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


The Oak Leaf - November 2016

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the November 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!

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This Month: Focus on Wall Coverings for Interior Walls: We all love the beautiful exteriors of log homes like the one above. But what are your choices inside? In a log home, the interior of the exterior walls is the inside of the logs. The walls that divide off the rooms (partition walls) are usually 2 X 4 or 2 X 6 frame walls that require a finish wall to be applied to both sides. These wall coverings are discussed (and mostly shown) in this months Oak Leaf. Lots of photos in this issue!

Log Cabin 2 Go For Sale: We have one for sale for immediate delivery. Click here for videos of the cabin. Call 800-654-9253 for details and pricing.

Trivia Question: Is the direction of the Panama Canal East and West OR North and South?. (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)


Drywall behind the stairs accents the custom log railings and stairs.

Which do I have to use: Drywall or Wood?: Which do you prefer? Because that is the answer! You can use all wood, you can use all drywall, or there is a third choice of a little of both! The living room shown on the right has drywall behind the stairs but the exterior walls, floors, and ceilings are all wood. The photo below has all wood: walls, floors and ceilings.


This great room has logs for three walls but the wall behind the stairs is framed. They used 1" thick T&G wood to cover the wall plus wood ceilings.

Colors for Drywall Walls: Don't be afraid to use colors with your wood walls. Below are some walls that have colors that coordinate beautifully with the wood.


This warm sage green color looks beautiful with wood.

Spiral stair

This dark green wall also accents the Oak spiral staircase.

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This burgundy wall has a textured finish.

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Another green wall. (Seems like a lot of people like green!)


This wall has a combination of drywall and stone/tile.

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Plain white looks clean, crisp and cool in this bedroom.

Wallpaper: Although wallpaper has not been as popular in the past 10 years, it is coming back in! If you like to decorate with a theme, wallpaper can be a great addition to that theme.

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Combinations: Mixing of drywall with wood ceilings and/or walls can be a very nice way to add color to your wood.


Wood ceilings, drywall walls, tile flooring, round railings.


Mixing it up: Don't be afraid to mix design elements, like shown below with the round slab (that was found on the property) they used as a decorating element above the door way with the painted wall and the beam ceilings above.


All Wood: But don't be afraid to use all wood where you want....

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Note that on the wall behind the stairs, they chose to use wood but they angled it to match the angle of the stairs. Very creative!

Home Shows:
No more home shows until this Fall 2016! We have learned that the Log Home Show is returning to Kansas City the Spring of 2017.

Log Raising:

We hope to have another log raising this Fall near Columbia, MO. More information to come!

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2016:

No more seminars in 2016. Watch for the 2017 schedule to be released next month!

Click herefor information on our one day construction seminars.

Open Houses:

The Halls are Decked at Pennsylvania Oak Log Homes! Come to their Open House on December 3rd from 10 AM to 4 PM. Located at 131 Oley Furnace Road in Fleetwood, PA. For more information, and directions, call 610-790-7479.

Remember that the GLH Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO is open 7 days a week until Thanksgiving! We have three houses there that you can tour! We will be closed on Sundays from Thanksgiving until March 1st.

Answer to Trivia Question: It goes North and South! The country of Panama is in an "S" formation and where the canal is located, it goes North and South. (Even though it is used to travel East and West!)

Quote of the Month: "There are always too many Democratic congressmen, too many Republican congressmen, and never enough US congressmen." —Author Unknown

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