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Monarch Tiny Homes – Light Footprint Engineering

This is an 8×20 tiny house on wheels designed and built by Monarch Tiny Homes in San Ysidro, California.


The first floor has about 160 sq. ft. of space and the upstairs sleeping loft has about 110 sq. ft. of space. You can see the actual floor plan below.

This particular model is available for $47,000 from the builder. Please enjoy and re-share this high quality tiny house with your friends below. Thanks!

Monarch Tiny Homes – Light Footprint Engineering

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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.

8×20 Tiny House Floor Plan with Loft

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Video: Monarch Tiny Homes

Learn more: http://www.monarchtinyhomes.com/.

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!




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  • King April 26, 2015, 9:42 am

    At least Ten thousand over priced for this build
    Sleeping loft has slanted -roof, causes space to feel small
    Nobody wants a ladder , everyone needs stairs toilet needs to be composting toilet not flush, the idea of going small and being more self sufficient and less grid dependent is not reflected in this build
    The aesthetics leave a lot to be desired although the outside color is nice and zero maintenance is also nice with the plastic composite Siding. I just don’t know hope they managed too make a twenty foot trailer feel so small and uninviting. 4/10

    • Brandon April 26, 2015, 11:37 pm

      Couldn’t agree more.

    • Moxie Dawn April 27, 2015, 10:28 am

      Definitely agree it is overpriced, and stairs are always better. Toilet is no big deal to me. Anyone can order it with the option they want, I would assume. Not everyone who wants a tiny house is looking to go completely off grid or off a water system. I’m not looking to do that.

  • Dominick Bundy April 26, 2015, 9:42 am

    Way too much time , and video wasted on out side scenery of landscape . and roof top of the tiny house. I’d rather saw more of the inside and towards the front of this home.. Having such a nice large closet was a plus..

    • Candide33 April 26, 2015, 12:16 pm

      That’s because they didn’t REALLY want you to see it, looked rather slipshod and skimpy on the materials for charging almost $50,000.

  • Thomas April 26, 2015, 10:54 am

    TOO MUCH
    NOT VERY FUNCTIONAL…. Too much

  • Judy Ciampa April 26, 2015, 11:02 am

    Sadly, the tiny home trend is turning into a very expensive fad. The same original purpose is lower carbon footprint with lifetime cost savings, but when the price tags soar as they are doing you have defeated at least part of the intended purpose.

  • Linda April 26, 2015, 11:10 am

    $47,000 defeats the whole premise of the tiny house movement — being mortgage free.

    • Dominick Bundy April 26, 2016, 10:25 am

      You took the words right out of my mouth.. I agree..

  • Zisi April 26, 2015, 11:32 am

    $294 per square foot? Outrageous.

  • dl April 26, 2015, 11:49 am

    The price of some of these homes are getting out of hand… this company kind of miss’s the point of the tiny house movement….
    And for that overdone price….look at the 9 very small windows….kinda missing the point of where the home is located…(what the company is trying to portray……)….not impressed…

  • Tina Coruth April 26, 2015, 12:55 pm

    I love the ocean more than I can say. But right now, I am gathering ideas and info on tiny homes, not the ocean. This quick look inside was not helpful. I think you need a new marketing strategy.

  • Larry April 26, 2015, 1:20 pm

    I think the whole point was to sell the siding and the roof products, not the inside, all of these tiny houses are starting to look the same wood usually fir or pine t&g on the walls and ceiling with one or two lofts. With the exception of a few I’ve seen where homeowners have built them themselves they all look the same.

  • Vitrvarg April 26, 2015, 1:50 pm

    For a box with plastic siding this is too expensive. I can build a traditional house for this amount of money.

  • Karen April 26, 2015, 2:55 pm

    If the landscape comes with the house then the price is worth it. SIPS are more expensive and the new recycled siding probably costs more too, but I would like to see a materials cost list. Also, needs more or bigger windows.

  • Claudia April 26, 2015, 3:03 pm

    Have to agree. This one looks like a long storage shed, but is really expensive!

