South Fayetteville home featured on ‘Tiny House Nation’

Photo: Don Shreve, Shreve Imaging

If you’ve driven around in south Fayetteville lately, you may have noticed a small, unique looking house at the corner of South Willow Avenue and E. 7th Street.

The L-shaped home has an inviting front porch, interesting lighting, and probably most strikingly, a guitar amplifier-shaped facade visible from the road.

It also happens to occupy a total of just over 500 square feet of interior space.

Interior shot of Asha & Ryan’s tiny house.

Photo: Don Shreve, Shreve Imaging

The house was created recently as part of the FYI network show, Tiny House Nation, and the episode featuring it aired earlier this week.

It belongs to Trans-Siberian Orchestra violin player Asha Mevlana and adventure journalist Ryan Van Duzer, who both recently moved to town to be close to Asha’s family.

Asha said she knew the show’s co-host, Zack Giffin, and had been a fan of tiny homes for a while. As a New York City resident, she was already used to living in small spaces.

“The idea of building a tiny house has been in my head for a long time,” she said. “And I knew I wanted to move to Arkansas to be near my nephews. I reached out to Zack, and he was like, ‘Yeah, let’s do it.'”

Asha & Ryan in front of their new south Fayetteville tiny house.

Photo: Courtesy, Asha Mevlana

The home was built over the course of about a month in September as part of the television show, with help from local contractor 3VOLVE Housing Co. of Fayetteville and builder Stefen Vickery of Vickery Construction.

The finished home includes a large kitchen, along with a living room, bathroom and a loft-style bedroom. It has high ceilings, and lots of windows for plenty of pleasing, natural light.

Asha said the light in the home has turned out to be among her favorite features.

“I love the light,” she said. “That was one of my biggest concerns, and one of the things Zack recommended was to include a lot of windows.”

The home is also 10 feet wide on a foundation instead of the standard 8 feet on a trailer, another of Zack’s recommendations, which Asha said also makes a huge difference in the spacious feel of the house.

Asha rocking the violin for the cast of Tiny House Nation

Photo: Courtesy, Asha Mevlana

Other interior features include a retractable pot rack made in part with recycled bicycle components, a high-efficiency, low-profile heating and air system, and a coffee table that converts into an editing desk.

There is also a large porch spanning the entire front of the building that creates a nice, outdoor space, and a detached trailer that adds 120 square feet as a studio/guest bedroom/rehearsal space. The amplifier on the front of the trailer actually works when you plug into it, and the trailer can be removed to travel with Asha when she hits the road. It’s also insulated and soundproofed with recycled denim.

Interior of the trailer space

Photo: Don Shreve, Shreve Imaging

Like many folks who move into tiny homes, Asha and Ryan value experience more than material possessions, which makes the tiny home lifestyle perfect for them. Both of them enjoy traveling as well, and end up doing so quite a bit for their unique jobs.

“I was just thinking it doesn’t make sense to have a really large house full of a lot of stuff,” Asha said. “It is just so much easier, and it’s nice not to have to worry about rent.”

Asha earlier this week posted several photos, and a brief write up about the home at

The Tiny House Nation episode featuring Asha and Ryan’s home originally aired on March 4, but you can watch it online (with a cable subscription) at

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