The Oak Leaf - August 2017

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the August 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!

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This European inspired Gastineau Oak log home was recently completed in Jefferson City, MO. Using flat bevel exterior and interior logs with dovetailed corners, the home has a simplicity in design that is striking.

This Month: The GLH Rewards Program 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 month we will show you some of the suppliers and products that are available.

Trivia Question: Who invented the first modern fly-destruction device (aka fly swatter.) (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)

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If you have visited our national model home center, you may remember the fireplace in the Seven Gables model home. This spectacular see through fireplace is from Accucraft.

Accucraft Fireplaces: These folks are fireplace experts. Wood fireplaces, gas fireplaces, outdoor fireplaces. They are trained to help you determine the best fireplace and flue for you and your home. They will ship direct to any job site world wide. And they are there to provide technical support from design to installation to operation,.

Design House lighting, hardware and more. You can pick out your fixtures separately or you can choose to use their WholeHouse Collections with coordinated and matching finishes in different product lines. From ceiling fans to lighting to door locks and cabinet hardware. All coordinated for your convenience!

Log Home Insurance: Builders Risk and Dwelling Roberts & Associates is a full line insurance broker sopecializing in log and timber homes. They can cover homes during construction and after move in. Most log home owners do not have any trouble finding insurance for their home, but it never hurts to shop your insurance company and see if there is a less expensive company!

Kiva Lighting and Metal Art. Since 1992, Kiva Lighting has been a nationally recognized internet based lighting and ceiling fan company. Their designs are grouped as Contemporary, Rustic and Western, Southwestern, Japanese and Traditional. You simply find what you like on line and then give them a call or email for a fast and easy quote.

Metal Roofing A lot of our customers use metal roofing vs the shingles we include in our packages. In those situation, we credit you for the shingles and you purchase your metal roof from an expert. One such company is a Reward Program Partner. MRSK Buildings can provide the material and the crews to install the metal roof.

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Humidifall Walls: Humidifall in-wall systems can be integrated into any decor using stone, mirror or glass water panels. And they are installed in a standard interior wall! They will help maintain an optimal relative humidity in your home using flowing water that is warmed and sterilized. This improves indoor air quality and can reduce your energy costs. Plus they are beautiful!

Centurion Stone This company produces a stone veneer that looks and feels like natural stone. It is made from natural stone patterns. The use of manufactured stone has become extremely popular because of its light weight, lower labor costs and versatility of installation. Centurion has more than 25 patterns and 200 colors wth a complete line of accessories. And it is manufactured in Nashville, TN which makes transportation costs less.

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Clean Up America: Are you in a location where it is extremely expensive or impossible to install a septic system? This company manufactures a compact, non-polluting, waterless, self-contained, evaporative toilet which reduces human waste to a lightweight, odorless, sanitized form without the use of water or chemicals.

Watts Radiant For the past thirty years, Watts Radiant has been developing various radiant heating, floor warming, and snow melting products and applications, all geared towards delivering heat more efficiently and making life more comfortable. Our customers can give engineering and design staff a call. There are no projects too big or too small.

Ultimate Kitchen Direct: Made in the USA, this cabinetry comes fully assembled and ready to installed. It can be delivered directly to your job site. Experienced, qualified kitchen design is provided free of charge.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2017:

October 7, 2017

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

Log Raisings:

We had our Log Raising south of St. Louis MO on July 22nd in 100 degree heat! We are planning more this Fall, and hopefully it will be cooler...

Home Show:

No more home shows until Fall 2017.

Open Houses:

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

Answer to Trivia Question: Robert Montgomery in Decatur, IL invented the first modern fly-destruction device in 1900. Patent No. 640,790 was for the "Fly-Killer" and it was advertised for sale in the Ladies Home Journal in 1901. (I wonder what my Mom would have spanked me with if good ole Bob had not invented the flyswatter?)

Quote of the Month: “Be careful when you blindly follow the masses. Sometimes the M is silent.”― Anonymous - from Facebook.

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