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A European startup’s $79,500 modular tiny cabins can now be ordered to the US — but you can only buy to use as a hotel

A Nokken cabin in nature.Nokken is beginning production in the US.

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  • Nokken is building modular cabins for hospitality providers starting at $79,500.
  • Nokken has services like property management to help its customers enter the short-term rental market.
  • The Europe-based company is now launching manufacturing sites in the US to meet stateside demand.
The short-term rental industry has been booming.An Airbnb logo held up in front of a rental property.An Airbnb rental property.

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And if you’re one of the many people who’ve been watching from afar, debating if you should jump into the business despite having no prior experience, one startup could help you take those first steps.The Mediterranean edition of the Nokken

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“You could call Nokken a hotel in kit form,” the company says on its website.Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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There are plenty of cabin builders that specialize in tiny homes.Inside the black Nokken cabin and its furniture

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But Nokken sets itself apart from competitors by building “plug and play” modular cabins built specifically for hospitality operators.Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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And for the soon-to-be hospitality providers who don’t know the first thing about starting in the short-term rental market …Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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… the company also offers a separate “business platform” with services like marketing, branding, and property and on-site tech management.The Mediterranean edition of the Nokken

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“We knew we wanted to create some kind of cabin [that would] go beyond glamping because it’s been done,” James Van Tromp, the cofounder of Nokken, told Insider. “People were getting sick of paying a lot of money for not getting the quality you want.”Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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Van Tromp started the business with Nathan Aylott.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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Before growing the Nokken brand, the duo was working in marketing, advertising, and design strategy for other agencies and hotel brands like Hilton and Marriott.Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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But like the rest of the world, this work came to a standstill during COVID-19.Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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Nokken was then officially launched to the public in September 2022.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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And within the first three months, Van Tromp said the company fielded “like 2,000 inquiries and has been continuous from there.”Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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Because its services go beyond just building tiny homes, Nokken has been seeing a diverse crowd of interested customers from startups in the hospitality industry to private equity firms.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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In the beginning, the cabins were designed and built within 10 to 12 weeks in Europe.Inside the Nokken. Its furniture is modern and sleek

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Now, it’s expanding to the US by working with manufacturers in Arizona and Tennessee.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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Here, the tiny homes — all built to order — start at $79,500.A Nokken cabin in nature.

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This price does not include the additional services, which vary on an individual basis.The black Nokken cabin's door

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In Europe, Van Tromp says the startup will have between 20 to 30 builds open this year.The black Nokken cabin.

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Stateside, he believes the US will be home to 25 Nokken units by the end of 2023.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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The first few cabins will go up in New York’s Catskills, Montana, Colorado, California, and Texas.The black Nokken cabin's details

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“There’s quite a substantial interest from the US side,” Van Tromp said, noting that most of the orders here have been for multiple units.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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Nokken has several cabin models ranging from a 166-square-foot “capsule” to a 306-square-foot one-bedroom suite.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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The 242-square-foot studio is selling the best in Europe, while Americans seem to be gravitating to the larger one-bedroom units.The Mediterranean edition of the Nokken

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These larger single-bedroom cabins start at $153,600 and include a bedroom, bathroom, and workstation.The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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For those who want a larger property, these Nokken cabins can be stacked or attached with modules.The black Nokken cabin's details

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They can also be ordered with two pre-designed “editions” with opposing color schemes — one bright and airy (shown below), and the other dark and minimalist.The Mediterranean edition of the Nokken

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These days, travelers seem to gravitate towards contemporary minimalist unique stays — think Getaway’s Instagram famous tiny homes and Autocamp’s Airstream trailer hotel rooms.Inside a wood-clad tiny home, a bed is in front of a large window overlooking the woods.A Getaway cabin.

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This is the same design approach Nokken has taken with these two cabin editions.The black Nokken cabin's details

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The exteriors of the two pre-designed editions are sleek, clean, and Instagram-able.Inside the black Nokken cabin and its furniture

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The cabins are shipped via a flatbed truck in one piece and can tolerate both freezing and hot climates, the startup says.The Mediterranean edition of the Nokken

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Upon delivery, they can be installed in one day.Inside the black Nokken cabin and its furniture

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Van Tromp says Nokken has also seen plenty of inquiries for people who want these for personal use.Inside the black Nokken cabin and its furniture

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But for now, the company is focusing on selling its units to hospitality providers and developing its next model, a tiny home on wheels.Inside the black Nokken cabin and its furniture

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And despite our return to normalcy after the peak of COVID-19, the “Airbnbust,” and the influx of short-term rental options, Van Tromp believes unique stays are here to, well, stay.Inside the black Nokken cabin and its furniture

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“As we get more digital, the need for [this form of hospitality] is just going to increase,” he said. “We are wanting to have that escape from life and our daily grind.”The black Nokken cabin in nature among trees and grass

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