Sprawling Out: Is a Tiny House the Way of the Future in Texas?

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It’s fair to say the tiny house trend is no longer a trend as much as it’s a permanent lifestyle to which Americans are now open. Many of them have retired and found it’s easier to downsize than maintain a large home and an empty nest. On the other end of the spectrum, some are choosing a tiny house on the basis of the future financial burden and how to have less of it. Their lifestyle is based on a desire to live simply and be satisfied with just enough as opposed to looming debt.

Many parts of Texas are fast becoming tiny house havens, including Spur, just east of Lubbock, and parts of the Texas Hill Country. One such place has been featured in a number of articles and admired for its establishment by a group of friends who wanted to reside close to one another. That would be Bestie Row in Llano. This beautiful little row of houses in the Hill Country is a dream come true for its owners, and a project of importance for Matt Garcia, the architect.

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Bestie Row was recently featured on “Top 3 Must-Visit Tiny Home Communities in America,” on the YouTube channel for The List Show TV. It’s just one shining example of tiny houses bucking the prior trend of “bigger is better.” Featuring all makes and models, from sparse to luxury finishes, tiny homes are just the tip of the iceberg. Entire tiny house communities are now being built, such as the one featured in this video in Salida, Colorado. Not only that, but tiny hotels, or rather tiny houses that you can rent for approximately $99 per night, are springing up on sites such as Airbnb. Tiny hotels promote a vacation where you can wake up in a small space, surrounded by the great outdoors, and simply veg or choose to relax in said surroundings, with just enough to make it worthwhile. Would you give it a try?

Although the reasons behind such movements are often varied and complicated, some folks are seeing the movement as nothing new. They recognize that in comparison to large homes with garages, attics, and closets full of things, these dwellings appear minuscule and, to some, second-rate. But in actuality, our very beginnings were tiny. Our settlement homes weren’t necessarily large, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t well-built. The same goes for some of today’s models. With all of the latest home building technology and energy efficiency we have at our fingertips, almost anyone can build their own tiny house with all the latest upgrades and trappings, in a condensed form. Is it the way of the future?