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The Oak Leaf – July 2012

By July 1, 2012May 10th, 2024Newsletter

Welcome to the July 2012 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

Trivia Question: In what city and on what date was Independence Day first celebrated ? (See the answer below.)

Here is another view of the same home. They also added a fireplace in the front wall of the living room and made the original windows smaller. These types of changes are very easy to do to any of our standard designs. Of course, we can design a home for you from scratch also!

Construction Management Services now offered by GLH! We are now offering to manage the construction of your home in some parts of the US. Call for more information!

What kind of corners can be used with log siding? It is easy to pick out a log sided home from a “real” log home if it does not have full log corners. This means logs that extend from the corners of the home replicating a log home. Our Therma-Log half log siding can be produced with full log corners so that it looks just like a full log home. We recently installed this siding over a modular home that had been put up on KY Lake. (See photo below) The modular was a story and a half home with a prow. We cut the corners to match the angle of the prow. If this is not important to you, the corners can be trimmed in several ways. The least expensive way is with vertical 2 X trim boards on the corners. All of these corner styles can be used on dormers and garages as well.

This modular home utilized Therma Log siding with full log corners. From the exterior of the home, you cannot tell it is not a full log house.

What is a log “profile?”: This is one of the “buzz words” that you might hear when talking to someone about a log home. There are two profiles: what you see on the outside and what you see on the inside. The can be the same or they can be different. For example, if the logs are round on the outside that is a “round exterior profile.” If they are flat on the interior with bevels at the top and bottom, that is a “flat beveled interior profile.” A “D” profile is a word you will also hear. That means the log is round on the outside and flat on the inside.

Another view of the modular home with Therma Log and full log corners.

  • We invite you to come by our model home center and tour the three log homes we have on display. It is located at Exit 144 on I 70 East of Columbia, MO on the southwest outer road.

  • Our manufacturing and kilns are located at New Bloomfield, MO. Tours are available by appointment.

Log Home Maintenance is Available through GLH: Did you know that we offer maintenance services through GLH? For our log homes, other types of log homes, and for wood sided homes. Call Mike Branch at 573-896-5122 for a bid. Now is the time of year to get this knocked off your TO Do List!

This is our “Standard” front door. It is a fiberglass insulated door and comes with a stain kit. You can make the door lighter or darker by how long you leave the stain on the door. The door comes with a 7 1/2″ Jamb and Oak threshold. Other styles of doors and sidelites are available also.

  • If you want square footage for a low price, consider finishing off your lower level (basement) as an option. These two pictures are of a family room and extra bedroom in a walk out basement.

  • This extra bedroom in the lower level has a large window for natural light (and egress!) and is perfect for overnight guests. Nobody would feel slighted by being asked to sleep here!

Upcoming Log Raising: We will be having a log raising at a home to be built on Perry Lake in Perry, KS the later part of July. A final date has not been set. If you wish to be notified of the date, location and time, call 800-654-9253 or email

Construction Seminar Schedule for 2012:

July 14 Sept 22 Oct 13

The one day construction seminars are held at our model home center on I70 on the southwest outer road of Exit 144 in Central Missouri. Call to register!

See GLH at these log home shows:

Land and Wildlife Expo – August 10 & 11, Gaylord Convention Center, Nashville, TN

Dallas, Texas Log & Timber Home Show: September 22 and 23rd, 2012 at the Irving Convention Center. Call for more info.

Oley Fair, Oley, PA on Sept 20 too 22 from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Open Houses:
Fleetwood, PA October 20, 2012 from 11;00 AM to 4:00 PM Contact Dennis and Colleen Gabel for more information at 610-790-7479 or email:

Answer to the Trivia Question: Independence Day was first celebrated in Philadelphia on July 8, 1776. The Liberty Bell sounded from the tower of Independence Hall on July 8, 1776, summoning citizens to gather for the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence by Colonel John Nixon.

Quote of the Month: “Life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.”
― Anonymous Cowboy