Peaks Island is a beautiful place to live. The rocky backshore with its sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean, the wooded trails, the natural beauty of Peaks is part of what draws so many people here. However, much of the housing stock on Peaks Island does not contribute to the inherent beauty of the island. Often, houses are poorly maintained cottages that were originally only tent platforms, built 100 years ago with lumber scavenged from nearby shipwrecks, and built before the adoption of zoning regulations and building codes. This was one of those cottages, lots of potential, lots of neglect. Much of our work at this cottage was underneath it. We replaced and added footings, jacked up the house to level the interior floors, and replaced the skirting. We replaced and painted the siding, reconfigured the front porch, installed a large window and a built-in dresser in the second floor bedroom and updated the bathroom. This work transformed the cottage into a charming and comfortable island home.