Four families who have been best friends for 20 years wanted to be closer to each other and to nature. They invested their money in a common cause, and built a tiny city just for themselves. Their settlement, called “Llano Exit Strategy”, has four small houses along the Llano River outside of Austin, Texas.
The tiny houses, each costing roughly $40,000, were designed by architect Matt Garcia. They feature sloped roofs to collect rainwater and barrels that can hold up to 5,000 gallons.
Heat-reflecting walls remove unwanted heat in summer, and specially insulated windows save heat in winter. The interiors are made of plywood, which has a low price, but at the same time keeps the houses warm and gives a feeling of spaciousness.
A group of friends spend time in this place as often as they can, and they all plan when it’s time to retire, to meet old age together. It’s a good idea to have such friends!