  • Sandra April 26, 2015, 3:08 pm

    Not at all what you’d expect for that kind of money. The loft has no room. Raised walls/roof in this area would give much needed room in the sleeping loft. The second loft is useless except for storage. It should have accommodated a twin mattress. And with the length of it I see no place to put any comfy furniture. I say this; if you can’t relax in your home then you won’t live in it. And it is very utilitarian.

  • Robert April 26, 2015, 4:25 pm

    If the builder is making this wonderful home for themselves then it is fine, but if for resale, I think they missed the point. The tiny house movement began to get people into homes that they could afford quickly, and act as an alternative to the high stick built housing market. Some tiny home builders still get it, and others want a statement piece. For 47K you can go to a park model company and get a stick built modular built with real wood cabinets, and quality materials and appliances, and quite wider and with far better floor plans. Park models are far less hassle to park too. I don’t mean to sound as though I do not like this home, I do, but we live in a real world where 50% of Americans have no retirement savings due all to Congress giving most middle class jobs to foreign cheap labor, and they need all the breaks they can get in housing. Don’t be surprised if we see Americans in the near future marching by the 10’s of thousands on Pennsylvania Ave peacefully to demand Congress change it back to the way it was before NAFTA started our misery.

    • Sparrow April 26, 2015, 7:55 pm

      I hear you, Robert. Right on! Our entire tax system needs major changes too. No more IRS! Flat tax is the way to go. It’s outrageous that we pay taxes through every paycheck, then have to pay more taxes out of the retirement funds we generate through our paychecks. That’s how the government destroys the middle class. It’s peaceful-revolution time, people.

      • Eric April 26, 2016, 8:52 pm

        Peaceful? Revolution? In America??? Isn’t that an oxymoron?

  • gale April 26, 2015, 4:42 pm

    This one really wasn’t a favorite. Too much wood and the loft too close. The exterior was nice though.

  • Sparrow April 26, 2015, 7:51 pm

    I can buy a very nice condo in Florida for that kind of money.

    And the ladder to the loft bit is outdated. Makes the house seem like a playhouse. Wiser builders are creating stairs now.

  • Rue April 26, 2015, 8:45 pm

    For everyone mentioning price – as the one poster above brought up, SIPs have a higher up-front cost than traditional wood framing. But they’re also light, strong, and very insulating (thus the name).

    I’d also expect that their proprietary siding raises the price too.

    But that’s one thing about THOWs I’ve always wondered about: longevity. Do they last as long as foundation-built houses? Does the stress of being moved add up in the long run, structurally?

    Maybe high-quality materials are worth it to some, despite the higher initial investment. One person’s “too expensive” might be another person’s acceptable trade-off. One size does not fit all, -especially- in the tiny house movement!

    With that said, the interior is a bit bare-bones for me, personally.

  • Drew Williams April 27, 2015, 12:22 am

    I thought it was just me but what started out is getting out of debt and for once in a lifetime owe no one and live your life with minimal “things” and get back to what life is about, bigger is not always worth it. Now that so many people are doing this the price has sky rocketed when most of the containers etc… used to just be thrown away. I hate paying and padding someone else’s pockets when I don’t own a house myself, I thought his might be a way but the price has to come down before hat happenes.

  • Rozz April 27, 2015, 1:03 am

    Ugh… Do not like this one at all! It’s entirely too small for the price and utterly boring. The impracticality of that loft and the “living” space, plus not enough windows or closet space, makes this a “NO”!

  • Stine April 27, 2015, 2:38 am

    I like the little window seat. That’s about it.

  • GABRIELE NAPIER April 27, 2015, 6:53 am

    For this price, the interior should be completely decked out. It is a nice floor plan, love the closet, but no shelves in kitchen area, no couch/bench in living room area. The ladder could have be more user friendly and yes, the loft should have at least one dormer for room to move around. $20,000 would be a decent price for this.

