2017 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards Panel of Judges

From HGTV executives to award-winning landscape professionals, learn about this year's distinguished panel of judges that will select the Overall Winner of the 2017 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards.

HGTV Host
HGTV Host

Chris Lambton

Chris Lambton is a professional landscaper who transforms backyards, one house at a time on HGTV's "Going Yard" and DIY's "Yard Crashers". 

Chris brings his landscaping skills and gardening know-how to each project as he creates outdoor living spaces for deserving homeowners. Read More

Director, Digital Video & Editorial, Home + Travel
Director, Digital Video & Editorial, Home + Travel

Mariel Clark

Mariel is the digital video and editorial director of the lifestyle brand websites for HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Great American Country. 

Her favorite thing about her job is exploring and sharing the world’s most beautiful spaces and places. Mariel is a DIYer at heart and likes to tackle projects around her home. Read More

Editorial Director, Home + Travel, Digital
Editorial Director, Home + Travel, Digital

Kelly Smith Trimble

Kelly is the editorial director of the lifestyle brand websites for HGTV, Travel Channel, DIY Network and Great American Country. 

A master gardener, she focuses on growing vegetables and loves canning and preserving. Kelly also spends her time hiking, backpacking and doing almost anything else outdoors. She likes eclectic design where everything has a story. Read More

Founder, DWY Landscape Architects
Founder, DWY Landscape Architects

David Young

As the Overall Winner of the 2016 HGTV Ultimate Outdoor Awards, David Young returns to help name the 2017 Ultimate Outdoor Awards Winner.

He founded DWY Landscape Architects in 1999 and has dedicated his talent and career to creating meaningful spaces that touch the lives of the people who encounter them. He believes it is important for people to reconnect with nature and considers landscape architecture the perfect platform for this to occur. Read More

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Give an Outdoor Pouf an Easy Beachy Update

Easily give a plain-Jane outdoor ottoman a beachy upgrade with a nautically inspired stencil and exterior paint.

Upcycle Wood Pallets Into a Cozy Outdoor Dog Bed

Give your furry best friend a comfy outdoor nap spot using (free!) wood shipping pallets.

How to Make a Space-Saving Folding Outdoor Bar

This versatile outdoor bar folds away when not in use, making it perfect for small spaces. A clever paint trick adds a fun colorful pattern that’ll punch up your decor when the bar is folded up; folded down, the bar top provides just enough work surface to mix a cocktail or serve up brunch.

1950s Beach Bungalow Redesigned for Modern, Indoor-Outdoor Living

Wanting to update her ranch house while preserving its rich history, a Santa Barbara, Calif., homeowner turned to Neumann Mendro Andrulaitis Architects to make her vision a reality. See how the architects opened the home to the outdoors without losing sight of its historic charm.

Add Outdoor Living Space With a DIY Paver Patio

If your backyard is more eyesore than lush landscape, adding a DIY paver patio could be just the ticket to transform a patch of weeds into a relaxing outdoor room.

Make a Beachy-Chic Shell-Covered Urn

Add easy-breezy beachy style to an indoor or outdoor space by crafting this custom shell-covered container. Fill with flowers or a potted plant to create a coastal-inspired centerpiece. 

Florida Vacation Home Embraces 1920s Style of Thomas Edison Estate

A large Florida family wanted a home where they could vacation together without being cramped. Their 1920s-inspired beach home designed by architect Clifford Scholz turned out to be the perfect getaway.

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