"Since our youth our greatest dream was to live in a log home. During our time sightseeing through Germany we learned the variety of log homes and log home companies. None of those houses had the spark we wanted. In 1996, when we had almost given up on our dream, my brother in law directed our attention to a log home in the neighboring town. That log home should be from America. We were skeptical, a house from America ?! We took a tour of the house and it was love at first sight. For us, it was clear immediately that we too would build a Jim Barna log home. In August 1997, after almost a year looking for a building lot, came also our log cabin from America. We had selected the standard Briarwood model. We still enjoy every moment in our log cabin and we are still grateful to everyone and the team of Jim Barna who helped us to realize our dream."
Ulrike & Herbert Matrisch,
"We were a bit nervous to order our dream log home from a company overseas. We looked and contacted several US log home companies and from the first moment we had the best contact with Jim Barna. You can feel that this is what they do and they are good at it. They helped us through the whole process of building our log home (which will also serve as a sales model now !), from designing the house, ordering, regulations, transportation as well as building it. The house package has already arrived at our place, the quality of materials is great. We can not wait till we can move in. I can honestly say that if we build again, it will be a home manufactured by Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes as well. It is just the best company in this business. Thank you Jim Barna!"
"The first time I visited Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes in Tennessee, I visualized a large home that I would build for my large family. We have almost completed a five homes project for my ranch including Jim Barna’s 450 square meter Bluff Point and I hope to bring four generations of my relatives around a big table there just a couple of months from now."
Rjazan Region, Russia
We are Mogens and Randi from Denmark. We bought our log home from Jim Barna Log Homes a few years ago. It all began with a dream and today we live in the best house one can possibly get. In Denmark everything is beyond your imagination when it comes to prices and costs. We decided that if our dream has to come true, we had to build the home ourselves. In order to do this, seeing that we are not carpenters or in any other way handcraft people, we needed to learn how to build a log home, learn about the principles and learn how to read a log wall assembly drawing. We travelled to Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes' headquarters in Oneida, Tennessee and joined a Jim Barna one week seminar, where all the above issues were included for us to learn. We got to talk to the Barna people and saw how this company works pretty much like a big family. We got to see how the logs are processed from when they come into the plant until they are ready to be shipped off as part of a new log home. The logs arrived in two 40 feet containers in Denmark. We had a professional builder’s team come and get all the logs out and arranged around the area where the house was to be built. Then we took over from there. We had a lot of fantastic hours with building our log home with our own bare hands. It was hard. But it was great fun. The Jim Barna part of our adventure is outstanding and the quality of the logs is fantastic.
Today, insulation requirements in Denmark is sky-high and many other log-home companies face problems with their quality and do not get a permission to build without insulation. We managed to prove the high values of the pine species used for Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes, and today we live in our log home with no insulation in the walls. It’s warm, the air is dry which eliminates allergies and yeast grown. We are so grateful that Jim Barna does take log home building seriously. In our own company our philosophy is: Make money but do it with grace and a high standard as the ultimate focus. This philosophy matches perfectly with the philosophy of Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes’. We wish you all a fantastic future and we are looking forward to getting the next load of logs from you for our log siding project and machine-house project.
Mogens and Randi Plesner
"We were truly amazed by the quality of the Jim Barna materials package, the flexibility offered by Jim Barna and the craftmanship and support of their international master log home builder, Mr. Gabor Bodan. We closely worked with Jim Barna and Mr. Bodan for quite a while to create our dream home. We are more than satisfied with the outcome and proudly show our new log home to our friends. We encourage any customers to work with Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes and with Mr. Bodan’s international log home building crew in the future."
Marton Orosz and Family
Godollo Domonyvolgy, Hungary
"As I think back, I was fortunate to meet Mr. Jim Barna, the man who started it all with his bare hands; that was something that impressed me greatly. He knew what it took to build my dream, and he promised me a stunningly beautiful log home... and he was right. As I move through my house I still get moments of being awestruck from its stunning beauty. Those classic lines of its structure intermingled with the unique grain structure of the hardwood like yellow pine that comes alive with age. From the moments of initial design, to the exciting day of delivery, and to the challenges of construction, the Barna team was always there helping me build my dream. They call it the Barna experience, an experience I highly recommend if you want a house as stunning as mine."
"After a half year research into American log houses, I decided to order my log summer-house from Jim Barna. I got a friendly phone call from their export manager and we had a long chat about the possibilities. As there was not a suitable model available for our purpose, we decided to draw the plans and Jim Barna’s architects transferred our idea into a log house at a reasonable cost. For several months we exchanged almost daily emails and had conference calls to finalize the architectural plans and to discuss other details. I got valuable guidance about the size of windows, log treatment and insulation options. Their website was very informative and anything I did not understand was explained clearly on the phone. The log home package was delivered in closed sea containers door to door. I was so pleased that there were plenty of extra materials so I did not have to worry about running out. I was recommended an independent, highly trained log house building team from Hungary who erected the house in two weeks on the foundation we organized ourselves. The summer house is really well designed and built, especially the doors and windows are excellent with good opening mechanisms and mosquito nets. The logs are impressively thick, insulating the house so well against the British chill without any extra insulation in the walls. We chose cathedral ceiling for extra headroom and square logs with dovetail corners that look fantastic, minimalist and at the same time show high quality carpentry. In the beginning I was skeptical about the comment made by the builder that one does not have to heat a log house. However, I have learned that during sunny days in the Winter the logs collect heat and retain it so well that the temperature inside rises without any other heat source. My log summer house is ecological and healthy as the log naturally “breaths” so the air inside is fantastic with a pleasant smell of wood."
Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
"I have been working with Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes since 1996. Initially, I worked directly with Mr. Barna who always followed his dreams. One of Jim’s biggest dreams was to offer the best available log home products and customer service to our clients both in the US and Internationally. Due to his international heritage, Mr. Barna always supported our work at the international department therefore we gained great experience in delivering authentic American log home packages to international destinations. Every morning when I step in to my office I feel great pride to be able to be a member of the Jim Barna organization and I do my best to pass Mr. Barna’s legacy on to our international distributors and their customers."
International Sales Director
Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes
Oneida, Tennessee, USA
"I ordered a custom log home with help and consultation from the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Jim Barna Log Homes. My home travelled about 2500 miles by rail, boat, and truck and the product I received was of good quality, was very simple to put together, and my log cabin looks great! I’m looking forward to enjoying my home for many years to come and I would not hesitate to recommend Jim Barna Log Homes."
Terra Nova, NL, Canada