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Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere. #SquadGoals

Well, I’ve figured out what my squad goals look like… Who’s with me?!



“Because friendship.”

Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere.

By Lighter Side Staff

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.

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They purchased land along the Llano River, just outside of Austin, Texas.

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At first they considered one large house. However, they realized that personal space is necessary for even the closest of friends.

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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.

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Their individual homes are 400 sq. ft. cabins, running around $40,000 each.

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Their community, dubbed “Llano Exit Strategy,” was designed to handle the harsh, arid Texas climate.

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These buildings were designed for low environmental impact, and sustainability.

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The solar heat is dramatically reduced by galvanized metal siding and spray foam insulation, which also helps keep heat in during the winter.

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The roofs are sloped to angle rainwater runoff into water catchment tanks. In this kind of climate, every drop counts!

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The “Hill Country” terrain is a beautiful place for raising families.

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The interiors of the homes are designed to look like a cross between modern and rustic. The corrugated sheathing gives the modern feel.

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The rustic, cozy feeling comes from barely treated wood which shows off all it the grainy details.

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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.

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After seeing a “Bestie Row” like this, I won’t be surprised to see more popping up in the near future!

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Source: Welcome To “Bestie Row”: Lifelong Friends Build Row Of Tiny Houses In The Middle Of Nowhere.

This Tiny House Will Amaze You


It’s me, Grady. I love Tiny Houses 🙂

Have you ever heard anything about the “Tiny House” movement? It’s a rather small movement 😉 but if you were born after 1980 you are very likely interested in saving more of your wealth and living in a smaller home than those in your family before you. Research and polling says says that the millennial generation wants a manageable home. As a very calculable millennial myself I must say that when I see pictures and videos of Tiny Houses I find myself supremely intrigued! Can you imagine owning your home for maybe 10 or 20 percent of what it might cost otherwise – thus giving you the opportunity to have gready autonomy and control in your life of how to spend your money. There is a swelling amount of information that talks about people making life easier and more manageable. Just how manageable are you hoping to make your life/home?…


This Jaw-Dropping Luxury Tiny House Will Amaze You


Chris Heininge Construction gained attention for this beautiful little design that squeezes more style and luxury into 280 square-feet of space than most houses five times its size have. From the cedar-clad exterior to the warm and spacious interior, every inch of this tiny house was built with an attention to detail that’s hard to match and a zen-like approach that seems perfectly balanced between luxury and necessity. The end result is nothing short of stunning. There’s a lot to check out, so let’s dive in.



Above you can see the well-appointed kitchen area, with stainless appliances, a wall-mounted television, and small kitchen table.


A sleek gas fireplace warms things up, and instead of a ladder leading to the sleeping loft, you’ll find a perfectly usable staircase – a big plus for any older folks or disabled people who might not be able to climb as easily. Another great feature is the storage that’s included in the stairs, making the most of every inch of space. Notice how that first step is angled toward the wall – yet another way the builder adds a few extra square inches in this tight space.


The living room offers a relaxing place to chill out, and of course, more built in storage cabinets everywhere you look. That blue couch pulls out, transforming into a queen sized bed for your guests, or a great spot to lounge with your loved one (or large dog as in my case).


As we head upstairs to the loft things just keep getting better. The sleeping area features a queen size bed, with built in end tables and storage, plus room to stand up! I also love the large window that lets natural light spill in, and at night the sleek recessed LED lights help brighten the area up just perfectly. It brings together style, form, and function in one perfectly arranged space.


By now you’re probably thinking, “I want to live here” and you will surely feel that way once you see the bathroom. It’s pretty straightforward, with a sink, cabinet that you can use for a washer/dryer if you want, and toilet. But then, there’s the jacuzzi bathtub, with shower extend.



As if all the elements that went into this tiny house weren’t enough, just wait, because it gets better. While the house isn’t on wheels, Chris decided to make it easy to transport by designing a detachable roof. In just a few minutes the house can be made ready for transport on a 20′ flatbed truck. There’s no doubt that Chris Heininge is a master craftsman, as demonstrated by this build, and the 100+ other houses he helped build in Oregon, Arizona, and Washington.



In case you were wondering about the inspiration for the design, there’s a story there as well. Chris spent twenty years doing missionary work in Japan, Hong Kong, India and Macau. While in Japan he helped build and remodel houses, and as you can tell, the Japanese approach toward simple and functional design aesthetics rubbed off. Hopefully there’s enough demand to get them to consider making more of these, or releasing building plans because we love every square inch! Chris’ work is truly inspirational, and we hope to see more of his efforts in the future.

We can only assume Chris has received a blitz of interest for this house, and while we aren’t sure whether it sold yet, we do know this is the only one of its kind available. In case you were wondering about floor plans, you’re in luck because according to his website, they will be released for sale soon. We can’t wait.

Closing thoughts

As with any tiny house that costs this much, we usually get a slew of comments and opinions, and while mostly positive, I wanted to take a moment to address the inevitable “$70k!? That’s crazy, I could never afford that.” statement that’s sure to arise.

With a rising tide of interest surrounding the tiny house movement comes an increasing demand for builders and more designs to draw inspiration from. We’re seeing new builders like Tiny Heirloom Homesemerge, making tiny, fashionable little houses that sell for upwards of $65-100k. And while this one clocks in on the low end of that figure, at $70k, it seems worth every penny, especially when you see just how much detail and beauty is contained within.

Given the values of sustainability and the closely related vision of financial prudence that serve as basic tenets of the tiny house movement, it’s interesting to see builders serving the higher end market. Naturally with a growing demand, it only makes sense they’d fill the gap. Regardless of the higher than average price, I think this is a good thing because with more competition and demand I think we will see cheaper alternatives emerge that don’t compromise value for quality and comfort. So I’m hopeful that along with an increase in supply on the high-end side of the market, the low end will also find structure and development. We can only hope this continued interest brings about more affordable solutions to some of our most basic needs as a society for shelter.

Be sure to check out the Heininge Website for more details about this gorgeous build.

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