Joel Barkman - owner of Golden Rule Builders

Joel Barkman


Joel built the first Golden Rule home in Fauquier County over 25 years ago. Since then he has continued to build a reputation on quality, service, and community. More recently he was named the 2009 Builder of the Year by the Northern Virginia Building Industry Association (NVBIA) and the 2010 Business Person of the Year by the Fauquier County Chamber of Commerce.

Joel spends much of his free time serving on building industry and community committees such as the Balanced Growth Alliance, Business Advisory Council, Transportation Committee, NVBIA Council, The Custom Builders Council, and Remodeler’s Advantage. Joel and his wife Patty have five children and are active members of the Dayspring Mennonite Church. He also serves on the boards of non-profits New Horizons Ministries and Good Life Ministries.

Joel is also known in the community for his feature column “Ask a Builder” published in the Time Community News, an opportunity he uses as a public service to educate the readership about all things “building.” As a leader in the Green Building movement many of the columns discuss responsible building practices, sustainable design, healthy living, Universal Design, and environmental stewardship — all of which help make for a stronger community.