What do clients say?

It was a pleasure working with this group. They were quick to respond to my calls, text and emails. All were quite courteous in answering any questions. Will be looking forward to my next project with Modern Rustic Homes.

Ainsworth Zeagler

I really enjoy working with the guys at Modern Rustic Homes. They have always been very professional while constructing any project with Mullinax Truss Company. We hope to continue to do business with people like Michael and Joe for years to come.

Todd Reece

For the past 5 years I have had the pleasure of working with Modern Rustic Homes and their clients. I help with the decision making process for all the plumbing, lighting and appliance selections. The building process can be very complex and time consuming. Everyone at Modern Rustic Homes is aware of that and they do a great job to make the build a much easier process for everyone involved. Not only do they put a lot of thought into each aspect of the home, but they also have great organization, communication and customer relations. Modern Rustic Homes goes above and beyond for their clients and they are always a pleasure to work with.

Brittany Darby

Modern Rustic Homes is one of the most professional companies I’ve ever worked with. Their knowledge of building and attention to detail is something I noticed immediately. Excellent communication skills and a great team, I look forward to working with them again.

Shana Parks

I love this team! From Design to build these three men and all of there contractors have demonstrated the utmost in professionalism and class. As anyone who has ever built a home knows it can really test the limits of even the best marriages but my husband and I have enjoyed this process so much it almost doesn’t seem real and we both credit the amazing team at Modern Rustic Homes. Michael is masterful with his ability to include both the feminine and masculine in his design as well as his ability to make each of us feel as if we are getting “our way” and his attention to detail is beyond compare!! Joe as our head contractor had to work tirelessly to accomplish our vision for our property all while handling the numerous road blocks that the county and state wanted to put up. There is no other contractor I would trust to accomplish what I have seen Joe do with our project. The staff is courteous and friendly and has never dropped the ball on communication!! I can not reccomend this team highly enough, you will not be disappointed!

The Southern Basement Company

We began looking for a builder who would build us a custom mountain home. We wanted details and design different from the average mountain home. While visiting the Log Home show in Atlanta, we found Modern Rustic Homes. We were overally impressed with their style and designs of the homes. We designed our home from concept, drawings and completion with Modern Rustic Homes. The final product is exactly what we envisioned.


We are extremely happy that we hired Modern Rustic Homes to design and build our cabin in the mountains. Every step of the process they were very professional, knowledgeable, patient, understanding and helpful assisting us with the build procedure. They are also knowledgeable and helpful with the financing aspect of the project. The companies they suggested we work with to purchase products from, were also friendly and helpful to us.

When the house was being built, and all aspects leading up to the start and thru completion, there was a feeling that the house was also theirs. They looked at the project as if they were building it for themselves. If they felt that something didn’t seem right, maybe should be a different way, they made suggestions that so often were spot on right. They were not pushy, their suggestions made perfect sense and looked and felt great when it was done.

The experience was truly rewarding with this company. We were out of state homeowners, but when and if we needed anything, they were only a phone call away. Even if it was just to answer a question we had. I highly recommend this company to anyone who needs an experienced, knowledgeable and personable contractor/builder/architect for their project. Large or small projects, they treat everyone with the same in a warm, friendly manner.


We met Michael Grant and Joe Folsom at the 2013 Apple Festival. Our hearts told us that they were the people we wanted to build our home in the North Georgia Mountains. Unfortunately, real estate values in our area were not conducive to selling, so we had to put our dream on hold.

A year later we decided to list our Marietta home. It sold in four days! We needed a temporary place to live in Ellijay during dream construction. Weekend after weekend Joe drove us around Ellijay, Cherry Log, and Blue Ridge trying unsuccessfully to locate a suitable rental. Meanwhile, time was running out in Marietta.

This is where our hearts were right: Michael, at his expense, converted one of his offices into a living space so that we would have a home. Literally, he was putting the finishing touches on the shower when our movers arrived at the door. Joe, using his personal time, configured our computer network and internet so that I could work from home. There have never been words to express our gratitude.

On to dream construction! We gave Michael a scribbled drawing, from which he created a CAD drawing. Working closely with Joe, we got the best construction financing. And then we met Joe Dixon, the master who creates dreams from paper drawings.

