My Experience with Slabtown Customs Tiny Houses

Second Edit: As of March 2016, I have received approximately one email per month since writing this, from new customers of Slabtown who are being screwed just like I was. Although it has been four years since I wrote this, these shady business practices are very obviously still going on.

Edit: Slabtown Customs is now known as Stewart’s Lumber Wood Product

On Tuesday, 1 May 2012, I headed gleefully up to the UPS store.  I had gone to USAA earlier that day to get a cashier’s check for $7,300, and I was ready to mail it.  That magic time had finally come – Jessica and I were ordering our tiny house!

I paid something ridiculous like $28 to send the check to Slabtown Customs in Arkansas, when I could have mailed it USPS Priority for $5.  But hey, this was the 50% deposit for our tiny house!  I needed to do anything and everything necessary to get that check to the builder ASAP so our house would be built!

Before I mailed that check

Jessica and I had a couple discussions with the owner of Slabtown Customs – Scott Stewart – before we mailed off the $7,300 deposit check.  We had seen his videos on YouTube, walk-throughs of houses he built.  They looked fantastic, and the customers seemed to be happy with what they got.

We made a few basic decisions about the floorplan, but we hadn’t decided on anything big, like the exterior siding, the roof, etc.  Scott was very good with talking me through the different options to make an educated decision.  Very communicative.

After I mailed that check

I came home from the UPS store beaming, saying to Jessica, “We did it!  We took the first step toward living in a tiny house!”  We were plenty excited, but we were even more excited to hear from Scott after receiving our check.

3.5 weeks went by, and we had still heard nothing from Scott.  He became completely unresponsive.  It didn’t help matters that just days after Jessica blogged about sealing the deal, she got multiple emails from different people with unpleasant stories of working with Slabtown Customs.  I said to Jessica, “We can’t believe everything we hear on the net; let’s just wait and see, yeah?”

We waited, but we got no message saying, “Thanks for the check!” or, “I got your check, and work will begin on X date.”

Words from others

Jessica was hearing from others that Scott was as much as 1 year late on delivery of their houses.  One woman claimed to have asked for her money back, and a year after their house’s due date, she still hadn’t received it all.  We also found this forum thread.

I don’t claim to know if any of the stories we heard were true, but they certainly made us much more uncomfortable when the next ‘event’ happened.

Proof?

I called Scott to ask him if he had received the $7,300 check and what the status of the house was.  Without answering those questions, he told me how his mother was in the hospital, and he was dedicating all of his energy to taking care of her.

Cool.  I don’t really care, but good for him!  (This couldn’t have been one of the unsolicited excuses others mentioned, could it?)  He then said the he just had the ‘structure’ of our Tiny House done.  Naturally, I asked for pictures of the progress, since I didn’t feel like flying to Arkansas to look at it.  Scott told me there was really nothing to see, to which I asked, “What about the ‘structure’ you just mentioned?  Can you photograph that?”

He said he would by Monday (It was Saturday), and I went along my merry way.  When Wednesday rolled around, and I still hadn’t received any photos, I got worried.  I called him to ask what the hold-up was.

This time, he told me his father was terminal and in the hospital.  I wished him and his father well, and he said he would get the photos to me the next day.  (He later told me his father ‘got better’.  Divine Intervention!)

The Slabtown Customs Runaround

When I gave Scott a full week to send photos and received none, Jessica and I decided it was time to call off this charade.  I emailed Scott to let him know that I wanted to amicably end our professional relationship and be refunded our deposit.

Keep in mind, this was on June 1 – a month after submitting a $7,300 payment.

The only reason I wanted to cancel this deal was that Scott offered up to me that he had accomplished work on the house, yet he refused to send photographic proof of this work.  Scott kept saying that he needed to “find someone else to transfer our build to”, but he never even proved there was a build to begin with.

