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Our reputation with our clientele means everything. The entire team at Monarch takes great pride in the happiness of each client as well as the long-lasting relationship we gain after each home is built.  Thank you for taking the time to read the stories and journeys of our clients.


John & Janice Skikas

We contracted with Monarch in 2020 to build our custom home in Rathdrum and we had a great experience with their entire team throughout the process.

They were available to answer our many questions along the way and they were very communicative about the timing of the design decisions we needed to make. Shawn has an excellent eye for color and design and her advice was invaluable.

Their office staff was friendly and efficient, their foremen, Eric and Scott, were hard working and knowledgeable, and their contractors were all top-notch professionals. And all of them were the nicest people.
We couldn’t be happier with our Monarch experience! We’ve been in our new home for a year now and are very pleased with Monarch’s quality and craftsmanship

Ian & Becky Woodman

My wife and I have been working with Monarch Custom Homes since 2019. When we started the process of deciding what custom builder to use, we insisted on looking into only the very best and most reputable builders in the Hayden, Idaho area.

We met with 3 different builders and decided to move forward with Monarch Custom Homes due to their genuine love for building custom homes. We are incredibly happy with our decision, and they have built us, quite possibly, one of the nicest homes in the area.

After helping us with the design process, Monarch started breaking ground in August of 2020. Throughout the process, both my wife and I felt completely comfortable asking any questions we needed answers to and getting all our phone calls and emails responded to in a timely fashion.
Throughout the building process, Monarch assisted us in deciding what sub-contractors to use, and often recommended items that weren’t in our original design that made our house absolutely perfect. Thank you, Eric, for all your suggestions!

We moved into our home on September 1st, 2021. I am writing this testimonial exactly 1 year after we have moved in, and there is no doubt that my wife and I are completely happy with the quality of our home, and how perfect it is for us.

Both my wife and I will always highly recommend this builder over any other builder in our area. We are so thankful for the relationships and friendships that have come from choosing Monarch Custom Homes. They truly built us a masterpiece!

Dave Chapman

We contracted with Monarch construction in 2017 to build our 5700 square-foot house. Monarch is one of the premier builders in this area their attention to detail and craftsmanship was outstanding. It was a pleasure working with the Monarch team. I never thought that building a house of that size would be so easy. They were always in contact with us giving updates on the progress of the house. It was finished on the time frame they gave us and within our budget. Monarch is a great company that builds quality homes. They were so happy with our house that they stenciled a picture of it on all their trucks.”

Scott & Kathy Smith

What a spectacular house Monarch built for Scott and I. Almost four years later, we still aren’t tired of hearing our guests as they enter our home for the first time and gasp and say “What a beautiful home you have.” It’s fun to watch them admire, inspect on comment on the quality of construction from the outside to the inside. (And we love showing it off!) Credit goes to Monarch, their Team and the all the trades they have chosen to work with them, staying true to their vision.

From our first meeting with Monarch to our final walkthrough, and four years later Monarch delivered what they promised and have never disappointed us.
We are not the easiest people to work with all the time. However, Monarch made us feel we were always the most important.

Thank you for creating such a spectacular home for Scott and I.

Nora & Robert Jordan

Shawn, Monarch Custom Homes, and her crew have done a wonderful job for our family. They built our first home here in beautiful Idaho, my home state. We are now looking forward to them building our second home very soon. Thank you very much Monarch Custom Homes and Shawn.

Tony & Lindsey Mangano

The home Monarch recently constructed for us exceeded our expectations. Our home is extremely well-built and everyone that works for Monarch is skilled, friendly, professional, and helpful. They offered great suggestions along the way and we greatly valued their professional input. The subcontractors that Monarch works with were excellent as well. I hope this is my forever home, but if I build again I would be happy to work with Monarch. If you choose them as a builder, I guarantee you will be very pleased with the finished product.

Camy Popiel

My home was built by Joel and Shawn in 2004 and I still reside in it! From getting the design out of my head and on to paper to getting the grass in on my acre lot, I couldn’t be happier! There isn’t a thing I would change about my house or the process! You hear horror stories about “building” but you won’t find that with Monarch! I’d do it all again tomorrow! Top notch! Best of the best! I wish I could I give 10 stars!

Chris Leonard

I HIGHLY recommend Monarch Custom Homes!! Joel, Shaun, Eric and their team are very professional, personal and patient. We absolutely love our new home and can’t find a thing we would change. The few minor items that required additional attention after closing were promptly addressed by Joel. The follow up after the project has been good and reinforces the overall Pride that they take in making sure everything is just right.

