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America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014: Before and After Pictures

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We asked you, our readers, to help with a landscape makeover by voting on some of the design plans. Thanks for doing an outstanding job. Take a look at the amazing results done by you and the experts at Desperate Landscapes .

Nice People With a Not-So-Nice Yard

Meet Jason and Connie and their dog Mayzee. They own a unique custom-built home on 2-1/2 acres in Texas Hill Country. The yard is big, but before we came along, it was barren in some spots and overgrown in other areas. We completely overhauled their desperate landscape and turned it into a space where Jason, Connie and Mayzee can relax, entertain and run free. Check it out.

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Before The Makeover

Before Connie and Jason acquired this place, the house was home to Connie’s father’s construction business and her brother-in-law's contracting business. So the yard was never manicured for family leisure time, it was used to park dump trucks and heavy equipment.

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After: New Exterior

Viola! No walls or windows were replaced, but the house looks completely different thanks to a new coat of paint, board-and-batten shutters and a timber-framed pergola over the entry. The lush landscaping makes for a park-like setting. Instead of a water-hungry lawn, drought-tolerant plants and low-maintenance groundcovers were used because they’re more likely to thrive in the hot, dry climate. The tiered fountain lends an elegant Southwestern flair and complements the stucco-surfaced home.

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Before: The Gazebo

In the front yard is a covered patio. The neighbors think the double-domed pink structure is hideous, but Connie loves the gazebo and all the shade it provides.

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After: New Surroundings

Before we started the makeover, we asked our readers to vote on some of the landscape plans. One of the elements you voted for was the pretty tiered fountain. Good choice. It makes the yard feel like a park or botanical garden.

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Before: Just an Uncomfortable Bench

The gazebo has an interesting story. Connie’s dad knew some masonry workers who were hired to build the structures at a San Antonio library. They needed a place to practice their work, so Connie’s father offered up his property. Inside the domes, the ceiling is lined with intricate brickwork, similar to that used by the Mexican brick culture of the Rio Grande Valley.

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After: Home Away From Home

The gazebo has become a beautiful outdoor kitchen, living and dining room. The floor was lined with square patio pavers (which you voted for). Up above, wrought-iron candle chandeliers cast light down on the wicker furniture (which you also voted for). In the background sits the new fireplace and pizza oven.

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Before: Not Too Inviting

The front entry is a little less than welcoming. The grass is almost as brown as the wood beams while the mixed-match concrete and patio pavers makes for a dangerous trip hazard.

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After: Draws You Right In

Two of the design choices you voted for were the paint color for the door and the new house numbers. Nice work. The Spanish-red door is a perfect accompaniment to the soft adobe-colored stucco and mahogany-stained pergola. The modern font used for the house numbers gives the entry a contemporary vibe.

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Before: What is This Spot Used For?

Connie and Jason are world travelers who have worked their way through many countries. They spent a summer on a farm in New Zealand, taught English in Austria and Korea and ran a canoe sightseeing business in Prague. They’ve seen some of the most beautiful gardens in the world and would love to bring a little bit of that beauty into their own yard.

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After: Nice Spot for Morning Coffee

The old dilapidated patio cover was removed and replaced with a line of palms, a welcoming walkway and a turquoise cafe set.

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Celebrate!

The homeowners and Desperate Landscapes host Jason Cameron celebrate with some ice-cold beverages. (Mayzee got a big doggie biscuit!)

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Escondido Overhaul: America's Most Desperate Landscape 2013

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Jason Cameron and his team from Desperate Landscapes chose this troubled yard to top the year's most challenging curb appeal projects.

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2013

First-time homeowners Ricky and Ronna Ruffin breathed a sigh of relief with the arrival of Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew. The couple's yard was a visual disaster area located at the entrance of an otherwise beautiful Escondido, Calif. neighborhood.

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Before: Corner Street View

A previous home improvement project to take down a bulky brick pergola had spiraled out of control, leaving a front yard in ruins. With the Ruffins unable to fix the mess, the rubble-covered lawn was left in a state of deterioration.

