Bestie Row is the brainchild of 4 couples who decided that they want to embrace the so-called “tiny house” movement and start their own community. With the help of architect Matt Garcia (Matt Garcia Design) the idea grew into a wonderful example of sustainable, affordable and down-to-earth living in an era dominated by larger than life homes.
In most cities apartments are cramped and poorly designed while suburbs are often wasteful with space.
In many European cities as well as countries like Japan, clever design can turn even the smallest of spaces into amazing living spaces. It really is NOT about the size at all.
Bestie Row is a group of 4 houses on an amazing ranch just outside Austin Texas. Its a return to a “simpler” time where communal living and having real neighbors was important.
Creating a sense of community through the design of these houses was incredibly important to these 4 families.
The houses are very modest in appearance but it certainly does not lack in any creature comforts. Its designed in a very smart way and minimizes wasted space while maximizing on the beauty of the natural surroundings.
While it may seem very basic to those of us used to an excess of everything, this offers a totally new way of life. Simplified and amplified. Getting back to nature and redefining home, community and lifestyle.
Each house is about 400 square foot and cost less than $40,000
Architect Matt Garcia designed the buildings for sustainability and low environmental impact.
Even though the homes use “cheap” materials its designed and detailed in such a way that it looks “expensive”.
Each house has a bedroom, bathroom, sitting area, pull-out couch and a front porch
The houses are small with the open plan bedroom, sitting area/lounge and study all in one space.
There’s ample storage space and a work area with a small fridge.
One of the main design considerations was the climate
The houses are designed to retain heat in winter and stay cool in the hot summer months.
The choice in materials reflect the climate design
The reflective sink metal cladding is reflective and helps to control climate in the summer sun. Its also highly insulated on the inside to help retain heat in the winter.
The houses are designed to collect rainwater
The roof design helps to collect rainwater which is then stored in 2 large water tanks. The water can be used for waste water as well as drinking water.
A communal building houses the kitchen and dining area.
The communal kitchen and dining area has ample space for socializing and can even accommodate extra guests. Its 1500 square meters and forms the hub of the community.