I’m Jasmine Roth, founder of Built Custom Homes, curator of my online retail store The Shop by Jasmine Roth, and host of HGTV’s hit shows Hidden Potential and HELP! I Wrecked My House. I was also on HGTV’s Season 1 of Rock the Block, but I won’t spoil the winner for you 😉 Building custom homes is my bread and butter and I love finding ways to make homes as personal, functional and beautiful as possible. Whether I’m exploring my TV projects, or sharing secret pro tips for everything from design to entertaining and cooking, I’m here to help you build Your Happy Home. Let’s build something together!



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Ep 12: California Cape Cod


Hey Everyone! I’d like you to meet Scott and Iliana and their builder-grade, cookie cutter on a cul-de-sac spec home.

Here’s the overview:

The Home Owners: Scott and Iliana

The Budget: $90,000

The DL: This home is in a neighborhood that the owners love, but it does not function properly for their family of four, nor does it represent their tastes or lifestyle. Their kitchen was cheaply remodeled, their dark living room is referred to as “the cave,” and both homeowners struggle to work from home with the playroom immediately adjacent to the office.

The Plan: Create functional front yard living space from which to enjoy the neighborhood, reconfigure the first floor to include a soundproof office and formal dining room, and brighten up the living room by modernizing the fireplace and adding light, cheerful design choices.

For the full story, you can watch all of Episode 12 on iTunes HERE and on Amazon HERE.

As usual, the kitchen gets its own separate post (and in this house, we’ll also include the playroom adjacent to the kitchen), which you can read HERE.

EXTERIOR: Let’s start with the exterior. There was nothing inherently WRONG with the outside of this house. Was it overgrown? Yes. Was it boring? Yes. Was it exactly the same as every other house in the neighborhood? Yes. It wasn’t falling down or uninhabitable or dangerous or a historic landmark in need of restoration, because that’s not really our jam here at Hidden Potential. What this house was, and what we look for when casting homes for the series, is a blank-slate of a house in need of a major personality overhaul.

These homeowners really love the contemporary coastal aesthetic, so with some California Cape Cod vibes in mind, we got to work.

Let the character building begin!!

We started by removing the clump of ratty jungle trees obscuring the front of the house, and also obscuring the owner’s ability to keep an eye on their children while they were playing in the cul de sac.

We removed the shutters that could be found on EVERY OTHER HOUSE in the neighborhood, which, in an INSTANT, immediately separated this home from all the others surrounding it.

We added shingle siding, a classic element of Cape Cod architecture, and juxtaposed that with board and batten accent siding.  When designing in a coastal style, it can be hard not to go all full on nautical with things. In order to balance out the traditional east coast elements of the design (light gray shingles, crisp white trim, iceberg roses), we wanted to make sure to add some California cool into the mix, as well. This is where the succulent walls, blue garage door, polished concrete, and the modern wood fencing around the front patio came into play.

And wait. Did someone say “front patio”? Yup. We added a front patio where before, there was just boring old grass and two folding beach chairs. I mean, it’s basically like adding a whole new room to the house.

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Scott and Iliana were totally floored when they pulled up to the house for the first time. I’m surprised they didn’t drive right by, thinking, “Well that couldn’t possibly be our old house.”

Sometimes, I find it just a teensie bit fun to torture the homeowners by lingering on the outside details a little longer than necessary before taking them inside. Once they start getting really crazy-eyed and antsy, and their gaze keeps involuntarily jumping over to the front door, I know it’s time.

So, let’s talk inside details. But first, will you take a look at this front door? (Ha! See what I did right there? Just building the tension a little, giving you a taste of the reveal day drama.) I’d say it’s the perfect combination of classic Cape and contemporary Cali.

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Okay, for reals this time, let’s head inside.

ENTRY WAY: As soon as you walk in the front door, you’re introduced to the colors and vibe of the whole design. Beachy cool. #californiacapecod. No more brown bench on brown mirror on brown wall aesthetic. Instead, there is a custom cabinet refaced with a vintage armoire, original artwork, and friendly plants to welcome you home.

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STAIRCASE: And then, something HAD to be done about these stairs. The dated white metal railings (although dated to when I’m not sure, because when were white metal scrolled railings ever in style?), builder grade chandelier, and dingy carpet were replaced with materials worthy of any Cape Cod manor.

COLOR STORY: Before moving into the rest of the house, I want to share with you the color story for this project. Paint colors are one of THE MOST DIFFICULT areas of design to really nail, and we always put a lot of time into getting it right. Also, I have a few tried and true colors I use throughout all of my designs because, well, I know that they work and can feel confident that they will stand the test of time.

Moving forward, to the right of the entry there is the former formal living room-turned playroom. To create a more functional layout, we moved the playroom entirely, relocating it next to the kitchen, and added a wall to this new space to create both an office and a dining room.

DINING ROOM: By adding a wall that divided the former formal living room in half, we were able to add a formal dining room into the floor plan without having to add additional square footage. Not only is it a beautiful and functional space, but it also creates a greater sense of privacy for the office that is located behind the sound proofed barn door.