©Gary Payne Photography 2013

After: Corner Street View

In just two days, this corner-lot yard was transformed from an unsightly mess into a visually distinctive showpiece. Perfectly manicured from all angles, it no longer bears the brunt of neighbor complaints.

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Before: Front Yard

"X" marks the spot in this frightening front yard. A giant boulder bearing a permanent "x" had become a neighborhood landmark of sorts. As weeds overtook the lawn, the boulder was the only visual statement in this yard, albeit an unusual one.

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After: Front Yard

With the boulder removed and lush green sod in place, the newly remade front yard is both beautiful and functional.

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Heavy Obstacles

The now semi-famous boulder remains a part of the new landscape design, but is moved closer to the street to maximize lawn space.

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Before

A terrible eyesore to neighbors across the street, the right side of the house needed more than just a coat of paint.

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After

To provide more privacy and cover the bare wall, trees were planted alongside the house. The treeline of a Cooktown Tulipwood, a 24-foot Carrotwood and, the homeowner's favorite, a Mexican Fan Palm, make for a beautifully scenic space.

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Before: Front Walkway

The view of the home's front was impeded by a rotting tree. A less-than-appealing concrete and gravel walkway was in dire need of an overhaul.

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After: Front Walkway

With the rotting tree removed and a new front walkway in place, the entry to the home is open and inviting. Five tons of crushed stone, three tons of leveling sand and 200 pieces of Noche Travertine tile went into this beautiful new entryway.

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Hard-working Homeowners

Homeowner Ronna Ruffin is ready to help get these plants in the ground. Hard at work, she even practiced her sledgehammer skills during demo portion of the renovation.

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After: Front Porch

A new 200-square-foot front patio space is an eye-catching addition to the front entrance. A custom-built redwood bench is nestled in the corner of the patio for extra seating under the new pergola.

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After: Front Door

The home's double doors were retained but freshly painted. A bright magenta potted flower adds a lively touch and visual complement to the green doors.

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Before: Garage Door

The garage door was the most visible element of the entire home. Unfortunately, this bland facade stood out even more due to a lack of landscaping.

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After: Garage Door

A sophisticated grid design on the garage door adds visual interest and complements the new steel pergola.

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Before: View From the Street

Strolling the street may have been a frightening experience. You can barely see the house through all the visual clutter.

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After: The Final Product

With the dead tree removed and a new front walkway connecting to the city sidewalk, the home's new look is both inviting and visually distinctive. Located at the entrance to the neighborhood, the Ruffin's home now serves as a beautiful gateway to the community.

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Desperation Turnaround: America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012

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Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew undertake their year's toughest makeover project at the end of a long search for America's most curb appeal-challenged yard.

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2012

In its annual nationwide search for America's Most Desperate Landscape, DIY Network ultimately found just what it was looking for at the Derby, Conn., home of Patty and Cas Stochmal. The home's dilapidated front exterior was overgrown, unsightly and downright unsafe. Enter landscaping pro Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew for their biggest curb appeal makeover project of the year.

Before

Earlier, a contractor debacle and an unfinished garage-addition project resulted in a home improvement disaster. Moreover, the yard had become so overgrown and turned into such a neighborhood eyesore that neighbors (at least for the purposes of the "Most Desperate Landscape" entry video) took up the role of angry villagers and started an uprising.

After

More than 250 new plantings, a new turf lawn, and a reworked walkway and front facade help soften the street view and transform the Stochmal's residence into one of the neighborhood's more visually appealing homes.

Before

At the home's side entrance, a tattered banner tarp covers a portion of the exterior where siding is missing.

After

In a first for Desperate Landscapes, this home makeover includes the addition of a screened porch where the distressed side entrance had been. All-new landscaping surrounds the porch addition. Adding the new porch required demolishing the damaged brick stairs that previously led to the side door.

Before

A garage with no driveway, crumbling stairs and two separate front entrances made for a frightening first impression for this home.

