MRH Team

Joe and Michael partnered together in 1996 to create Modern Rustic Homes.

Michael Grant | Design

Michael Grant established Modern Rustic Homes in 1996. Originally from Thomasville, Georgia, Michael now enjoys life in the North Georgia Mountains. His residential design has been published in both national and international magazines. Michael’s degree from Georgia Tech’s College of Architecture shows in his projects, which are a blend of Old World craftsmanship and state-of-the-art technology. He is a co-owner and board member of Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes, and also sits on the Georgia High Country Builders Association Board of Directors. Michael is married and has a grown daughter.

Joe Dixon | Build

Joe Dixon started his construction business in 1984, in his original home town of Lynnfield just north of Boston, Massachusetts. He joined Michael at Modern Rustic Homes as General Contractor in 1996; together the pair has built over 300 custom homes. Joe builds conventional, hybrid, log, and timber frame homes. His commitment to quality of construction, attention to details, and project management are reflected in the completed custom homes. Joe is also a co-owner of Jim Barna Log and Timber Homes. When he’s not on a job site, Joe is usually busy enjoying family life with his wife and their three children.

Jeri Presta | Client Services Manager

Jeri brings a can-do attitude with cordial service to Modern Rustic Homes clients. Her years in the Financial Services industry prepared her to handle the many tasks involved in keeping client requests and information organized and available as the build project progresses.
After many years in Florida she chose to make North Georgia her home and relates wonderfully to our clients that also wish to enjoy the relaxed mountain lifestyle.
Give Jeri a call. She’s the friend you haven’t met yet.

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