Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes History

Jim Barna had been involved in construction nearly his entire life.  As a child he helped his father build their family's home.  While still a young man, Jim started his own ecavating and construction company.  But, it was only after returning home from Vietnam that his future in log homes began to take shape.

Strongly influenced by the structural integrity he'd seen in classic European and early American structures, Jim began designing log homes with the same massive timbers.  Instead of using crudely crafted butt-and-pass log walls, as other were doing, Jim began milling his logs to specific, uniform tolerances and joining them together with interlocking saddle-notch corners and a tongue-and-groove method that kept them straight, air and water-tight.  His methods caught on, and today the multiple log systems produced by Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes lead the industry in innovation, integrity and ease of construction.  In their May, 2002 issue, Builder Magazine recognized Jim Barna Log Systems as the #1 Log Home Manufacturer in America.

"The easier we make it for people to build a log home, the more people will be able to own one."  Jim Barna

Our goal is to make the process of designing, choosing and building a lo home easy enough for anyone to accomplish.  As simple as it may seem, that goal is one that few log companies have been able to accomplish to the degree that Jim Barna Log & Timber Homes has.  Everything we do - from our network of architects and designers to our builder training facilities, is designed to break the entire planning and building processes down into small, manageable segments.  Through our experienced sales and support staff, we offer the direction and help you need to find the right home plan, log system, materials package, construction services and to turn your dream of owning a log home into a wonderful reality.

"Give Back."  -  Jim's dad.

As an immigrant to this country, Jim's father realized the value of the freedoms and opportunities we enjoy - the true American Dream.  He taught Jim that with these freedoms comes the responsibility to give back to one's community.  Jim has responded by being a consistent and generous contributor to many worthwhile causes including the National Park Service, to whom we've donated several dormitories (log, of course).  In 1999, Jim and his wife, Faye, formed the Jim Barna Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to funding reforestation and education programs focusing on the reclamation and preservation of one of our nations most precious natural resources - our forest.

Jim Barna, Sr. 

Founder / Chairman of the Board