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Nestron’s Newest Model: The Cube 2


Not too long ago we introduced you to the Cube 1 by Nestron — a cozy compact dwelling for one person. Well, here’s their new model: The Cube 2 that can fit a small family of 3 or 4 people with two bedrooms.

This is a sleek, modern foundation-less home with a skylight for star gazing! Prices start at $52,000 before tax, and includes the furniture, stove, sink & toilet. To get it shipped to the US it’ll be another $8,000. They also have a solar package available, as well as a heated floor option (so cozy!). The home is 290 square feet. To learn more about the Cube Two, it’s manufacturing and the materials it’s made of (all eco-friendly), check out their full product catalog here.

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The Cube 2: Modern Family Tiny Home Solution

Kitchen with an awesome skylight for views of the stars.

Looking from the main room into the bedroom.

And here’s a look into the second bedroom with a small desk area.

Skylight! Love how it curves.

Plenty of built-in storage for various items.

More storage, in this case with a door.

Kitchen table and television area.

Washer/dryer and refrigerator stacked on top of each other.

What do you think of this happy cube home?

Here’s the layout for a better idea of what’s inside.

What do you think? Do you like the C2 from Nestron?

Highlights

  • The Nestron Cube Two (C2)
  • Built to Accomodate 3-4 people
  • Open concept design
  • Living area for entertaiment
  • Skylight dome
  • Double bedrooms
  • A two-bedroom tiny home
  • Also has kitchen, living room, and bathroom

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Natalie C. McKee

Natalie C. McKee is a contributor for Tiny House Talk and the Tiny House Newsletter. She's a wife, and mama of three little kids. She and her family are homesteaders with sheep, goats, chickens, ducks and quail on their happy little acre.
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  • Mary McGuirk
    May 7, 2020, 11:38 am

    it probably seems unimportant unless someone passes out in the bathroom, and you cannot open the door to get them out…bathroom doors should SWING OUT if at all possible.

    • Naomi Rivkis
      May 8, 2020, 2:17 am

      Or be pocket doors, sliding into the wall between the rooms without entering either room to do it. That’s more common in tiny houses anyway, where the space to open a swinging door is usually not available, or at least better spent on other things.

      In general, I’m seeing a lot of space to stuff equipment in this “house” and not enough places for human beings to exist, doing human things. I’m used to small spaces (I grew up in New York apartments) and I like them, but there’s no couch in this place; no living area, no chairs… just a cold plastic bench seat behind the table, which doesn’t appear to fold up and get out of the way. There’s noplace to walk around even for a couple of steps, and no room to stand in the kitchen without bumping into the table end.

      I can’t really imagine using it, let alone with three people in it. I don’t think it necessarily has to be bigger (for three it probably does if one of them isn’t an infant, but not for one or two), but it needs to be better arranged, and have more stuff which can fold up and get out of the way of people who aren’t using them, so there’s room for the people to stretch out and be comfortable.

      • James D.
        August 13, 2021, 4:33 am

        The photos aren’t of the finished interior, they’re not even current, the plastic bench is actually a sofa. The top section with cushions, etc. is just not installed yet in the photo. There’s also the pair of cushioned bar stool seats with table by the window and a bench that’s closer to the front door, the chair in the secondary bedroom, and both bedrooms have work tables, the one in the master bedroom can be folded away…

        The space is also not quite as cramped as you’re suggesting. The structure is 8700mm (28′ 6.5″) L x 3400mm (~11′) W x 3100mm (~10′) H, which makes it roomier than most THOWs… There’s a walkway, which is more than 3′ wide, between the bedrooms and between the table and kitchen. So there is room to stand and walk a few steps, even more in their updates 2021 model as they narrowed the table a bit to a more wedge shape to make it easier to get around… It’s just not meant for a lot of activity but in general you are suppose to spend more time outdoors when going tiny anyway…

        While their FAQ states it can be customized for an additional fee, up to $30K depending on how much customization is requested. So it doesn’t necessarily have to be this layout and there are other models to choose from as well…

        • Naomi Rivkis
          August 13, 2021, 4:59 am

          At those dimensions, you’re right that it’s slightly *bigger* than the average tiny house. But that doesn’t mean it’s *roomier*, which is not the same thing. How roomy a space is depends on a combination of how big it is, and how much stuff is occupying that space; for what amount of the time; and serving what functions.

          My issue with this TH all along has been that I feel it doesn’t make as efficient use of its space as a tiny needs to be able to do. For example, the way the table doesn’t fold up to get out of the way when it’s not in use, which is almost never the case in tiny homes; or the way the doors swing on hinges, which requires a substantial amount of dedicated floor space just to keep them from being blocked. An efficient tiny home has almost every item that takes up floor space either serving several different functions in order to be worth the space it takes up, or folding away when not in use so that it’s not actually taking up space at all most of the time. Usually both, especially for large items like tables.

