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How much does it cost to build a log home?

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This is a question everyone asks. What contributes to the total cost of building? How do we determine the answer to this question? In this video we discuss the various factors that affect the cost and the information we need to be able to provide you with an accurate answer for your building location.

How much does it cost to build a log home?– Video Transcription


One of the hardest questions to answer is, “What does it cost to build a log home?” One reason it is difficult to answer that question is because we don’t know the design and style you are planning to build. As a general response, you can expect the cost to be similar to building a custom frame home in your area. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of construction, such as location, design, and finishes. For example, the cost of building a home in Missouri will be very different from building one on the side of a mountain in Colorado. We can ask you a lot of questions to gather information and provide you with a ballpark estimate of the cost. However, until we have the answers to those questions, we are essentially making a guess. So, please give us a call and we can discuss your specific plans and provide you with an estimate of the cost.

Gastineau Log Homes Lay a Way Plan

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This video explains the reason why we developed the Gastineau Lay A Way plan as well as why it is a great option for people building in the future. The financial investment is described and how it can save you money when you build your home. Benefits beyond financial are discussed that make your future construction easier.

Gastineau Log Homes Lay a Way Plan – Video Transcription


Hi, it’s Lynn Gastineau again, and I’m here to talk about our lay a way plan. We developed a lay a way plan several years ago because people came to us with plans to build their log home in three years or so. We wanted to help them get started on their journey towards their log home lifestyle.

With our program, customers can lock in today’s prices, as building prices tend to increase every year. They can then take delivery of their home within three years. During that time what they do is put down a 10% deposit and make 1% per month payment of the package price. For example, if your package is worth $100,000, you would put down $10,000 today and make monthly payments of $1,000.

And then, say in 36 months, you’re ready to build your home. At that point, you would only pay the difference between today’s package price (which may be lower) and the amount you have already paid. So, if you have already paid $46,000 towards your $100,000, you would only pay the difference. All your pricing is based on the lower, earlier pricing.

The other advantage of this plan is that during the three-year period, you have plenty of time to plan and design your home. There’s no rush in the design process, and we can ensure your home is fully finished and ready to go.

So, it has multiple benefits. Please speak to one of our salespeople to see if this lay a way plan would be suitable for you.

Full Log Gables vs Framed Gable Ends with Siding

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Why does GLH design all their homes with frame gables with log siding? Why not use full log gables? What happens when a home is built with full log gable ends? What are the issues that can develop from full log gables?

Full Log Gables vs Framed Gable Ends with Siding – Video Transcription


Hi, Lynn Gastineau here from Gastineau Log Homes. I want to answer a question about why we do not use full log gable ends. The reason is because our homes are engineered to allow the home to settle. If you were to use a full log gable end, it would result in more settling on those ends of the houses. Since the end of the house is typically structural and holds up the ridge beam, this can cause issues with the roof system, such as creating bows in the roof. This is obviously not good down the line. By doing a framed gable, we are able to minimize shrinkage and keep your roof line straight. However, in all of our exposed gable ends, we use log siding that perfectly matches our log profile. So, you cannot tell from the exterior of the house that it is log siding. It looks like the logs continue straight up the inside and side of the home, giving the appearance of a full log gable.

Storm Protection

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How does a log home perform in severe storms? Hear stories of two of our log homeowners that experienced up to an EF5 tornado and how their homes withstood the onslaught of Mother Nature. Learn how logs hold up to what Mother Nature can hand out.

Storm Protection – Video Transcription


Hi, Lynn Gastineau here. Being in the Midwest, we’re all aware of tornadoes and the damage they can do to homes. One advantage that I believe log home construction has the ability to withstand tornadoes. I know it may sound funny, but it’s really true. We had a home in Western Kansas that was hit by an EF5 tornado with 250 mile per hour winds. All it did was pull the porch off the roof. The engineer who examined the home literally told me that if the people had been sitting in their living room, all they would have gotten is wet.

