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 small blank slate of a yard gets transformed into a shady oasis with multiple wood & metal shade structures, a large blue stone paver patio, metal mesh living screens, a natural stone bubbling water feature, and a wood burning suspending fire feature. A one-of-a kind living dining table, and a custom chaise lounge/planter box unit. And finally, mature Chinese Elm trees for privacy and an abundance of colorful climbing plants.
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 veterinary homeowner has let her yard go to the dogs. Matt Blashaw and his crew transform this yard into an adult lounge loaded with concrete benches, redwood privacy walls, a colorful stucco accent wall, wooden tile flooring, a modern redwood pergola with metal hanging chairs, a custom contemporary doghouse, large shade sail and low maintenance pet friendly plants and grass for the furry friends.
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.
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.
These busy New Orleans couples desperately need the saints to march in their backyard. Chris Lambton and his team deliver the party with a one-of-a-kind shrimp boat party bar, an outdoor kitchen galley with copper countertops and a dining area fit for the saints. A new bamboo reed fence surrounds the yard for privacy. A dry streambed with custom metal catfish jumping out of it and colorful native plants surround the yard.
Sonora persuades Chris to come see her backyard in her brand new house, a big empty space with one huge redwood tree in the middle. Using that for inspiration, Chris comes up with a mountain retreat design that starts with covering up her existing concrete pad with natural stone, and building a wood privacy screen to block out her neighbor's huge RV. He adds a large ledgestone water feature as well as a big wooden deck topped with a custom made dining table. He uses boulders to define a fire pit area and adds large redwood trees, cedars and ferns. Finally, he turns a ski lift chair into a comfy swing and surrounds it with lush landscaping.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chris Lambton and crew turns a neglected and over grown yard into a urban putting green which also a new redwood deck covered by a colorful shade sail, and custom a prep counter with a quartz countertop. A one-of-a-kind rustic water feature with an attached block fire feature anchor the yard, along with charcoal crushed stone pathways and new colorful plants to top-off the yard.
Miguel & Stephanie's yard is a mess-overgrown with a large shed, dilapidated pergola & a cracking concrete patio. Chris comes to the rescue with a design that transforms the space into an outdoor living room - complete with dual height overlapping pergolas, travertine patio, lounge seating for many and new grill with bar storage. To make this fireman's space even more amazing, Chris adds a boardwalk from main patio to a more intimate fire feature area with a custom metal fire pit outfitted with a drink rail, mahogany bench - planter combo and a masonry wall with floating wood bench, all surrounded with lush landscaping.
Chris Lambton and his crew transform a dilapidated yard into a massive outdoor room including, an oversized bamboo deck with custom railing system. An original bar constructed out of wine barrels and deck material. For privacy, a redwood living wall with colorful plants attached gives life to the space. A stone veneer faced fireplace anchors the deck styled with contemporary outdoor furniture and with an exterior rug. And finally, synthetic turf and plants compliment the yard.
Kelly & Nicki's original 1950's back yard desperately needs to be brought into 2016! The plain boring yard lacks a great cooking & dining space; two things this couple want. Chris transforms the original 50's space into a mid century modern entertaining mecca with concrete paver patio with river rock border & custom monkey pod fire feature, an L-shaped deck with squared corrugated metal top, bbq area with metal prep countertops and large dining area. Two deck walls - one made of corrugated metal, the other made with metal rain gutters & exotic wood - provide privacy & make the deck feel like an outdoor room. Finally, lush shrubs and plants surround the outdoor space.
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