The Oak Leaf - June 2016 By Lynn Gastineau President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc. Welcome to the June 2016 issue of The Oak Leaf! For new readers,


The Oak Leaf - June 2016

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the June 2016 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

Please "Like" Gastineau Log Homes on Facebook! There are LOTS of photographs of our homes in the Photo section!


This is a beautiful hand carved custom front door that creates a beautiful entrance into a beautiful Oak log home. Windows were used vs sidelights to add to the entry way as well as provide light into the foyer.

Trivia Question: Why do people throughout the world paint their front door red? (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)

Focus on the Gastineau Exterior Doors: Your choice for exterior doors is made by considering the design, the functionality, and your personal preferences. The prices can go from very inexpensive to very, very expensive. In this months Oak Leaf, we will discuss some of the things you should consider when choosing a door. And lots of pictures of doors in some of our homes!


This split door allows the bottom door to remained locked yet the top half of the door to open. Great if you want to keep kids or animals inside but allow natural breeze and sunlight into the space.

Your first consideration is function. Is your front door mostly decorative and won't be used very often? Does it open into a garage or an area that you don't want to be able to see into without opening it up? Do you need glass in the door to add natural light into the space inside the door? Or, like the door to the right, does it have a special purpose and need to be custom designed?

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A beautiful double door from Therma Tru. Insulated, impressive and elegant.

Do you want one door, two doors, one sidelight or two sidelights?: The photo above shows a double door with two sidelights. This decision is mostly based on your personal preferences and the amount of room that you have in your design. The door above requires over 8' of space so a large entry is required. It is a very impressive entry. A double door like this is not as energy efficient as a single opening door so that is a consideration. Especially if it would be heavily used. See the photos below for other door configurations.


Therma Tru fiberglass door with two sidelights. These sidelights have matching oval glass vs being a full or half glass sidelight.

Do you want a wood door or a steel door?: We do not recommend using a wood door unless it is protected by a covered roof of some sort: a porch, a portico, etc. You simply cannot get a wood door that is thick enough to withstand long term exposure to the elements. The double wood door below is protected by an 8' wide porch.

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This double door is on the front of a General Store in Far West, MO. The double opening makes it easier for bringing large items into the building as well as providing a beautiful entrance.

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This front door in the Ashton design was a custom Oak door. It is also protected by an 8' porch.

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This is a single door, which is all that would fit in this location in the wall. It is a beautiful Therma Tru Classic Craft door that is insulated and can be stained or painted any color. We provide these with 7 1/2" jambs to fit perfectly into the log walls.

Color or Finish of the Door: Another decision is the color or finish you want for your door. The photo directly below shows a Therma Tru Classic Craft door with one sidelight that has the wood stain on the interior. If you look at the photo below this one, it shows the exterior of the same home. The exterior of this door is painted green to match the roof and the garage doors.


The stan kit that comes with the Therma Tru doors allows you to make the door lighter or darker, however you prefer.


This Lakeview design features a front door with a green exterior finish. One nice thing with the Classic Craft doors is that they can be painted OR stained. Your choice.


This is our smallest standard plan, the Trails End.

Windows or no Windows:

To the right and below are photos of a front door without windows. These are both weekend cabins and security was a major concern. Large glass areas in your doors or sidelights does provide easier access to an intruder.


A customized version of the Trails End.


This door features protection over the glass which can alleviate saftery concerns.

Custom doors: The door below was a custom door designed to provide a unique interior and exterior feel to the entrance to the home. Combined with the rock, there is a "castle" feel to this log home!

The stain for the exterior of the home is included in the BTB packag price.

Steel Exterior Doors: Therma Tru also makes excellent insulated exterior doors. The GLH Packages include these steel doors as a standard door for all doors but the front door. (Of course, you can upgrade to one of the other doors if you prefer.) The Back to Basics designs include the steel doors for the front door as well. These doors require painting in the color of your choice. The photo below is during construction and the door has not been painted.

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The BTB packages include a steel exterior door. It is an insulated Therma Tru door that requires painting.,

Home Shows:
No more home shows until this Fall 2016!

Log Raising:

Sometime in June: Rain, rain, go away! We have had to delay our log raising at the future Happy Hounds dog park in Wildwood, MO! The building will serve as the offices and admissions center for the new dog park. Come out and watch the logs going up! We will send an email out to everyone in MO and IL when we have a new date! Or call if you want to be notified.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2016:

September 24, 2016

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

ALSO: We will be announcing the date for our first Annual Log Home Owners Party to be held in the summer of 2016. This event provides an opportunity for all our past customers to come and bring photos of their home and share their experience with other Gastineau Log Home Owners. Prospective home owners are also invited to come meet those that have built their home and want to share their experiences. We will be providing some good ole' Missouri bar-b-que for everyone to enjoy!

Open Houses:

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


Answer to the Trivia Question: Practitioners of the Chinese art of feng shui believe a red front door invites prosperity and positive energy into the home. Ancient Hebrews believed it would protect firstborn children from the angel of death. To early Americans, it was a signal that the home was a safe place for travelers to stop for the night. For Scots, it means the mortgage is paid off! In Scotland, homeowners paint their front door red when they pay off their mortgage.

Quote of the Month: "Happiness often sneaks in through a door you didn't know you left open." - John Barrymore

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