Designed by Matt Garcia Design

Do you have great friends, who are all struggling to afford a house? Why not combine your resources to build a communal home for yourselves? Four couples, all great friends decided to try out communal living in Texas. Together they purchased a stunning piece of land on the Llano River and built their own 'together, but separate' communal houses…

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Trusted Architect

One of the couples had previous experience with Matt Garcia Design, so it was an obvious choice to ask him to design their communal project.

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Private Cabins + Communal Area

The couples considered building one large house, but ultimately decided to build individual cabins for each couple combined with a larger communal area. The communal area contains a kitchen, a shared dining area and recreation space and guest accommodation.

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Simple, But Comfortable

The cabins are simple, but contain all the necessities in a warm, plywood clad space. They're also eco-friendly with rainwater collection, good solar orientation and good thermal mass (important in Texas where temperatures during the day can soar, but drop again at night). Best of all? They were built for just $40,000 each!

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Custom Cabins

Each cabin was customized based on the couples' needs. At just 35 m2, the studio-style cabins are small, but large windows face the river to make the space feel larger. A full bathroom is concealed at the rear.

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Back to Basics

To save money, basic building materials are used in innovative and stylish ways. Plywood, concrete and steel are all assembled with emphasis on detailing. The rafters are braced with an exposed threaded steel rod and nuts, for example. Plate stew is used for shelving. The cabins have a warm industrial feel.

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Houses by Matt Garcia Design (via Lunchbox Architect)

Affordable Communal Housing

This project is a great example of how thinking outside the box can help anyone afford a beautiful home. By pooling their resources, these couples have secured their futures and guaranteed a vibrant social life all in one!

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