Electric violinist Asha Mevlana built her Arkansas home as a place to live, practice and perform concerts for neighbors.
Asha Mevlana likes to make noise. She’s an electric violinist who tours with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra rock band every year, and who has performed with Roger Daltrey of The Who, Alanis Morissette and other top musicians. Her on-the-road lifestyle caused her to keep all her belongings in storage units in Los Angeles, Boston and New York. “It was all over the place,” she says. “I never felt I had a home.”
Mevlana’s situation changed recently when she decided to build a tiny house on land her brother and his family owns in Fayetteville, Arkansas. Inspired by Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Mevlana wanted a clutter-free place where she could decompress after a long tour, build a community and, yes, make plenty of noise, which she does in a practice trailer designed to look like a real Marshall half-stack amp.
House at a Glance
Who lives here: Asha Mevlana, an electric violinist for the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, and her Havanese dog, Bali
Location: Fayetteville, Arkansas
Size: Main house: 400 square feet (37 square meters), one bedroom, one bath; trailer practice space: 160 square feet (15 square meters)
Designer: Brian Crabb of Viva Collectiv
If she wants, she can take the music trailer on tour with her, though she hasn’t done so yet.
Exterior: vertical Abaco tropical hardwood and black corrugated aluminum; deck: composite wood
Mevlana worked with builder Zack Giffin for the show Tiny House Nation on the FYI channel, along with designer Brian Crabb of Viva Collectiv, builder Stefan Vickery of Vickery Construction and general contractor Zara Niederman of 3Volve Housing. Niederman is Mevlana’s brother and Vickery is her brother-in-law.
Giffin designed a bicycle-wheel-and-crank contraption on the left wall that raises and lowers a pot rack.