TL;DR – The middle, sucky part

I spent from 1 June 2012 – 1 August 2012 trying to get my money back.  Scott had a whole slew of excuses ready for me.  I had to involve the Better Business Bureau and the Arkansas State Attorney General (AG) to get real results.  The Arkansas AG was my real savior, though.

Each time I sent an email to Scott stating, “You still haven’t sent photos, so I have no proof you’ve even purchased any materials,” he would respond with, “If you want photos, I’ll send them.”  He never did.

I then put together a 17-page, bulletproof document, I don’t know what the AG investigator did, but he worked his magic, and convinced Scott to refund us our deposit.

Lessons Learned

I don’t trust anyone anymore.  Well, it’s not that bad, but pretty close.  As soon as anyone – whom I’m paying for a job – starts to make me think they don’t have my best interests at heart, I fire them.  Whether that means firing Home Depot or firing Bob’s Insulation Service (there’s no way I’d ever use a service with such a name), I don’t put up with less than stellar business any more.  I just don’t have to.

My personal advice is to not do business with Slabtown Customs.  They have absolutely put out some products that made happy customers in the past, but that’s not the case presently.

I told Scott at the beginning of our communication that my main goal was to get this house built as quickly as possible.  I didn’t mind that there were internet rumors of his failure to deliver, as long as he didn’t waste my time.  He wasted exactly three months of my time, and I’m now building our tiny house by myself.

Aside

If anyone would like to see the 17-page document I put together in my defense (to get my deposit back), shoot me an email and I’ll give you the download link.  If you are personally having issues with Slabtown Customs or Scott as a builder, I’d highly suggest you contact the Arkansas State Attorney General.

87 Replies to “My Experience with Slabtown Customs Tiny Houses”

      1. I read problem after problem with Slabtown … Clearly, no one should send this guy money … but … I have to keep REMINDING myself because his Tinies are BEAUTIFUL. I wish I could find someone who did this kind of work but had some integrity. Seems like everyone is just getting their money and doing it themselves. Has anyone found Tinies like Scott’s that are available? So incredibly disappointed that this isn’t someone I can do business with.

        1. Yes there is a great carpenter just north pf Mountain View, AR or south of Calico Rock who will be biulding top quality tiny cabin like homes. No cutting corners. She’s a carpenter by trade built many homes has a good reputation in the surrounding counties. Has references. Can’t wait to see her first cabin/tiny. I’m sure she will build whatever you want or need.

          1. Can you please post who the builder is near calico rock. We also had many problems with Scott Stewart and I doubt we will ever get our mini house completed as agreed. He always has excuses for everything but rarely produces results!!! But somehow he received attention from Tiny House Nation , but of course they have no clue as to his deceptions!! Need name of the other carpenter please!!!

        2. This Casey Friday person is just bad mouthing somebody who was going thru a terrible time. Watching his father die of cancer, and taking care of his mother. Rough year. For Scott Stewart. But take note that he, Casey Friday is stealing Scott Syewarts ideas. Funny huh. Well, I have a friend that’s a carpenter that’s building Tiny Homes who IS a carpenter by trade and comes with many references. So, hopefully, soon they will be on the net. They will well and by somebody trustworthy who’s not started some blog about a persons business and then started building the same buildings.

          1. Thanks Casey. I am a disabled lady,by myself. I also live in IL. I have seen some of his homes,on line,and just finished my plans and was going to send them to him to see what the price would be. I also thank you for putting this on line. He may have had a bad year,it does happen but until I read a lot of great things in the next year. I’m sure it could have all been settled if he would have just been honest.

      2. Did you not have a written contract with specifications including date promise, “time is of the essence”, etc.? If not this would likely have saved you a lot of extra work getting a refund. That said, I am glad you got a result in your favor. Am in the same market but now I will rethink this builder.

        1. We did have a written contract, but it didn’t have a completion date on it. We were duped by a scam artist, so it was partly our fault, but definitely not completely our fault.

          1. I was just about to make a call but thanks to this I won’t. Does anyone out there know a builder that lives in AR and will build tiny on one level??
            I am unable to do a loft.

