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 deserted backyard is converted into a modern outdoor theater with the help of Matt and his team. The crew builds a custom entertainment bar with a black granite countertop, a new salt finish concrete patio, a large outdoor movie screen, and a massive rain curtain water feature with large unique fire bowls and metal pedestals. Large privacy plants surround the yard with a one-of-a kind metal retaining wall. Comfy outdoor furniture and a movie theater style popcorn machine set the stage.
Entering this back yard you see weeds and a variety of broken unusable concrete. Now this ugly yard turned Zen sanctuary. With a sunken outdoor living room made of custom concrete. A water and fire feature all in one provides as the focal point for the space. A Yin and Yang shaped flower garden is planted with red roses.
These roommates are tired of their boring yard that's bare except for a hammock. They're looking for an fun yard that reflects their personalities and Matt and his crew deliver! He elongates the sad patio pad by building a wood deck over it. He improves the flow of the yard by adding a palapa as the gathering space and a hanging bed as the relaxing area. A ledge stone water wall is added for tranquility and a bamboo privacy screen is built to hide the massive A/C unit. Finally, lush plants, sod and gravel pathways are added to complete the look of this upscale beachy backyard.
This Fijian couple would love to have a taste of their homeland in their backyard, but not in its current state. Matt and crew repurpose dilapidated deck into a tropical thatched palapa, turn an uneven paver deck into a fresh looking space using interlocking pavers and add bamboo plants for privacy.
A sloped, messy yard has first-time homeowners baffled, until Matt Blashaw offers to help them take advantage of the built-in elevation. Matt shows the outdoorsy couple how to terrace their muddy hillside, and use the slope to create a backyard river, waterfall and fishpond that can all be regulated by remote control. A do-it-yourself footbridge establishes an attractive walkway across the river. Flagstone pathways lead to new areas for outdoor seating. A series of easy-to-install stone walls creates new space for gravel patios, a sunken campfire pit, a natural stone bench, and pine forest plantings. Together, Matt and the homeowners transform a pile of reclaimed barn wood into a gorgeous chevron dining table, complete with gabion legs that they fill with river rock.
This young couple receives a Thai inspired backyard transformation including a brand new deck, a custom fire feature and a barbeque grill island. A floating meditation station is housed in a structure with a high-pitched rooftop not unlike those found in Thailand "stilt" houses. The floating nature of the build creates the above ground aspect in a stilt house as well as to create a space to be calm and meditate the stress away.
An empty lot of a yard gets an upcycling makeover by Matt and his crew. They repurpose old used materials to create a privacy wall and concrete pathway. Old metal pipes are used as planters and antique looking window frames are created to add visual interest to an otherwise boring fence next to a Bocce ball court.
Chris and team head to Blog Cabin in Central Florida to transform the spacious backyard property into a relaxing and entertaining hang out. He builds a slatted privacy wall with built in benches for lounging, complete with living walls to showcase Florida's lush landscaping. Nearby, he adds a metal fire pit with seating and a pebble pathway leading to the large cobblestone patio. On it, he builds two kitchen islands, one for dining and one for grilling that are faced in stone. Finally, he builds a bocce court and two waterski Adirondack chairs to complete this lakeside retreat.
This empty barren Las Vegas yard is transformed into a lush relaxing space. A paver patio is laid and a steel shade structure is added which provides a dining space complete with new barbecue. Gabions stacked with stone provide a unique retaining wall which includes a cantilevered wooden bench surrounded by lush plants. A fire feature is added along with a gabion water feature surrounded by synthetic turf to complete the modern lines of this makeover.
This homeowner's wasted mud space gets a Cabo style facelift with a pine timber pergola and redwood hanging bed. A decorative boardwalk deck and bar seating, plus a bronze fire table with comfortable resin patio furniture. A large farm wood dining table with seating for a large family and a beautiful Brazilian hardwood outdoor kitchen. Outlining it all are lush tropical palms and plants.
This couple's small yard desperately needs Matt's help. Their dogs have taken it over & the space has become a dumping ground. Matt clears everything out then builds a raised deck off the back door with a barn inspired metal privacy screen complete with planted horse troughs, stairs down to a concrete patio with shade structure and space for a barbecue, dining area and kegorator. These motorcycle enthusiasts also receive a one of a kind water feature. Finally, a separate deck ramp & dog run are added to separate the pets from the people.
Chris Lambton and his team takes this narrow dust bowl of a yard and converts it into a rustic romantic haven with a metal hanging bed and natural flagstone patio. Not one but two giant water features tie into one pond. Three hardscape patios and shade sails block the Reno, Nevada heat. To define the spaces a decorative art wall is constructed and an old fence gets a new look with varying colors.
Toby is finally ready to rid his yard of the junk and his wife Malea is thrilled. The yard has been neglected for 15 years and with a tiny house, this family of 4 can really use the space for cooking, dining and entertaining. Chris rises to the challenge by removing everything and scraping it down to dirt. He begins building it up with a huge colored concrete patio, then adds a large shade pergola and outdoor bar with built in barbecue. He includes wood slatted panels and a large fence for privacy, a custom made wood and metal kayak storage rack and a unique boulder fire feature. He finishes off with lush landscaping, sod and a pig spit for the ultimate roaster's retreat.
Tammy and Brandi are newlyweds who are looking for an outdoor space where they can relax, dine and hangout with friends. Chris comes to their rescue with a plan to transform their dog-overrun yard into an inviting space complete with a dining area with pergola, as well as a lounge area with concrete patio, and a fire pit with built in benches and metal wall. In addition, the space will get a unique wood water feature, new landscaping and a long wooden landing off the house.
Chris and his team head to Blog Cabin in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho to transform the spacious upper deck and front yard into a cozy hideaway with amazing lake views. He builds a slatted pergola with beefy metal posts, beneath a massive dining table and benches complete with a custom slatted bar and grill station and a vertical kitchen garden wall with trailing veggies and colorful flowers. In front, a dry streambed loaded with native and water bog plants to complete this modern Lakeview hideaway.
Chris Lambton takes on a big blank slate of a backyard to give a party-loving couple the perfect outdoor living space. Three distinct patio spaces emerge starting with an elevated redwood tanning deck framed with a decorative curb. Center stage, the guys pour an oversized concrete pad that's popped with a circular boulder fire pit, wine inspired bench swings, and a stunning sheer descent water feature backed with glitzy copper. The last patio is the outdoor kitchen that boasts a stacked stone island with BBQ grill, copper countertop with aged patina, a mosaic pub style table, and a vertical herb and veggie garden lush with seasonal plants.
Chris Lambton and crew turn this dilapidated backyard into a modern bamboo haven. This transformation includes a beautiful bamboo retaining wall that doubles as a seat wall, a large overhang structure custom-made with gigantic bamboo panels for shade and beneath it is a tranquil copper water feature. A composite bamboo countertop bar with kegerator, adjacent to a beefy stainless steel grill, and finally, colorful plants complete the yard.
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.
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