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 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.
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 Las Vegas showgirl who's given up on her barren back yard accepts Matt Blashaw's offer to convert it into a relaxing outdoor retreat that's ideal for casual entertaining. Matt takes a cue from the homeowner's love of rustic furniture, and transforms a pile of shipping pallets into a gorgeous dining table, storage island, and a set of benches that enclose a new fire pit seating area. An ugly cinderblock wall is screened off with a beautiful pallet privacy wall featuring a lush waterfall and tropical plants. Another stack of pallets becomes an attractive herb garden. And using a paint-by-numbers technique, Matt and the homeowner turn four remaining pallets into a vibrant wall mural.
Eric and Cristin Botsford have a large back yard but there's nothing in it. They dream of a beachy escape that reflects their love of the ocean and Chris delivers! He gives Cristin a big concrete patio for their outdoor kitchen, complete with new grill and prep space, that is wrapped in cedar planks and topped with concrete pavers. Nearby, he adds a custom wood plank table that is covered with a bright shade sail. Chris upcycles Eric's home-made bench into a bar and tops it with a cantilevered pergola. He also gives Eric an outdoor shower with privacy walls made from shutters. In the center of the space he includes a low bowl water feature surrounded by grass and lush landscaping.
These restaurateurs are overwhelmed with their overgrown tiny space until Matt and his crew come to their rescue. He helps to make this tiny unusable space functional with a redwood retractable dining table, a modern shear decent water feature, and floating wooden benches surrounded by dense plantings. An old vintage cabinet is modified into a rolling wet bar. And lastly, the yards entire patio gets a modern look using large vertical pavers with decorative gravel between the joints.
This unused yard goes from plain to party pad with the addition of a putting green and large concrete patio with covered barbecue island. A stone firewall flanked by benches anchors the patio and a custom table is added for alfresco dining. Finally, a creek with elevated stepping stones is added to connect the putting green to the patio.
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.
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.
Chris crashes his neck of the woods when he ambushes in Cape Cod and finds Christine & her boyfriend Chris, whose large yard and upper deck are both completely plain. Chris adds a large built in deck planter box for the flowers that Christine loves and adds a built in barbecue, grill prep area and wood plank bar, along with a dining table. The ugly deck spindles are replaced with nautical rope, and down below Chris adds a large flagstone patio with stone fire pit and four Adirondack chairs. In addition, a white pergola is added, along with a raised stone cutting garden. Finally the empty space under the deck is turned into an outdoor work out area.
Matt searches and finds San Francisco's biggest Giants fans. With the help of major league baseball and the MLB Network, Matt and former pro player Eric Byrnes transform their boring terraced yard into a GIANTS inspired space complete with new huge platform deck with custom metal bar and wall mounted beer tap, a lounging area with large TV to watch all the games, a baseball coffee table and contemporary new deck railing plus lots of Giants bling for the ultimate ball watching mecca.
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.
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.
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