We’ve lived in their midst during the construction process, seeing them almost every day. We consider them family. Our home is one step away from completion. It is everything we wanted. But as eager as we are to live in our dream, we reluctantly leave Michael, Joe, and Joe and the little home they made for us.

J Blanton

MRH did an amazing job on our lake home. The home site was very challenging, with a 30 foot drop in elevation from front to back, a fairly small and odd-shaped footprint and significant build restrictions. They designed a spectacular home using every square inch of buildable land that incorporated all of our criteria and maximized the lake view from every angle. As a first-time home builder I really appreciated their guidance and extensive knowledge throughout the process — they often thought of things that hadn’t crossed my mind, or were able to improve the ideas I did have. They had experience using the best subcontractors and finest materials, and never cut corners or skimped on any aspect of the project. I had complete faith in the entire team — from architect to build team — that I was getting their best effort. Any issues that did arise throughout the process were handled to my full satisfaction. Their attention to detail is unbelievable — they would redo things I hadn’t even noticed. My architect visited the site one day and decided that the wooden gate that was made to provide access to the deck was not up to snuff. Without even asking me he had a new one build then repurposed the old one into a awesome piece of yard decor with our address on it. The project was completed on time once the foundation issues, which were identified early on, were resolved. The budget increased only due to decisions and changes we made as the home was being built/finished. The only negative part of the project was that I chose to use my own stone guy for marble/granite in the kitchen and bathrooms. My builder was very accommodating but the contractor I selected was not as good as the contractors my builder brought in. I should have used their guy!

So I totally loved MRH — and plan to use them again soon as I redo the basement in my primary residence.


We had planned for many years to build our ideal log home in the north GA mountains and in the process, researched several log home builders. The team at Modern Rustic Homes was far and away the most professional and comprehensive group we found. We had heard horror stories from friends about bad experiences with home builders and were extremely cautious in our selection. The quality of Modern Rustic Homes work in every phase of the process was first rate. From the design phase to completion, their attention to detail was impeccable. Incorporating all of our “must haves” into our home design was quite a challenge especially with the steep pitch of our lot but the team worked with us and we love the end product.


Modern Rustic Homes was one of the most professional and knowledgeable contractors that we have ever had the privilege of working with. Their attention to detail while creating custom one of a kind projects was truly remarkable. I have and will continue to recommend them to all of my clients in the future.

Universal Aquatics

These guys are all very good at what they do. Everyone is treated with respect and are very professional each step of the way when it comes to building your custom home and the quality they put into their work. Very impressed from start to finish on each job and interaction I’ve had with this company.


Mike and Joe are professionals in an environment where men of knowledge and character are rare. I would recommend them to anyone that is interested in a modern rustic home.

Mark Chastain

We are very pleased and excited about our new, Modern Rustic- built home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Georgia. It is now our permanent retirement home. From our first meeting, almost 36 months ago, everyone at MRH, starting with Joe Folsom, who was our agent for purchase of the 40 acre farm where the house is located, and ending with some minor, post-move in “punch list” work, worked at the highest levels of professionalism and met our expectations.
Architect Michael Grant prepared the initial design and worked closely with us in revising and updating the initial design, both before and after we signed the final construction contract. During the course of construction, both Michael and Joe Dixon, general contractor, acted responsibly and promptly to consider and implement our agreed change order requests, such as adding a wonderful upstairs room, with dormer windows highlighting the view; adding a basement fireplace; and finishing two basement rooms (including the den with the fireplace) that had not been included in the preliminary plans.
The on-site work was carried out by true, professional craftsmen using building techniques and very high quality materials typically not found in a North Georgia mountain home. While the construction process may have taken longer than we had hoped, we were glad that our custom home was constructed with “tender loving care,” to the highest standards of construction, when compared to a few homes in the area that were started after ours and completed before ours. A professional developer and Atlanta builder visited during the course of construction, complemented the work then in progress, and said, “I wish I could afford to build my retirement home to the standards of this one.” Everyone who has visited since has had high praise for our spectacular home. We highly recommend Modern Rustic Homes as the design/ build contractor for your “dream,” mountain home.

Edmund Kneisel

Dedicated to their craft. The team at Modern Rustic was very creative as well as being open to our vision of the project. The finished home is absolutely stunning both in design and quality of construction. I would highly recommend the team at Modern Rustic Homes for any custom build.

