I've had a very busy summer and fall, and we've had some hiccups in the permitting process. Our design plans were not sufficient, and we're working with Rangeley Builders to give us solid plans that should help us sail through the permit stage. They have been awesome to work with and I'm excited to see the final plans when they're finished in a few weeks. I'll be sure to post the plans on here when they're complete!
We've met some great local folks who will help us with all of the ground work (because I have no idea what I'm doing in that department) and we've decided to go with Techno Metal Posts for the foundation of the camp. After hearing many horror stories about using sonotubes, we've listened to our instincts and the words of experienced builders which have pointed us in the Techno Post direction. They have a plastic sleeve on the post that will most during a frosty period instead of the whole post moving. Folks in Canada use these all the time and don't experience any heaving. It's worth it to pay the little extra so that I'm not jacking up the camp in years to come to keep things level.
When the posts are in (hopefully May), we'll begin the actual building process. I think about this camp almost every day and can't wait to start seeing some building progress!!
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Aaron Broaddus is a passionate fly fisherman and a Maine guide.