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.
These homeowners have no space in the backyard to call their own until Matt converts this neglected pre-school into a modern heavy metal adult lounge. He builds a unique metal frame BBQ island with a cascading limestone waterfall countertop, a redwood tree surround with attached rain gutters as planters and hanging from on the base is metal art frames. Finally, a concrete fire pit is surrounded by a beautiful redwood deck with resin outdoor furniture, a wood and metal privacy wall and colorful plants.
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.
These Nashville homeowners have no idea how to tackle their steep yard until Matt finds them and transforms the space into a traditional English garden. He gives them privacy by building a lattice fence alongside the public pathway, then levels the yard and lays a stone patio complete with sitting walls and a fire pit. He adds an outdoor barbecue faced with reclaimed Tennessee wood and refinishes their dilapidated deck. Finally, he adds manicured hedges, trees and gravel pathways.
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.
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.
A back yard with an ugly steep hillside gets some character when a pergola topped with laser cut metal panels is added, along with an elevated patio that houses a vintage inspired fire pit. In addition, the desolate hill is transformed into a lush area with large trees, grasses and colorful annuals. A water fall cascades down the hillside from a couple antique oil jugs and a dining area and new smoker with custom surround are added.
This Houston couples' back yard is a barren wasteland, the only ones who venture out there are their two dogs. With the mild climate, this couple yearns for a space to entertain and dine outside, but want it to reflect their funky personalities. Matt takes the challenge and delivers an elegant space with eclectic overtones. He adds a 500 square foot paver patio with cedar pergola and a multicolor wood burning fire place. He drops glass pendants from cedar posts over a huge cedar table topped with zinc and adds artificial turf and bamboo around the perimeter for privacy.
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 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.
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.
Chris and his team head to Blog Cabin Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, to transform the lower yard into a mountain retreat space that maximizes the amazing lake view. He builds a 20-foot long waterfall with rustic wood and metal bridge. Nearby he creates custom metal and wood benches to flank the fire pit that sits on a massive locally sourced flagstone patio. In addition, he creates a private space for a cedar hot tub, a nature path with a one-of-a-kind lodge bench and an industrial ceiling for the indoor/outdoor game room.
Holly and her roommate CK live in an adorable cottage-style home, but unfortunately their backyard doesn't have any of the same charm. Holly wants a space for entertaining friends but wants it to reflect her eclectic and colorful style. Chris comes up with a design to do both, he adds a gigantic concrete patio that gets surrounded with colorful metal planters full of large trees and a variety of flowers. He then adds a large outdoor kitchen, faced in glass mosaic tile and topped with a funky concrete countertop, along with a large fireplace/water feature combo that acts as the yard's focal point. He includes custom light posts, an oversized dining table and a relaxation area complete with artificial turf and a hammock.
With the help of Chris and his team, this blank slate of a backyard gets a colorful old world courtyard. The center point of this yard focuses on a pop of color with unique metal art accent panels, a large redwood pergola, a brand new concrete patio, custom pub bar table with wooden glass rack, and a relaxing lounge couch. Two Spanish style masonry planters balance the yard with mature trees and plants around the yard.
A desperate yard gets a complete transformation including a new paver patio, an oversized metal fire pit with seating, and a massive reclaimed covered, three-sided loggia loaded with a flat screen television, kegorator and custom storage cabinet. Brand new composite deck steps, colorful container plants, a recycling stone water feature, a modern style cable wire handrail system and colorful plants with lush sod top the yard off.
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