        2. Actually, CJ, I don’t think this would have helped at all.

          I’m guessing it’s a Ponzi scheme setup, where he takes the money from a new customer and uses it to complete the previous customer’s house (or every fifth customer, or whatever). I really believe he didn’t have the money to refund us, so there was no way to speed up our refund until he found a new person to put down a deposit.

      3. Thank you so much for taking g the time to post your experience. As a single mom with no money or time to spare on situation like that and since i was thinking of ordering a tiny house thru them… You’ve saved me. This definitely helps to know someone’s personal experience . -Ana

      4. Hello,

        I’m looking to have a tiny house built in the Kansas OK area. I have 3 kids that I want to spend more time with but right now my funds are limited. I’m looking for a builder in or round-about my area that could build a tiny house….with some minor customization’s. Is there anyone you could recommend to do a job like that in the Oklahoma area?

        Thanks

        1. I wouldn’t recommend a tiny house to someone looking to save money. Especially if your kids live with you. Tiny Houses are much more expensive than they seem, with way more logistical challenges than something like just renting a cheap apartment.

          1. You really have no idea into tiny living Casey. Since purchasing my THOW AND a wooded acre to park the house on, my living expenses are 1k less than they were will renting a cheap apartment. As for logistical challenges, again, you dont seem to have much experience here. Most RV parks require certification for you to park their, well thankfully when you license your trailer you can get it LICENSED as an RV and tagged for RV Park living, especially there are very very few cities that have rules regarding tiny house’s and how they are constructed. Finally Casey, why does your name come up regarding tiny house builders? interesting.

          2. WTF? Are you for real “get it right? Why does Casey’s name keep coming up? Gee, wonder if it is because in the search engines it brings him up due to the very bad experiences with Scott Stewart?

            Not trying to be snarky, but is your brain actually working… or is it addled by that stuff called smack?

            And, how many other’s have been duped by the said Scott Stewart?

    1. Thank You so much for letting us know. What money I have set aside will not be going to Slab Town. They were actually on Tiny House Nation. That experience must have gone to their head.

  1. I live in Arkansas and I was considering them as General Contractors to help with my build when it became ready for plumbing and electricity. THANKS SO MUCH for posting this. They will not be getting my business.

  2. Good job posting your experience which is not an islolated case. I too had a bad experience with scott. After giving him 1/2 down (6K) and waiting 6 months, I finally got the shell and finished it out with the help of a contractor. Never heard so many excuses and lies. Had to threaten with small claims court. Just glad it’s over.

  3. Hi,
    My husband & I also got duped by Scott Stewart.
    Below is our story, as we wrote to the Attorney General in June. Unfortunately, we didn’t get the results we hoped for. It is now December 2012. The attorney general’s office has told us that Mr. Stewart does not & has never responded to our complaint,. either by writing or phone,. he doesn’t answer their calls (no surprise) ,..

    As for the BBB, they email every other month or so to let us know that Mr. Stewart doesn’t respond to them either,. But get this!,.. About a month ago, I received an email from BBB stating that Scott had contacted them (finally), but only to do what he’s good at,..LIE! He told them our situation had been resolved, and wanted it erased from his record! He apparently didn’t know they would contact me first to see if it’s true, which I promptly made clear wasn’t. Just today I got yet another email from BBB stating once again, Mr. Stewart doesn’t respond to repeated attempts to contact, and as a result, our case will remain on their record.

    Once again, here is our story,..and also want to add, as you read the story, those last paypal payments (last one in May), were in fact, the last payments we ever got. From then on, all attempts to contact him have failed.

