Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes - Tiny House Blog

Introducing Monarch Tiny Homes


Monarch Tiny Homes is named after the monarch butterfly. This beautiful, winged creature migrates from Canada to Mexico and has a light footprint. A Monarch tiny home is also beautiful with a light footprint.

Monarch Tiny Homes is one of many companies to pop up onto the tiny house scene. However, our home at $47,000 with SIPs is something unique. And possibly the most exciting part of the home is our lifetime siding called UltraShield.

It is made from reclaimed wood fibers and recycled plastic bottles. This capped composite waterproof technology gives complete protection from scratches, stains, and fading. Unlike traditional wood siding that needs staining every five years, UltraShield requires zero maintenance.


Ryan put his belief of minimalist living into reality a decade ago as he built his own 500-square-foot home. His family of four thrived inside their efficient floor plan, allowing them to spend ample time in the great outdoors. Several years ago, Ryan shared the tiny house movement with his good friend Ben during their early morning workout. Ben loved the homes but quickly became deterred after seeing prices upwards of sixty grand.

Since then, Ryan and Ben have devoted everything to deliver tiny homes with unmatched materials for a price that makes sense. We believe tiny-house living shouldn’t take years or fortunes to acquire.

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Kathy sarachinsky - May 5, 2015 Reply

TOO much wood. God can’t anyone build a sleek contemporary tiny home. With sliding glass doors, granite counters and light color cabinets. The one shown here too masculine. You know women want tiny homes too. But you designers forget about that and just make everything look like a hunting cabin.

    Jon - May 5, 2015 Reply

    I agree completely, I’m a fan of the Tiny House movement but I’ve never understood the near ubiquitous use of wood paneling in the homes. Perhaps this is because drywall would crack if subjected to being moved around as these homes are, I do not know but to me aesthetically it is atrocious.

    alice h - May 5, 2015 Reply

    Wood interiors are neither masculine nor feminine and not all hunters like rustic cabins. I’ve been female for 61 years and I’m quite fond of wood interiors. It’s just an aesthetic decision. I don’t happen to like granite countertops and sleek modern styles but there are plenty of those options available. Most builders and designers will work with you to arrive at something that suits your own tastes but if nobody liked the wood interiors they wouldn’t get built so often. Some people paint the wood white to lighten things up.

      MJ - May 7, 2015 Reply

      Thank you. I like wood. I don’t like sleek. Of course there are those who do but truthfully, I never laid it down to feminine or masculine. Ever. Some wood is overpoweringly too much. Some sleek is. Balance is good and the thing is, we can all choose our own exteriors and interiors; so why would anyone complain when the whole beautiful thing about the tiny/small home movement is about choice? Chose what YOU like. Build it! Share that. Otherwise?? Learn. Shhhh.

    Walter - May 7, 2015 Reply

    I understand your pain. But I think paint and/or accessories can mask a lot of the wood, at least tone it down. I try to look at those interiors as shells that need either a woman’s touch or a gay man’s touch to really be livable.

    Samantha James - May 7, 2015 Reply

    “…sliding glass doors, granite counters…The one shown here too masculine. You know women want tiny homes too.”

    Please attempt to keep your sexism to yourself. While you might not find the design aesthetic pleasing that doesn’t mean that I don’t.

Ann - May 5, 2015 Reply

These homes are beautiful but what happened to the inexpensively built tiny homes. It now almost appears that this has become such a growing industry with tiny homes costing between $35,000 – $60,000 or more. The tiny home websites are being flooded with these pricey home which makes becoming debt free extremely difficult if not impossible considering these tiny home do not include land.

John Hussey - May 5, 2015 Reply

so, the average stick built home runs about $100/ sq. ft. and Monarch runs about $400.sq. ft. ? no thanks

    David Ludwig - May 5, 2015 Reply

    Hi John,

    The $100/SF build cost is usually for materials only, owner build. As homes get smaller, the basics for utilities remain constant driving the cost per sq ft up. The average cost for conventional stick built homes in Northern Calif is $450.

      David C. Burdick, Constructikon Manager - May 5, 2015 Reply

      David: “…the average stick built home…” for residential construction includes – labor, materials, supplies, profit, land cost – not just “…usually for materials only.” They are ~99.99% (??) NOT “owner build.”

      Your claim re: “the basics for utilities remain constant driving the cost per sq. ft. up” has nothing to do w/ the cost of a fixed-foundation home. Utilities are not included in the pricing structure but in the cost of living per geographical location.

      “The average cost for conventional stick built homes in Northern Calif. is $450” is misleading since CA, as a whole, is absolutely more costly to live in and more costly to live in L.A., San Diego, San Francisco, et. al. Your claim and data are thus very skewed. One needs to look at the avg. s.f. cost nationwide or w/in a the certain geographical location where the TH is to be located. dCb

Anna-Laura Hocker - May 5, 2015 Reply

These are beautiful! I like the no-maintenance part as much as I like the house.

    David C. Burdick, Constructikon Manager - May 5, 2015 Reply

    Anna-Laura: “…no-maintenance part…” <= W/ any machine / tool as such a TH is, there is maintenance. One must care for all the subordinate "machines" w/in that TH too – plumbing, HVAC, electrical, woodwork, as small as dusting / cleaning, etc.

Sparrow - May 5, 2015 Reply

Sorry to be a downer, but the ladder-to-the-loft-bit is so yesterday. STAIRS, people! The newer tiny homes feature stairs. These aren’t supposed to kids’ clubhouses or playhouses, are they? As for the way these Monarch houses look, meh to the extreme. No charm, just bare-wood functionality at a ridiculous price. I can buy a nice condo in Florida for that kind of money.

Cedar - May 5, 2015 Reply

Beautiful home.

Mark - May 5, 2015 Reply

I would have liked to see the 500 sf home the text talked

Big Mike - May 5, 2015 Reply

In Oklahoma you can buy a nice 1000 sq ft home on a nice lot for that. But that doesn’t mean you need to move here.

stace - May 6, 2015 Reply

This Monarch Home is way to expensive especially when you consider that they are built in shops and just like a modular home. Good luck selling these as affordable.

George - May 6, 2015 Reply

I agree that these expensive tiny homes are defeating the whole idea of having a home with no or little debt. And lots and lots of new companies trying to capitalize on a popular idea. What they don’t get is that the reason the idea is so popular is that people don’t have tons of cash and want to live minimally, not just small. There is a difference.

George - May 6, 2015 Reply

Would like to add that there’s too much wood and not enough windows.

MJKatz - May 7, 2015 Reply

While I truly love tiny homes, there’s no way I could afford them. And at 63 years old, I know I’d never get a loan…especially one I could afford.

And then there’s land to buy…..

I think I’ll just stick to my ’84 Class C motorhome. She may not be fancy but she still looks good and runs fine. And no leaks. ????

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