          This house doesn’t seem to do much more of those things than your average full sized home does. The result is a space which, according to its floor plan, is large but not roomy.

          Passing judgments about what tiny living is “supposed to be” like doesn’t change that fact. Both because tiny living isn’t “supposed to” be anything except what the individual doing it wants it to be; and because there are many, many tiny homes which actually do create much more efficient floor space out of less raw square footage than this one does. You make it sound as if the problem with having the floor space used inefficiently is just one of those necessities we have to accept in going tiny, but it’s not at all. A well-designed tiny house does much better than this one does, in those particular ways.

          There are definitely aspects I like to this TH… the kitchen looks quite nice, and the curves on everything are really cool looking. But the specific problem it has with inefficient use of interior space is real, and that doesn’t mean I think it needs more space. It just needs to use it better. Most tiny homes already do.

      • James D.
        August 13, 2021, 5:35 am

        Efficiency is debatable because it won’t be the same for everyone who uses it. Multi-use furniture has its place but unless there’s a very good reason for them most people tend to not like to use them over the long term and end up keeping them in one setting most of the time.

        Things like dining tables tend to not be put away because they can be used for many things besides just dining, people tend to keep convertible beds as beds rather than convert them all the time, etc.

        Cost is also a factor because transformable furniture tends to cost significantly more. Like a Murphy Bed costs more than a regular bed, etc. For many, budget is often a deciding factor on design choices. Along with practicality as anything mechanical means more points of possible failure and additional need to do maintenance, etc.

        Mind, PreFabs like this may be movable but when placed on a site they still have to follow local building codes and zoning requirements, which means additional costs on top of purchasing the unit itself.

        So a lot depends on how people actually use the space and prefer to live, and not just how it’s designed. There just won’t be a universal design that works equally well for everybody and thus there are always trade offs. So that’s something to understand about any standard model designs because they’re not optimized for anyone specifically, which is why most people going tiny go custom…

        So what seems ideal in concept may not be for everyone in actual usage…

        While I wasn’t passing any judgement, just pointing out any misconceptions and the details that were apparently being missed… Like the fact it can be customized and thus not limited to just the layout as it is shown… You can actually order it with no built in furniture, for example, and put in your transformable furniture instead.

    • James D.
      August 13, 2021, 4:40 am

      Door actually opens out, floor plan is incorrect with that detail…

  • Alison
    May 8, 2020, 11:25 pm

    I like the curved window that extends onto the roof. I agree with Naomi, above, that there’s not enough space to just be. The dining table and bench are functional, but not where I’d want to relax. I do like to see a variety of styles, and this one is certainly different from most. But I can’t picture who would want this settled on their property. Kind of a 1960s or ‘70s spaceship-modern vibe.

    • James D.
      August 13, 2021, 4:39 am

      It’s not a bench, it’s a sofa, just not finished like the bed, photo is just only showing the base as it is built in… Actual bench is against the opposite wall and near the front door, connected to the bar table with the two cushioned bar stool seats.

      Builder’s site indicates they can offer customization for an additional fee, up to $30K depending on level of customization… While they made some changes since these photos were taken with a 2021 version. Nestrom does have a youtube channel with some short videos on their products…

      • Alison
        August 13, 2021, 12:47 pm

        I just looked at the Nestron site and the 360’ view of the current model of this house. The newer version is more appealing, but this style is still not my cup of tea. The space and layout isn’t any worse than a lot of other tiny houses. But clearly this look is not for everyone. I think it would be fun to stay in for a short visit.

  • May 8, 2020, 11:26 pm

    Good point Mary. However, you can probably remove the door and hang up beads, shower curtain, drapes, or something else for privacy.

  • May 8, 2020, 11:26 pm

    Meh…looks too space age for my tastes.

    • James D.
      August 13, 2021, 4:40 am

      Not a STTNG fan I take it?

  • Nancy M.
    May 9, 2020, 6:08 am

    Cannot imagine even one person being comfortable in this. Only use I see would be for emergency, where all it was used for was sleeping and eating. Hand yes, door design for bathroom not safety-oriented.

  • Karen
    May 10, 2020, 7:35 pm

    Like many very small–tiny tiny units–they are really only to provide shelter or sleep…office/
    These will make great A.D.U. (Accessory Dwelling Units), and in places like Calif where they just legalized these because of little affordable housing, these will be a great (maybe needing some nice touches for outside aesthetics) as they will be safe, and resistant to other decay on the outside with little upkeep–keeping them from being costly or unsightly over time if a landlord or homeowner doesnt upkeep as they should. These type would also be great for rebuilding places that have been hurricane ravaged. You could add a nice 3 or 4 season porch or a great outside area for inexpensive additional room for relaxing. They aren’t for everyone, I believe the furniture etc is staged, & could be softened easily.
    They are focusing on safety, sustainability, efficiency. Which in places like Japan, where square footage is premium, earthquake & Typhoon prone, I can see where it will be attractive!