    One year ago, in June 2011, we contacted Scott Stewart of Slabtown Customs in Mountain View Arkansas, and contracted for a tiny home built for us. To begin our home, he required a down payment of $10,000 which we paid him at that time.
    Unfortunately, our experience was & still is, a nightmare!
    After being told by Scott our home would be built & delivered in 3-4 months, no home ever materialized,-even come January 2012, still no home. All this time, phone calls were rarely being answered or returned. When they were, it was the most amazing array of excuses we’ve ever heard,….too hot, too cold, too wet, he’s sick, his help is sick, he had to fire his help, house didn’t pass inspection, .(twice),.. he’s still sick,..ect ect.. Obviously, we became very worried we’d been scammed. We even got actual delivery dates from Scott, starting from about Nov-Dec (2011).

    Scott would tell us he’ll be ready to deliver our house on such & such date, (one or two weeks ahead). Then we would plan on that date & change our schedules to be available, and not only would he not show up, but there would be no calls either! When we would finally get in contact with him a few days later, it would be yet another excuse. The final straw for us came in January (2012) after another false ’delivery date’. When we made contact, Scott said when he went to pull our house out of his driveway for delivery, it fell apart and as a result, delivery would not be possible for at least another month. Scott offered our money back at that time, if we chose, which we did.

    Since then, it’s been a struggle to get our money back. The excuses keep coming, and evading phone calls he’s got down to a science. He did make a couple larger payments within a month or two, but then it dwindled down to paying $500 every few weeks. During this time, on the rare occasions he would answer the phone, he’d promise to mail a check right away, but no check would show up. Upon contact again, he’d blame the post office for losing it. We have gotten the ‘checks in the mail’ promise several times over the past 6 months. When we lost patience with him over the ‘lost check’ excuses, he suggested we accept a payment by paypal, which we agreed to. Between April 2nd — May 8th, we’ve received three payments into our paypal account from Scott. Since then, as is the case with the checks through the mail, the paypal payments he has promised have never shown up. Needless to say, here it is June 2012, and we still do not have all of our money back.

    This month (June), marks ONE YEAR since our nightmare with Scott Stewart began,..first, six months of begging for our house to materialize, and another 6 months of begging for our money back.

    I also want to add, there are several other people who are complaining of the same type of issues with Scott Stewart, I have found several complaints from folks on various tiny house blogs over the past few months. Before my husband & I contracted with Scott a year ago, we did not find any complaints against him at that time, so we had no reason to think it would turn out badly. But now, all you have to do is a google search & up pops several people with problems with Scott Stewart of Slabtown Customs.

    Please, can you help us?

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Consumers need to be well-informed before jumping into a no-win scenario, and although there wasn’t information for you (or me and my wife) to guide us when we signed up for a Slabtown house, at least other people won’t fall prey to his methods that are no longer a secret.

      1. Thanks for the information. Just saw an episode of “Tiny Houses” on DYI television network and it featured Stewart Wood Product Company of Mountain Home AR. We were considering contacting him regarding a tiny house. So glad we checked this blog first.

        1. I saw the same episode and mentioned him to my sister but couldn’t remember his name. Now that I know his name I will have to tell her to stay clear of him.

          1. Lovely response,
            While I’m at it: Great blog. Thank you for sharing your experience so others can learn from it. It’s really a shame you both had to go through such terrible things.

  4. Hi Casey,

    I noticed your post on TinyHouseTalk. Unfortunately Alex Pino has chosen to remove your comment, which is unfortunate. ( I received notification of your response before it was removed).

    I think you were being very mild mannered by suggesting that the buyer should ‘proceed with caution’ and you were providing useful feedback.

    What it appears like to me is that this company/person is not in a position to honor customer orders and there may be downright fraud as well. People should move on and consider other options.

    1. Hey Steve,

      I just took a look, and it appears my comment is still there. Thanks for the heads up, though! I hope I can help people avoid troubles with Slabtown by sharing my story here.

  5. OMG, don’t remember what Tiny House linked me to Slabtown Customs, but I fell in love with his designs. Thank you so much for posting your experience. I have had more than my fair share of bad contractor experiences (living in a money pit and being a landlord). Will definitely try to keep others alerted.

