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Tiny cottage renovation

A small Santa Monica cottage gets a new, right-size lease on life

The kitchen and dining area, before the renovation
Photography by Lisa Romerein

Planning ahead

After buying the 900-square-foot home with partner Monet LeMon, an executive recruiter for nonprofits, Hart worked out a budget-friendly scheme that scheduled critical renovations during the first six months (while the couple continued to live elsewhere) and chipped away at the rest of their wish list over several years.

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