  • Moxie Dawn April 27, 2015, 10:30 am

    This video is possibly the worst I have ever seen in terms of “selling” a tiny house design. Shows almost no details of the inside of the home. But at least someone had a lot of fun playing with a drone camera.

  • Cahow April 27, 2015, 11:39 am

    Ooooooooo…”someone” got a shiny new Drone for Christmas! LOL

    Video is more about the aerial shots than the tiny house. Harrumph! Interior looks like an old hunting shack.

  • PedroM April 27, 2015, 12:48 pm

    I don’t get it, the whole movement of tiny home is to:
    1. get rid of the eternal mortgage
    2. be self sustain
    3. go green
    4. enjoy the freedom
    etc..
    therefore; I don’t understand why spend almost $50,000 dollars (USD for those international readers), which is the price of a nice regular home in many, many areas in the US. Why not get all your friends, and family members and build it yourself like many people have done it, spending all that money, basically for a trailer enclosed with wood and plastic is crazy, however; that’s just me thinking.

    Pedro M
    Semper Fi

    • Eric April 26, 2016, 9:01 pm

      Pedro, I’m from the other side of the earth, so no US bias here. But, surely $50k would buy you a USED house, say 30+ years old, but a new house? I very much doubt it.

      Now for some price sticker shock. Average house price in New Zealand is about $NZ 580k. That’s $US 400k.

      So my question is, to one and all (including Cahow – best commenter on here) is who should be sucking lemons? : /

    • Gigi April 27, 2016, 1:49 am

      Who made the rules for the so-called tiny house movement? People have lived in tiny homes since before the beginning of the U.S. It’s only recently that some people have decided to forgo keeping up with the Joneses and living life on their own terms. Options include smaller homes, some on wheels, and building your own. If you decide to buy, then cost will be dependent on where you live. Don’t wear blinders about this.

      The company that built this tiny home is in San Ysidro near pricey San Diego. Land, cost of materials, etc. will be very expensive in this area.

      For those who don’t like the plan or who think they could do better, remember that nobody is stopping you from building what suits you.

      Gee, Alex, I’m sorry there are so many people jumping on your posts. I guess they forget that you are just showing us different ideas. 🙂

  • Susanne April 29, 2015, 11:11 pm

    Expensive to recycle… It’s becoming a turn-off.
    Ridiculous almost $300 per sq ft. Tiny Houses should be cheaper than standard sized houses.., which are also built to make money-it just doesn’t make any sense.

  • Denise April 30, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Brutal crowd! I’ll admit that I’ve seen better, but I’ve also seen worse. For everyone complaining about the silly video, are you all too lazy to open a browser window and type in the company name and go to their website for more info? Lots of interior photos are found there, as well as a lot of information about the materials used, with links to even more informational sites explaining the materials in depth.

    I don’t find the home particularly inspiring for my tastes, but compared to what Tumbleweed is putting out at a much, much higher price, these guys do not deserve the bashing they are receiving. I see a real effort to create a truly green tiny house, and what they lack in original design they more than make up with in their conscientious choice of materials that DO by the way cost a lot more. I wish they would have created a better sleeping loft, put in stairs, and definitely added larger windows, but I think all the complaining and bashing of every damn tiny house that costs more than $20k is becoming a real bore!

    If you can build it cheaper, then go ahead and do so. If you think tiny house builders should only pay themselves $5/hour for labor, then you need to put down the crack pipe. I am becoming so disgusted by all the angry rants and put-downs on this site and others that I’ve decided most tiny house wanna-be’s are jerks, or at least the ones who constantly post insults about every new tiny house and bemoan their “poor me…life has dealt me a bad hand” crap. There are a lot of people selling their modest regular houses, making a huge profit, and walking away with enough to buy a $50k tiny house and still more in the bank. If that isn’t you, then stop being jealous and pick up a second job. Or build your own inexpensive tiny house. But stop making this movement look like it’s comprised of a bunch of rude, callous, insulting and hateful people – it’s not only unbecoming but an embarrassment to other tiny house owners who are not destitute and angry at the world because of it!

