Professional landscaper Chris Lambton and the Yard Crashers crew turn ordinary back yards into striking spaces with novel takes on decks, patios, fire pits, water features, landscaping, hardscaping and more. Get the full Yard Crashers rundown at our sister site, DIYNetwork.com.
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In these behind-the-scenes clips, HGTV's J.D. Scott puts Yard Crashers host Chris Lambton to the test with a round of rapid-fire questions, the "miniature Yard Crashers challenge," the great tricycle race, fan Q&A's and more.
This tiny space gets an outdoor grill station, Steel Pergola covered with fabric and a Dual TV cabinet. A destination spot is the Cabana bed made from a trampoline. Custom pavers and wood decking provide the hardscapes for this party place. Unique concrete artwork is used for the fire feature, counter top and the bar top, with a built in space to place ice and beverages. The entire landscape is surrounded by large lush tropical plants, which provide privacy.
A large backyard gets a baseball-themed makeover from Matt Blashaw and the Yard Crashers crew. A batting cage, custom wooden bleachers and grill for hotdogs complete the look.
A homeowner that's struggling with a backyard that's fallen into ruin accepts Matt Blashaw's offer to transform it with defined features. Taking a cue from the homeowner's eclectic style, Matt replaces a patchy lawn, rickety shade structure, and crumbling concrete pond with a system of curved floating redwood decks. Together, Matt and the homeowners build a new gate with "windows" that give the fence line a sleek, modern look. They pour a concrete garden wall that is treated to make it look like wood. A pergola with privacy screens creates a new area for seating. An old shed gets a facelift. And in the center of the yard, Matt and the homeowners place a DIY concrete and metal fire table, which highlights an inviting entertainment space.
A drab yard is turned into an outdoor room when the existing deck is enclosed with slat walls that define a new lounging area with fire boulder, and an outdoor kitchen with dining area. Different colors and textures of plants are added along with a red urn fountain. Finally, the existing grass is scaled down and topped with three red arbors, lanterns, and a tea house sculpture for a look that is relaxing and Zen.
This overgrown, boring yard is transformed into an inviting space for dining and entertaining. The small patio is expanded to include a barbecue island and large dining area made with wood and metal. An additional room provides a sleek concrete conversation area complete with water spillway and fire pit. Finally, bright redwood planters are built and placed strategically to anchor the new space in the expansive backyard.
This Sierra foothills yard is plain and boring and doesn't reflect the beautiful environment around it. So Matt transforms it to reflect its surroundings by building a redwood deck and pergola with cooking space and a dining area. He adds a custom fire pit and water feature along with veggie boxes and redwood trees set along a rustic metal and slat fence. A unique tin wall provides a colorful pop and a meandering path encircles the entire space.
These homeowners are eager for a private, meditative oasis in their backyard, which includes a sleek wooden shade structure with a beautiful bamboo roof and ceiling fan, a contemporary stone fireplace, and tile flooring that mimics hardwood. A one of a kind glass tile art project and comfortable modern furniture are all surrounded by Asian inspired plantings and low maintenance synthetic turf.
These homeowners are huge music lovers and former band members, so Chris and his team incorporated into their backyard a unique vinyl record bar countertop with beer dispenser, stained the existing concrete, and opened up their patio by removing some of their dilapidated overhang cover. They installed concrete stepping-stones into the new sod, which leads you to a floating redwood deck and pergola. Off to the side they created a unique water and fire feature all in one. And finally, they planted colorful low maintenance plants throughout the yard and a large specimen maple tree to admire.
These two veterinarians have ignored their backyard due to an expansive home remodel and it's become cluttered and overgrown. Matt comes in and cleans it out, trims it back, and builds an organized space for entertaining. He adds a large paver patio with a metal fire feature and a new barbecue with a metal prep island. Because the yard sits right on the city's bike path, he also builds a bike barn using wood and rusted steel, for bike storage. Finally, he adds painted corrugated metal to the fences for a more contemporary look.
Katie and Ian have a boring yard that is so uninviting they never even think to use it. But Chris promises that he can turn it into an entertaining mecca! He starts with demoing the existing patio and replacing it with sleek concrete slabs. He adds a custom concrete bench and fire feature conversation area and artificial turf, plus plenty of drought tolerant plants. A big new barbecue is dropped into a one-of-a-kind prep space with white metal countertops. DIY pendants hang over a metal floating bar and a metal and wood dining table is also included. All this entertaining space is topped off with shade sails and a cantilevered arbor with perforated metal to provide plenty of shade.
Taz and Gumbo are native New Orleanians who like to party and eat with their friends and family. They have a large yard but it's uninviting, overgrown and ugly. Chris looks to the quintessential New Orleans courtyard for inspiration and transforms their space into the perfect place for crawfish boils. He starts with a large brick colored paver patio and adds a cedar pergola with iron posts. He creates a fire pit area and builds a custom crawfish table with a grill island, a bar, and dual crawfish burners. He surrounds the patio with lush tropical plants and adds a sugar kettle water feature. Finally, he turns salvaged shutters into a unique gate.
A boring and neglected yard transforms into a West Coast Party Pad. Chris Lambton and crew crash this backyard with a massive metal bar and redwood pergola. Underneath the bar is a large boardwalk deck, on top of the deck is a rustic metal fire bowl adjacent to a one of a kind decorative art wall. Metal planters filled with drought tolerant plants, fresh sod and plants.
A barren back yard is transformed into a Mediterranean outdoor living space with a stone spa house, a pergola with Tuscan style columns, and a large cobble terrace. In addition, a fireplace flanked with water walls and a barbecue counter are built. Finally, Italian inspired plants such as olive, lavender, flax and cypress are added to the landscape.
Chris crashes TJ and Julie's back yard - a sad ugly space with no flow, small patio, rickety pergola and no landscaping. To bring some life to the back yard, Chris adds a huge paver patio with dining table, a bright shade sail overtop, and built in bbq island faced with redwood slats. For a tranquil area, Chris builds a flagstone patio topped with a metal fire pit and adds a basalt water feature, artificial turf and lush landscaping.
These homeowners are frustrated with the heap of trash in their yard. Chris and his crew transform this trashy trove into a treasure paradise with a beefy redwood pergola with a rain chain water feature and a custom faux dining table, a beautiful stamped concrete pad leading to a stone fire pit with custom made beefy lounge chairs and redwood block end tables. To soften the hardscapes, colorful plants and new sod is installed throughout the yard.
These restaurateurs are overwhelmed with their overgrown tiny space until Matt and his crew come to their rescue. He helps to make this tiny unusable space functional with a redwood retractable dining table, a modern shear decent water feature, and floating wooden benches surrounded by dense plantings. An old vintage cabinet is modified into a rolling wet bar. And lastly, the yards entire patio gets a modern look using large vertical pavers with decorative gravel between the joints.
Matt turns an overgrown back yard into an entertaining space using the homeowners' love of wine barrels as inspiration. The dilapidated patio cover is demo'd and a new shaded patio is built, anchored by a wine barrel pyramid water feature. An outdoor kitchen clad in corrugated metal is added along with a pub table. A wine barrel fire feature is built and surrounded by wine barrel chairs for a very unique sitting area. Finally, a light made from wine barrel bands is hung from the shade structure illuminating the wine barrel stave loungers.
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