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


The Oak Leaf - May 2016

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the May 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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The Back to Basic #3 shown above has three bedrooms and two bathrooms in a 1440 square foot design. Very economical to build, the package price is $55,995. Read below to learn everything that includes.

Trivia Question: We all know that the all important Mothers Day is in May, but did you know there are 17 other "offbeat holidays "celebrated in May? You get a gold star if you can name two. (see below for all 17; my favorite is #11 on May 14.)

Focus on the Gastineau "Back to Basic" Log Homes: Several years ago, we developed a line of home plans and material packagess that incorporated cost saving methods to lower the completed cost of the home. We named them our "Back to Basic" line. In this months issue of the Oak Leaf, we will explain the differences between these packages and our standard log home package.

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Click on this page to be redirected to the Back to Basic page of our web site.

How are the Back to Basic plans different from your standard designs? The focus in the creation of these packages was how to be the most cost effective while not sacrificing quality. The packages include the same Smart Log sealant system that we use with our other homes. So the log wall is just as energy efficient, strong and durable. In our evaluation, we not only considered the material cost but also the labor cost. Our focus was "how can we build a high quality log home at a lower total finished cost."

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This is an inside view of the BTB #3 shown above.

But you still have choices...: One of the changes to the materials is that the second story floor systems are priced using conventional lumber and sheathing vs our exposed beam floor system. If you prefer the exposed beam system, you can add it into your package. For example, in the photo above, the BTB#3, it adds $2,667 to the package price. Another change is that the gables are built with reverse board and batten siding on the exterior (see below) and does not include any interior covering. Above, the customer chose drywall on the inside of the gable. To add our Oak log siding to both the exterior and interior of both gable ends would add $2,693.


The BTB #4 is very similar to the #3 but has more square footage.

With the BTB plans, we do not do custom changes to the design:
With our standard packages, you are free to make all the changes you desire to the design. With the BTB package, if you want to make changes you have to do it yourself on site. We can provide you with additional materials for those changes, but we don't draw the blueprints to reflect those changes. Below is a photo of a BTB #3 where they bought more logs and bumped out the front of the house into the porch space. This provided quite a bit of extra living space in the great room.


The bump out into the porch space was accomplished by ordering additional logs.


This photo shows the reverse board and batten exterior siding on the gable end and dormer which is standard in the BTB packages.

Porch Ceilings: All our BTB packages include the exposed beam porch ceiling shown below. In this system, the 6 X 8 Oak beams serve as rafters. Above that is 2 X 6 T&G Pine decking/ceiling. The roofing felt and shingles are nailed directly into the decking. This creates a knee wall above the log wall which is enclosed with reverse board & batten. The material cost for this system is slightly more than an enclosed porch ceiling, but the labor savings more than compensates for this cost making the total built cost less.


This exposed beam porch roof system is standard in the BTB packages and optional in other GLH packages.


This BTB #4 does not have a dormer. This one was built on a walk out basement and they used reverse board and batten on the basement exterior wall.

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These are the current prices for the BTB plans.


To the right are the prices for the BTB packages. This includes delivery up to 300 miles from our plant. You also receive blueprints and our exclusive Quality Assurance visit during construction and Customers Satisfaction Visit after you move in. You won't find a better value for a log home for quality and price.

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In the BTB #6, the living room and dining areas are in the center of the home. The master suite is on one end and two bedrooms and bath are on the other end. If you want a one story home with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and main level utility, this is a great choice.

BTB#6 A & B. This photo is a BTB #6A. It is a 1440 square foot one story plan. For the #6B, we increase the roof pitch and add two lofts with a catwalk connecting them. This takes the home up to 2,380 square feet.

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This BTB#5 has been heavily modified. A side and back porch were added as well as dormers in the front.

Want more detail?: We have a list of the "differences" between our BTB and "regular" packages. We can email it to you if you wish. Just reply back and we will be happy to send it to you. And don't hesitate to call if you have any questions!


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

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

Log Raising:
We plan to have a log raising in Hunnewell, MO sometime in June, 2016. Hunnewell is in Shelby County, between Shelbina and Monroe City. Due west of Hannibal, MO. We will be sending out another email, but if you would like to attend, give us a call and we will send you directions.

June 3rd: We plan to have a 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!

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: 1) May 1 - Loyalty Day 2) May 2 - Scurvy Awareness Day 3) May 3 - Hug Your Cat Day 4) May 4 - Star Wars Day 5) May 5 - Cinco De Mayo 6) May 6 - National Nurses Sday 7) May 9 - National Lost Sock Memorial Day 8) May 10 - Clean Up Your Room Day 9) May 11 - National Twilight Zone Day 10) May 13 - Frog Jumping Day 11) May 14 - National Dance Like a Chicken Day 12) May 17 - National Pack Rat Day 13) May 22 - National Buy a Musical Instrument Day 14) May 23: Lucky Penny Day 15) May 26 - Sally Ride Day 16) May 29 - End of Middle Ages Day 17) May 30 - My Bucket's Got a Hole In It Day. (Click here if you don't believe me.)

Quote of the Month: "Teaching creates all other professions." - Author Unknown

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