Respected youth homelessness prevention organisation, Kids Under Cover, has taken a step into a new direction with the launch of their social enterprise Nestd. Backed by 30 years of building experience and knowledge in delivering relocatable studios to help prevent youth homelessness, Nestd is selling compact ‘tiny homes’ suitable for backyard installation into the private market, with all profits returned to the charity.


Nestd is a social enterprise that sells stylish architecturally designed smart and sustainable, Australian made compact homes to the private homeowner. 100 percent of profits from every Nestd home sold is distributed to Kids Under Cover to fund its core mission of preventing homelessness.

All Nestd homes can be transported in a module ex-factory or arrive flat packed, pop into small and inaccessible garden spaces, and are easily installed to maximise existing backyards.

Kids Under Cover CEO, Jo Swift is pleased to see this latest initiative launch for 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,” said Jo. “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.

“The additional benefit is that all proceeds are returned back to the work of Kids Under Cover – meaning one Nestd home has the opportunity to put a roof over an at-risk young person’s head.”

Nestd offers a quality compact home with a range of homes that include sleeping and living spaces, bathrooms, kitchens and options for solar and water capture solutions. Prices for the entry level single-bedroom studio design starts at just $35,000.

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The Nestd range is the result of years of design refinement and development. More recent creative collaborations with leading architects and designers on the modular studios has resulted in increased design choices. Nestd homes utilise environmentally responsible materials and are 6-Star energy rated. The designs can accommodate people with mobility restrictions through wider doorways, bathrooms and turning circles.

Nestd studios are rated as a house and are backed by the seven-year Housebuilders Guarantee. They are bushfire rated and can be placed in extreme environments such as salt air or cyclone regions.

“We know that there is a drive and desire to find the perfect compact home solution, especially in our popular inner-city environments,” said Jo. “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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