Best Friends Build Their Own Tiny Town To Grow Old Together


The tiny house movement is on a roll, collecting more and more people every day. This group of four couples shares 20 years of friendship, and the desire to join the tiny house movement. Only instead of building one tiny home they built their own tiny town complete with four tiny cabins all facing the beautiful Llano river located just outside of Austin, Texas. They lovingly refer to their tiny town as the ‘Llano Exit Strategy.’

Each 400-square-foot tiny cabin cost around $40,000 to build and includes a pullout couch, bathroom, sitting area, queen bed, front porch, running water and air conditioning. Thanks to architect Matt Garcia each cabin is built to be as sustainable as possible, while still offering most of the modern day comforts we are accustomed to.

Each cabin has a specially designed slanted roof with water barrels that can hold as much as 5,000 gallons of rainwater. The cabins also feature reflective walls that reduce heat in the summer and insulated windows to keep out the cold come winter. The cabin interiors are made of plywood in order to reduce costs and provide a warm yet spacious feel. The exterior is made of corrugated steel to help reflect heat.

The property also includes a bigger main house for cooking and gathering, making the tiny town that much more magical. The happy-go-lucky group of friends spends as much time in their tiny town as they possibly can, and they all plan to retire on the peaceful property surrounded by loved ones.


The four couples have remained best friends for 20 years, and so building their own tiny town seemed like the best way to enjoy life to the fullest.


The group combined their money in order to afford a sustainable town they could happily call home as they grow old together.

Each of the four cabins located at ‘Llano Exit Strategy’ was built for around $40,000 and includes a queen bed, couch, bathroom and front porch.

Architect Matt Garcia says of the plywood interiors, “It’s a high-design finish that doesn’t cost a lot of money.”

The roofs are built to collect rainwater into 5,000 gallon water barrels.

Resident Fred Zipp said, “This is a magical place, but it’s arid. We’re doing what we can to reserve as much water as possible for the native trees and grasses.”

The exterior of the cabins are made of corrugated steel in order to help reflect sunlight in the summer.

Jodi Zipp said, “It’s like a Disney movie out here. We have hare, bobcat, deer, and all kinds of birds. As we spend more and more time here, we find more and more.”


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