‘Worldwide phenomenon’ prefab tiny-home maker Nestron just started shipping overseas. See inside its $77,000 units.

The exterior of the Cube Two at night, lit up
The Cube Two. Nestron
  • Singapore-based Nestron is now shipping its prefab tiny home Cube One and Two models to the UK.
  • The company expects to sell over 100 units in the UK by year-end after massive online interest.
  • Take a look inside the two AI-powered models with smart furniture.
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Interest in prefab tiny homes skyrocketed during COVID-19.
The exterior of the Cube One
The Cube One. Nestron
Now one Singapore-based company is looking to capitalize on this trend by introducing its artificial-intelligence-powered tiny homes to the UK.
The exterior of the Cube Two at night, lit up
The Cube Two. Nestron
Meet Nestron, the brains behind several wildly popular tiny homes that have since become a “worldwide phenomenon,” Choco Toh of Nestron’s marketing team told Insider in December.
The white panels of the Cube One while its being manufactured
Paneling the Cube One. Nestron
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Its tiny homes were such a hit, Nestron’s website crashed for a while, likely due to an influx in visits and “extremely overwhelming” popularity, Toh said.
Cube Two's large windows
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
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To expand its reach, Nestron is now in the process of preparing its debut in Northampton, England, a little more than 65 miles (105km) from London.
The steel frame of the Cube One
Cube One’s structure. Nestron
Toh says Nestron will close about 10 deals before the homes actually debut in Europe …
The interior of the Cube One with a bathroom, living room, and kitchen
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
… but estimates that by the end of the year, it’ll sell more than 100 units in the UK.
The exterior of the Cube Two
The Cube Two. Nestron
“We believe with the increase in marketing activities upon our debut, there are nearly 100,000 potential users in the UK, which will bring explosive and continuous growth to our local distributors,” Toh said in an email.
Cube Two's bedroom
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
Like other companies that ship products internationally, Nestron has struggled to move its tiny homes in the face of jammed ports and shipping delays.
The tiny home wrapped in fabric being picked up by a crane
The models being shipped. Nestron
But before we dive into how the company is overcoming these issues, let’s take a look at the two futuristic tiny homes that will debut in the UK: the $US34,000 ($AU46,152) to $US52,000 ($AU70,586) Cube One and the $US59,000 ($AU80,088) to $US77,000 ($AU104,522) Cube Two.
The exterior of the Cube Two at night, lit up
The Cube Two. Nestron
These prices vary widely due to a list of possible extra add-ons, such as solar panels, heated floors, and additional smart appliances.
Cube Two's bedroom
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
The Cube One is more popular with solo occupants, while the larger Cube Two has been a hit with families, couples, and as a backyard unit.
Cube Two's dining table
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
Nestron debuted both units well before its UK plans but has since made sizing changes ahead of its overseas delivery: The Cube One’s size was boosted about 16.2 square feet, while the Cube Two was expanded by about 25 square feet.
The tiny homes wrapped in fabric on a truck
The models being shipped. Nestron
Let’s take a closer look at the Cube One, which stands at about 156 square feet.
The interior of the Cube One with a bathroom, living room, and kitchen
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
That square footage holds the living room, bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen space (which comes with cabinets, a sink, and a stovetop, according to renderings of the unit).
The interior of the Cube One with storage units
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
As with any typical home, the living room has a dining table and sofa, while the bedroom has a side table, closet, and of course, a bed.
The interior of the Cube One with storage units and a bed
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
Moving toward the bathroom, the tiny Cube One comes with a shower, towel rack, and sink, all in one space.
The interior of the Cube One with a bathroom, living room, and kitchen
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
The little living unit also has built-in amenities like lights, storage units, electric blinds, and a speaker.
The interior of the Cube One with a bathroom, living room, and kitchen
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
There’s even room for a modern-day must-have: air-conditioning units.
The interior of the Cube One with storage units
The interior of the Cube One. Nestron
Now let’s take a look at the larger Cube Two, which can accommodate three to four people with its two beds, which sit on opposite ends of the tiny home.
Cube Two's countertop and windows
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
As with its smaller sibling, the almost 280-square-foot Cube Two has a living room, two beds, a kitchen, and a bathroom, all with the same furnishings as the Cube One.
A peek down Cube Two's hallway with the kitchen and windows
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
But the dining table in the Cube Two is noticeably larger, and there’s a skylight for added natural light and stargazing.
Cube Two's dining table and countertop
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
Both models come insulated and have smart-home capabilities using Nestron’s “Canny,” an artificial-intelligence system.
Cube Two's kitchen and skylight
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
Canny can complete tasks like brewing your morning coffee or automatically adjusting your seat heights.
Cube Two's dining table
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
Everything is “smart” these days, which means the Cube One and Two can also come with motion-sensing lights and smart mirrors and toilets.
Cube Two's kitchen and skylight
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
You might be wondering how Nestron plans to move its Cube One and Two tiny homes overseas in one piece.
The steel frame of the Cube Two
Cube Two’s structure. Nestron
According to Toh, Nestron has had a “solid foundation built in the industry … allowing it to have a good relationship with experienced and professional forwarding partners.”
A worker insulating the tiny home
A worker applying the insulation layer. Nestron
Despite this foundation, as with other companies, Nestron has experienced delays related to the global supply-chain jam, specifically congested ports in the UK.
The wiring and plumbing inside the bare tiny home under construction
The wiring and plumbing systems. Nestron
As a result, the company’s forwarding charges were triple what it initially expected, Toh said.
The white panels and windows of the Cube Two while its being manufactured
Paneling the Cube Two. Nestron
But instead of charging its clients extra money for immediate shipping, Nestron decided it would pause shipping until costs came down.
The white panels of the Cube One while its being manufactured
Paneling the Cube One. Nestron
To bypass these congestion issues, Nestron also decided to reroute its original plan to ship straight to the UK.
The wiring and plumbing inside the bare tiny home under construction
The wiring and plumbing systems. Nestron
Nestron “decided to travel over to Antwerp, Belgium, and then land in the UK,” Toh said. “This way, by the time we reach the UK port, the congestion would’ve been clear.”
The tiny home under construction with white panels
One of the tiny homes under construction. Nestron
Despite this detour, shipping costs were still higher than expected, in part because the company and its distributors still wanted to make the debut timeline.
A person connecting the water and sewage points
The water and sewage connection points. Nestron
“Since the demands are growing and people want to experience touch and feel with Nestron, we took the chance and sent the units off earlier this month,” Toh said, expecting them to arrive in late July or early August.
Cube Two's windows and tables
The interior of the Cube Two. Nestron
To aid in the transportation process, the tiny homes have built-in retractable hooks to help make them compatible with cranes.
The tiny home wrapped in fabric being picked up by a crane
The models being shipped. Nestron
The homes’ structures are also stable enough to withstand the stress of moving, Toh said.
The steel frame of the Cube Two
Cube Two’s structure. Nestron
And all the little living units are also packaged in waterproof fabric to both avoid rusting and also to allow for easy inspection.
A completed Cube One in the factory.
A completed Cube One in the factory. Nestron
Being in the UK will allow potential consumers to “engage with Nestron units directly,” Toh said. “The experience will definitely influence the market interest and purchase power.”
Two tiny homes on a truck for a road test
The tiny homes on a road test. Nestron