The Oak Leaf - September 2018

By Lynn Gastineau
President of Gastineau Log Homes, Inc.

Welcome to the September 2018 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 []

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Beautiful Oak log home outside of St Louis. This home was designed with feedback and direction from the homeowners.

This Month: When is the right time to build a new home?: You can buy a new house at any stage of life, but there are a few key points when it just makes sense to own a home that truly matches your lifestyle. Living in a space that is too large or too small can create unnecessary challenges. Trying to stay in the same place because change is hard might actually be more difficult in the long run. Whether you are a first-time homebuyer or are ready to move on from your current situation, it might be time to think about taking the next step toward purchasing a new house.

When is the right time to buy a new home? Often it’s when there are major changes happening in your life, such as:

Trivia Question: What is the origin of the phrase "Dead as a Doornail?" (See the answer at the end of the newsletter.)


This modified Missourian Loft B design features a loft overlooking the great room.

Just Married: After a wedding (no matter your age!) is a great time to build a new home for a lot of reasons. Combining two households takes up a lot of space—often more than either partner has in their existing apartment or house. Many couples also find that they want to create a space that is uniquely theirs and not strongly influenced by one person in the relationship. Buying a new home together lets couples make all the decisions in partnership with each other.

Of course, there is also the matter of finances. A new couple has a new economic profile that combines two incomes and allows them to get more funding than they could as individuals.


Built high on a mountain to achieve a maximum long rage view!

Baby on Board: When you’re planning for a new baby is one of the best times to build a new home, to accommodate the addition to the family. Waiting until after the baby is born can cause extra stress, especially for first-time parents who are learning the ropes. When building a new home at this time, think about plans for the future, including any additional children you might have, to make sure you have enough bedrooms. Look for a floorplan with multiple bedrooms or flex spaces so you have room for the whole family and all of their interests.

Think about how your children will interact with the space as they grow up. Will you want a master suite with enough space for a crib, but also enough separation from the other bedrooms to give you privacy when they get older? How many bathrooms will your family need to live comfortably? While you can’t predict the future, you can plan for it by making smart home choices.

Living Room

Lots of glass to bring in the view of the river that is just beyond the deck.

Empty Nest: (#1 Reason given by our customers!). When children grow up and leave home or after the loss of a partner, the family home you’ve always enjoyed can suddenly feel too large. If you’re ready to downsize, it might be time to buy a new home. A more compact space is easier to maintain and costs less to operate. Or maybe your existing home just doesn't fit your new lifestyle. When choosing a smaller floor plan, think about the types of guests who might visit, including grandchildren, grown children and their families, and others. Think about how you all want to interact in that space. Do you want a formal dining room for holidays, a playroom for the grandchildren, or a quiet space to do your favorite hobby?


A garage can be added to any log home plan. And dormers. They can be easily added too!

Health Changes: Sometimes life throws us a curveball that requires a new living situation. The natural aging process and unexpected health events can change your needs and might prompt you to build a new home. If you are planning to age in place or are dealing with a change in health, look for a home that offers single-floor living, and choose features such as smooth transitions between flooring types or open floor plans for easy navigation.


Do you know the difference between a deck and a porch? A porch has a roof. A deck doesn't. This is a deck.

Welcome Back Home!: Multi-generational living is on the rise, and if this trend resonates with your family, it might be time to build a new home. Kids living at home after college to save money is a great way to support the young adults in your family, but it can also put strain on the household if everybody doesn’t have the space they need. Older parents who move back in with their children benefit from being close to family members, but also want to maintain a sense of independence. Parents living with adult children who have young kids make for a tight family dynamic, but only if the living space is right. A home that is designed for multi-generational living can provide the features you need for everybody to be comfortable.


Velux has developed skylights with all kinds of new features. Automatic shades, rain sensors to close automatically, and the ability to open and close them from your Smart Phone!

Build New to Suit Your Lifestyle: Building a new custom home allows you to have all the features you want and need for whatever stage of life you’re in. While it’s true that you might find an existing home on the market, chances are you will have to settle on at least one feature, and you never know how long it will take to find the perfect home for you. Building a new home gives you a predictable timeline for your move-in day, and you can customize the floor plan, materials, and features to match your preferences.


Rock and an old mantle piece makes this stove look like it is from far back in time....

Home Shows:
None of the agenda until Spring 2019.

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2018:

September 15, 2018

Call for information on our one day construction seminars.

Log Raising:

We plan a log raising on Saturday September 22 near Eldon, MO. Subject to change due to weather. From 9AM to 2PM. Call for directions.

Open Houses:

Remember that the GLH Model Home Center on I 70 in central MO is open seven days a week now! We are open 9 - 5 Monday to Saturday and 12 to 5 on Sunday. We have three houses there that you can tour!

Answer to Trivia Question: Contrary to popular belief, William Shakespeare did NOT coin the phrase. He did make it popular however by using it in Henry VI, Part 2. The earliest record we have of it is from William Langland, who translated the French poem Guillaume de Palerne into English in 1350 and then again by Langland in 1362 in another translation.

Quote of the Month: "We are taught to understand, correctly, that courage is not the absence of fear, but the capacity for action despite our fears." - John McCain

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