    • Cahow April 30, 2015, 7:59 pm

      Denise: You are the coolest of cool! LOVE what you wrote…love it!

      • Denise April 30, 2015, 8:27 pm

        You know how much I adore you too, Cahow! I’m waiting for a verbal smack-down by the angry crowd, but it’s more likely they’re spending their time combing the internet for other THs to trash and TH builders to character assassinate. I appreciate your warm virtual hug so much!

      • Cahow April 30, 2015, 8:52 pm

        ~snort~ Yeah, well, Denise, I’ve put myself in front of the Tiny House Firing Squad many a time and survived; so will you. Plus, I’ve got your back, gal!

        Let’s list the usual laments:
        “This house is NOT tiny!”
        “This house is WAY over-priced!”
        “This house is an example of the bloated Amerika mind-set!”
        “And this house went wee-wee-wee, all the way home.”

        ~yawn~

        My favourite line from your post? This >>>” then stop being jealous and pick up a second job.” Oh, Lordy, I roared with laughter at that! I guess to get the Official Secret Decoder Ring for Tiny House Living, you must be A) Piss Poor; B) Want only less than 100 sq.ft. to reside in; C) Hate Amerika; and D) Fill In The Blank on Your Particular Jealousy.

        Well, if you get flamed, I’ve stocked up on Fire Extinguishers, Babe! 😀

      • Dominick Bundy April 26, 2016, 10:34 am

        Personally I thought she was a little too long winded, that really didn’t say all that much that was constructive. (except critize and find fault about the truthfulness others had applied)

        • Eric April 26, 2016, 9:08 pm

          Sorry Dominick… I disagree with you. She makes a LOT of valid points.

          Especially about the too lazy people. How many times have you seen someone ask about such and such and it is explained in the story before the pictures? Many I suspect. I sure have. It makes me wonder whether there is a great subculture in the US that reads only by pictures. And yes, I am serious.

    • Debra VS May 17, 2015, 11:17 am

      Denise, thanks for putting my own thoughts and feelings here. Honestly, I thought that $50k wasn’t that bad for this base model. If anyone can go find a brand new, eco-friendly house for that price, then PLEASE go buy it immediately and leave the tiny house movement with all haste.

    • Gigi April 27, 2016, 1:50 am

      Amen, Denise!

  • Michael May 16, 2015, 11:54 am

    I’ll have to say that the views around this Tiny Home are spectacular, but don’t imagine they come with the house. That said, there is very little there to justify the cost of almost $50K. Cramped loft, straight line counter and a ladder. No solar panels, nothing inovative or original. Sorry, but this is a dud.

  • Danielle May 16, 2015, 12:14 pm

    I agree, the TH movement has been invaded by individuals looking to make a quick buck. Not actually seeing the vision or the passion of those of us who truly believe in this lifestyle. Decrease your footprint, live simply and not be financially tied to a mortgage. I guess we will have to do the builds ourself, hire local contractors or by used and modify to our likes / needs. Then, these overpriced builders will not have anyone to sell to.

  • Michael May 16, 2015, 12:32 pm

    I just read the comments above mine and feel I must add more. I am not intending to trash tiny houses at all, and certainly NOT the author of this presentation. I just think companies need to be more competitive in this business. I just had a 16ft by 24ft (384 square foot) shop built at my house with 9ft ceilings, a full loft, a stair, insulated and with HVAC, plumbing and 1oo amp electrical. The floor is designed for heavy machinery with 2 x 10 joists on 12″ centers. The exrterior is warrantied for 50 years. This was not a tiny house, but I could have built to standard code and finished the inside to be a tiny house for no more money. My shop cost was less than $30K and I can assure you the contractor was paying the 6 guys that built it more than $5/hour. It’s just that they knew what they were doing and had a system and got it done in 5 days.

  • jan May 16, 2015, 12:51 pm

    As are most of these thow and reg homes on this site, and i am grateful for your showing us these , I’d rather see the ones that help us with our ingenuity in building and keeping the prices very low.

