Trophy Amish Cabins, LLC is a small family operated business, located in South Lyon, MI. Display models located at the Trophy Ranch Display location 1976 E. Chicago Rd (US-12) Jonesville, MI 49250.
Trophy Ranch Display, just 3 miles east of downtown Jonesville, 15 miles West of US-127 in the beautiful rolling Irish Hills.
We enjoy visiting our 46 acre recreational property because we are able to appreciate outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking, observing nature, ATV riding and at the end of the day, watching the stars, at a cozy crackling camp fire, next to our beautiful Trophy Amish cabin.
At first we would set up and sleep in a tent, then pack it up to leave, it was a hassle. The closest hotel was 10 miles away, and took time away from our outdoor camping experience, not to mention the added expense.
We soon decided that our weekend Get A Way visits would be more enjoyable with a small place to stay. We looked at used pop ups, campers, trailers, and motor homes. They were all designed and built extra light duty for fuel efficient transportation, short ceilings, and required constant maintenance. If stored outside year round, the floors get spongy, roof leaks, they attract rodents, insects, develop a musty odor and deteriorated very quickly.
We decided on building a small week end Cabin. I drew up the detailed plans and soon realized we just didn't have the time to build it, and decided to purchase a cabin instead.
We had heard of some Amish built Log Cabins that were delivered. We visited many builders, inspected their cabins and found ourselves very disappointed. They were nice looking from a distance, but very cheaply built, 4" X 4" treated runners, 5/8" plywood floors, 2" X 4" stud walls and rafters, metal braces, 7/16" particle board roof sheathing, three slat fiberglass shingles, exterior Pine log siding. Hardly a Cabin, more like a fancy shed. We didn't want to stare at the unfinished 2"X 4" interior stud walls; the interior would have to be finished. There were bare studs, braces, brackets, manufacturer's names all over the lumber. Since we would have to finish the interior we might as well insulate and wire it, not to mention the ceiling, wall and floor covering material. Drywall was not an option; at $10 sq / ft, Solid Pine trim was too expensive and labor intensive. Then again we would have to do all the work, locate, pick up materials, transport a generator, fuel, tools, cut and fit every piece on site, supply food, refreshments, and not to mention everyone says they will help, until you call and they have something planned that weekend. Let's not forget fuel, it's expensive to drive to and from your property and all over, picking up materials, last minute runs to the local hardware store, if there's one close by, and hopefully it's also open late and on weekends.
We decided we wanted a real log cabin; it wouldn't depreciate like a camper and would last a lifetime, a long term investment. Should we decide to sell the property, the cabin would be seen as an asset, besides my wife and daughters are kind of high maintenance; if the cabin wasn't nice, they wouldn't stay in it. We traveled all over Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Kentucky and New York, to mention just a few states.. We met many Amish and Mennonite builders, toured their facilities; most only built the shed type cabins or wouldn't travel more than 50 miles to a work-site.
Eventually we came across a small family run Amish shop in south east Ohio. After meeting and speaking to the owner and touring his shop, we ordered our Cabin on the spot! Since our cabin would be custom built we decided to design it to suit our specific needs. To keep the bugs away and avoid tracking mud and snow inside our beautiful cabin, we incorporated an enclosed screened in porch to the design layout. We added more windows, located to maximize the view of the ridge and ponds, and also to provide a cool summer breeze. We have 30 acres of mature hardwoods, a wood burning stove made sense, besides propane is expensive, has an odor, flammability and carbon monoxide poisoning concerns, and creates moisture on the inside of the windows. To compliment the decor of the cabin, we had a solid Pine bunk bed with a built in bench on the end and stools custom built.
The Cabin was perfect! It had taken years to finally see our dream cabin come to fruition. We felt that everyone should have the opportunity to own their own high quality custom dream cabin. That's when we decided to hire an architect, timber engineer and developed our own detailed build specifications. We partnered with the Amish shop and the rest is history.
Jim Gega, Founder and President of Trophy Amish Cabins, LLC has spent 30 years in varied manufacturing industries and environments. Jim earned his Bachelor's Degree in Industrial Management from Baker College in 2000, possesses a current Michigan Residential Builders license, and has worked as a 5 axis Machining Specialist, Tool & Die Maker, Mold maker, Toolmaker, Machine Builder, Quality inspector, Maintenance superintendent and purchasing manager. Jim's experience in; Aerospace (close tolerance, exotic alloy, Government Defense Industry), Tool & Die (Automotive progressive dies), Robotic Automated machine building, Ford Motor Co R&E (Engine Manufacturing and Development Operations) resulted in Jim's life long experience, enabling him to effectively and efficiently operate and manage the modern log cabin business. Constant improvement, high quality materials, craftsmanship and exceptional customer service is what sets us apart from the rest. All Trophy Amish Cabins are custom designed to suit every individual client's needs and built in a small Authentic Genuine Amish shop, generator and phone shared at the easement, no radio, TV, internet, cameras, fax machine, cell phones, text messaging or unnecessary distractions. We don't want to be like everyone else, we are a unique totally custom shop that simply builds the BEST Amish log cabin and offer nationwide, Turn Key delivery at an affordable price.
Genuine Old fashioned high quality craftsmanship, at an affordable price…
Our goal is to meet or exceed your expectations!
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Grown & Built in the USA
Our goal is to meet or exceed your expectations!
We custom build standard model Cabins, but specialize in custom orders. We can rough in electrical, ceiling fan brackets, handicap accessible doors, wall partitions, matching table & stools, cabinets, counters, bed frames, no windows, more windows, privacy shutters. Let us know what your needs are, and we'll do our best to accommodate you. Total customization is our goal, your cabin will be designed with your particular site in mind, to maximize your views and personal objectives
Truly custom built, just for you !
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