After

Thirty tons of boulders were used in the landscape makeover, including for the two-tiered retaining wall and planting area where a weed-infested hillside once was. A row of 20 densely planted boxwoods creates a green fence.

Before

As part of the unfinished garage project, the old sidewalk and concrete steps along the front of the house had been partially demolished and reduced to rubble. What was left was an actual safety hazard.

After

The transformation includes a completed and newly paved driveway, specially designed stairs with extra-wide 14-inch tread and a completely reconfigured walk-up to the home's front door.

And Done

The Stochmal's house, built some 50 years earlier by Cas Stochmal's father, gets reinvigorated with a well-deserved upgrade. As a tribute to the home's history and the care that went into the structure years before, a section at the top and center of the new walkway is fashioned from bricks that were part of the home's original hand-laid brick walk. Cas' cherished stone lions were also preserved and incorporated into the newly designed front entrance.

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Jason Cameron

After working his way through college as a carpenter, the DIY Network host turned his passions for home improvement and landscaping into a career as a licensed contractor.
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The most embarrassing front yard in the country wins the ultimate makeover in DIY’s annual special, America’s Most Desperate Landscape . Licensed contractor Jason Cameron and his crew search coast to coast for the biggest eyesore in the neighborhood and in just two days, transform it into the best looking yard on the block.
Season 0, Episode 13

America's Most Desperate Landscape

DIY Network's Jason Cameron searches the country to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. The annual search takes Jason and his crew to Escondido, California where the Ruffins' neighbors are begging Jason to fix the neighborhood eyesore. It will take a crane, some huge boulders, a steel pergola and a custom-built bench, deck and fountain to transform this ugly yard from worst in America to one of the best.

Monday
Mar 23
2pm | 1c
Season 0, Episode 14

Searching for America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014

Jason Cameron searches for America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014, and after combing through hundreds of pictures and videos he and the Desperate Landscapes crew settle on one incredibly ugly landscape in Helotes, Texas just outside of San Antonio. Jason brings his crew and supplies to Connie and Jason Vela's home to fix up their horrible landscape, but this time there's a cool twist. Web users on diynetwork.com cast their votes on what should be included in the Vela's new landscape. From the fountain to the front door, America has spoken and the Vela's are getting a dream landscape with the voters' seal of approval. This massive makeover includes a new patio, an outdoor oven, a fountain and so much more. With just two days to tackle the project, Jason hopes to take the Vela's landscape from one of the worst in America to one of the first.

Wednesday
Apr 1
3pm | 2c
Season 0, Episode 14

Searching for America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014

Jason Cameron searches for America's Most Desperate Landscape 2014, and after combing through hundreds of pictures and videos he and the Desperate Landscapes crew settle on one incredibly ugly landscape in Helotes, Texas just outside of San Antonio. Jason brings his crew and supplies to Connie and Jason Vela's home to fix up their horrible landscape, but this time there's a cool twist. Web users on diynetwork.com cast their votes on what should be included in the Vela's new landscape. From the fountain to the front door, America has spoken and the Vela's are getting a dream landscape with the voters' seal of approval. This massive makeover includes a new patio, an outdoor oven, a fountain and so much more. With just two days to tackle the project, Jason hopes to take the Vela's landscape from one of the worst in America to one of the first.

Monday
Apr 27
2pm | 1c
Season 0, Episode 15

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2015

Jason Cameron received hundreds of entries for America's Most Desperate Landscape, and he found the ugliest yard in the country belongs to a pair of hard-working teachers in Escondido, California. The yard features a huge buoy, yards of concrete, and loads of dead trees. It's a huge source of embarrassment for Nicole Hoofard, a landscaping and agriculture teacher, and her husband Aaron, a high school baseball coach, but with help from Jason and the diynetwork.com online voters, they will fix the yard in two days. Voters helped choose landscape design, stone finishes and more. Jason incorporated it all into a yard with a baseball play area for the kids, a relaxing patio area for the parents and a lush tropical fountain to welcome family and friends.