    1. Jana, it seems your a friend of Scott. After reading all the comments it seems the bad far out way the good, actually there really isn’t any “good”. My cousins friend is a contractor and lost both his parents within 2 months apart from each other. He was totally devastated and informed his clients the situation he was in. He stated that he was going to be 8 weeks behind and the customers understood. He held his word and notified the customers of his progress. That’s what you do when you have a business and people trust you. From the stories I’ve read, Scott was lying and buying time. It’s to bad, it seems like Scott is a very talented carpenter, but a real jerk when it comes time to be a business man. Hope he reads what the customers have said and Mans up

  6. Casey, I have a few questions for you. You went forward and built it yourself. Can you share pictures of what you did, decisions that you made during construction that you might have changed now that you know more. Such as, I just bought a single bowl sink on Ebay to use as the sink in the kitchen, but I personally am not sure if that was a wise decision or not. I am trying to weigh all of the aspects of building a house that is going to be under 200 square feet and I feel that the areas of great concern should be the area that you are going to spend most of your time in. The great room might be that area and not the kitchen or the bathroom. But at the same time I know that these other areas must be functional. Al
    ( bornagain96022@yahoo.com)

    1. Hi Al,

      Check out the “Tiny House” category link at the top of my website. That shows all the progress I’ve made on the house up to this point with decisions and notes I’ve jotted down along the way.

      A lot of the decisions I’ve made (with my wife) were not planned before we started – they were made on the spot, once we got to certain parts of the build. That’s just the way it worked for us!

      -Casey

  7. The state of Arkansas should be aware Slabtown is not paying it’s employees. A Mennonite friend recently quit because Scott refused to pay his back wages. As he Mennonite he refuses to take action against this criminal behavior.

  8. Just got my Tiny Cabin from Scott Stewart. After 6 months of lies . This guy is the biggest Con artist I’ve ever met. Ar. attorney Generals office should shut him down. I don’t know how he looks in the mirror without feeling shame. Oh and I had a real carpenter look at his work and he told me this looks good now but give it a year and problems are going to start. If you want a good builder try Buddy Moyers. Mountain View Ar.

    1. The one he built on Tiny House Nation http://www.fyi.tv/shows/tiny-house-nation/season-2/episode-1 is/was already up for sale (it’s currently on tinyhouselistings, but they’re not always updated). Not sure of the circumstances (why they’re selling), but interestingly the ad says it’s only one year old. It could have nothing to do with the quality – the couple may be starting a family or they may have decided tiny wasn’t for them, but it just seems to add to the suspicion.

  9. Thanks for your story. I had been looking at slabtown home. I was ready to contact Scott. I can’t build my tiny house, I am up there in age and have a injury. Can you recommend a builder?

  10. Casey,

    Thank you very much for sharing your experience with Scott Stewart and Slabtown Customs. I found this blog via a search for Slabtown Customs, so I imagine you have saved many, many people from a lot of stress, wasted time and financial loss. You’ve also given others with a similar experience a forum to share their stories about Scott Stewart. Thanks also for telling the whole story about the rest of your tiny house experience.

    Regards,
    Dan Evans

  11. I wondered why the Slabtown houses were so cheap. There are lots of factors that enable any business to undercut the competition (for example if you buy in bulk you get a discount and pass some of that onto your clients/customers )but it kind of sounds like Scott of Slabtown is running a Ponzi scheme. Maybe he just went through a bad patch, after all the financial crisis hit the building industry hard or maybe he’s a crappy businessman or both are true whatever the case I’m glad I’ve done a bit of research. I’m even more glad people are willing to share their experiences (good AND bad) so I can make an informed choice.
    Thanks! Heather

  12. Thanks so much for sharing your experience. I am a Retired USAF 100% DAV and unable to build myself. I really loved the Gwenny Kaye model of Scotts at Slabtown. I had definitely about decided on that one (which is actually the same as the Lillypad shown much earlier with another woman whose name I can’t recall this moment) but I would surely have contacted him after research if I had not come across the stories of folks like you and others who give warning. I have researched a few who come with a good number of happy reviews and say they will use your plans or ideas so I will go with one of them. Tennessee Tiny Homes does seem to be one of those but don’t know how flexible they are in using other plans – will see… thanks again for caring for us out here 🙂