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 11, 2020, 1:21 pm

      Such great points, Karen!

    • Naomi Rivkis
      August 13, 2021, 5:15 am

      Well, ADUs are full time, permanent living quarters; they’re just not the only or largest house on the property. But I don’t think this would make a good one, because it’s still not really set up for multiple people to live in full time (and if you don’t have multiple people living there, there’s more efficient uses you could make of the space that’s being put into a second bedroom in this one).

      I do absolutely agree that it would make a fantastic emergency shelter… where a whole lot of people need to be housed temporarily, quickly and safely; and they don’t much care whether it’s under very comfortable conditions. A bunch of these sent through to a disaster area to provide temporary shelter to victims would allow most families to stay together, which many small units can’t do. One thing I might change in order to facilitate that is to add a Pullman bunk on the wall in the main bedroom, to allow a child too small to be in its own bedroom to sleep in the room with their parents (and also accommodate families of five). I’m assuming that the small bedroom can come with bunk beds instead of just a single, since the text above says that it can fit either three or four people.

      It would be cramped for four, or five, but if they’re looking for short term shelter in an emergency they’re not going to care much. And it’s inexpensive, holds more people than a typical tiny, and can be plopped down in place quickly and easily — all great qualities in emergency shelter.

  • Michael
    May 11, 2020, 1:52 am

    Looking on previous comments shows how different tastes and thoughts are.
    But considering structural issues and pricing it probably can’t beaten by many TH beside ISBU based ones.
    It is earthquake, fire and hurricane or typhoon resistant. Four glassed windows and tempered glass used don’t require shutters or bars. Being a ‘Smart Home’ from the factory and optional 6000 W solar system as electric floor heating are unique, too. But I couldn’t find prices for these on their website.
    I have been always a Bauhaus fan with its uncluttered and clear design based on geometric forms as a few classic materials like leather, glass, chrome tubes to name a few only.
    Although I am belonging to the mid of last century generation this is my style. Bright, plenty of glass, easy to maintain and well thought technically park models.
    But there are a few downsides to consider.
    Firstly, bathroom. Door discussion as said. But for me a wet bathroom is a no go at this size.
    Secondly, kitchen. Although there are all essential appliances and even more offered, it lacks – beside the angle solution of the smallest model – counter space to be practical for those, who love to cook and not into heating prefab meals only.
    Thirdly, outdoor living. A tiny space requires more outdoor areas and living in FL you need shade. It lacks on covered porch and/or terrace space which should be an option not only for humans but for your car, too.
    Beside that well designed and engineered TH. Well done.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      May 11, 2020, 1:18 pm

      Really good thoughts, Michael. And yes, so many different tastes!

    • James D.
      August 13, 2021, 5:00 am

      Price range is $77,000.00 – $86,000.00, on product page you can see the price change when you select the options, with one time $1000 order fee…

      While a smaller kitchenette would be what limits you to heating prefab meals only. You can do quite a bit more with even a small kitchen, though, limited counter space can be a issue for some but you don’t really need a lot to prepare just about any meal you may want unless you want to cook for a lot of people but 2 burner meals covers a pretty wide range for just 3-4 people. Besides, the dining table is right there and can be used too, which a lot of people do in small apartments, etc.

      Kitchens haven’t always had dedicated spaces, but people managed regardless. So has more to do with your willingness to adapt and how organized you can be… I grew up with even smaller kitchens, but we never let that stop us from cooking whatever we wanted…

      • Naomi Rivkis
        August 13, 2021, 5:35 am

        James, your defensiveness misses the point. This is the second time you’ve responded to a criticism of this house by saying what amounts to, “Well, if you adapt your life correctly to it, you can make it work just fine.” That is certainly true, but it’s also true that if you adapt your life correctly to it, you can make living in caves work, or packing 180 sailors into one room, sleeping in shifts with 16″ of space for each man to hang his hammock. Humans are adaptable creatures and we can make do in an awful lot of conditions.

        But a house in which we don’t have to work around the limitations of the space is better than one in which we do. That’s why we build houses — to adapt our environment to us, rather than needing to adapt ourselves to our environment.

        Nobody’s saying this is an unusable house, so your argument that it is usable doesn’t address the real point. We aren’t saying it’s totally ineffective; we’re saying it’s not *as* effective a living space as most other tiny houses in its size and price range.

