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California builder and designer Jasmine Roth is on a mission to make sure not all suburban homes look the same. Jasmine transforms builder-basic houses into custom dream homes by giving them features that stand out from the crowd.

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I've become a fan of the upbeat show

I liked the tip in the last show for removing a mirrored wall - she hung a heavy canvas in front as a protective screen and then smashed the mirror  into pieces that fell behind it..

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I like this show, but the one thing about it that bugs me is that she creates play spaces and sitting areas in front of houses. Isn't that what back yards and decks/patios are for? Who wants their children playing in the front yard where they are liable to run into the street to chase a ball? Even with parents sitting there watching them they can dart into the street and in front of an oncoming car. That thought really bothers me.

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46 minutes ago, CruiseDiva said:

I like this show, but the one thing about it that bugs me is that she creates play spaces and sitting areas in front of houses. Isn't that what back yards and decks/patios are for? Who wants their children playing in the front yard where they are liable to run into the street to chase a ball? Even with parents sitting there watching them they can dart into the street and in front of an oncoming car. That thought really bothers me.

I don't know how old you are, but that used to be a very common scenario--parents sitting on porches/kids w/lids playing when I was growing  up in the city - you learned  from an early age to look out for cars/traffic.

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17 hours ago, sheetmoss said:

I don't know how old you are, but that used to be a very common scenario--parents sitting on porches/kids w/lids playing when I was growing  up in the city - you learned  from an early age to look out for cars/traffic.

I'm 71 and remember riding bikes and roller skating on the driveway, but not playing in the front yard. I had three younger brothers and outdoor play was always in the back yard where the outside toys were kept. We lived all over the country and none of the homes we lived in had big front porches.

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We played in the front yard...it was huge...but we lived in the country and there were no sidewalks or paved driveways! We used the trees as bases when we played baseball so we were outside but had the luxury of not having to play in the full sun and all the heat it provided! The backyard was for the gardens and the all of the "outbuildings" for the farm.

Something else I noticed last night was all the macrame that Jasmine uses. Is it coming back? It was such a huge thing in the 70's!

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3 hours ago, suebee12 said:

Something else I noticed last night was all the macrame that Jasmine uses. Is it coming back? It was such a huge thing in the 70's!

Another huge thing from the 70's I've been seeing a lot  in Tumblr pic posts - houseplants.

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My DH lived in Orange County for 11 of his first 17 years. He said the front yard seating could be due to a couple  of things. 

Lots were small and houses had to be built a certain distance from the street... large front yard and small back yard.

or 

There are a lot of cul-de-sacs in the area so more kids will be playing in the street.

I grew up in a rural area and we had pastures and woods to roam. 

We both like this show quite a bit .. she is talented and we enjoy her as a host. And she truly seems invested in her clients. 

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I watched both episodes last night and really enjoyed both of them. The little beach cottage was so cute when Jasmine finished it. Seemed much larger when it was done. I'm not sure if anyone but kids would sleep on the pull-up bunk bed but I guess the guests could sleep in the kid's room. I really like the "Murphy island"....good storage area, good extra counter space and when closed, great art! Also a cute "trap door" for all the extra shoes and boots! I also liked that the mantle opened up for more storage. Good use of available space. Again, the front yard was the main play area so I am guessing it is a regular thing in that area. I loved the swing and the fact that she did an actual covered area not a pergola. Taking down that closet wall made a huge difference and her added storage space more than made up for it. All in all, two really good episodes.

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 Again, the front yard was the main play area so I am guessing it is a regular thing in that area. 

I've recently watched a few shows and saw at least one clip of young girls on scooters on the street. Where I live (cul-de-sac), we don't have front porches. I remember one spring evening, my neighbors (people from 4 of the 8 homes) were gathered on my driveway talking, sitting on the concrete. One thing we talked about is how nice it would've been to have front porches. Can't have informal impromptu gatherings of the neighbors like that in the back yard.

I like this show a lot. Construction without drama, and I don't have to know Jasmine's personal business in the process. 

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I just started watching this show. I appreciate that Jasmine isn't doing cookie cutter and uses pops of color unlike most of the other HGTV designers, but some of her creative ideas are just wacky.

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Warning: I'm on a soapbox here.

I've watched a few more of these shows. I see that the videographers show clips of kids playing on the streets to depict that these streets are not heavily trafficked (thus justifying the build that is done to make the front yard more usable) but I never see any of this activity in any of the overhead views of the neighborhood. Some of the clips seemed to be filmed in parking lots of schools or churches that are empty.

My observations aside, I'm glad that there is more attention being given to front yards. Front yards, to me, are much like formal living areas or formal dining rooms. Good for looks but otherwise under-utilized areas. I have a neighbor who uses his front yard a lot (I don't know what his back yard is like, but I do know that there's more shade out front). While maybe some of the toys could be stored out of view (I've heard at least one neighbor comment on the tackiness of the Fisher Price Toys kind of play gear out there), I'm okay with the tree swing and the bicycle out front. I have another neighbor who grows vegetables in his front yard, much to his wife's chagrin, who thought it was tacky. But the light is better there and I say "why not?" 

I have to research this further, but I'm told that the manicured front lawn is a more modern trend, that people once gardened out front, too. I'm all for growing 'maters and 'taters and other veggies out front. Oh, and I'm all for lounging and eating out there, too. You paid for all that land, use it! I'd like to see Jasmine feature a vegetable garden within the confines of one of her fenced front yards.

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Jasmine puts out really nice furniture and pillows and such in the front yard and I wonder about theft. It's nice furniture and pillows (some don't look weather proof) and I wonder what they do when it rains and it looks pretty easy to steal as well.  I agree with above poster about wacky designs. 

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I love watching this show because Jasmine seems so excited by everything! I loved the book exchange that they put out front. We had several of these in Sarasota, and even in teeny, tiny Starkville, MS we have at least four locations! I love books, and reading.  Check out their website and maybe add a little free library to your town! https://littlefreelibrary.org/

Speaking of books, I wonder how long it took to put up all of those books backwards? Even in the before version of the room, they were backwards. I know it has something to do with "rights" etc, but why not put the books facing the correct way and blur them...they really look dumb facing the wrong way!

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