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Tucked into the side of a scenic San Francisco hill, one of the city’s more diminutive houses battles everything from dry rot to obstructionist neighbors in order to grow up.

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  The cleaned-up, refined front that was approved by the planning commission would be easily recognized by the house's original inhabitants.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The cleaned-up, refined front that was approved by the planning commission would be easily recognized by the house's original inhabitants.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Homeowner Susanna Dulkinys and her architects toyed with the idea of replacing the Edwardian-era facade with a less traditional design.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Homeowner Susanna Dulkinys and her architects toyed with the idea of replacing the Edwardian-era facade with a less traditional design.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  This stretch of Telegraph Hill  gazes one way toward the Transamerica Pyramid, and leads in the other to cafés, bars, and bookstores.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    This stretch of Telegraph Hill gazes one way toward the Transamerica Pyramid, and leads in the other to cafés, bars, and bookstores.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Although there are no doors to truncate the space, the kitchen and guest room close off with translucent fabric panels that filter natural light by day and glow like lanterns at night.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Although there are no doors to truncate the space, the kitchen and guest room close off with translucent fabric panels that filter natural light by day and glow like lanterns at night.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Once a split-level jumble of small, dark rooms, the main floor now offers a clear sight line from the patio straight through the kitchen, dining room, sitting area, and spare room to the street-facing window (with two skylights for added illumination).  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Once a split-level jumble of small, dark rooms, the main floor now offers a clear sight line from the patio straight through the kitchen, dining room, sitting area, and spare room to the street-facing window (with two skylights for added illumination).

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Wireless wonderland: One way to reduce clutter is by stashing most of the media hardware downstairs and jettisoning the television. When it’s time to show a DVD, the wall does double duty as a movie screen.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Wireless wonderland: One way to reduce clutter is by stashing most of the media hardware downstairs and jettisoning the television. When it’s time to show a DVD, the wall does double duty as a movie screen.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  The architects made less into more by designing rooms that multitask. When no guests are in town, the spare room easily reconfigures into a cozy home office, complete with its own powder room.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The architects made less into more by designing rooms that multitask. When no guests are in town, the spare room easily reconfigures into a cozy home office, complete with its own powder room.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  Because it’s a small space, it was possible to make everything pristine,” says Dulkinys, standing in her dream bathroom, outfitted with full-slab Carrara marble, a Duravit sink, and fixtures by Dornbracht.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    Because it’s a small space, it was possible to make everything pristine,” says Dulkinys, standing in her dream bathroom, outfitted with full-slab Carrara marble, a Duravit sink, and fixtures by Dornbracht.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  A curtain wall obscures the closet in the master bedroom.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    A curtain wall obscures the closet in the master bedroom.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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  The contents of the 15-foot-long closet, concealed by a long swath of calming blue-green fabric, glows like a light box when illuminated from within.  Photo by: Zubin Shroff
    The contents of the 15-foot-long closet, concealed by a long swath of calming blue-green fabric, glows like a light box when illuminated from within.

    Photo by: Zubin Shroff

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