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Designing Your Home In 3D And How Our Advanced Design System Can Help

By November 1, 2020March 7th, 2024Newsletter

Welcome to the November 2020 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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Trivia Question: Why are elections on the first Tuesday in November? (See the answer below.)

From CADD to BIM:

The next level in building design


At Gastineau, our job is to design a custom home for you that will be perfect for your family and your building site. To achieve this goal, it is important that we understand the vision you have for your home and for you to understand what that home is going to look like when it’s finished. Our previous CAD software was the best available in 2000 when we began utilizing it for our designs. It was a 3D modeling software, but it had its limitations.

We are thrilled to now offer our plans in Revit, which provides a realistic perspective of your home. You can actually SEE what it is going to look like before it is built. And even better than that, you can do a virtual “walk through” of your home-to-be on your computer in the comfort of your home-for-now home!

This was the interior view of the stairs with the first preliminary design drawings for the home above. The client did not understand that with the basement door at the top of the stairs, the second floor stairway had to be enclosed.

The Difference Between CADD and BIM: BIM is Building Information Modeling.CADD is Computer-Aided Design and Drafting. CADD is simply the use of computer systems to assist with design. It is essentially a drafting tool to create lines and arcs to represent a building design. BIM is an integrated workflow built on coordinated, reliable information about the project from design through construction.

Basically, when using CAD for building design, you focus on creating drawings. When using BIM, you focus on creating a building model and then the drawings can be generated from the model. This saves time because you don’t have to draw anything twice. With CAD, you typically draw floor plans and then sections. But with BIM, you create the elements in one view, and they appear in all views in which their visibility is turned on. This saves time when it comes to updating building components, and it cuts down on errors since a component will not be tagged differently in two views.

How does this benefit YOU?: A comment we hear on a daily basis: “I just can’t picture what the home will look like!” It’s true, most people cannot visualize what their home will really look like by looking at a floor plan on a piece of paper. At Gastineau, we can now show you exactly what it is going to look like! This should greatly reduce any changes during construction – which translates into cost savings and higher satisfaction for you.

How does this benefit the builder and/or construction process? This program changes each page of the blueprints when a change is made to the design. For example: if you make a porch 2′ wider, this change is reflected on the floor plan and it also moves the piers on the foundation plan and lengthens the girder and structure of the porch. And less human errors on the plans means less change orders and delays during construction.

Full Log, Therma-Log, Post & Beam, or Hybrid Homes: This software can be utilized for any of our custom home systems. You choose you preferred style of home and we can design it to meet the needs of you and your family. And you will know exactly what it will look like after it is built!


Want to know what your home will look like with a green metal roof…vs blue roof?

Open Houses:

The GLH National Model Home Center on I-70 in central MO is open 7 days a week! Come walk through 3 of our homes Monday – Friday 8a-5p, Saturday 9a-5p, and Sunday 12a-5p. Appointments encouraged. Click here for more, including directions.

2020 Construction Seminar Schedule:

Click here for information on our one day construction seminars.

At this time, we will not be having any additional construction seminars until 2021. If you need construction training, please contact us to schedule an individual training day.

Answer to the Trivia Question:

Why the first Tuesday in November? Seems kind of arbitrary for Election Day, right? Not so. When our country was founded, residents in rural America had to travel a significant distance to get to a county seat to vote.

Since traveling on Sunday (a holy day) was not expected, giving constituents Monday to travel made Tuesday an ideal day for voting. Farmers were also the driver behind selecting the month of November. It falls at a time when the fall harvest is over, but the weather is still good enough to travel.

Read more here.

Quote of the Month:

“People shouldn’t be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people.”
― Alan Moore