The Oak Leaf - January 2018

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the January 2018 issue of The Oak Leaf! For new readers, this is a monthly newsletter that is sent by e-mail to those that have expressed an interest in Gastineau Log Homes. We use this as a way of communicating technical, design and industry information. For more information, check out our web site at

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Rear Waterfall Bench

This modified Seven Gables is built in the mountains of North Carolina where the main goal is to capture the view. The rear of the home has long range mountain views which you can see from most of the home. The walk out basement is perfect for the sloped lot and provides additional living space in the lower level.

This Month: Gallery of an Oak Log Home This month, we are going to focus on one home: a modified Seven Gables in Maggie Valley, NC. By using photos from only one home, we hope to provide the view of "a total home" so that you can see the overall impact and feel of a Gastineau Log Home.

Trivia Question: How many trees are there currently in the United States that are over 1" in diameter? (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)

The front of the home: This is the front or entrance to the home. The garage doors were moved to the side garage wall due to the severe slope of the lot. This also provides as much parking as possible on the lot. This side of the home has a very peaceful and quiet ambiance. See a close up photo of the porch and front door below.

Living Room

Quarter round windows were used in this gable but any type of glass could be used. Trapezoid is very popular also and actually costs less.

The living room: The photos above and below show the large living room with custom windows. The fireplace and television were placed on opposite walls with seating that will work for either. The 18 feet of glass doors frames the long range mountain views that are the real attraction....

living Room from Loft

Here is the view of the living room from the loft above....

Front porch/Front door: The full length front porch below is 8' wide so there is plenty of space for seating. The back of the home has all open decks so this is the perfect spot to sit when you want to enjoy a summer rainfall. The front door was custom designed and made for the homeowner.

Front Porch and Front Door

The T&G wood celing of the porch maintains the rustic feel and blends with the decor of the light fixtures.

Foyer/Entry: The front porch/front door lead into the entry/foyer. From the front door, you can see through to the living room and that magnificient view. The dormer above the front door allows natural light into the space. The stairs lead to the loft above which looks down into the foyer on one side and the living room on the other as a type of large "catwalk."

Foyer Entry

An entry/foyer creates the first impression as people enter your home.

Kitchen: The living/dining/kitchen areas are all open to each other in an "L" shape. This kichen cabinet design allows for plenty of cabinet space and natural light. A triple window is over the sink plus there is a 6ft glass door that provides... guess what? Long range mountain views!


The kitchen design can be modified to fit your wishes and preferences. This kitchen is designed to maximize the storage and countertop space while still being open with lots of natural light.

Dining Area: Between the kitchen and the living room is a very large dining area. The "standard" Seven Gables model has the fireplace between the dining room and living room. This client chose to move the fireplace to the exterior wall, opening up the entire dining/living/kitchen areas. A table to accommodate up to 16 people would comfortably fit into this space.

Dining room

This dining area is conveniently located between the kitch and living rooms while still enjoying a view of all the windows and glass doors.

Loft: This loft area is between the two second floor bedrooms. It looks down into both the foyer and the living room. The living room gable windows provide amazing views from this loft area as you can see even in the photo below.


How would you use a loft space? Office? Reading room? Extra sleeping space? Sewing area? That is the beauty of a loft. It can be anything you want.

Master Bedroom: The master suite has the bathroom and closet toward the front of the home. This allows glass doors to frame the view as well as access to the deck on that side of the home.

Master Bedroom

The master bedroom is large enough for a king bed, dressers and an overstuffed chair. The en suite has a jetted tub, separte shower, double vanities, a make up table and large walk in closet.

The two bedrooms upstairs: The two photos below show the two large bedrooms on the second floor. A large compartmentalized bathroom is also on the second floor; a second bath could be added if you wish. Both of these bedrooms were finished in drywall and painted. You do not have to have all wood in a log home! Feel free to "mix it up" as you want and as it fits your decorating taste!

Bedroom 1 upstairs

The dormer provides extra light and cross ventilation as well as extra floor space in the 1 1/2 story design.

Bedoroom 2 upstairs

The other large bedroom on the second floor is a mirror image.

Guest bath on the main level: Small spaces does not mean small impact! The vanity, mirror and light fixture turn this functional guest bath into an unforgetable room!

Guest Bath

Located just of the foyer for convenience, a guest bath is an important element in the design.

The finished lower level: The family room in the lower/basement level is walk out which allows for lots of windows and doors. This eliminates the feeling of being "below ground" and is living space that is very economical to finish. This family room is directly under the living room and has the same doors to match the main level.

Family Room in Basement

This family room is a great space to hang out and relax and provides another distinct and separate living room for the home.

The bunk room in the lower level: The large bedroom on the lower level provides enough space for a bunk room for multiple guests and sleeping arrangements.

Bunk Room

This space could be another master bedroom rather than a bunk room. It has a separate en suite bath and walk in closet.

Outdoor living spaces: This home has 4 distinct outdoor living spaces with two on the main level and two on the lower level. Although connected on each level, each space provide privacy and serves a unique purpose. The lower decks are protected by the upper deck so they provide a "dry" area when it rains or snows. And look at that view!

Deck off Dining Room

This deck is off of the kitchen and serves primarily as an outdoor dining area.


This sitting area is located off the master bedroom and living room and has plenty of space to enjoy the outdoors.

Lower Level Deck

This deck is off the lower level and provides relaxing casual seating.

Lower Level Deck 2

This deck off the lower level provides additional dining area or a place to sit and play games or other activities.

Home Shows:
The Log Home Show will be in Kansas City February 23-25, 2018. For more information, click here.

Log Raising:
This weather has eliminated our ability to have a log raising but we hope to have one the first weekend of March near Kansas City.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2018:

March 10, 2018
September 15, 2018

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

Open Houses:

Remember that the GLH Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO is open Monday - Saturday until March 1st. We have three houses there that you can tour! We will be open on Sundays also after March 1st.

Answer to Trivia Question: There are over 300 BILLION trees in the US over 1" in diameter. (Source: National Report on Forest Resources)

Quote of the Month: "The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities." - Ayn Rand

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