  • Catherine Wilson May 16, 2015, 5:22 pm

    Hi;
    I have a question about SIPs. I understand they are stronger, but how about the weight? Is stick built lighter or heavier? Also, isn’t spray foam insulation going to have a higher insulative value than rigid extruded foam?

  • SteveDenver May 17, 2015, 2:25 pm

    So many complaints about an average product for a premium price, AND THEY’RE ALL CORRECT.
    This is the perfect product for slumming hipsters with country club parents who live the Birkenstock fairytale until they decided it’s not fun anymore.

    • Cahow May 18, 2015, 10:20 am

      SteveDenver wrote: “This is the perfect product for slumming hipsters with country club parents who live the Birkenstock fairytale until they decided it’s not fun anymore.”

      Bwhahahahahahaaaa! YOU nailed the demographics, Steve! Love the imagery that you present. 😀

      • SteveDenver May 18, 2015, 10:27 am

        Glad you enjoyed that visual. Denver is adjacent to Boulder, a wealthy University town of wealthy diversity. Naropa Institute is chock full of kids driving BMWs and Minis who haven’t bathed or brushed their hair for weeks. CU Boulder is where kids ride skateboards to a Range Rover that is covered with Reggae and Rasta stickers.

        Even the local hip weekly, WESTWORD, reported that the top question asked by CU Freshmen is: “How much did you spend to look that poor?”

  • Susie May 18, 2015, 2:03 am

    I have been watching and reading Tiny House websites for about 2 years now. I love them, I cant wait till I sell my house and make the move to Tiny and all the lovely parts that come with that, and Im so happy for all the people Ive seen who have done that, who are happy living their dream. I am sad however to see in the last 6 months the tiny house movement has begun to be infiltrated with The Greedy Ones” and its sad because its just the opposite of what the movement is about. I think 50K for a tiny house is just ridiculous, and about double what this one is worth. The builder of LilyPad quoted me around 30k -35K and that little beauty is 3 times the house of this one. Some people dont have family to help them, and have rely on a builder. I just hope by the time Im ready to make my move, there are still some decent builders out there who will build one at a fair price, because at these prices, this movement will come and go quickly. And I had to chuckle at your reply Steve D….I think your on to something !

  • Cahow May 19, 2015, 6:38 pm

    Susie wrote: “I am sad however to see in the last 6 months the tiny house movement has begun to be infiltrated with The Greedy Ones” and its sad because its just the opposite of what the movement is about. I think 50K for a tiny house is just ridiculous…”

    Hi, Susie. I’m hoping that my response is read as “neutral” or “another viewpoint” and NOT as mean/snarky/or dismissive.

    I’ve been reading Alex’s blog for 2 years now and NEVER associated “Tiny Homes” with a certain dollar amount. Since subscribing, I’ve joyfully read about micro/tiny/small and even LARGE size homes under 2,000 sq.ft. that Alex felt warranted “something” of interest to his fans…whether that be the floor plan, the concept, the owner’s mission statement, or all of the above.

    Just like ANYTHING in the world, there are varying price points and it’s up to the buyer’s pocket book as to WHAT they can afford. Let’s say that someone needs a “Basic White T-Shirt” for a nice pair of jeans. Someone could go to Macy’s and pay $100. Someone else could go to H & M and spend $24. Then, you’d have another person go to Old Navy and buy one for $9 bucks, and of course, there’s the person who would venture into a Thrift Store and pick one up for a Buck, on 50% Off Day.

    It’s the same, to my mind, with Tiny/Small Homes. Obviously, the person who has the most money can afford to go to Macy’s; that same person can ALSO go to the Thrift Store. But, for many, they can only afford the mid-to-lower price structures. That doesn’t mean that ANYONE is “Better Than or Worse Than” each other; what it DOES mean is A) What is of value to you? and B) How much do you make?

