02/19/2013 08:53 am ET Updated Apr 21, 2013

House Tour: Creative Design Moves Rescue an Island Cottage

by Johnson and McLeod Design Consultants

In spite of this house's then-uninhabitable status, its owners envisioned their dream island cottage the moment they stepped inside its moldy walls. "The house had been closed up without heat for years and was a moss- and nicotine-soaked nightmare," says homeowner Ian McLeod. "Most people considered it a teardown, but the astounding location and the house's good bones were all that we saw," he says. A 15-minute floatplane ride takes him and Kerry Johnson from their busy urban lives as design consultants in Vancouver to Mayne Island, where they enjoy watching wildlife, reading and working on DIY projects.