Fan of tiny houses? Of course you are. Well, now you can have your tiny house and feel good about yourself, too. Kids Under Cover, a well-known organisation working to prevent youth homelessness, has created Nestd™ a social enterprise that sells stylish, architecturally-designed tiny homes and studios to the private market.
It's a clever move, allowing Kids Under Cover to capitalise on their 30 years of experience building and delivering relocatable studios for homeless and vulnerable kids, with all Nestd™ profits going back to the charity.
"Nestd™ makes the compact home a viable option for Australian homeowners to make the most of their existing space – whether that's keeping older family members at home in comfort for longer, providing respite for growing young adults, or creating a new business space or a holiday rental", explains CEO Kieran Callan. "The initiative is responding to Australia's increased demand for higher density housing solutions, our ageing population, the decrease of housing affordability and the growing popularity of the sharing economy."
We love that Nestd™ studios are also environmentally-conscious - they're 6-Star energy rated and have solar and water capture options. They're tough - bushfire-rated and suitable for extreme environments like seaside locations and cyclonic zones. They're accessible - wider doorways and consideration of wheelchair turning circles. And they're backed by the seven-year Housebuilders Guarantee. Starting from just $35,000 for the entry-level, single-bedroom studio, they're also affordable. Even the primo double-storey loft model (pictured) is only $95,000. Recent collaborations with leading architects and designers have created a new range of design choices.
"We know that there is a drive and desire to find the perfect tiny home solution, especially in our popular inner-city environments," says Kieran. "We believe Nestd™ is perfectly placed to deliver not only a great architectural product but a cost-effective and socially responsible outcome for purchasers as well as the wider community. Nestd™ represents the truest form of social enterprise."
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