Worth the Wait

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April 30, 2009
Originally published in Dream Homes Realized
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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.
    The cleaned-up, refined front that was approved by the planning commission would be easily recognized by the house's original inhabitants.
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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.
    Homeowner Susanna Dulkinys and her architects toyed with the idea of replacing the Edwardian-era facade with a less traditional design.
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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.
    This stretch of Telegraph Hill gazes one way toward the Transamerica Pyramid, and leads in the other to cafés, bars, and bookstores.
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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.
    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.
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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).
    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).
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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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.
    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.
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  A curtain wall obscures the closet in the master bedroom.
    A curtain wall obscures the closet in the master bedroom.
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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.
    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.
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