All happy clients end up alike, but they all arrive with different priorities. When the Schulers said they wanted a cottage that worked for their family on the inside and was “different from any other house on the island” on the outside, we knew our work was cut out for us. Taking our cue from the structure of wooden boats, we designed intersecting arches shaped like keel frames at the columns. These “bent arms” soften the line of the porches while framing the view of the ocean. The balcony at the entrance stairs echoes a ship’s transom with a curved edge and metal guardrails. Inside, shiplap paneling and exposed trusses continue the nautical theme. In the end, the cottage is not only ship-like in character, but a safe harbour as well.