The first time I saw our house, I thought, “That is the ugliest house I’ve ever seen.” The exterior of the 1899 San Francisco Victorian was clad in faded aluminum siding, its foundation a kaleidoscope of pink, yellow, and gray Permastone. What I saw inside, though, made me forget -- or at least forgive -- that first impression. There were high ceilings, fine details, cozy rooms, and an accessible, south-facing backyard. It was in a good neighborhood, and best yet, it needed no major work. Read about how this Victorian house was transformed.