A Singaporean prefab tiny-home maker says 70% of its customers are in the US - see inside its coming $21,000 'Legend One' offering
Nestron plans to manufacture the Legend One, an eco-friendly $21,500 tiny home with a bedroom, living room, kitchen, and bathroom.
For $12,500 more, the 167.92-square-foot home — which is available for preorder — can come fully furnished and move-in ready.
The Legend tiny-home lineup was designed to appeal to the traditional tiny-home customer who is drawn to container or cabin homes.
Nestron has plans to manufacture an eco-friendly, $21,500 tiny home known as the Legend One.
The company, which was founded three years ago, has two tiny-home "series" in its current product lineup: the Legend and the Cube, which have differing exterior appearances but similar interior amenities, like eco-friendly components and an artificial-intelligence system.
The Cube tiny homes - the company's more popular series - were designed to appear "futuristic," according to their maker. To contrast this modern, spaceship-like look, the Legend series was created to appeal to the conventional tiny-home crowd.
"The decision to design Legend series was because we want to cater to clients who are interested in traditional container or cabin-style tiny houses," Choco Toh of Nestron's marketing team told Business Insider in an email interview.
Nestron says it created a "whole-house assembly line" that allows it to ship prefabricated tiny homes around the world.
Like most companies, however, Nestron was negatively affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
While production wasn't affected too heavily, many of the company's employees left Singapore, dispersing workers across several time zones and subsequently reducing Nestron's labor force, according to Toh.
Despite this setback, Nestron has seen a growing customer base during these troubling times.
"[Our customers] need something that is affordable, convenient, and mobile-friendly, which is what Nestron provides," Toh wrote. "Our products are built to create distance which complies with the new normal social distancing [while still keeping] our clients in a safe community."
As of now, 70% of Nestron's clients consist of people in the US tiny-home community, ranging from young to old.
As a result of this mostly US-based clientele, the company is now "working with a few parties ... to set a local distributor as soon as possible," according to Toh.
The design of the Legend One emphasizes an appreciation of the outdoors by creating an exterior appearance that blends into nature and an interior with several tempered windows for more natural light and views.
This appreciation for nature is also reflected in the tiny home's eco-friendly amenities and parts. Like all of Nestron's homes, the Legend One uses several components to make tiny living more green, such as rainwater collection and the option for solar power and electric heating.
Nestron says 90% of its tiny homes are recyclable and made of planet-friendly materials.
Nestron says the production of its tiny home uses 1% of the water that's needed to build a typical house, all while consuming less coal, brick, and concrete. And the fact the tiny living unit is foundation-less will see it leave less of a mark on the environment.
In total, the Legend One stands at 17.06 feet long, 9.84 feet wide, and 9.19 feet tall.
Nestron says it used a warm color scheme around the interior to make the home feel cozy. But on the exterior — which comes in multiple color options — the Legend One, and other Nestron homes, is painted with fluorocarbon to create a durable exterior color that could last over 15 years.
The tiny home's layout is similar to that of a studio apartment, with its living room, kitchen, bedroom, and bathroom all inside the 167.92-square-foot space.
Customers can also optionally select a fully furnished unit, which means the Legend One can be shipped move-in ready.
This includes a kitchen with a stovetop hood and sink, a living room with a dining table and couch, and a bathroom with a shower, towel rack, and a sink.
The bedroom is also furnished with a bed frame, closet, and bar-style seating space, the latter of which could be helpful for digital nomads or those who are still working remotely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Just because the home is small, doesn't mean it isn't safe: Nestron's insulated tiny homes are designed to be earthquake-, typhoon-, termite-, fire-, and humidity-resistant.
The unit also sits on a lightweight galvanized steel structure that won't rust for over 15 years, according to its maker. This lighter weight also makes it easier to move.
Nestron has also jumped on the trend of integrating artificial-intelligence programs into homes by creating Canny, an AI system.
In the future, Nestron says Canny will be able to complete tasks like brew the perfect cup of coffee and automatically adjust chair heights to the homeowner's preference.
But as of now, the system — which is still in its prototype phase — is able to discern the occupant's voice to listen to commands, as well as control the lights based on where people inside the home are.
Customers can select between the $21,500 Legend One Lite or the $34,000 Legend One Standard.
Both include components like electrical wiring and water systems, but only the Legend One Standard has storage, a bed frame, a kitchen and its countertop, and furniture.
According to Toh, this price range is the tiny home's most popular feature.
"We keep the product value for money and guarantee the product to be high in quality," Toh wrote. "That is what attracted our client base in the first place."
"We want to fulfill our vision of providing a place to call home for people all around the world, thus we have to make housing affordable but still high in quality," Toh continued.
The tiny Legend One is available for preorder, and Nestron is looking into beginning the manufacturing process for a Legend One model.
When complete, the home can be shipped to the US in about three months from production to finish.
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