These Prefab Tiny Houses Are Built to Better Withstand Natural Disasters

published Aug 2, 2021
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Interior of kitchen with lots of curved lines in tiny home
Credit: Nestron

When the founders of Nestron visited Papua New Guinea in 2013, they came away with wanting to build stable housing for those who need it. By 2017, Nestron had been founded and the company began manufacturing futuristic tiny homes that are both earthquake- and fire-resistant.

The tiny homes, that look like pod houses out of a sci-fi flick, come in five different models, all of which are 100 percent prefabricated and built up with smart features and green technology. The company found that by prefabricating their homes, they could maximize accuracy in building while minimizing material waste.

Even so, the Nestron homes are customizable to a certain extent. Buyers can choose from several color scheme options as well as furniture styles (the homes come fully furnished).

Because they don’t need to sit on a foundation, Nestron tiny homes leave minimal impact on the land, save for electrical and plumbing — though, customers can choose to go green with solar panels and/or a composting toilet.

“We take our efforts in caring for the environment seriously because we believe that everything starts at home, hence we equip our houses to make a living in them clearly environmentally friendly and enable people to live a sustainable lifestyle without additional effort,” Nestron told InHabitat in a statement.

Furthermore, 90 percent of the materials used to build each tiny home are recyclable, including the building’s steel frame, and the homes can withstand level-7 earthquakes and level-10 typhoons. Plus, the exterior coating is fire-resistant for up to two hours, with the interior wall coating fire-resistant for up to an hour. Nestron ships their homes to anywhere in the world and the most basic build starts at $21,500.