    Far be it for me to tell an airplane pilot or lawyer that they MUST shop at a Thrift Store because I enjoy shopping there. Conversely, because I can afford to shop at Macy’s, I wouldn’t appreciate someone telling me, “You CAN’T shop there!” If a person’s education and job provide a handsome income, I say “Bully for them!”, rather than feeling sorry for myself because my salary doesn’t match theirs.

    Regarding “Greedy” developer’s who create ill-conceived tiny/small homes, well…as soon as their product doesn’t sell, they’ll go out of business. Or not. But, that’s really NO ONE’S problem but the unprepared person, right? Since Mankind stood upright, there have been charlatans who have successfully taken advantage of people, from greedy dairymen in the early 1900’s who added water and chalk to milk and sold it to immigrant’s, to shifty builder’s who need those same folks to buy their shoddy homes of any size.

    One more thing: as I’ve read 2 years of responses from Alex’s followers, I’ve also seen an increased trend from the senior members of his fans to want upgrades to any future tiny homes, which obviously increases the homes exponentially. Over and over again, these are the Add-On’s that I’m seeing requested:
    1) Washer/Dryer; 2) Stairs to a loft; 3) Additional sleeping room downstairs; 4) Dormers in the loft with a raised elevation to stand upright; 5) full-sized refrigerator; 5) not only ONE bathroom but TWO bathrooms, one with a tub; and of course, the very, very requested 6) FLUSH toilets. None of these requests are excessive nor deemed as “luxury” by someone who’s in their 50’s-70’s and is selling a home, rolling over the proceeds into a much smaller footprint. Many of us “Oldsters” HAVE lived without indoor plumbing, no electricity and no running water (in our youth) so we’ve EARNED our “stripes”, environmentally. We’ll let the Millennials with bendy-knees and the gleam of youth in their eyes clamber up the narrow ladder, haul water, chop wood, and deal with wilted vegetables because they choose to not have a frig. Speaking only for myself and my husband, in our senior years, I’ve earned the right for comfort, NOT dis-comfort.

    So, in closing, I’m as happy as can be that tiny/small developers are listening to people who don’t want to give up a full-sized frig or flush toilets and are creating small homes for them to buy and enjoy. Please remember, ANYONE can buy a stripped down model of any of these $70K luxury homes buy telling the builder: “I don’t want marble counter tops! I don’t want a frig! And I certainly don’t want running water or a flush toilet!” I’m sure that these deletions will drop the house prices by $15K or more.

    I hope my comment is taken as neutral and not inflammatory. 😀 It’s just another view point.

  • Gabriella April 26, 2016, 4:33 pm

    Is a magical dream that became reality: the landescape, the colors, accentuated by the wonderful photos. I like it

  • AVD May 16, 2016, 3:12 pm

    Individuals and builders keep building this same lame, wasteful, and function-challenged design. If you get the plan for “free” or “steal” the design by ignoring the likely copyright, then why not take the time to THINK about how a tiny house needs to function and then fix the obvious problems and design flaws before making sawdust and pounding nails.

    There are sooo many hidden costs involved in owning, placing, and transporting a tiny house that should be seriously considered before investing in the concept-aura.

    Buyers and self-builders should really take the time to analyze total cost, real needs and location requirements before investing. How many times do you plan to move a unit like this? Even if you plan to only move it once, then your 1965 VW Bug with paisley paint-job won’t be up to the task.

  • Lissa May 16, 2016, 7:24 pm

    Never see any comments on locations. You cant just drop this on a beach and call it home! Having mine built right now, and the joy of realizing this build has been crushed by not being able to find a place in Central PA to place it. Laws prevent backyard placement, mobile home parks say no, RV parks do not allow permanebt residence and close 6 months of the year. Never see much chatter on this issue!

  • Brandi May 16, 2016, 10:59 pm

    I’ll take that view today, RIGHT NOW!!!!! LOL
    Let’s just keep taking away what we want and keep those ideas rolling Alex. Great job on the variety that you provide. Thank you sooooooooo very much!!

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