In Cape Cod, Chris and his team battle the rain as they build the Oliveiras a backyard entertainment space that's fun for the whole family. Chris' design calls for a custom playground with a tunnel, an outdoor fireplace with a matching brick patio, and a giant two level deck with a built in planter box. To celebrate, the Oliveiras host a surprise birthday party.
El and Sharon Sanders have a cluttered backyard that is overgrown with weeds and full of unsightly storage bins. Chris has to demo a deteriorating carport, concrete and fencing before he can build a modern low-profile deck with built-in storage, a relaxation space with a fountain and low maintenance plantings.
Matt and Zena Welker love to host parties and play yard games, but their backyard has been taken over by their two dogs. Chris builds them a yard that's fit to entertain both people and pets with a design that includes a shady new deck with a custom tiki bar, a hot tub, and a personal dog park for Monkey and Rufus. Friends, neighbors and their dogs all arrive to christen the new space for the reveals.
Carmen and Eddie Machado love to go camping and spend time outside with their three boys. Carmen wants an English garden and they all want to grow their own vegetables. Chris takes on a blank canvas when he builds them an edible English Garden that also includes a fire pit, a play structure and lots of grass for impromptu backyard camping sleepovers. And best of all, a composter with lots of worms!
The Esparza's love French Country design but right now their yard is little more than a concrete slab, a dilapidated patio cover and a few patches of grass. Chris builds a casual yet classy new backyard by introducing formal sod circles, a magestic water feature, a relaxing hammock, a custom painted patio and more. The family celebrates with a long-awaited house warming party.
Chris faces one of his toughest challenges yet as he transforms an unsightly, neglected backyard into a Mid-Century Modern retreat with Mondrian influences. Homeowners Ryan and Timm have been so embarrassed by their yard that they haven't invited anyone over in the six months they have lived in their house. They ask Chris to remove a broken hot tub and transform the space. Chris and his crew encounter numerous challenges as they get the yard into shape, including buried bricks and roots, which threaten the budget. The finished backyard includes raised planting beds, a mini-orchard, a firepit, outdoor Mondrian-inspired kitchen, and a custom table for 14.
Chris and his landscaping team tackle a shabby backyard that's currently useable by just one rowdy dog. When homeowners Derek and Nicole discover they are pregnant with their second child, they both realize they'll need more livable space once the baby comes. Hearing about their love of camping and the outdoors, Chris designs this growing family a unique, rustic backyard, complete with all the comforts of home to ensure the outdoors is just as useable as the indoors.
Chris and his team are asked to turn a backyard filled with children's toys into a sophisticated outdoor space with a focal point that will draw visitors into the yard. Hillary, James and their 9-year-old daughter, Kate are desperate for a backyard upgrade. Kate has outgrown her playset and playhouse and wants a more grownup space where she can spend time with her mom. Her parents love to entertain and want a backyard renovation that will make better use of their large yard, while also being a beautiful complement to their traditional design aesthetic. Chris demonstrates how to create more usable space in a yrd by building hardscape structures. The finished design includes an arbor with extra seating, a stone patio and a tea room tucked under a tree, where Kate and her mother plan to have their own parties.
The Morgan family needs a backyard where the children can play, the adults can relax, and everyone can form lasting family memories. Chris thinks outside the box to transform the family's forgettable backyard into a unique space with plenty of comfy seating, a lounge area with a hammock and stretches of grass for playing. But the unexpected element that thrills the homeowners is an outdoor movie theater where the entire family can gather and create lasting memories. Chris shows how to effectively plan outdoor spaces that will incorporate multiple uses and unexpected surprises.
Julie and John are proud owners of a 100-year-old Craftsman bungalow with one big problem: its grassy backyard lacks the charm and character of their home. The couple ask Chris to create a backyard that incorporates their eclectic taste and their 5-year-old son's need for outdoor space, while preserving the integrity of the Craftsman style. Chris' design includes a new deck with columns that perfectly match those on the home's front porch. When the homeowners ask for a roof, Chris cleverly creates a see-through roof that lets in light while protecting the deck from the elements. A concrete water feature with lily pads and koi is an unexpected surprise off the deck. And the feature everyone will remember is the vintage bike fence that blocks unsightly views while keeping the couple's antique bike collection ready to ride. Chris and his team finish the transformation just in time for the couple's celebration of the home's 100th year, one in which the new backyard is as charming and interesting as the home itself.
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