The Oak Leaf - November 2015 By Lynn Gastineau President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc. Welcome to the November 2015 issue of The Oak Leaf! For new r


The Oak Leaf - November 2015

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the November 2015 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 master bedroom has a vaulted ceiling finished in drywall vs the typical wood ceiing, The glass door opens onto a private porch. The windows allow a mountain view from the bed. The chaise lounger provides a quiet place to read, relax or enjoy the solitude of the mountains.

THANKSGIVING/HOLIDAY HOURS FOR MODEL HOME CENTER: The Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, Nov 26. We will reopen on Friday and Saturday that weekend from 9 to 5. Sundays we will be closed until Jan 15.

Trivia Question: What happens if you lift a kangaroo's tail off the ground?

Focus on the Master Bedroom: The opinion of some designers is that your master bedroom should be the first room you design in your home. It is your sanctuary, the place where you wake up every morning and is where you spend one third of your life! It should be the most personal room in your home so it should really exemplify your personality and life style. Assess your needs and wants so that all the elements of rest and relaxation are achieved.


This floor plan shows the Master Bedroom on the main level and located to the rear of the home. It has access to the rear deck and windows for a lot of natural llight. This home has a second floor so there are beam ceilings above, creating a peaceful, private sanctuary.

Master Bedroom Design Decisions:
1) Location. Do you want your bedroom on first floor or second floor? Do you want it to the front of the house or facing the rear? Is there any part of the house you want easily accessible from the bedroom? 2) Do you want access to porches or decks from the master? 3) How many windows? How much natural light? 4) Do you want a flat ceiling or a vaulted ceiling? Beams? Any particular design elements? 5) Do you want a fireplace or television in the bedroom? Do you need a sitting area incorporated into the design? 6) Do you want any beams in the ceiling of the living room? Are you concerned about noise or privacy if there is living space above you? 7) What type of lighting? 8) What type of theme do you prefer? Modern, traditional, tropical?? 9) How much closet space do you need? 10) And last but not least, relationship between the bedroom and the bathroom. Part of your master suite or separate?


Several design elements combine for a master suite that is perfect for this homeowner.

Sitting area in the master bedroom?: This Master Bedroom is large enough for a seating area that includes a love seat, recliner, and built in shelving/entertainment area. In many homes we design, the customer requests a master bedroom that is larger than their living room. Cathedral ceiling, access to the deck, lots of natural light, a ceiling fan, hardwood floors.... A beautiful retreat.


Many people choose to make the second floor of the Caroline the Master Bedroom so they have the private balcony as their own retreat.

Do you want a fireplace? A fireplace can be a dominating factor in a room. If you want one in your master bedroom, you should decide how big a factor you want it to play in the design. Your choice can go from a large stone fireplace that is the focal point to a small electric fireplace that mounts to the wall. Your choice should coordinate with the decorating scheme you choose also. Also consider if you need room for chairs or a seating arrangement in front of the fireplace.

Do not be afraid to use color in your bedroom. This eclectic bedroom mixes rustic furniture, a white ceiling and has carpet vs wood floors.


If there is any room in your house where you will be frequently looking at the ceiling, it is your bedroom! Imagine layin in bed and looking up at this beautiful ceiling.


This Lakeview plan was redesigned for an even larger master bedroom with maximum views of the lake and access to the deck.

What kind of lighting do you want? Take time to think about how you currently use the lighting in your bedroom. Are you a reader? Do you need lamps? Do you like to have a ceiling fan running? Do you want a light on it too? If you have a sitting area, you need proper lighting for maximum enjoyment. Wall sconces can provide unobtrusive light. A little planning can go a long way!


This modified Caroline turns the second floor into a Master Suite of epic proportions.

How much space do you need? The design to the left uses the entire second floor of the home as a master bedroom retreat. Almost 1000 square feet. Plus there are porches and decks on almost all sides. The entire second floor is a master bedroom with attached bath and closets, sitting area plus a separate loft/office. There is a 360 degree view to enjoy any direction to choose to look.


Ceiling fan with light (on a separate switch of course),two lamps by the bed and a lamp by the chair for readng. A well thought out bedroom.

How much furniture do you want/need in your bedroom? Are you a closet person or a dresser drawer person? Some people want a huge closet with storage so there is minimal space needed in the bedroom for furniture storage. Others feel that drawers are more efficient storage and need wall space to accomodate them. Think of your preferences when choosing the design of the bedroom.


A loft in your bedroom can serve as a tv area, an office, a hobby room or a reading area. This is the master bedroom in the Georgetown design.

It is all about you.... You are building a custom home for you and the ultimate expression should be in your master bedroom. It is time for you to have a space that lives like you do. Get rid of all the things you don't like about any bedroom you have every used. And incorporate the things that you love.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2016:

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

To be announced in December 2015

Log Raising:
We are hoping to reschedule our Log Raising near Cape Girardeau, MO in November. More information to follow!

There will also may be a Log Raising near West Plains, MO in late November.

Open Houses:

Remember that the GLH Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO is open 6 days a week! We have three houses there that you can tour!

Answer to the Trivia Question: If you lift a kangaroo's tail off the ground it cannot hop! (Please take our word for it. We are not responsible for anything that happens to you if you try to do this!)

Quote of the Month: “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there." - Yogi Berra

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