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Developers across Southern California are experimenting with the small-lot concept. Better Shelter founder Steve Jones — shown here with Lauren Townsend, left, Judy Doo and Megan Koehn — built a series of small, distinctly modern dwellings called 1.7 Ocean in Costa Mesa. Lots range from 1,400 to 3,075 square feet, and the two-bedroom houses are intended to appeal to design-savvy, budget-minded young professionals in the region's surf and skate industries. More... • Fledgling home projects emerge from L.A.'s small-lot ordinance Also in Home & Garden • Hallie Holtzman's Westwood garden bears fruit and flowers • From blah bath to ah, spa • Cute houses that don't cost a fortune — in L.A.? • Eye Candy: Home & Garden Photo Galleries Karen Tapia-Andersen / Los Angeles Times