There are two different ways to build a log home. One is a rigid system, where each layer of log is attached to another layer with either a spike or a lag-bolt. The other is the settling system, where the logs are assembled with an imbedded olylog fastener (with a counter sink) or through-bolts and great care is taken in planning for the settling of the log walls. Though there are advantages to each system, Jim Barna Log and Timber Home’s standard construction method is the settling system, which ensures that the structure settles evenly.
Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes offers nine log systems, two standard materials packages and two unique building systems (standard and classic pre-cut). In our standard building system, rafters and upper floor beams are not pre-cut. These materials must be cut to specific lengths on the job site. The classic pre-cut building system combines precision engineering with ease of construction. All rafters and upper floor beams are pre-cut. All Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes are available in both the standard and the classic building systems. We code each element in our structural packages and label its exact position to eliminate guesswork and to expedite the building process.
Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes innovation can be found in our interlocking corner joinery systems. We use a double tongue-and-groove building system with a saddle-notch corner to lock the logs into place. This gives our log homes unmatched structural integrity and strength. We even designed and built the precision equipment required to execute this configuration. It is the most copied joinery system in the log home industry.
Should our customers not want to use a complete log building system, Barna Log Homes of Pennsylvania also offers alternative building systems including framed exterior walls with log siding or framed exterior walls with half logs. Our typical construction method is to pre-assemble panelized wall systems at our factory to provide the highest quality construction and then side or half log the home on the customer’s site. The customer also has the choice of adding real log corners to the home.
The options and configurations of your home are available to you in what you want and need in your home. We are here to help you every step of the way!