More Beautiful Backyards From HGTV Fans

Check out these 5-star makeovers of outdoor spaces shared by readers.

A beautiful pergola, softened with climbing vines, shades this southwestern patio. Next, the view from inside the patio. Design by HGTV fan scott10.

A pleasing mix of gardening styles: a splash of green turf next to a Xeriscaped area. In the back, a pueblo-style ladder leans against the wall. Design by HGTV fan scott10.

Before: A major landscape design will require a tight fit — the narrow backyard is only 20 feet from patio to wall.

After: HGTV fan DesignerDeb2 and her husband managed to fit a tropical paradise into their narrow backyard. The lap pool is 35 feet long and only 8 feet wide in places.  

Before: The small patio could use some serious love. 

After: The small patio has been expanded, resurfaced and transformed into a comfortable outdoor living space. Design by HGTV fan Donna1943.

Before: The yard is a blank slate. 

After: Eleven years after the first plants were put in, HGTV fan Donna1943 and her husband enjoy a beautiful, mature backyard, with plenty of color and texture.

Before: Topography will determine the location of the patio in this Colorado backyard.

After: The 500-square-foot stone patio nestles on the hillside below the house. "On ... summer days the house provides shade by 6 pm for an enjoyable setting with golf entertainment below," writes HGTV fan Mtn-Livin.

A new cedar pergola, complete with fans, has created a comfortably cool place to relax on this patio, says HGTV fan edkat1.

Before: Rampant plant growth, including wisteria, has taken over this back porch.

After: Taming the plants reveals a beautiful sitting porch that has a view of the new backyard. Design by HGTV fan leylaj.

A beautiful pergola extends the outdoor living space in this backyard that was designed by HGTV fan rm04.

A view of HGTV fan tbooth32's backyard takes in five waterfalls, a stream and three connecting koi ponds.

Next Up

Outdoor Living Spaces: Ideas for Outdoor Rooms

Learn about options and ideas for outdoor rooms and outdoor living spaces.

Planning Your Outdoor Space

A master plan that incorporates everything from long-range projects to nitty-gritty details will help you design the backyard of your dreams.

Outdoor Rooms Add Livable Space

Spend less money on vacations and more time with friends and family on your deck or patio.

Garden Design: Connect Your Indoor and Outdoor Spaces

Let your indoor space inspire your landscape design plans.

Reclaim Wasted Space: Dining Rooms, Garages, Attics and Closets

Explore the evolution of floor plans from previous decades and gather inspiration for designing a space that fits your lifestyle.