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These Best Friends Built A Tiny House Community In Texas To Grow Old Together

With environmental concerns rising and homeowner’s budgets shrinking, tiny houses have become hugely popular in the last few years. Four couples from Texas that have been best friends for over 20 years decided they wanted to spend more time together and live closer to one another, so they hopped aboard the tiny house wagon and built a little community just for themselves right outside of Austin!

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They pooled their money together and hired architect Matt Garcia to help construct the tiny houses, and after all was said and done, they had four400 square foot sustainable miniature houses on their own personal ranch. They call the settlement the ‘Llano Exit Strategy,’ because they wanted to escape the hustle and bustle of Austin. The property sits along the Llano River, making it a perfect place to retire and enjoy each other’s company.

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Each cabin costs roughly $40,000, featuring a queen-sized bed, pull-out couch for two, bathroom, shelves for storage, a sitting area, and a front porch.

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The slanted roofs direct rainwater into water barrels that can hold up to 5,000 gallons of rainwater, and reflective walls keep out the oppressive Texas heat in the summer. Special insulated windows also help keep things cool inside. Plywood interiors keep the costs low and also give the tiny homes a warm, earthy feel that fits right in with the surroundings.

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For a tiny house, it actually has a lot of storage space!

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The bathroom is cute, simple, AND functional.

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The slanted roofs send rainwater to collect in 5,000 gallon barrels that supply the house with water.

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You also get a nice, open view of the rugged terrain and wide open land..what could be better than that?!

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This place is truly magical, and makes me want my very own tiny house town! Who would you build a tiny house community with? Tag your best friends below!

Also, please take the time to check out the website for the photographer of these beautiful pictures, Alexander Stross. Without his amazing photography skills, this story would not have been possible, so I’m very thankful that he let me showcase his work on OIYS!

Kristen Lawrence
Texas staff writer for Only in Your State, blogger for Power of Positivity, and freelance health, wellness, and travel writer. I spend any chance I get traveling, enjoying nature, trying out new recipes, and meditating. I love sharing smiles, good food, and great conversation :)