Barna Log Homes

Frequently asked questions

What steps should I take to get my log home project underway?

1. Determine when you are planning to build. This will help you develop a time line for the entire planning process. If you plan to start this year or early next year, you will want to talk to your salesperson to determine package costs. If you are looking at building between 1 and 2 years from now you may want to consider the Jim Barna Layaway Plan. Click here for more information about the layaway plan.

2. Choose your lender and determine your budget. It is often helpful for you, the homeowner, to work with a lending institution that has experience in dealing with log homes. We carry information from a number of lending institutions. Feel free to call us (877-BILD-LOG) if you are interested in receiving any of this information.

3. Choose your floorplan. Assuming that you already own land or are looking for a place to build, it is time to consider what size and style of house you are planning to build. We offer a variety of standard plans ranging from small cabins to large homes. You can view the standard plans at our website on the “See Our Homes” page. All of the standard plans can be customized to meet your needs. In addition to the standard plans, we can also custom design. If you already have a floorplan in mind, we should be able to work with it.

4. Obtain a quote. Contact our office or your salesperson for more information on one of our standard plans or a custom design. They will be able to provide an accurate price quote for the design. We can also assist in forecasting a complete project cost.

5. Determine whether you plan to general contract or hire a professional general contractor. There are pros and cons to both. The general contractor plays the most important role in a construction project. He/she is responsible for all aspects of the project from the initial site preparation all the way through the finishing touches. Two of the biggest reasons you would choose to do it on your own are (1.) to save money and (2.) to have a hands-on role in constructing your own home. Two good reasons to consider hiring a professional are (1.) to have an expert handling each detail and (2.) to have someone knowledgeable overseeing each subcontractor.

6. Visit our model and the manufacturing facilities. This is a good step to take at any point during the process. Our model in Mayville, MI is open Monday through Saturday by appointment. Our manufacturing facilities are located in Oneida, TN. Plant tours and mini-seminars are offered each month. Check our calendar of events for exact dates.

7. Attend any local seminars, open houses, or shows available to you. Check our calendar of events for exact dates. Call us at 877-BILD-LOG for updated information on upcoming log home events.

These steps should be helpful in getting your project rolling. Your salesperson will be able to help you with these steps as well as many other details pertaining to your log home. We can help you achieve your goal of building a log home!

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Although our design was from another company, Barna drew blue prints from a picture and delivered our building package. The crew worked well together with the utmost care to find workmanship. We already enjoy the comfort and coziness of our Barna Log Home.

- Dave and Bonnie Matthews View All testimonials