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 9: Mid Century Modern Meets Jasmine Roth


This project was so much fun because I got to put my own spin on the classic, timeless, and so perfectly SoCal mid-century modern design aesthetic. If you haven’t seen the full episode yet, you can you can watch it on iTunes HERE and on Amazon HERE.

MJ and Mike had lived in their house for seven years and, while nothing was particularly terrible about their home’s design, there was nothing particularly great about it, either.  Looking at the house told you nothing about the people who had built a life inside of it, and even Mike’s own father would drive by their home every time he visited, mistaking it for all the other more or less identical homes that surrounded it.  MJ and Mike were ready for a change, and I was ready to step in and help!

After getting to know the homeowners, I had a pretty good idea of what they were looking for in their dream home, and I came up with a plan to put their $100,000 budget to good use.

Demo day started on a chilly SoCal morning.  (I say chilly, and yes, I realize I am wearing a tank top, but come on! You’re not supposed to have to wear jackets around here!)  We warmed up quickly, though!

Wood floors, tile floors, kitchen cabinets, tile counters, and appliances all had to GO!  But not so fast. The stubborn exterior wall refused to budge.

Notice Sean’s delight and my chagrin when deciding we would need to bring in the big guns (aka a skidsteer, aka a bobcat, aka a big fun toy that makes demoing walls a LOT more fun) to move the fortress wall.

Once we were done tearing everything apart, we got started putting it all back together, with MJ and Mike in mind every step of the way.

Custom wallpaper, a killer floor tile pattern and custom honeycomb shelves were all steps towards customizing this house to reflect the homeowners’ tastes, personalities, and lifestyles.

When my sister-in-law, Heather, stopped by to drop off a custom-made dog bed, I roped her into sticking around to help put on all the finishing touches.  When you’re part of my family, you never know what you might get convinced to do on any given day! (Seriously. You might stop by to pick up a package and end up decoupaging my entire laundry area, instead.  #truestory. )

Source: Llama Planter, (If you can tear it away from Heather), Palm Reader Art

With the house looking its most mid-mod meets J-Roth fabulous, it was time to re-introduce Mike and MJ to their new home.

I love-love-loved seeing the joy on their faces when they first pulled up.  Honestly, I might have been as excited as they were about this crazy new design.  I would be so proud to call this house my home, and I’m always anxiously awaiting confirmation that the homeowners feel the same way.

That’s me, smiling with such genuine enthusiasm that my face legit hurts at the end of every reveal day.

Now, check out this “before & after” shot of the exterior.  (There is always something so satisfying about a good before & after photo. It’s like all your hard work and design goals and the feeling of a job well done wrapped up into one perfect little photo coupling.)

Let me walk you through the exterior design from left to right:

1.) We removed the “fortress wall” and built a new, lowered, horizontal slat fence. This opened up the front of the house, making it instantly friendlier and more inviting.

2.) We installed clean, classic, bright white board and batten siding.

3.) We updated the entryway by removing the GIANT brick columns and installing a custom, lime green front door. SO mid-mod!

This is a pic of the homeowners practicing for their Christmas card family photo in front of their snazzy new front door. These two crack me up!

4.) We removed yet MORE brick from the garage and installed a beautiful, modern, and smooth stucco finish to the exterior. We also said sayonara to the upper fan windows and installed a brand new custom steel garage door, made to mirror the front door and really tie the whole exterior design together.

Source: Garage Door

5.) We planted a full landscape to soften the hard lines of the architecture, using white gravel in place of mulch to really make the plants pop.

Source: Landscaping by PLC Pools

And, just like that, it was time to take MJ and Mike inside. There was so much custom goodness all around, I didn’t even know where to start! Previously, there was nothing inside this house that the homeowners would have, or did, select for themselves. 

Maybe, if done in a well-considered and design savvy manner, pink stained cabinets and not-quite-white tile counters could be considered timeless and even newly trendy. (That’s a BIG maybe.) But, builder grade design is builder grade design no matter what part of the century it was built in. Houses have a real feel, or energy, when they’ve been designed with care, specifically for the people who live there; on the flip side, you can feel when a home has been built for everyone and no one all at once. It’s like the feeling of shopping in a big box store versus in an independently owned local boutique.

Let me break down what we did to help bring the interior of this house from box store to boutique:

1.) Replaced the tile and laminate wood floors with new hardwood floors.

2.) Removed the wall between the kitchen and dining room.

3.) Resurfaced the fireplace and installed a terrazzo tile hearth.

4.) Installed a custom light installation in the living room.

5.) Created an original wallpaper design using menus the couple had collected from favorite restaurants from around the world.

6.) Replaced everything in the kitchen but the kitchen sink. Actually, we replaced that, too! (You can read a full blog post JUST about this amazing kitchen HERE.)

Sources: Counters, Cabinets by B and D Cabinets 

7.) Installed a particularly awesome hexagon tile that “spilled” into the wood floors of the living room. Yup, I look pretty proud of myself because I AM. The floors turned out to be SO amazing!!

8.) Reconfigured the laundry room so that it was way more functional – and cuter, too!

And just like that, Mid-Century Modern met Jasmine Roth and it went swimmingly, if I do say so myself. Don’t forget to read the KITCHEN INTENSIVE on this episode, and also check out the SHOP THE LOOK blog post for a quick and easy resource on where to find some of the decor and accessories featured in this home. Peace, yo!



  1. Rochelle

    We “cut the cord” (wah!) so I don’t watch the show, but I’m so glad I got to see your work here. What an excellent job and a fun tour. I especially like the exterior….really striking, thoughtful design. The interior and custom light installation in the living room are sah-weet!

    Finally, you do copy right. -Fun to read your stuff.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Rochelle! Your feedback and support means so much, you have no idea!!

  2. Emanuelle

    Can I ask what colour black you used on the accent wall and main walls?

    • Heather

      Hi There! We looked everywhere for the perfect black and settled on Sherwin Williams: SW 6991 Black Magic, Flat.

  3. Stephanie Manzer

    I JUST LOVE THIS HOUSE!!!! The color combos of the exterior are awesome. May I ask what brand of board and batten did you guys use on the exterior? Is it easy maintenance?

    • The Blog by JR

      Hi Stephanie,

      We use cement board siding on all of our projects. It is durable, fire-resistant, pest-resistant, and requires very little maintenance. This is the brand we have the most experience and luck with:

      Cement Board Siding

  4. Kim

    I’ve looked everywhere – can you tell me where you got the garage door with the side windows?

    • Jasmine

      I am so sorry for my delayed reply! I am just catching up on these comments! We used our great friends at All County Doors for this project! They are super awesome! Tell them you saw this episode and they should be able to help you out! (If you are in the OC or surrounding areas)

  5. Miche J

    Can someone save the day and ask MJ what brand and style number her glasses are? I must have them!


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