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Special Ed Teacher’s 43-ft. Tiny House in Austin


Nikki, a special education teacher in Austin, lives with her three dogs in a gorgeous 43-foot gooseneck tiny house built by Nomad Tiny Homes. She designed the layout, which includes a loft bedroom and gooseneck bedroom, galley kitchen, and an office space.

Throughout her video tour, Nikki is honest about what works and what doesn’t in her tiny house! Some things she thought she’d love (her microwave/oven combo) she really doesn’t, and there are challenges like the lack of counterspace in the bathroom. And that office? She discovered she uses it primarily for crafting or other things, but not as much for work.

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Nikki in her kitchen.

Her dogs love sleeping in the loft!

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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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  • Eric
    November 30, 2021, 2:52 pm

    Is that a griddle over the stove or a protective device?

    • James D.
      November 30, 2021, 5:28 pm

      Neither, just a wood stove cover with handles so it can also be used as a serving tray and helps provide extra counter space when not using the stove…

      • Sylvia Foster
        December 1, 2021, 12:41 am

        I think those stove top covers are called noodle boards!

        • James D.
          December 1, 2021, 12:04 pm

          Yes, Noodle Board is a popular name for a stove top covers. Since the earliest examples of them where done by chefs who just needed extra work space when making noodles and pastries. So the name stuck when they made their way into homes and evolved to serve a more decorative, as some dislike the appearance of the exposed stove, as well as functional purpose of extra work surface and in this case an optional serving tray…

          They can also be made out of almost any material and can be ornate/artistically enhanced as well as sometimes serve secondary purposes…

  • Sylvia Foster
    December 1, 2021, 12:42 am

    I think those stove top covers are called noodle boards!

  • vee
    December 1, 2021, 8:32 pm

    I do so liked her advice and tips — after planning how to downsize for one year! She was very honest about all the factors in her tiny home — pro and con. She seems to have plenty of space for all her needs and those of her dogs!! I have to wonder what she would change if she wanted to. So far so good (and how nice to have split lofts that provide plenty of options.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 4, 2021, 5:45 am

      Yes I really appreciated her honesty!

  • Theresa Perdue
    December 4, 2021, 8:56 am

    I don’t know if it’s because she’s so little or it really is large but that seems like a big house 🤔? And of course beautiful. I love the way she put so much thought into it. But now I have to check out her Instagram so I can see her dogs 😊.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      December 6, 2021, 5:58 am

      At almost 400 square feet, it’s definitely big for a tiny house!

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