  13. Hi Casey,
    Thank you for your post on Scott Stewart. I saw it a couple of years ago, but sadly it was too late as I had already sent Mr Stewart down payment to build me a tiny house. As of today 07/15/2015 it has been 4 years since I sent him my down payment and still no house….. a written contract was in place. After he received my money he has simply refuse to respond my calls, emails and texts and I am now in the midst of litigation in an attempt to get my money back. I was floored to see this crook on HGTV and Tiny House Nation and wish there was some way of letting these otherwise very reputable and entertaining shows know that they are advertising for a criminal! Mr Stewart had no problem taking the money of a hard working single parent, obviously with no intention of ever delivering a finished product. Please continue to spread the word so that we may warn others.
    Thank you.

    1. Bishop, I’m so sorry you’re going through that! Rest assured, when you google “Slabtown Customs”, this very article comes up as the second result. For all those considering doing business with him now, if they even try to find his website (which I don’t believe exists any more, besides a Blogspot account), they will find my post detailing the hell we went through.

      With you added to the number of people who have contacted me about being swindled by Slabtown, the count is up to about 10 people – and that’s only the ones who have contacted us about it! Please, please, please, put in a complaint to the AR attorney general. I’ll email you a link to the document I put together, so you can use that as a guide for what you put together. Since I already won my case, there’s a higher chance that you’ll win yours.

      Keep on keeping on!

  14. I just tonight saw HGTVs Tiny House Hunter show and it featured Slab Town and 3 of their designs. The Jasper (the blue one) was gorgeous and the one the lady picked. I really loved it and the price ($18,500!!!) so I started looking them up. They have a facebook page but no website. I was ready to contact them when I found this blog. THANK YOU for saving me time and money and aggrevation. Now to find a quality builder, inexpensive, that can deliver to where I’m at….

    1. Happy to save you the heartache! I can’t believe no one at HGTV did their homework. If you google “Slabtown Customs,” my article is the second search result. Oh well.

      Unfortunately, you very likely won’t find a nice tiny house built by a good builder for <$20,000. I spent $22,000 in parts alone on the tiny house I built, and I didn't even finish it (very close, though). I would guess you'd be looking at closer to $30-45,000 for a nicely equipped, well-built Tiny House. Finding a good builder? I have no idea how to help you search for that, since we were screwed on the first builder we chose. Just look for someone with reviews and proof of work, and be sure to get ALL THE DETAILS in the contract you sign! Including delivery date, estimated build time, etc. Good luck!

      1. I purchased the Gary Don tiny home from Scott Stewart. I drove to AR in January and meet Scott and walked through the 86. Sq. Foot tiny home. Gave him a deposit of $1000. Inquired about making changes and was told for the price that was the home with no changes.. Didn’t need home until mid~May so headed home to Fl. The next day Scott called and said things had changed and he would build me a new one on a dual axle trailer. The rest of the story sounds like yours. Building delays. Weather..death in family…sick family member etc. I sent him more money. When push came to shove in April I demanded pictures. I had unreturn calls and emails. That’s when I saw your post. I then put on the pressure. A week or so later I got pictures. Picked up my home mid may. Here’s a list of the problems I encountered.
        Two hours out of Mt. View one of the 4 tires that were dry rotted blew. Had to have all 4 replaced.
        First stop we checked the inside. Bifold door bottom had been cut and door track piece was gone. Door fell of track and scratched my vanity, walls and washer/dryer unit
        Plumbing went from 2 inch pipe to a 1 inch pipe. Drains had no traps. The smell and water/sewer would back up.
        Shelf had no anchors and pulled away from the wall.
        Thankless water heater was broke and didn’t work.
        Addressed the issues with Scott. Was told to send receipts for tires and replumbing costs. Sent texts /called many times. To this day I have received zero reimbursement that was promised. I am lucky to have plumbers and handy people to spend the first week resolving issues . I love my home it was the best decision i made to pursue this dreams. Scott Stewart was my worst nightmare .
        So tiny home lovers BEWARE. I researched..meet..and toured Slab Town and I got taken.

