The Oak Leaf - December 2017

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the December 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

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

This Month: The Best of the 2017 Oak Leaf: The end of 2017 is coming to a close and all of us at GLH are excited about the Christmas season and a brand new year. We hope this is the year you start your journey toward your dream home: a Gastineau Log Home! To prepare and make the process easier we are going to look back at the best photos and information from the 2017 Oak Leaf newsletters in case you missed them the first time!

Trivia Question: What North African seaport is the name in Spanish for the white house? (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)

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Always wonderful to come home to at the end of the day....

In January, we talked about some reasons why you should choose a GLH for your new log home: We are more than just Oak logs. But the #1 reason we hear people say they chose us for their home is because we offer Oak logs. Although we are the worlds leading producer of Oak, we do offer Eastern White Pine, Cypress and Cedar. We know the pros and cons of all the wood species. We can provide an unbiased conversation on why one may be better for you vs the other. It does not matter to us which species you buy so you know you are getting an honest answer.


This Pine log home in Kansas has a metal roof. You can find metal roof suppliers in our Rewards Program.

In February we detailed the Top Ten Mistakes We See People Do When Building a Home: After 40 years of helping people build homes, we have a pretty good idea of the most common mistakes made and how to make the process easier for you. In this months issue of the Oak Leaf, we share our observations. Hopefully this will prevent you from making these mistakes!

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A walk out basement virtually doubles your living space. The windows and doors allow lots of natural light so you don't "feel" like you are in a basement.

In March we discussed why a log home is a HEALTHY home! We spend a large portion of our life inside our home. Shouldn't it be a healthy choice? In the March Oak Leaf, we explain how living in a log home is good for your health. And good for Mother Earth.


Features like these stone columns and custom railings can greatly influence your "cost per square foot."

In April, we delved into The Myth of the Cost Per Square Foot.Every day, someone asks us "What does it cost per square foot to build a log home?" The best answer is "What is the cost per square foot for a custom home built in the area where you want to build? Because it is going to be about the same price if they are built to the same level of amenities and design." Why is this the best answer? Explaining the Myth of Cost per Square Foot is the focus of the April Oak Leaf.

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This type of beam ceiling can be used in a home, a gazebo, a patio or a commercial structure.

Understanding the Differences between Log, Post and Beam and Timber Frame Homes was explained in the May Oak Leaf. A lot of people do not understand the similarities and differences between these three types of homes. At Gastineau, we can design and provide you any of these homes. In this months newsletter, we will explain and show you the differences.

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This diagram gives you a visual of the wall/roof of a post and beam or timber frame home.

What areas do you need help? In the June 2016 Oak Leaf, we looked at the many ways we can help! For a lot of years we have assisted people to achieve their dream of living in a log home. During that time, we have learned a lot of ways we can help our prospective homeowners and make it easier for them to move forward. Some people need guidance with the design and/or how to place the home on their property. Others need a connection to a builder. While some others need advice about obtaining financing. In this Oak Leaf, we will explain how we can assist you with some of these challenges.

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

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The Caroline model at our home center in central Missouri shows a metal roof and a log stain that provides an old, weathered gray appearance.

What is the GLH Rewards Program and how does it save you money? Find out in the August Oak Leaf.: When you buy a home from Gastineau Log Homes, you become a member of our Rewards Program. This allows you the opportunity to buy all kinds of items for your new home from various vendors at discounted or builder prices. From fireplaces to furniture and everything in between. This issue we will show you some of the suppliers and products that are available.


Some building sites create challenges that we can help you solve through the design of the structure.

You will find just photos in the September Oak Leaf. "A picture is worth a thousand words." In that case, the September Oak Leaf is worthy about 10,000 words...


Happy 40th Birthday Gastineau Log Homes! 1977 - 2017

In October, we celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Gastineau Log Homes!! We thought this would be a good opportunity to look back at how the log homes of 2017 compare to the log homes 40 years ago. Hope you enjoy a trip down memory lane and some background on how the concept of modern log home living even began....

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A log home can enjoy any of the amenities you may find in a frame home.

In November, we examined the Myths and Truths About Log Homes: In our discussions every day with people about log homes, we hear a lot of the same questions. In this issue of the Oak Leaf, we will delve into the most common questions (as well as myths) that arise in those conversations.


Merry Christmas from the GLH Family to YOUR Family!

Home Shows:
The Log Home Show will be in Kansas City February of 2018.

Log Raising:
We hope to have a log raising outside of Kansas City, MO in December. We will keep you posted if the weather cooperates. So far, we have had a very nice Fall/Early Winter so we may be able to pull it off!

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2018:

No more seminars in 2017. Watch for the 2018 schedule to be released next month!

Click herefor information on our one day construction seminars.

Open Houses:

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: A great movie and also the answer to this trivia question: none other than Casablanca.

Quote of the Month: Below by Jim Nabors. RIP

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