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 couple that spends countless hours maintaining a large backyard accepts Matt Blashaw's offer to make it beautiful AND manageable. Matt shows them how to build on the yard's strengths, by identifying areas that can accommodate new seating. An old deck is repaired and expanded to hold DIY storage benches. An ugly porch is concealed with a hanging plant wall they build from steel gutters, which serves as a backdrop for a new flagstone mini-patio. Matt constructs a hidden alcove for the homeowner's roll-in barbecue, and borders it with planters they mold using hypertufa - a gardener's cement that looks like natural stone. The lawn is replaced with pet-friendly artificial turf. And Matt tears out dozens of old railroad ties to clear space for a show-stopping backyard secret garden.
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.
A boring backyard is transformed from a non-usable space to a little piece of the Italian countryside with various areas to both entertain and to relax. The creation of a large elevated patio covered in pavers and an outdoor fireplace create a lounging area that provides a view reminiscent of the Italian countryside. The addition of large raised garden boxes and a multi-tiered fountain and benches create a strolling garden. With posts and wire framing a grapevine planting, a new stain on the existing patio and a handmade rustic wooden dining table, the yard becomes the perfect piece of Italy to use for entertaining.
This couple is happy to turn an overgrown, desperate backyard into a tranquil stay-cation with a decorative flagstone/rock patio, a fire-pit and custom daybed. The new stamped concrete patio is laid under a chef's dream of an outdoor kitchen, fully loaded with smoker, pellet grill and kegorator. An existing swamp transforms into a functional rock water feature and an old seating area is repurposed wooden potting bench.
This backyard makeover features a gorgeous array of plants, a new kitchen and a custom fire pit atop a botanical stamped concrete patio. Pathways of Connecticut blue stone pavers wind through the new landscape to reveal a raised vegetable garden and a bird bath antiqued statue becomes the new focal point of this quiet sanctuary.
A newly engaged couple with a boring, uninviting backyard sees their space transformed into a party place for friends and family. In one corner, dead lawn bordered by a dilapidated retaining wall becomes an entertainment zone, and a PVC deck ringed by new retaining-wall benches overlooks a natural-looking dry creek bed. The opposite corner, with a too-small patio pad and crumbling fence, gets a stamped concrete pad that features a large BBQ grill island and travertine-style counters. The final touch? A remote-control awning.
A neglected underused space gets a taste of Tuscany. Projects include a custom wine bar, a new stained concrete patio with outdoor teak patio furniture, a unique stone trough water feature faced with rustic steel panels and a one-of-kind potted redwood bench. A horizontal steel pony wall defines the living room space, a repurposed hammock hangs on new redwood posts, all surrounded with lush shade plants.
Matt and team head to Blog Cabin North Carolina to help transform the massive waterfront property into a cozy entertaining area. He builds a solid covered pergola with a paver patio that extends outwards to provide a hangout area, complete with a ledge stone fire pit. Inside the pergola, he adds an outdoor kitchen, ceiling fan, cable lights & dining table. Finally, to connect the structure to the home, he adds steppingstones to the porch and builds an outdoor shower which is faced with the original home's shingles.
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.
This family wants a back yard that can host parties for their 5 kids. Matt doesn't disappoint when he transforms the boring yard into party central with the addition of a wood & metal dining pavilion with a unique storage wall, a sheer decent water feature and stucco fire pit. In addition, a privacy fence is added which includes a chalkboard and creative seating for the kids. Finally, a new grill, sod and plants are added to give this family the entertaining space of their dreams.
This first-time homeowner wants an entertainment space out of her existing bare hillside. What she gets is three 3 terraces cut into the hillside. Level one is off the master bedroom, accessed via a new glass door to take in the view and features "T" arbors framing the view of her new space. All three levels are connected by new decorative concrete steps. Level two features a hot tub and custom fire feature. Level three features a massive, ancient olive tree. The three terraces are ringed with retaining wall seating for 40! The new space is also warmed up with additional plantings of Redwood trees, Japanese Maples, and a Willow tree.
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.
These professional homeowners are dismayed with what to do with their empty yard. Matt transforms it into a modern fusion of art and Asian style with a redwood pergola with slanted louvers for optimal shade, a one-of-a-kind outdoor kitchen, and salvaged tree timbers flooring. A relaxing fire pit area, which includes a custom metal water feature, and a meditative Zen rock garden with large boulders, gravel and a special Zen garden rake complete the transformation.
Tim and Robyn Arthur can't use their backyard. The deck is too small for a table and there are no railings separating the deck from the above ground pool. Chris comes to their rescue by demoing the deck and pool, and building a new large cabana-style deck with dining space, grilling space and bar. He includes a metal and wood railing for safety and drapes for privacy. Stairs lead down to a new concrete and turf checked patio with a lounging area and unique water feature. Finally, grasses and birch trees are added for a beachy vibe.
Chris Lambton and his crew transform this boring backyard into a beautiful party station, which includes a metal pipe fire feature, a repurposed keg water feature and two redwood decks. A massive reclaimed bar with a granite countertop and a concrete patio with decorative rock inlay, lattice screens for both privacy and greenscaping, crushed rock pathways and patios, all surrounded by colorful plantings.
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.
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.
Chris Lambton and his team transform a blank slate backyard into a private old world outdoor living space. His builds include a massive redwood deck with a wooden lattice privacy screen surrounding the sides and a beautiful stone fireplace as the focal point of the yard. A custom made bamboo and metal dining table is constructed with matching redwood benches. The yard also includes a lush lawn and a spectrum of colorful plants throughout the space.
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