We had another situation where a customer had a direct hit by a tornado in Eldon, Missouri. In this particular situation, the customer was sitting in his living room. His home was built on a crawl space, so he had no place to go. Again, all it did was tear his porch off, but the frame garage that was next to his home was completely gone, as well as the 30 by 60 shed building that was built next to his house. They were completely destroyed, nothing but the slab. The gentleman told me that if he had been in a frame home, he would be dead. He would not have lived through it.

These are direct situations where our customers have felt that the log home performed much better in a tornado than a typical frame construction.

R Value

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How energy efficient is a log wall? What does it mean when the “R” value is used as a measurement of energy efficiency? What other factors contribute to a home being easy to heat and cool? What is the equivalent R value of an 8” thick log wall? Find out in this video on R Value.

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So, what is the R-value of a log home? A log wall is a very efficient method of construction. It will keep you warm in the winter and cool in the summer. The value of R is something we could discuss for several hours, and whether it is a true measurement of an energy-efficient home. R-value is only one component that contributes to making your home energy efficient. Also important is thermal mass, in which a log wall excels, and the air infiltration rate, in which a log wall again has excellent performance. When trying to convert a log wall into an R-value using graphs and tables, it boils down to an eight-inch-thick log is going to perform approximately equal to an R-21. That is for an 8 inch thick log. However, if you have a narrower log, it will not perform as well. Additionally, if a log wall is not properly sealed, it will not perform as well either. The R-value is just one small factor in determining the overall energy efficiency of a log wall.

What are the Pros & Advantages of Living in a Log Home?

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Everyone has their own reason for why they want to live in a log home. But there may be more reasons than you realize! Hear about how a log home can keep you safe and improve your mental and physical health. The natural environment created by a log home is not available in any other type of construction.

What are the Pros & Advantages of Living in a Log Home? – Video Transcription


One of the questions I get is, “Why would you want to live in a log home? What are the pros of living in a log home?”.

Personally, I can’t help but wonder, “Why wouldn’t you want to live in a log home?” Because there are so many advantages. The biggest reason people give for being in a log home is the beauty. Nothing feels as strong, nothing is as beautiful as the natural beauty of the wood walls that surround you in your home.

But, in addition to that, there are a lot of other benefits. One that I find extremely important is safety. Our log homes have been proven to withstand the forces of tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes, and even fires.

We have had multiple times where the fact that someone lived in one of our log homes that actually saved their life, where they could have died in a fire if they were living in a frame construction. These aspects are not why people typically build a log home, but they are something that you will truly appreciate after moving into one. You understand the strength of the product that is surrounding you, and how much safer you feel living there, and how much safer you feel for your family.

Ceiling Options

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A log home is the ultimate custom home. What do YOU want in your home? Because for perhaps the first time in your life, you get to make these choices. At GLH we offer both Oak and Pine T&G for this purpose as an option for our standard packages. Drywall should be purchased locally. Would you like to see the Oak and Pine T&G? Come to the GLH model home center on I70 Exit 144 in central MO.

Ceiling Options – Video Transcription


Hi, this is Lynn Gastineau, and I wanted to show you some of the differences and choices that you have for ceiling materials that you can build into your log home. Most people want a wood ceiling, at least in a great room area. Although some people do choose to use drywall.

At Gastineau, we have a couple of choices for you, and I just wanted to show them to you in this video. So, this is our 1×6 tongue and groove oak, which obviously matches your oak logs if that’s what you were going to build with. The other option we sell is southern yellow pine, which we have right around the corner in our model home center. We show the southern yellow pine built onto the ceiling. The yellow pine I feel has a better connection and grain patterns with the oak, yellow pine compared to white pine has more grain. I think that it matches the oak logs much better. You have the choice of using oak or yellow pine. The oak is obviously a bit more expensive; it is up to you what you want.

Of course, you can do drywall. We have quite a few people who choose to do that as well. A lot of times they will mix their ceiling materials, in other words, they may put wood in the great room area and drywall in other areas. It’s up to you! Remember, these are custom homes, and you can build them any way you want.

Cost Per Square Foot

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What factors affect your cost per square foot? What is the difference between the cost per square foot for a log home vs a conventional home? How is cost per square foot calculated?

Should you use a cost per square foot number to estimate your cost to build a log home? These questions are answered in this video.

