Great Duck Island House - Frenchboro, Maine, United States

Building the House

The Summer of 1986 on Great Duck Island

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We began building the house during the summer of 1986. Fifty-six 700 pound bundles of materials were loaded onto a barge in Northeast Harbor and transported to just off-shore of Great Duck Island. Then a helicopter picked up each individual bundle and dropped it into a field next to our selected building site.

We had picked our building site by setting up tree poles and ribbons to allow us to visualize our house and views we love so much.

We camped on the island for 5 weeks with a team of four wonderful men. Our youngest daughter was 1 and 1/2 years old. By the end of the first summer we had the shell of the house erected and only one door opening and one window opening. It was dark inside. Each summer after that we continued finishing the house.

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