Scott Holroyd

My first interview with Michael Grant after deciding to use Barna ahomes to build my log home was amazing. As I told Michael what I was looking for in the design of my cabin he was busy drawing. As we continued to work together more details with his artist ideas and my veto or agreement. Michael was very quick to listen to my ideas and adapting to general design.
Michael Grant, Joe Dixon the builder/contractor and Joe Folsom who works with financing were always available for questions. Joe Folsom was great providing local possibilities for financing. I knew nothing about building a house, was working alone and was able to rely with confidence on this team for guidance. Looking forward to completion of my project very soon.


Over the past 30 years, we have built three houses. This experience with Modern Rustic Homes, by far, has been the most pleasant and rewarding. From day one, our contact with Michael Grant has been a journey that any homeowner would relish. If we could script a perfect real estate experience, this would be it. Our intuition, after speaking with Michael for the first time, was…here is a trustworthy, meticulous and professional designer and builder. While Michael provided real estate, design and architectural expertise, his team also included a builder, Joe Dixon and a real estate partner, Joe Folsom. Without exception, at all levels, everyone we came in contact with (carpenters, plumber, cabinetmaker, painter, etc.) was professional, courteous and skilled and cared deeply about the quality of their work. To this day, 2 years after completion, we are still in contact with Michael and his team. They promptly return phone calls and follow up on any questions or requests that we have. I am proud to say that not only did we end up with a spectacular home, but we also ended up with true lifelong friends.

Rich & Susan Haydel


There aren’t enough superlatives to describe our experience with the team at Modern Rustic Homes. This was our first opportunity to build our own home and we couldn’t have put our faith in better hands. Joe Folsom expertly walked us through the whole design/build process including financing options. Michael Grant was such a pleasure to work with and was so adept at translating our ideas onto paper, it was uncanny. We collaborated during the entire build, and the result is truly a cozy, light-filled, party-perfect house. The proportions of the rooms, the relationship of the interior to the exterior spaces, and the glorious details are all a result of Michael’s limitless talent. Thanks to Joe Dixon we know we have a structure that will stand the test of time, and that what is behind the walls is as perfect as what we see. He set a tone on the job site that made every worker strive to do their best. He is truly a problem solver and was able to accommodate the various changes we made during the entire building process. The result….Our Dream Home and Friends Forever!


We had a fantastic experience with Joe Folsom. Joe is a Realtor and a builder. Joe’s expertise as a builder was very helpful when we looked at properties. Joe was able to look at each property with eyes of a builder. Joe is very patient, thorough, and very quick to respond to our inquiries. We would use Joe again and we would also recommend Joe to our friends. Thank you Joe!


I worked with this company over a few months looking for a 2nd home that I could also rent out. I shopped around for an agent over a couple of weeks and stumbled upon Joe Folsom in Ellijay. From the start, Joe was extremely friendly, and helpful. He asked the right questions, and then over a 6 month period showed me all the different types of properties that I requested. Joe was very patient and provided me with all the information I needed to make a great purchase. He was not pushy or aggressive like other agents. He was extremely flexible and was willing to show me places whenever I was available. He made the purchase process of a 2nd home smooth and provided me with the right contacts and 3rd parties to make the transaction a pleasant experience.


When my husband and I made the decision to sell our beloved twelve year old cabin, we met with Joe Folsom with Modern Rustic Homes to discuss options. Joe was honest in that he explained the market situation and comparable homes in our price range. He supported our decision to sell, timeline, and selling price.

Joe advertised our cabin using a broad spectrum of online and traditional selliing resources. The customers he showed the cabin to were viable and qualified to purchase our cabin.

To make this selling process more challenging, we went on a ten day cruise/trip to Alaska and discovered how limited contact was at a very critical point of the negotiating/selling process. Joe was vigilant in trying to keep us in the negotiation loop. I’m sure he was chewing his nails and pulling his hair out due to the time zone differences as well as lack of cell phone signals.

Once the contract was signed he was of great assistance in ensuring minor repairs were completed so that the closing would go ahead smoothly.

As much as we hated to sell our cabin, Joe worked with both of us to help us through the selling process. I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to sell or purchase a home.


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