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Gastineau Log Homes Are Built for ‘Hallmark’ Moments

New Bloomfield, MO—Gastineau Log Homes (GLH), headquartered here, has been nestling people in solid wood log homes since 1977.

The company purchases approximately 2.5 million board feet annually of Hemlock Fir, Eastern White Pine, Western Red Cedar, Cypress and red and white oak annually.

Offering log homes of all sizes and shapes to fit any budget or lifestyle, the homes are complete with blazing fireplaces, cozy corners for reading, spacious decks and covered porches. Gastineau Log Homes can be found across North America, alongside Japanese mountains and cliffs surrounding the Baltic Sea or simply facing ocean winds sitting on manicured suburban lawns.

“We have filled several unusual requests for customers,” owner Lynn Gastineau explains. “An example is a church, restaurant, lodge and meditation building that we shipped to South Korea.  We used a local Missouri company to provide them with pews for the church and stained glass for the windows.”

The family-owned and operated business actually began as a hardwood sawmill operation. Founder Lynn Gastineau is the daughter of Carl and Shirley Gastineau who owned Gastineau Lumber and Pallet since 1954. Since inception GLH has grown into one of the world’s largest producers of Oak log homes. “We have sold homes in all 50 states and in 12 different countries,” Lynn Gastineau said. “China, India, and Mongolia have been the most recent new markets and look to be a tremendous opportunity in the future.”

GLH is continuously looking for ways to improve the durability of their homes. Observing log homes since 1977 led GLH to their present log profile and joinery system, which they call the ‘Smart Log.’  “The design is ‘smart’ and has several unique design features which make Gastineau Smart Logs perform above industry standards,” Gastineau said.

 The single tongue and groove log is a familiar profile in the log home industry, but it has only one seal on the top of the tongue.  The Gastineau Smart Logs have two separate sealing channels, one on each side of the tongue.  A continuous bead of the company’s exclusive Log Bond adhesive is placed in both channels.  One tongue, but two separate sealing areas, makes GLH logs exceed the industry standard. “GLH is a complete log home resource.  Recently, a construction management division and a maintenance and restoration division have been implemented,” Gastineau added.

GLH offers seven individual floor plan collections from which to choose.

• Back to Basics: Includes the most affordable options based on straightforward designs and efficient use of materials, these homes are cost effective without sacrificing quality, space or livability.

• Silver Anniversary Collection: Including four individual plans this collection features a first floor master bedroom/bathroom suite, laundry room and guest bath plus two bedrooms and a bath on the second floor. Plans can be customized and modified and a garage can be added to any plan.

• Casual Cabin Living Collection: These single story homes feature log cabin living in 1200 square feet or less.

• Comfortable Living Collection: Reflecting the demand for single story homes with two or three bedrooms, the ‘Comfortable Living’ series has universal design features for mature adults.

• Classic Log Home Collection: These log home plans feature lofts, porches, dormers and other classic design features found in traditional log homes and may also be modified or customized to suit individual needs.

• Country Estate Collection: Among the most popular GLH designs, this series encompasses many award-winning designs and homes featured in log home magazines. Large home plans, they include a story-and-a-half and two story designs.

• Archive Collection—Featured Custom Homes: A number of custom plans have been archived by GLH. These plans are implemented to assist the custom home designer with ideas as they create their own custom plan.

According to Lynn Gastineau, she is the only woman in the U.S. to establish her own log home company.  Several women have taken over a business from their father, etc., but Gastineau is unique in that she started the company and has been in charge of the day-to-day management of the company since the beginning.  She is certified on the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council in the State of Missouri and holds a Women-Owned Small Business certification as recognized by the U.S. government. 

“In addition to the variety of wood species that we can provide, we excel in our industry with the engineered system that we have developed for log home construction,” Gastineau explained. “Our reputation for quality and service is recognized throughout the industry.  We pride ourselves on providing a home that is properly engineered for a lifetime of enjoyment at a reasonable price.”

GLH is a member of the Missouri Forest Products Association, National Association of Home Builders and the Log Home Council. For more information visit




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