Back to basics

Affordable Log Home Designs

Our Back to Basics plans have been selected for their affordable package price based on their efficient use of materials and simplicity of design. Built around the same Smart Log System used for Gastineau standard and custom home plans, Back to Basics packages offer you a choice of oak or pine logs for the same price. Our Back to Basics series hold prices down by offering cost effective designs with limited options and upgrades. The modified kit materials still provide Gastineau’s quality service including our exclusive Quality Assurance Visit. Call today and see how affordable a log home can be!

Back to Basics #1
1,026 SQFT

Back to Basics #2
1209 SQFT

Back to Basics #3
1,493 SQFT

Back to Basics #4
1,642 SQFT

Back to Basics #5
1,642 SQFT

Back to Basics #6
6 (a) 1,440 SQFT
6 (b) 2,380 SQFT

Here is a complete list of the materials included in your Back To Basics package:

Log Wall System

8″ thick x 6″ tall solid oak T&G Smartlogs™ in any profile

8″ fasteners

Log Bond and backer rod

Interior and exterior caulk

Smartlog™ wall guides

Windows & Doors

Quaker aluminum clad Low E wood windows with screens and grilles

Precut and splined window and door bucks

GLH profile gasket and settling gasket for windows

Steel insulated pre-hung exterior doors

Quaker aluminum clad Low E wood exterior sliding doors

Interior (oak) and exterior (cedar) window and door trim

Masonite wood-grained prefinished, prehung raised panel interior swinging doors and bi-fold closet doors

Roof System

2×10 roof rafters 16″ o.c. or trusses 24″ o.c. as required

5/8″ OSB sheathing

Lookout and overhang framing

2x gable framing with 3/8″ fir plywood siding w/cedar battens

2x dormer framing with 3/8″ fir plywood siding w/cedar battens

6×8 planed oak collar beams as required

15# Roofing felt

25 year warranty, three-tab shingles Starter shingles and ridge caps Subfascia and cedar fascia Metal roof edge

3/8″ fir plywood soffit enclosure

Ridge and soffit vents

Dormer roof, soffits, etc. as in house roof

Second Story Floor System

Second floor girder beam

2×10 second floor joists

Planed oak support posts with adjustors

3/4″ T&G OSB second floor subflooring

Interior Framing, Stairs and Trim

Partition wall framing

1×6 oak settling space trim for partition walls

Kiln-dried oak second story stair system

Kiln-dried oak railings for stairs and lofts


6×6 planed oak porch posts

6×8 planed oak exposed porch rafters

6×8 planed oak support girder beams for porch rafters

2×6 T&G pine porch roof decking

Roofing felt and shingles

Included Essentials

Exclusive Quality Assurance Visit to your site

TWP exterior wood sealer

Construction manual

Free delivery within 300 miles of plant

Standard blueprints with Back to Basics details


Subfloor for first floor with pine stairs to basement

Exposed beam floor system for second floor

Treated decks and railings

Treated porch floor framing and decking

Round oak porch posts, girders and railings

Log siding to cover your first floor subfloor rim

1×6 T&G pine or oak ceiling or wall coverings

1×5 G&G oak flooring

Oak trim for baseboards, etc.


30, 40 or 50-year warranty shingles

Saddle-notched corners or pre-notched corners for round interior logs

SmartMatch gables (exterior and/or interior)

2×12 rafters

2 rows of logs around your first floor subfloor