This series of tiny houses have been designed by Matt Garcia on the behalf of four couples seeking to escape city life. Called the “Llano Exit Strategy”, the micro-housing project is situated on a plot along the Llano River. Each tiny house was built on a budget of just $40,000.
The families purchased the plot with the intention of building a shared house. However, after reading up on the tiny house movement, it was decided that smaller, individual houses and a shared building would be more suitable. The project consists of four tiny houses, which provide a private space for each family. A fifth building acts as a shared area for cooking, dining and group activities.
The cabins are 350 square foot in size (32.5 square meters), and each was customized to the needs of the owners. They all have an open plan layout featuring large windows to draw in natural light, and allowing the inhabitants to look out over the river.
To combat the Texan climate, the houses are insulated with spray foam and have large roof overhangs that reduce heat gain during the day. Rainwater run-off from the roof is collected and stored in large cisterns for later use. On the inside they’ve use plywood both structurally to brace the building, as well a finish material.
Towards the front of the cabins you’ll find the living area, this is followed by the bedroom, behind which there’s the bathroom. It’s a simple but effect design, finished with polished concrete floors and fir plywood walls. The overall effect is that of a warm, comfortable home.
In the bathroom they’ve included some recycled and re-purposed materials, like the towel rails, and toilet paper holders, which have been fashioned from pipe. Each of the houses were completed within the $40,000 budget. Not bad for a relatively low-impact, environmental home.
For more tiny houses check out this World War 2 bunker that’s been converted to a tiny holiday home. Or, these rustic Shepherd’s Huts from Canadian company Gute. See all tiny houses.
Photos: Alex Stross
Your design is just what I’ve been looking for. I love the stained concrete floors, the lightly stained plywood walls and the use of the SIP panels for the roof. Spray foam insulation is a must have in Texas. I’d like to learn more about your rain water harvesting system. We should all be thinking about harvesting water considering the future climate models.
Do you sell your plans?
Trey – I didn’t see any mention of plans on the architects website, but you could try getting in touch through their contact page to find out.
Wonderful. I do worry about the share building when there is bad weather. Love the look of the homes.
I love this idea and think it is VERY DOABLE. If we had more communities such as this one, I’m certain people would become so much more aware sustainability. And if these folks have young children and home school, they will also learn better social skills than if they had been homeschooled alone.
I would build my next house like this is a “NY Minute” if code would allow…anyone reading this From
NYS….look me up at my email; fberryatapexsolarpowerdotcom.
I’m planning on building something like this in 2017….and getting ready for a shortcut to retirement.
No one can really retire with a McMansion mortgage today…especially in NYS.
How do I find out more about this builders plans…as his site is not attached?
Hi Frank, you can find out more about Matt’s work here: http://www.mattgarciadesign.com/
Please send me more info on this and the name of the book (you hopefully wrote about it with pictures and designs). As I am a professional writer, playwright, author and artist please let me give you some advice — write about this, include the story line, the whys and the how to do’s — AND include your initial drawings housing concepts. It’ll be a best seller in the tiny world.