Just as the name of her HGTV show implies, Jasmine Roth is all about finding a home's Hidden Potential. In last week's episode, that meant cleverly carving out a space for the family dog in the space underneath the staircase that would usually be filled with drywall.
The result? A cute little nook complete with a drawer for dog bowls. She calls it a "dog cave," and we're calling it now: Dog caves are the new man caves for very good boys.
We're obsessed with the paw-some idea, and we imagine our four-legged friends would be, too. Jasmine's own pups, Nala the bulldog and Tiger the rescue chihuahua, certainly seem to enjoy their tricked-out dog bed. Long before she did it on HGTV, the star designed a dog cave for her own abode.
"That was probably my first instance of realizing that there aren't any rules in home building," Jasmine, the founder of in Huntington Beach, CA, told us of the original project. "There isn't a set handbook you have to follow in the sense that under your staircase has to be drywalled in. When my husband and I were building our house, we were kind of walking past the staircase and we look at it, and we're like, 'What's going to go there, in that little triangular space?'"
Confused, the couple's builder explained that most people just drywall it in. "No, no, no, we want it to be something for our dogs," they replied.
And so, they did. They even went as far as adding a recessed light ("Our electrician thought it was the funniest thing!"), baseboards, wallpaper, and a gallery wall.
"Once it was all done, everybody that was skeptical was like, 'Oh man, that's so cool,'" Jasmine recalled. Once, a friend even climbed inside to pet her pups and accidentally fell asleep for the night.
In the end, "That was kind of the first eye-opening experience for me," Jasmine said. "Just because they've always filled in that area in in the past and never done anything with it, doesn't mean that we have to do it that way forever."
"That's how I look at construction now," she continued. "If there's a space that I can do something cool with instead of just drywalling it in, let's do it!"
Throughout her debut season, we've watched the star reclaim all kinds of unused spaces, from front yards to coat closets to yes, a place for pups to curl up after an especially ruff day.
Hidden Potential airs Tuesdays on HGTV, now at 9 p.m. EST.