they don’t get to see each other as much as they want to. So, they decided to change that by pooling their money together and building a town called the ‘Llano Exit Strategy,’ which features four tiny houses near the Llano river outside of Austin, Texas.
The tiny homes, each of which cost roughly $40,000, were designed by Matt Garcia to be energy efficient and affordable. Outfitted with slanted roofs with water barrels that can hold up to 5,000 gallons of rainwater, reflective walls, and insulated windows. The homes are super adorable with plenty of wood accents. The interiors were intentionally covered in plywood. The gorgeous cabins measure around 350-square-feet each. Thanks to smart planning, lots of built-in shelving and plenty of windows, the cabins feel quite spacious. A plethora of windows let in lots of light, along with the surrounding natural scenery. Each cabin is specifically designed to offer the best view possible, with no cabin blocking another cabin’s view. The roof is designed to collect rainwater, which filters into water barrels capable of storing up to 5,000 gallons total. This allows them to enjoy a natural supply of water to take showers and enjoy modern-day comforts. Everything serves a purpose. For instance, the corrugated steel exteriors reflect sunlight so that the interiors stay cooler in the hot Texas summers. Instead of adding a kitchen to every single house, the friends created a 1500-square-foot communal gathering space for cooking and serving up delicious meals.