        To that criticism, the answer that you *can* make it work is irrelevant. Sure you can. But a house where you don’t have to is, all else being equal, better than a house in which you do have to… and there are many, many tiny homes available in which one does not have to make dinner with minimal counter space, or spend most of one’s time outdoors in order to avoid the cluttered floor plan.

        • James D.
          August 13, 2021, 7:28 am

          Sorry but don’t confuse my pointing out the exaggerations for what they are with me confusing anything or trying to defend anything. It’s fine for you to criticize the design, I’m just giving a reality check on how it actually stands.

          Making it work is actually a fact of life because people are diverse and what’s optimal is not going to be the same for everyone. How much will just vary but it is a factor… Thus, unless you have it customized for you, no single design is going to work equally well for everyone. Again, it’s why so many go custom but that isn’t always a option because it can add a lot to the cost and not everyone can opt to build it themselves.

          Generic designs, especially, are going to have compromises because it’s not optimized for any one in particular but there’s always reasons for designs like costs, practicality of building it, etc that also effect design… This was optimized to be relatively easily manufactured and thus relatively affordable, to be very durable, last a long time for over 50 years, and require little maintenance. Things like the built in furniture are a direct result of those optimizations.

          Understand, I’m not saying there’s no issues with the design but just putting it in perspective of where it actually stands for what it’s meant to be… While everything has trade offs, including transformable furniture… Just like lofts with ladders instead of stairs, transformable furniture can be too taxing for some people and have other issues you’re apparently not considering…

          Reality is what you think is efficient may be what someone else thinks is terrible and vice versa. What’s ideal won’t be the same for everyone, it may even change over time…

          Even what you think is normal isn’t universal. Like in Japan, most people spend the majority of their time outside of the home. Public bath houses, recreational areas, etc. Even something like capsule hotels are practical there that wouldn’t seem practical elsewhere… Like Karen pointed out, this is something that could work well in places like Japan…

          The fact this company is based in Malaysia is a factor as well when comparing their architecture, etc. choices. Among others factors, which I only pointed out a few…

      • Michael
        August 13, 2021, 7:28 am

        James, I visited the website and I am aware of the asking prices.
        You don’t need to tell me what can be done in a small kitchen. As a student I prepared a five course menu in my five foot kitchen with a two burne stove only. But these times are long time gone. Today we are cooking international dishes which requre special equipment often, there are air fryers, food processors special pots and pans and with beverages it’s similar, electric espresso machines, ice maker, to name a few only. All that stuff needs storage and more counter space to prepare.
        And again, the sitting arrangement beside each other isn’t the way I like.

        • James D.
          August 13, 2021, 7:54 am

          @Michael Sorry but you stated you couldn’t find pricing for the options, I pointed out you can figure that out by observing the price change when you click those options on the product page… The $86K is with both those options selected and not just the asking price!

          While the point on the kitchen is just a reality check. Most of what you just listed doesn’t require dedicated spaces, there is storage in the kitchen, and can be put away when not in use and used on the table, which again is right there and can be used just like a kitchen island. You could also add appliance garages to make it easy to deploy the appliances when you need them… The bar stool seats aren’t that high either so they can be brought over to the table to have seating facing each other as well as next to to seat up to 4… You could also opt for a nicer chair in the bedroom that you can bring over to seat a fifth if needed… Chairs just need to be put away to keep walkway clear when not using the table…

          Besides, the point was that you were exaggerating, as you just admitted to as five course meals are definitely not equivalent to saying it’s limited to just heating prefab meals… While also you seem to have missed the point that they offer customization too… Eliminate one bedroom and you can certainly have a larger kitchen…

  • Eric
    August 13, 2021, 12:36 am

    Unbelievably unliveable. Cluttered. Squashed. Inhumane even comes to mind.

    I liked Version 1, this I don’t. All the reasons against above are valid.

    Version 1 had “livable” space… even Elon Musk says so. Two opposable thumbs down.

  • Susan
    August 13, 2021, 12:13 pm

    I love the minimalist clean look. Of course, it’s not for everyone. I would make some modifications, but I can easily make it my own…

    • James D.
      August 13, 2021, 3:42 pm

      It would be interesting to see how people tweak it or how they choose to have it customized at time of purchase.

      Even if the cost of customization makes few take that option, people have shown they can still do a wide range of customization’s on their own Like the many ways people have managed to change the appearance of their RV’s or Apartments, even without doing any destructive remodeling that would void any warranty or insurance coverage there’s still multiple ways for people to personalize it to their tastes that also doesn’t have to be expensive or require a lot of skill to do…

  • Sara Longworth
    August 14, 2021, 6:29 am

    I would convert 2nd bed into a proper sitting room as I think accomodating more than 2 people would be too uncomfortable. Sitting / study area is perfect.

  • Michaela Metcalfe Richardson
    August 29, 2021, 7:51 am

    Looks just like a caravan without the wheels .

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