Wednesday
Jun 10
10pm | 9c
Season 0, Episode 15

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2015

Jason Cameron received hundreds of entries for America's Most Desperate Landscape, and he found the ugliest yard in the country belongs to a pair of hard-working teachers in Escondido, California. The yard features a huge buoy, yards of concrete, and loads of dead trees. It's a huge source of embarrassment for Nicole Hoofard, a landscaping and agriculture teacher, and her husband Aaron, a high school baseball coach, but with help from Jason and the diynetwork.com online voters, they will fix the yard in two days. Voters helped choose landscape design, stone finishes and more. Jason incorporated it all into a yard with a baseball play area for the kids, a relaxing patio area for the parents and a lush tropical fountain to welcome family and friends.

Thursday
Jun 11
1am | 12c
Season 0, Episode 15

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2015

Jason Cameron received hundreds of entries for America's Most Desperate Landscape, and he found the ugliest yard in the country belongs to a pair of hard-working teachers in Escondido, California. The yard features a huge buoy, yards of concrete, and loads of dead trees. It's a huge source of embarrassment for Nicole Hoofard, a landscaping and agriculture teacher, and her husband Aaron, a high school baseball coach, but with help from Jason and the diynetwork.com online voters, they will fix the yard in two days. Voters helped choose landscape design, stone finishes and more. Jason incorporated it all into a yard with a baseball play area for the kids, a relaxing patio area for the parents and a lush tropical fountain to welcome family and friends.

Saturday
Sep 5
1pm | 12c
Season 0, Episode 16

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016

Jason Cameron conducts a nationwide search to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. His search ends in Roswell, Georgia at the home of Randi and Tim Riefenberg who have broken concrete, a horrible roof, a falling down retaining wall, and plenty of overgrown plants. Jason's plan to fix this ugly yard includes replacing the old shingle roof with a new metal roof, building an entertainment area with a fireplace in the front yard, 300 new plants, and much more. At the end of the day, this yard will go from worst in America to first.

Monday
May 30
8pm | 7c
Season 0, Episode 16

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016

Jason Cameron conducts a nationwide search to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. His search ends in Roswell, Georgia at the home of Randi and Tim Riefenberg who have broken concrete, a horrible roof, a falling down retaining wall, and plenty of overgrown plants. Jason's plan to fix this ugly yard includes replacing the old shingle roof with a new metal roof, building an entertainment area with a fireplace in the front yard, 300 new plants, and much more. At the end of the day, this yard will go from worst in America to first.

Tuesday
May 31
3am | 2c
Season 0, Episode 16

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016

Jason Cameron conducts a nationwide search to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. His search ends in Roswell, Georgia at the home of Randi and Tim Riefenberg who have broken concrete, a horrible roof, a falling down retaining wall, and plenty of overgrown plants. Jason's plan to fix this ugly yard includes replacing the old shingle roof with a new metal roof, building an entertainment area with a fireplace in the front yard, 300 new plants, and much more. At the end of the day, this yard will go from worst in America to first.

Sunday
Jun 5
11am | 10c
Season 0, Episode 16

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016

Jason Cameron conducts a nationwide search to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. His search ends in Roswell, Georgia at the home of Randi and Tim Riefenberg who have broken concrete, a horrible roof, a falling down retaining wall, and plenty of overgrown plants. Jason's plan to fix this ugly yard includes replacing the old shingle roof with a new metal roof, building an entertainment area with a fireplace in the front yard, 300 new plants, and much more. At the end of the day, this yard will go from worst in America to first.

Monday
Jun 6
3pm | 2c
Season 0, Episode 16

America's Most Desperate Landscape 2016

Jason Cameron conducts a nationwide search to find America's Most Desperate Landscape. His search ends in Roswell, Georgia at the home of Randi and Tim Riefenberg who have broken concrete, a horrible roof, a falling down retaining wall, and plenty of overgrown plants. Jason's plan to fix this ugly yard includes replacing the old shingle roof with a new metal roof, building an entertainment area with a fireplace in the front yard, 300 new plants, and much more. At the end of the day, this yard will go from worst in America to first.

Friday
Jul 8
11am | 10c

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