Sources: Table custom made by George Bernal

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OFFICE: With two parents who work from home often, the previous office space only accommodated a single workstation. Additionally, being located next to the playroom meant having to share airspace with the two kiddos, whereas children are not generally revered for their vocal volume control abilities. To solve this problem we relocated the playroom AND soundproofed the office walls using a dense fabric insulation made from recycled denim.

We furnished the office space with two custom made adjustable height desks, a custom built-in filing cabinet, lots of original art and family photos, AND a futon that allows the space to function as a nice, private, and very QUIET guest room.

Sources: Adjustable height desks custom made by George Bernal, Art by Dodie Sy

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LIVING ROOM: My goal for the living room, formerly dubbed “the cave,” was to turn it into a light, bright, cheerful gathering place. The first order of business was to remove the cave-like craggy stone fireplace. We replaced it with a unique, happy tile surround reminiscent of a well-worn cottage quilt. We also painted the walls a soft, coastal blue and used artwork and plants to complete the airy beachy vibe. Now, you can almost feel the seabreeze wafting through the sliding glass doors, inviting you out into the California sun.

Sources: Black and White art prints

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And that’s a wrap. Boring brown builder grade turned California Cape Cod crowd pleaser. Don’t forget to read the  Ep. 12: Kitchen and Playroom – California Cape Cod for the full rundown on this episode’s kitchen and playroom. Thanks for reading and watching!! Can you believe there is only ONE EPISODE left to blog about in Season One?!! (Insert Mind-Blown emoji here.)


  1. Jaymee

    Cape Cod home was my fav from Season 1. Beautiful work and color scheme! So creative!

    • The Blog by JR

      Thank you! That’s one of my favorites, too, especially considering it’s really similar to my own California Cape Cod style home here in HB!

  2. Shari B

    Just caught this episode. I’d love info on the “quilt tile” that you used in the fireplace. I’m in Orange County. Thanks

    • The Blog by JR

      Thank you! We love it, too! I actually used it for the very first time in my mother-in-law’s house and have used it many more times, since.

  3. Susan Trillet

    I love the kitchen runner you used in front of the sink wall. Where can I purchase one for my home?

  4. Deb

    I want to update my old intercom system and loved the one you used on this episode. What’s the brand?

    • The Blog by JR

      Hi! We used the AMOCAM system, available on Amazon HERE

      Hope this helps!

  5. Lilia M Villa

    Hello! I watch Jasmine’s show and I really enjoy her and her style. I hope you can help me locate where to purchase a trio of prints that were featured on Monday, August 5th at 9:00 pm. These 3 large prints appeared to be geometric and were large and were featured over the couch. . I love them. I hope you can help me locate the vendor. Thanks so much! Lilia

  6. genna taylor

    Are you able to provide the exterior colors specifically the garage door and grey color? They are beautiful!

    • The Blog by JR

      Hi Genna,

      Thank you for watching! Here are all of the exterior colors we used on this house:
      Garage Door: Sherwin Williams: SW 6223 Stillwater
      Front Door: Sherwin Williams: SW 7069 Iron Ore, Satin
      Exterior Body: Sherwin Williams: SW 7649 Silverplate, Flat
      Exterior Body (2nd Story): Sherwin Williams: SW 7005 Pure White, Flat

      Hope this helps!

      • Leila

        I’m so excited! These colors are exactly what I was hoping to find for our new beach house. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. Kandi

    Hello! I love your show! What is the brand/style of the quilted tile used on the fireplace?


    • Jasmine

      It was from Home Depot! I can’t find it on the site anymore..but if you show them this picture in the store, they might be able to help you!!

  8. Diana Gallagher

    Hi, just saw the episode today. What are the interior paint colors used on the house?

    • Jasmine

      Thank you so much for watching!! Glad you loved it!
      For the interior walls: Sherwin Williams: SW 7065 Argos, Flat
      For the ceiling: Sherwin Williams: SW 7005 Pure White, Flat
      For the trim: Sherwin Williams: SW 7005 Pure White, Satin
      Hope this helps!!

  9. Randy Spainhower

    How did you soundproof the barn door?

  10. Louise

    Hello Jasmine, I would like to install a soundproofed barn door on our powder room. How did you soundproof the barn door between the dining room and office? Thank you for the info.

  11. Christopher Tortorella

    Hi Jasmine, I am a homeowner planning on doing my siding in Cedar Shake just like the house you did in ep 12:California Cape Cod. What was the name of the product that you used? Thank you Chris

    • Jasmine

      Great question! We used a WeatherSide product and it can be found at Home Depot!

  12. Katy Fairman

    Hi! I would really love to recreate this house number. What did you use for the white backing behind the black numbers?

  13. Priscilla Graft

    Hi Jasmine! I love your show and grew up in Orange County. Your style is spot on! I’m wondering… where is the entryway and dining room artwork (wood-backed with ocean blue dishes attached) from? I would love to purchase a piece like that for our living room. Thank you in advance for the tip!!

  14. Lauren

    Hi I love your work and your show! Can you tell me where that large basket with the lid in the living room is from?

  15. Vonda

    I love seeing your designs come to life and I especially loved you on Rock the Block! I just caught the Tricks of the Trade behind this episode and I absolutely need the wind-up standing desk, especially working from home due to COVID! My back and I thank you in advance!!


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