REAL ESTATE NEWS from Brad Gough

June 1st, 2018

Your Home Expert Team
Brad Gough, Kia Albano, Sara Myers, Sumer Byram, Kim Wert, Emily Martz

Rock Musicians Tiny House Wakes Up the Neighborhood
Source: Houzz

Asha Mevlana likes to make noise. She is 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.

Mevlanas 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 Kondos 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

The 11-foot-high, 10-foot-wide amp works, too, and consists of four outdoor marine speakers. Mevlana connects her electric violin wirelessly to the speakers and plays concerts for her neighbors with other musicians on the porch. I have not put it up to full volume yet, she says. It gets really loud.

If she wants, she can take the music trailer on tour with her, though she has not done so yet.

Exterior: vertical Abaco tropical hardwood and black corrugated aluminum; deck: composite wood

Just inside the front door, the living room basks in sunshine thanks to a garage-style door with windows. The high ceiling with windows near the roof gives the home even more roominess.

While most tiny houses are built on trailers, Mevlanas sits on a concrete foundation and is 10 feet wide rather than the more typical 8-foot-wide designs. That extra 2 feet gave Mevlana room for standard-size appliances and extra storage in the 13-by-9-foot U-shaped kitchen.

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 Mevlanas 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.

Countertops: black granite

Mevlana does a lot of video editing at home, so she had Giffin make her a custom coffee table out of Abaco tropical hardwood, which is similar to ipe wood, that houses her recording equipment, a TV and a computer monitor.

It was really important that the bathroom felt big, Mevlana says of the 7-by-6-foot space. I did not want to be on the toilet and have my knees hitting the cabinets.

Sea green tile, an Abaco wood drainage platform and black river rocks give the bathroom a spacious, spa-like feel. It is bigger than my bathroom was in New York, Mevlana says.

The house is hooked up to the municipal water, sewer and electricity lines.

This view from the kitchen shows a breakfast bar on the right. The hallway in back leads to the bathroom and stairs climbing to the loft bedroom.

The loft bedroom features a window at eye level.

Recycled denim insulation provides soundproofing in the music trailer so Mevlana can jam out without disturbing neighbors.

With each quarter of a percent increase in interest rate, the value of the home you can afford decreases by 2.5% (in this example, $10,000). Experts predict that mortgage rates will be closer to 5% by this time next year.

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