Response from John:
I felt a little environment guilty about the water/heat used for the bathroom. But then I remembered sunny California as a contrast to the rain in Norway supplying us with almost 100% recycleable energy through waterplants and enough water for the rain shower :-) I guess a lot of Norwegians would go for the sunny side of the story, especially through the winther months.
The stairs are normal for most Norwegian private houses. You need a bourgeois home to get them considerable wider. Luckily its only one floor to the flat.
Thanks for staying Eric and welcome back!