Budget Breakdown: A Design Duo Give Their San Francisco Loft a Modern Makeover for $70K

The homeowners tackled much of the work themselves to refashion a dated home into the ultimate, 700-square-foot city loft.

When they first stepped foot into their Mission District loft in 2015, Kathryn Heller and Kevin Short knew they’d found what they were looking for, though surface impressions were deceiving. "The interiors were ugly, stained, and completely outdated," the couple tell Dwell. "The previous tenant had smoked cigarettes inside for nearly a decade, so it was particularly dreary and felt like a time capsule from the ’90s."

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