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Tiny SMART House to Donate Tiny House to Homeless Veteran

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Tiny SMART House needs your help to donate one of their 24′ Willamette Farmhouse models to a homeless veteran.

If you’d like to help them reach their $59,000 goal, click here to donate.

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Tiny SMART House to Donate Tiny House to Homeless Veteran


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From Tiny SMART House: 

Tiny SMART House wants to give back! Americans face overwhelming housing problems; here at Tiny SMART House, we want to help. We want to raise money to cover the cost of building one of our 24’ Willamette Farmhouse models which Tiny SMART House will then donate to a homeless veteran. We hope to keep this campaign going and help as many homeless veterans as possible. Tiny SMART House Thanks ALL Veterans for their service to our country. Please help us reach our goal.


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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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  • Susanne
    November 27, 2016, 6:50 pm

    Should be done in every state ! Fabulous!

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 7:25 am

      Absolutely! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • November 27, 2016, 7:19 pm

    I’d like this tiny house for myself. I like the layout and it would fit my needs perfectly.

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 7:25 am

      They still sell this plan, so I’m certain they’d build you one 🙂 — Tiny House Talk Team

  • jm
    November 28, 2016, 2:08 am

    Why not just ask the contractors and suppliers to donate their time and materials? There seems to be so many “veteran charity” scams lately.

    • Natalie
      November 28, 2016, 7:27 am

      This is a fairly well-known tiny house company, so I don’t believe it’s a scam, but I do think one should always double check before offering money! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Cynthia Ross
    November 28, 2016, 2:10 am

    With respect, Tiny Smart House wants to receives $59,000 from contributors. If they are “giving back,” it would be useful to know the dollar amount they are donating themselves. Is the $59,000 quoted full market value for the house? Is the burden on donors to foot the entire bill? Is the donation tax deductible? And how is the winning homeless vet chosen? Hopefully they’ve built some oversight into that part of their new program. Just a reminder to all – spend your charitable dollars, especially if they are limited by your own lean earnings, prudently.

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 9:52 am

      All good questions, and a good warning — Tiny House Talk Team

    November 28, 2016, 10:16 am

    Well, I can say one thing about this TH, it looks well lived in and very comfortably cozy!

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 9:53 am

      Absolutely! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Christine
    November 28, 2016, 11:35 am

    I can’t figure out how that floorplan fits in that outside… where’s the ladder in the back of the fourth picture go? What happened to the “den” space that’s across from the sink in the floorplan on the smartHouse website? Why does the seventh picture look like it has a loft over a gooseneck, but the outside doesn’t have a gooseneck?

    I think this one might be bigger on the inside.

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 9:53 am

      That or the website was a tad bit confusing. I took pictures under their Williamette model, but they have multiple different lengths available, but only these interior shots. So it could be a longer version of the same style house. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Claude
    November 28, 2016, 11:39 am

    Fantastic, very honorable goal.

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 9:54 am

      Absolutely! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Mona
    November 28, 2016, 11:51 am

    This confuses me. If readers are being asked to pay for a tiny house through our contributions, what exactly is the Tiny SMART House donating?

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 9:54 am

      I think their labor/time is the idea. But it wasn’t spelled out exactly. — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Gigi
    November 28, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Providing a home to a needy person – veteran or not – is admirable. But there has to be more. Who eill pay the utilities? Where will it be parked? Will the recipient have the income and the life skills to maintain living in the home? In other words, how much in the way of support services will be available?

    • Natalie
      November 29, 2016, 9:55 am

      Good questions! — Tiny House Talk Team

  • Michele
    December 12, 2016, 1:43 pm

    While I do promote helping veterens, this particular tiny house looks a lot less professional than most. And, for $59K I’d expect something that didn’t look like it was made for $100 bucks.

  • Audrey Addison
    January 27, 2017, 12:31 pm


    I hired this company in 2012 to build our house and it was a horrific experience. They breached our contract and delivered an unfinished product: https://tryingtiny.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/why-we-wouldnt-recommend-our-builder/

    Since then I have been contacted by several clients who have had worse experiences, they’ve given him money and received nothing in return. It is my belief that this company Tiny Smart House, owned by – Nathan Light Watson – does NOT have the client in mind and I would not advise “donating” any money to a campaign associated with them.

  • January 27, 2017, 2:05 pm

    Please take a moment to read the reason we do NOT recommend doing any sort of business with Tiny SMART House.

    Also be aware that this company has had legal judgements against it for failure to produce and working without a license.

    $59,000 in their pocket isn’t donating nor being charitable.

    It’s merely trying to crowd-source the cost of a home for a veteran.

    Please put your $$ towards a veteran-specific reputable charity.

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 30, 2017, 7:55 am

      Thank you for posting this! Thanks for making us aware.

  • January 27, 2017, 11:16 pm

    I have great respect for Tiny House Talk, but I’m quite disappointed that this particular builder has received any attention, ESPECIALLY for a Go-Fund-Me. It frightens me to think of anyone giving Nathan-Light-Watson of Tiny SMART House a single penny.

    Our nightmare with this company is coming up on three years since my husband and I hired Tiny SMART House to build our tiny house dream for our family of four. We made 4 payments between the months of April 2014 – July 2014 totaling the amount of $21,000 and we still to this day have nothing to show for it. Our story is long and has continued to be a battle with zero resolution from Mr. Watson. To this day Mr. Watson has refused to return our money or produce materials that would total the $21,000 we paid to him and Tiny SMART House in Albany, OR.

    Unfortunately, we’re not the only clients of this company that has met such ill fate, and in my opinion we won’t be the last. The only way we know how to stop this heartbreaking cycle, is by speaking out and sharing our story. We have just recently gathered the strength to publish our story for the first time – You can find the article in this month’s 2017 January edition of Tiny House Magazine.

    PLEASE take what I’ve stated above as a serious WARNING to stop and think before giving NATHAN- LIGHT-WATSON of Tiny SMART House ANY money.

    If anyone has any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact me…
    [email protected]

    • Natalie C. McKee
      January 30, 2017, 7:35 am

      Hi Angela. Thank you for sharing your story! We haven’t heard anything like this yet, but we also don’t know all these builders personally and we need folks like you to bring this stuff to our attention.

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