Business & Finance

Monk’s Home Improvements: Ty and Viviane Monk's Vision Becomes a Reality

Credits: Jason Cohen

CHATHAM, NJ - Growing up in Maplewood, Ty Monk always had the desire to fix, repair and build things.  Five years ago, he took that love and started Monk’s Home Improvements.

Since the age of 14, Monk has been Mr. Fix It, he said.  He started out part-time helping his neighbor with jobs, continued in high school and it helped pay his way through college. Monk eventually left school and became a self-employed contractor.  

He enjoyed working on his own in his early 20s because of the freedom and he made his own schedule, he said. He then worked for a company for a brief time, but he likes things his way, so he left and started Monk’s in 2007.

Sign Up for E-News

“When we started out I literally spent every dime I had to get the business started,” Monk said.

Monk's Home Improvements renovates homes and paint interior and exteriors in: Madison, Chatham, Florham Park, Morristown, Livingston, Westfield, Summit, Harding, Short Hills, Basking Ridge, New Providence and Bernardsville. He started the company with his wife, Viviane.  They have 50 employees and a small office staff.

They specialize in exterior and interior painting, dustless floor refinishing, exterior carpentry, kitchen, attic, basement and  bathroom renovation, new decks, deck re-facing with composite (keep the existing framing), trim repair and window and door replacement and installation.

Since they started five years ago, business has been amazing, he said. Even when the market crashed, they were only minimally affected, Monk said. Working on homes instead of businesses has its perks, he said.  

“It’s a different type of work,” he said. “I think this is more challenging. When you are in a house, you are in the most personal place you can be.”

Monk’s Home Improvements has become well known in the area. The majority of their work is either repeat customers or through referrals.

“We’re very customer service-oriented,” he said.

Leaving a client unsatisfied simply isn’t an option, Monk said. If something breaks or there is a problem after they finish a job, they always return and repair it, he said.

The best part of Monk's is its location and the closeness of the people that work there, he said. In addition to his wife, his brother and neighbor work there, as well. Furthermore, because of the many services they provide, Monk said there isn’t a company in the area that can compete with them.

“In my opinion this is the greatest place in the world,” he said. “I wouldn’t work anywhere else.”

Monk’s Home Improvements is located at 368 Main St. Chatham, NJ.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


A Week at the Library of The Chathams Monday, February 19 – Sunday, February 25, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library are continuing their book collection in preparation for Annual Book Sale.  Kids are off from school on Monday for Presidents’ Day – bring them to the library!  We have plenty for them to do.  For adults, Professor Licklider’s second lecture on North Korea will take place on Tuesday.  The ...

A Week at the Library of The Chathams - Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018

A Week at the Library of The Chathams

Monday, February 5 – Sunday, Sunday, February 11, 2018


By Galina Natenzon

Friends of the Library book collection continues.  The tax season is here, and dedicated volunteers are here to help you with you tax returns!

For information about all programs or to sign up, please call the library at 973‑635‑0603 or go to ...

Imagine a Chatham Toboggan Ride from the Top of Fairmount Avenue to Main Street

Did you know….
there was a time when Chatham kids could ice skate from downtown Chatham all the way to Florham Park? And that a toboggan ride could last from the top of Fairmount Avenue down to Main Street and beyond?

Those were the days!

This was back in the early to mid-1900s. The Passaic River meandered through grassy meadows and woods on the north side of Chatham. The marshy ...


AtlantiCast Medical Minute: Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center

On this episode of the AtlantiCast Medical Minute, we’ll take you inside the Atlantic Orthopedic Institute’s Scoliosis and Spinal Deformity Center, with the center’s director, Jason Lowenstein, MD.

Video Link:

AtlantiCast Episode 011

Breaking Atlantic Health System news on this week’s AtlantiCast! Plus, find out why Morristown Medical Center is one of the best hospitals in the nation when it comes to recovering from joint surgery, see the newest center for fighting brain cancer and an Atlantic Health System red-carpet premiere!


Sara Irish of Chatham Named to Saint Joseph's University Dean's List

February 18, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - Sara Irish of Chatham earned Dean's List honors at Saint Joseph's University for the Fall 2017 semester.

Irish studies Risk Management and Insurance in the University's Erivan K. Haub School of Business. Students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or above, a B or greater in all their classes, and complete at least 15 credits to earn Dean's ...