      2. Casey,

        All these horror stories are just sickening! I feel for everyone of these people being taken so badly. If your blog creates awareness, then that is an extremely good thing.

        I can post this soon, but I have a reputable builder who can build the Tiny Homes. One piece of info also: You can purchase one from $15,000 and up. A fully equipped and finished studio perhaps 12′ x 24′ can be in the $15,000 price range, depending on what you add. Also a 12′ x 32′ can be purchased in the $24,000 approximate price range, fully equipped. I have been in an unfinished cabin and personally all the costs of doing it myself, as I am not able to do it myself, has been way more than getting one Rent-to-Own or you can purchase fully, with affordable, reasonable prices and monthly payments. We even can help find the land to put them on in many locations. I would not represent anyone that is not honest, so these stories really bother me.

        Also for all this people, an attorney is sometimes the only way to go. You can’t do this alone. I feel all the people here should get together and do a joint lawsuit. Now this is 2017 so I do not know how everyone’s problems were resolved.

        Thank you for creating the awareness and I will followup shortly with any help I can give to people still looking for a builder for a Tiny Home. Reputable builders have references and written contracts like Casey mentioned.

  15. The complaint doesnt make sense to me. First, who goes to USAA? I didnt know they had any offices. Maybe in San Antonio TX? USAA would mail you a blank check. Also you would be crazy to send a $1000+ check for $5. You want confirmation of delivery, signature, etc. Important for a major purchase. I dont know if the RV guy is honest or not. But the other guy is not honest in his story.

    1. LoL. Ok. Thanks, Internet crusader. By all means, don’t look at any other page on my site to see that I lived in San Antonio, and don’t believe all the other commenters here who have gone through the same thing. There is no “rv guy” here, so you’ll want to get YOUR comment straight.

  16. Another point. One guy is trying to build affordable housing. This web site is about distroying that business. This hurts the economy.

  17. Thank you for posting your experience. I had been looking at Slabtown’s designs and found them beautiful too. I will go back to looking for houseplans for tiny/small houses and try to find a builder that will actually build.

  18. Hello Casey Friday,

    I live in Mountain View, AR with my wife and we have hired a retired FBI private investigator currently looking for Scott Stewart. My wife and I met with him “IN PERSON” at the Walmart Supercenter on Sylamore Ave after hearing a really awesome review from one of his previously pleased customers. We now realize he may have hired friends and family to help sell him and his business to unsuspecting real customers. He took us back to what we thought at the time was his office, however it turns out after digging around it was just an office space he rented for a couple of months. He took us to this office and drew up a really nice floor plan and affordable contract for my wife and I to sign. Keep in mind this was on May, 8th 2013. This will be year 3 with NO RESULTS!! He drew up a very nice plan and we presented him with a check for $21,847.00 This was our life savings at the time from my wife and my 401K. He gladly accepted the check we shook hands he gave us his cell number so we could check on the progress of our tiny home.

    Two months went by no home, and all we got were excuse after excuse as to why he hasn’t been able to start the build. We tried to call him in August of 2013. Conveniently we got a message that the cell number was no longer a working number. It was at that point we googled his name and realized what had happened to us. I am a retired police officer and my wife currently is still employed with the government. Over the course of several years my wife and I have made several friends in the Arkansas FBI division. Unless this guy has left the country WE WILL FIND HIM and we WILL ABSOLUTELY bring him to justice.

    It is my hope that ANYONE in Mountain View who knows this man and reads this statement tells him we are looking for him. My wife and I tried the legal route and we got absolutely “NO RESULTS” from the BBB or Attorney Generals Office. Scott has no idea who he is messing with or the resources my wife and I have at our fingertips.

