The Oak Leaf - July 2017

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the July 2017 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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This Month: Ten Great Log Home Ideas! The creativity of our customers never ceases to amaze us! In this issue of the Oak Leaf, we will share some of our favorites. Maybe you will incorporate these into your log or timber frame home!

Log Raising south of St Louis July 22nd! Join us on Saturday the 22nd in Festus MO to watch the builder putting up the logs on this beautiful home! Call or email GLH for directions and details. Log raisings are our customers favorite events to attend.

Trivia Question: Who was the Time magazine Man of the Year in 1939? (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)

1. Barn Doors: Don't want a door swinging into a tight space? Use a barn door! It is as simple as a door slab attached to barn door hardware.

2. Need sleeping quarters for a lot of people? This innovative bunk room is perfect for kids and teenagers.

3. Taking out the floor for three story living. In this design, the main level floor was opened up, allowing you to see down into the living space below of the walk out basement. The result was spectacular. We have a similar design being built currently in the St Louis area using our cypress logs. It is open to a solarium on the lower level that will be full of tropical plans.

4. This is one of my favorite sunrooms. It is on the rear of the house and looks out through the rear covered porch at a beautiful country setting. But it is not an isolated room. The arched opening connects it to the kitchen. But even more unique is that the second floor loft looks down into the living room AND down into the sunroom. Very cool!

5. Outside Patios, decks and gazebos... One thing we have seen consistently in 40 years of designing log homes is the desire to incorporate exterior living spaces into the design of the home. Log home people love the outdoors. No matter if it is a long range mountain view, the view of a lake, or just nestled into the forest. The gazebo above is just off the porch shown below.

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6. Powder Rooms do not have to be boring. Nobody could look at this tiny powder room and not be impressed with the creativity of the design and choice of materials. One of my favorites.

6B: Need a double sink but no room for a double vanity? This old fashioned sink does not take up much space but allows two people to use it at the same time. But if it works for two, maybe it will work for three, as shown below!


7: Split doors are not just for barns: Want to keep animals in (or out!) but let in some fresh air? This custom wood door is the perfect answer.

8. How about a gas fireplace built into your kitchen cabinets? This small fireplace adds ambiance and an old fashioned feel to the entire kitchen design. It is the true focal point.

9. Refurbishing old pieces. From bridge beams to recycled countertops, it is amazing how things that are "old" can be utilized in a home today. This is one example. This light fixture was from a hotel in Chicago that was torn down. Fits perfectly in this new log home.

10. Where do you put a full size brown bear? In the corner of your living room looking out the glass doors... A pretty effective watch dog.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2017:

October 7, 2017

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

Log Raisings:

We are planning a Log Raising south of St. Louis MO on July 22nd. Call for details and to RSVP. Will be from 9AM to 2PM. Coffee & donuts in the AM and hot dogs at lunch. Bring your lawn chair and watch the logs going up!

Home Show:

No more home shows until Fall 2017!

Open Houses:

Remember that the GLH Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO is AGAIN open 7 days a week! We have three houses there that you can tour!

Answer to Trivia Question: Adolf Hitler! Can you imagine how you felt in 1945 if you had been on that selection committee!

Quote of the Month: “Don’t quit, and don’t give up. The reward is just around the corner. And in times of doubt or times of joy, listen for that still, small voice. Know that God has been there from the beginning—and he will be there until . . . The End.”
― Joanna Gaines, The Magnolia Story
PS. I just listened to their book on Audible. They read the book personally. I highly recommend reading or listening to their story. It is truly inspirational. - Lynn Gastineau

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