The most immediate problems at Roseland Cottage were caused by the intrusion of water. In 1980, the Roseland Cottage Restoration Project installed gutters and a new drainage system, repaired much of the damage across the front of the house, conserved ornamental woodwork, installed a new roof, and painted the house. Substandard foundations had caused the piazzas, bay windows and conservatory to settle faster than the rest of the house, making them lean outward. These opposing forces were literally tearing the house apart. But the most pressing problem was the porte cochere.