When we bought this apartment 6 years ago our goal was to try to create a contemporary home with the livability, functionality, and conveniences of a modern building while retaining as much of the charm inherent in a Victorian era San Francisco flat as possible.
In a nutshell, this is what has been done in the last 6 years with permits:
* New electrical wiring and receptacles throughout the apartment.
* New electrical subpanel in the unit serving the bathrooms and bedrooms with room for additional circuits.
* New furnace.
* Comprehensive removal of bad plaster replaced with 5/8" sheetrock.
* Fully remodeled and updated kitchen.
* Fully remodeled and reconfigured bathroom with the addition of a half-bath.
* New plumbing in kitchen and bathroom with upgraded service line to accommodate additional bathroom, kitchen, and laundry demands.
* New wall-mounted on-demand water heater.
 

In the 6 years we have lived/worked here we have done substantial work in each of the rooms of the flat. The work progressed at a steady but slow pace as we moved from room to room. As we began work on each new room we were presented with a unique set of challenges but our objectives remained consistent throughout:
•Maintain, replicate, or pay homage to as much of the original detail as possible and/or was practical. To this end most rooms retain their original trim, picture moldings with plaster relief, and coved ceilings where they were still in place. Obvious exceptions to this approach are the modern kitchen, aspects of the bathrooms, and recessed lighting in the stairwell and hallway.
•Repair plaster where possible or replace with sheetrock where necessary.
•Restore and preserve original Douglass fir wood flooring.
•Upgrade the old knob-and-tube wiring to a completely modern and code compliant system.
•Make floor plan changes where necessary for the purposes of defining rooms more appropriately and improving the flow and usability of space.
•Install necessary wiring for modern communications and entertainment equipment. One run of RG-6 coaxial and two runs of Cat5e phone/networking cables at multiple locations in each room throughout the apartment.

Kitchen
•Brand new stainless steel appliances
•Amana cabinet depth 36" wide "Easy Reach" refrigerator with bottom mount freezer. Ice maker not installed but plumbing is in place if upgrade is desired.
•Bosch dishwasher with hidden controls along top edge.
•Amana gas range with infrared broiler.
•Broan hood with built-in halogen lighting.
•Two Franke stainless steel sinks.
Main kitchen sink is a large Franke single bowl with waste disposal unit and KWC "commercial style" Domo faucet/overhead pre-rinse sprayer combination. Prep sink is a Franke bar sink with a KWC Domo faucet with pull-out sprayer.
•Custom Fireslate2 solid surface counter and table tops.
•All main work areas are extra deep at 27".
•Integrated freestanding counter-height eating area with room for 4.
•Custom-built cabinetry
•Maple veneer plywood European-style box construction.
•Solid maple and maple veneer doors and drawer fronts on lower cabinets.
•Solid maple frames with laminated frosted glass in the upper cabinets.
•12 volt xenon under-cabinet lighting system.
•Blum TandemBox drawer system.
•Pull-out pantry for efficient storage of canned and dry goods.
•All brand new electrical circuits, wiring, switches, and receptacles.
•Separately switched recessed, pendant, under-cabinet, and vent hood lighting to satisfy
•All new plumbing with upgraded capacity service line to accommodate additional bathroom, kitchen, and laundry demands.
•Takagi T-K2 on-demand gas water heater provides endless hot water for simultaneous running of multiple major appliances and/or showering.

Laundry
•Frigidaire Gallery stackable high capacity front-load washing machine and gas dryer.

Full Bathroom
•Kohler full size cast iron bathtub with Hans Grohe Axor fixtures including "rain pan" style showerhead and separate adjustable height hand-held sprayer.
•Duravit wall-mounted sink with Hans Grohe Axor faucet.
•Duravit wall-mounted toilet with hidden tank.
•Built-in open storage area above toilet with glass shelving and integrated electrical outlet.
•Separately switched recessed ceiling lighting and wall mounted vanity lighting.
•Separately switched Panasonic WhisperLite ventilation.
•Beadboard wainscoting.
•Armstrong linoleum flooring

Half Bathroom
•Kohler Rialto one-piece toilet.
•Small-scale wall mounted hand lav.
•Combination recessed ceiling and wall mounted vanity lighting.
•Separately switched Panasonic WhisperLite ventilation.
•Armstrong linoleum flooring.

Hallway and Stairwell
•Completely new 5/8" sheetrock wall and ceiling surfaces and new trim throughout
•Separately switched dual-zone dimmable recessed halogen ceiling lights.
•New Trane furnace with programmable thermostat.
•New staircase carpeting.
•Hard-wired smoke detectors in each bedroom as well as hallway.