    Scott if you are reading this blog then know this now. My friend and I have a very particular set of skills in which we will use to find you. You WILL answer for your crimes. When we find you there will be excuses and we WILL get our money back!!! As for everyone else he has taken advantage of know we are sorry for the financial burden this con artist has cost all of you and when we find him “HE WILL BE BROUGHT TO LEGAL JUSTICE!!!”

    We will keep everyone informed on our progress. Once we find him we will take him to Little Rock to the office of the Attorney General personally. “WE ARE COMING FOR YOU SCOTT….THIS IS YOUR ONE AND ONLY WARNING”

    1. One after thought……Once we find him we will be sure to PUBLICLY TELEVISE this con artist on NATIONAL NEWS stations all around the United States.

  19. I am so sorry that everyone has had such a bad experience with this company. I have heard many things about this company. My husband and I are starting our own tiny house building business in Arkansas and my hope is that his company has not ruined our chances before we get off the ground. Again, I am sorry to hear the trouble that everyone is having and I hope that it can get resolved soon.

  20. Casey’s story is true, however since that time Scott has made vast improvements. I don’t know why this happened to Casey and as far as other negative reviews on here I cannot confirm, especially the review by “officer edward.” Scott can be found at Slab Town Customs on Webb St in Mountain View everyday. They have nothing to hide and are building every day. I also have a hard time believing “office edward” because Scott does not take total payment up front he does it in thirds. I know this because I live in one of Scott’s houses and am very satisfied. Scott and his crew build top quality and are some of the most beautiful tiny houses you will find. I had a pleasurable experience working with him. I do feel that even though this post is a legitimate complaint that do to the time that it occured (4 years ago) that it is time to take this down as it is doing nothing but hurting his business. Like I said, he has made improvements and deserves a good reputation because he and his crew do an amazing job.

    1. No, it is absolutely not time to take this post down. I get contacted monthly by new victims of Scott’s scam, asking for help to get out of the shitstorm he put them in. I’d love to say I’m glad you like the house you’re living in, but I’ve also heard from other customers of Scott that told me he offered to pay them to give him good reviews online, so pardon me if I don’t believe your story in this cloud of negative experience.

        1. Hi Dustin, I’m sorry to hear that you’re having issues with Scott. Are you the person who asked about Slabtown on Instagram? After replying to your post there, the woman who initially talked about Slabtown blocked my Instagram account.

          1. Yep, that’s me. I’ve emailed Scott 3 times in the past 2.5 weeks after I sent him the remaining money required for our house. We have gotten no reply. He was quick to reply until I sent the money.

  21. Months later and I’ve received no pictures and only empty promises, IF I even get a reply. I regret choosing slabtown to build my SHELL. BEWARE.

  22. Thank you Casey.
    I did not trust the prices that were posted, so I decided to research and found your site.
    Of course prices are higher on anything ‘tiny’ these days, but remember everyone if you see a tiny home that’s completed (not just a shell) and it’s under $30k…take a VERY close look at the contract and reviews.
    Keep up the great work Casey!

  23. I’ve known Scott Stewart since 3rd grade, but have lost touch since high school.

    A google search found this article.

    I’m not surprised at all.

  24. A team is only as good as its weakest link, Scott can’t keep a savorable time frame only being able to depend on himself to complete these tiny homes. If anything he needs employees who show up every day with knowledge and positive atatitudes. Ive been working there for over a month. I have expirience. He has kept up with paying me for hours worked because i do a profesional job, and scott is an honorable person. But like any man, he has been taken advantage of and used to make a weekly paycheck for people who have no desire to truely see a tiny house buildt to specification. A great deal of quality assurance comes from the base of employable individuals in the area willing to help out. Mountain View Arkansas isnt exactly an area overflowing with people willing to see projects through properly. I for one have personally seen 4 tiny homes completed with profesionality and delivered in the short amount of time Scott has employed me.

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