Cost Per Square Foot– Video Transcription


One of the questions you’ll hear throughout the construction industry is, “What is the cost per square foot to build a home?” This is really a deceptive term because there are so many factors that go into determining your cost per square foot, and these factors can change. They can give you a wrong feeling for what the actual cost of construction is.

For example, if you take a 1500 square foot house and you have a thousand square foot porch going around it. The cost of that porch would be included in your cost numbers, but there’s no square footage being added. So, your cost per square foot is a simple fraction, which is the cost divided by the amount of square footage.

Another example is the garage. If you have an attached garage, the cost of that garage, and building it would be in your cost numbers, but it doesn’t add to your square footage. So, your cost per square foot varies greatly from one home to another depending on the design of the home.

As a general rule of thumb, I would say that the cost per square foot for a log home is going to be very similar to the cost per square foot to build a custom home in your area, as long as the design of the home is similar.

Do I need an architect?

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The answer to this question is “It depends.” GLH has a team of experienced designers with the experience and knowledge to design your home to meet your needs, wants and desires. Our 3D blueprints with walk through capabilities and renderings let you experience your home before it is built. If you still need an architect, we can work with them to assure it is designed to accommodate the specific building requirements needed for proper log home construction.

Do I need an architect? – Video Transcription


Hi, Lynn Gastineau here. Another question we get all the time is, “Should I hire an architect to design my home?” The answer to that is “no”, because we have all the design capabilities here at Gastineau to help you design the home that will meet your needs and fit your property.

One thing that we have developed over the years is a program where you can literally walk through your home and see how it will be finished before it’s built. It really makes the decisions a lot easier because you can actually see what the finished home is going to look like.

A lot of our customers do know, have a good opinion, or feeling for what they want in their home. However, if you don’t, we can guide you through the design steps.

The other thing is an architect is not typically trained in the proper methods of building a log home. They may design something that is not a good idea to build in that way. We can prevent those kinds of issues.

The only time an architect can come in handy or be worthwhile is if you have very site-specific situations. Where the location is very difficult to build on, or you’re trying to incorporate passive solar, and you need to thoroughly investigate the orientation of the home. So, in those situations, an architect may be useful.

Generally, I would say “no” and we can provide you all the design services that you need here at Gastineau Log Homes.

How did you get into the log home business?

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It was pretty unusual for women to be in the construction industry in 1977 and particularly in the rough and tumble log home business! But I am still the owner and work every day in helping our clients design and build their dream home. The industry has certainly changed but our ownership never has here at GLH. Here is my story about why and how Gastineau Log Homes began and why I would do it again if I had the opportunity.

How did you get into the log home business? – Video Transcription


Hi, my name is Lynn Gastineau, and I’m the owner and founder of Gastineau Log Homes. In 1977, Gastineau Log Homes went into business in New Bloomfield, Missouri. One of the things people always ask is, “How did a woman get into the log home industry?”, as a woman, got into the log home industry. Well, I grew up in the sawmill business. My dad had a sawmill from before I was even born. So, I spent a lot of my time in the woods, and at the sawmill, and climbing on sawdust piles. Then, when I grew up, I worked in the sawmill, running the Debarker, and other various jobs in the mill.

But I really wanted to be an architect, I thought that housing was very fascinating, and I loved it. But back in that point in time a lot of women were not in the construction industry. So, I decided to manufacture clothing instead. After college, I moved to New York City, and during that time, in the middle 70s the log home industry really took off in the United States. At that time, people were asking my parents, who had the sawmill, asking them to cut logs for log homes. My parents had always been wholesale, had never done retail business. They knew I loved construction, and they thought it was a viable business. And so, they encouraged me to move home and start a log home company.

I left all my friends in New York, took a sabbatical, said I’ll be back in a year. And here it is, I’m still in the log home business over 45 years later. It has been a wonderful industry to be a part of, growing rapidly throughout the years. It is something I am really proud of. One thing I am especially proud of is that we create homes for people that fulfill their dreams. Ever since we started this business, people have come to us and said their dream is to have a log home. To have that ability to meet that dream and make that dream come true for people is extremely rewarding. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would do it exactly the same.