Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere.
Some friendships last forever. You hear of lifelong friends often living in the same towns just so they can socialize whenever they wish, be a part of each other’s family lives, and finally grow to be the grey-haired besties who rock on the porch and talk about the “good ol’ days”.
Four couples who had been best friends for 20 years decided they were going to trump living in the same town. No way were they going to let the business of life keep them from enjoying that special connection that they’d grown to love. So they decided to literally create their own “Bestie Row.” They all were fans of the tiny house movement, and decided to build their own little compound based around that idea.
Because when you can say, “We’re going to be grey-haired friends,” you know you’ve found a bond that can only strengthen.
They employed the assistance of architect Matt Garcia to make their dream come true.
They purchased land along the Llano River, just outside of Austin, Texas.
At first they considered one large house. However, they realized that personal space is necessary for even the closest of friends.
Still, they wanted a space to commune together. So they built a 1,500 sq. ft. community building with a kitchen, dining area, and space for guests and activities.
Their individual homes are 400 sq. ft. cabins, running around $40,000 each.
Their community, dubbed “Llano Exit Strategy,” was designed to handle the harsh, arid Texas climate.
These buildings were designed for low environmental impact, and sustainability.
The solar heat is dramatically reduced by galvanized metal siding and spray foam insulation, which also helps keep heat in during the winter.
The roofs are sloped to angle rainwater runoff into water catchment tanks. In this kind of climate, every drop counts!
The “Hill Country” terrain is a beautiful place for raising families.
The interiors of the homes are designed to look like a cross between modern and rustic. The corrugated sheathing gives the modern feel.
The rustic, cozy feeling comes from barely treated wood which shows off all it the grainy details.
The 400 sq. ft. cabins have no trouble containing the needed living space and bathroom. A little creative space management goes a long way in making a tiny home comfortable.
After seeing a “Bestie Row” like this, I won’t be surprised to see more popping up in the near future!
Images Via Alexander Stross
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