Keith & Rachel Rowberry

In the beginning it seemed Monarch was as excited to build my home as I was. That feeling remained throughout the build. There were some times when I didn’t know what I wanted and gave Monarch the “creative green lite” I could not have come close to some of the amazing design choices they came up with. This folks are hardworking community involved people. If I had to do it all over I would choose Monarch, not the least expensive but the best quality.

The Schillingers

We knew as soon as we met Joel and Shawn that we wanted them to build our home. They have exceeded our expectations on the home building process. Everyone we worked with from the office was always going above and beyond to help us with everything we needed. Eric, the project manager on our home was exceptional as well. He is so knowledgeable and was always right there to take care of any hiccups along the way. We would recommend them to anyone looking to have a one of a kind home built.

Steve & Marianna Cochran

We are delighted with our home. Our experience with Monarch was professional and thorough throughout the build process. Thank you for your integrity, candor and patience with us. As first-time home builders, there was much we learned along the way and the Monarch team was always willing to explain and be available for our questions. Cheers to Joel, Shawn, Eric, Vanessa and their subcontractors!

Jon & Lynette Wilson

The entire Monarch experience was both professional and competent. They engineered and built the home entirely to our specifications, giving us helpful advice during the process of building our home. If we were to build another home, I would definitely contract Monarch Custom Homes again.

Brad & Sandi Hill

Building our new home in Mill River Court was truly a rewarding and fun process. We were totally impressed and satisfied with Monarch Development’s ability and mission to stay focused on a perfect completion, the attention to detail by Monarch was incredible and overwhelming. What’s most important to the whole home building process for us? Monarch has been there for this new home, following completion, no questions asked. Now that’s the way to do a new home.

Buzz and Sandy Saylor

We are so proud to be owners of a home built by Monarch Development! The quality of every aspect of the construction and the attention to detail are simply outstanding. In addition, working with Joel Anderson and his staff was such a pleasure. Everyone we dealt with was courteous and efficient and everything was done in a timely manner – every request was handled with the utmost professionalism. We could not be more pleased or recommend a company so highly!

Lee & Barb Hoffman

If you are looking for a builder who listens well and addresses issue with creativity, then Monarch Development may be the builder for you. When we decided to build in the Coeur d’Alene area, we were living in Houston, TX at the time. We had some reservations about building from a long distance. However, Shawn & Joel alleviated those concerns with frequent communications via email and weekly telephone conference calls. They took the time to answer our questions and walked us through the entire construction process. They made appropriate suggestions to enhance the beauty of our home. We couldn’t be more pleased with the quality of the home that Monarch Development built for us.

George and Linda Rohlinger

Monarch Development did an outstanding job building our home. The pride Monarch takes in its work is evident throughout the construction process from beginning to end. Consistent with providing sound craftsmanship Monarch’s customer service is top notch. Monarch communicated with us throughout the project and managed our expectations well. Its no wonder why Monarch is the builder of choice in our neighborhood.

Brad & Julie Murray and daughter Darby Murray

Based on recommendations we received from multiple friends, we met with Monarch (Joel and Shawn) to discuss building our home in Twin Lakes Village. Throughout the entire process, Monarch met or exceeded all of our expectations. Their honesty, extensive knowledge and personal approach lived up to everything we had heard. Joel and Shawn employ outstanding and talented craftsmen who pay attention to detail and take pride in the quality of their work. They maximize the value of every dollar spent while providing a level of financial transparency that gave us continual insight and control of the project. Joel and Shawn have trusted relationships with their partners and suppliers and this enabled the project to be done according to schedule with an attention to detail that was outstanding. The level of commitment, dedication, and professionalism that they provided to us throughout the building process resulted in a relationship such that we count them as family friends– they made the experience that memorable and successful.

We would recommend them and gladly share our experience firsthand.

Dave and Mikki Haught

When my husband and I, decided to build our home, we began our search for a builder. We talked with several contractors and toured many homes that were in the Parade of Homes. It soon became clear that a true “custom feel” home, was most obvious, in the homes that Monarch Development was building. After scheduling a meeting with the Andersons’, owners of Monarch, we felt that they had the greatest willingness to work with us and could build the custom home that we were looking for.

It’s been a great experience working with Joel and Shawn . They saw to our every need, while building our home. Their guidance was invaluable! We wanted a Northwest style home, with a Lodge feel, vaulted ceilings, lots of wood, rock and large timbers. They helped us through the building process, to capture the comfortable, warm feeling that we wanted. We couldn’t be more pleased with the finished product.

Terri and John Goedde

Terri and I did a lot of investigation prior to asking contractors to bid our project. We had been impressed with Monarch’s work; were happy with their bid; appreciated Eric, their Superintendent; and enjoyed working with their team during the construction. We love our new home and would use Monarch again without question.