PA, WV, OH & other Log Home Testimonials

We had a dream of a log home in the Adirondack Mountains but were not sure how to go about it. So, we started by attending a seminar at a log home show where the presenter repeatedly stated the importance finding the right dealer to work with: one willing to put us first, one we could trust, respect and rely on. At the same log home show, we met Joy and Jim Mulkern. Immediately we felt very comfortable with them both and they showed a true interest in us. Although we met with a number of other dealers and representatives of log home suppliers in the months following the show, none measured up to them. We are so glad that we choose Joy and Jim. They have surpassed all expectations and hopes we had when selecting them. We didnít make the process very easy for them. We live over 300 miles east of their office and we wanted to build 400 miles to the north of our location. To make matters worse for Joy, we had little knowledge of log home building and for that matter building in general. This was never a problem for Joy. She spent many hours helping us plan our dream. She was always available when we had a question or needed help. She made herself available to talk with us when the time was good for us. Joy and Jim provided an unbelievable level of service and dedication. They were as excited about our log home as we were. When you combine this with their great knowledge and experience, you have the perfect combination. We were lucky to find Joy and Jim, not only for all the above reasons but also because we feel we have made good friends.

Gene and Donna Chace
Glen Mills, PA and Keene, NY

My building experience was a wonderful journey. I went with Barna Log Homes and my builders were Joy and Jim Mulkern (of Evans City). They were great to work with and have an excellent staff. Not only did I receive good contractors but I have gained friends throughout the process. I travel alot with my job and as a result, Joy and Jim were not only helpful but patient with me - often times - being on site to manage tasks that I probably should of been there doing myself! This definitely allowed me to continue with the project while working remotely/out of state. J&J are honest and upfront with information and have a great reputation.

Brenda L. Stelika
Sigel, PA

We looked at many log home builders, from Colorado to Tennessee to here in Florida, but decided that we should get a builder close to where we were building. I went online and found you. I had heard of Jim Barna for years and trusted the name that had been around since I had first started dreaming about a log home. At first, your bids were too high and I told you we were going to have Hudson build us a manufactured home. What a Godsend you were!!! We would have lost our money right along with many other people!! And then you came through with the Adventure Series and put me in touch with Renee. We are very, very happy with the quality of our cabin and our choice of builders. You always come through and took care of things. You have the patience of a saint! We also like to brag to our friends and family that it was Amish Built. Overall we would recommend you in a heartbeat! We'll see you in March!

John and Tonia Armstrong

PS: We enjoyed working with Heather at Nextier too!

Dear Jim & Joy,

The Entire Borough Council and the Community of Sewickley Hills would like to extend a sincere thank you and offer our appreciation for your successful execution of the contract that lead to the beautiful new municipal building now serving our community. The building is a testament to the hard work and integrity of J&J Log Homes in cooperation with the Borough of Sewickley Hills.

Your product fulfills every aspect of what was envisioned for this building, what it should be and how it should look. The building is a milestone in the development of our community and will be an asset for many years to come. The many compliments received from the residents of the Borough and neighbors alike are a testament to your efforts and the craftsmanship of your workers. Please know that we realize and appreciate that these efforts in many cases exceeded the expected.

It has truly been a pleasure working with you on this project.

Don Fogel
Vice President, Sewickley Hills Borough

Joy and Jim Mulkern, of J&J Log Homes, are a joy to work with as you build your home. They have a wealth of information that gives you real options, and they are mindful of the customer's money. They are very customer-oriented, and always follow up on their committments. They help you plan your home, they manage the construction and site work, and they follow up on details once you move in, for there are always minor items that have to be adjusted (including log homes settling over the first year). Joy and Jim believe not just in satisfying the customer, but in delighting the customer. They are very reliable, and manage the process as if it were their home. They resolve issues that arise with solid sense and fairness. They are fun to work with. Against the grain, you will end up with them not only as business partners in building a home, but also as friends. We continue to love living in our log home.

Marty and Leni Resick
Emlenton, Pa 16373

We chose J&J Log Homes for many reasons; first and foremost was their ability to be both salesman and general contractor for our project. We liked the idea of a turnkey operation, which reduced the number of things we had to worry about immeasurably. Never having been involved in the process of home building, let alone a log home, we were more than a little trepidacious. Jim and Joy explained the building process step-by-step, answered all of our questions quickly and concisely, and eased all of our fears. J&J were a pleasure to work with throughout the project; their subcontractors (carpenters, plumbers, electricians, and painters/stainers) were completely professional and fabulous craftsmen. We would not hesitate to build again with J&J and would recommend them to friends and family.

David and Amy Horn
Baden, Pennsylvania

We weren't sure what type of home we wanted until we visited the log home show in Monroeville. After seeing the final product, it stole our hearts. The question was when, and with what company. That is where we met Joy and our search ended. Not only did Barna have a plan we loved and a price that seemed very competitive, Joy answered every question we had in explicit detail. The bonus for us was that Joy and her husband Jim of J&J Log Homes, were also general contractors and were able to put us on their construction schedule for the upcoming January. Finally our shopping was done.

From the day of delivery, we were impressed with quality of the product and the hard working nature of J&J's entire team. They were there with us every step of the way and never more than a phone call away. When looking at the total picture: quality, credibility, options, competitive pricing AND the people involved, we chose Jim Barna and J&J Log Homes.

From the time at the design table to the day of delivery they were there. We moved in to our beautiful Westwind III about 7 months later. While no project of this size is going to be challenge free, they worked diligently towards the resolution of each one. In our mind, this is what really counts. Be sure that when you choose a partner to make your dream home a reality that you choose people that will be there whenever you need them. We would suggest you choose Barna Log Homes by J&J.

Mark & Deanne Walton
Hookstown, PA