As we grow older, it is not unusual for us to grow apart from our childhood friends. Some friendships last through primary school, high school, and even college. But when one of you moves to a different city or a different state, it might be hard to stay in touch. After college, adult responsibilities like work, family and other obligations increase and can also make maintaining a friendship more difficult.
However, this isn’t the case for everyone. These close friends went to great lengths to keep their friendship intact. To make sure that they could grow old close together, they even went as far as building their own tiny town.
This friend group includes four couples who have been super close for 20 years. They’ve experienced the same difficulties many other adult friends do and they couldn’t see each other as often as they’d like. In order to solve this issue, they decided it was a good idea to live closer together and to do so in an environmentally friendly way. They decided on Llano River, just outside of Austin, Texas. They put all of their money together and built their own tiny little town.
In the tiny town, the Llano Exit Strategy, they built four cabins which cost them about $40,000. Matt Garcia is the architect who designed the cabins to be as sustainable as possible. The roofs are tiled, the walls are reflective (to keep out the heat in the summer), the windows are insulated and all cabins contain water barrels that can collect up to 5,000 gallons of rainwater. Eventually, the group is planning to retire in each of their own little cabins.