It was love at first sight for architects David and Liz Sisam when they came upon quaint Sea View, P.E.I., on a vacation nearly 30 years ago. “I spent a few hours driving around to find the most beautiful spot I could on the island,” says David. “Then I knocked on the farmer’s door and asked to buy some land.” Now the whole Sisam family (which includes their three children) spends most of July and August there every year at the house they designed and built, with the help of Montgomery Sisam Architects. It was important to the pair that they respect the island’s indigenous esthetics. As a result, they chose details inspired by the quiet simplicity of old farm buildings, like traditional steeply pitched roofs and cedar shingles. “We also positioned the footprint of the house to focus on the ocean views and beautiful patchwork farm fields instead of the other cottages in the area,” says David. Glass sliding doors throughout allow for unobstructed sightlines from the front of the cottage straight through to the red-sand beach, just a few steps away. And with a small courtyard of wild roses on the back deck and a row of yellow Adirondack chairs to settle into, it might just be the dreamiest spot on the whole island.