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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Neighborhood newcomers, Erynn and Henry, want to fit in and make their yard an entertainment haven for friends and family, but the weeds have gotten in the way. That's Jason Cameron's call to action. He's creating a patio, picnic table and a creative fireplace in the front yard to get the Casanovas fired up about their landscape.
The Griffiths are turning an old firehouse into their new home, and Jason Cameron is bringing in the brigade to help them complete the transformation outside. He's helping the homeowners lay a new paver patio and put in a new flagpole. Plus, he's bringing a custom fire hydrant fountain and a new stain glass window. Will Jason's hard work put out the fiery complaints from neighbors?
Michael Linsday and Manuel Quintero bit off a bit more than they could chew when trying to convert an old caretaker's house and horse stable into something that would fit into this San Diego neighborhood. Their neighbors are unhappy and that's why they turn to DIY Network's Jason Cameron for help. Jason repairs a falling down pergola and helps save a huge 100-year-old fig tree!
"Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscape crew conduct their annual search for America's Most Desperate Landscape. Jason reviewed videos and pictures from all across the country and found the ugliest front yard in Escondido, California. He pulls out all the stops to transform the Ruffin family's front yard from one of the worst in the country to one of the best. Jason takes down a huge dying tree, rips out an ugly old walkway, sledgehammers an old brick planter and moves a massive boulder to clear this ugly yard, and then he brings in the cool stuff. Jason installs a travertine walkway, a beautiful steel pergola, a new garage door, a fountain and custom-built benches. All of that plus hundreds of plants transform America's Most Desperate Landscape into on of the most beautiful around."
When Jason Cameron discovers a beat up dog park he gets to work giving the Alabaster Alabama puppy population a great place to have fun! Jeni Miller was chosen the winner of the Beneful's Dream Dog Park Makeover and Jason and his team acted fast. From amazing water features to incredible play spaces, it's a dream dog park come true for an entire community.
Jason Cameron saddles up and plays cowboy as he helps The Herd in Fort Worth, Texas create a new entrance for their non-profit educational center and pen. Jason teaches the cowboys to use their shovels for something other than manure as they add native cacti, grasses and shrubs to the landscape. Jason uses reclaimed brick to create a huge new walkway with a basket weave pattern, and he tries his hand at branding. He's not branding any steer, but he is branding The Herd's new entrance with a unique sign. The final work is something the entire Fort Worth Stockyards historic district can be proud of.
Jason Cameron is called to action in Dallas where everything is big including the Desperate Landscapes! A Mid-Century Modern home needs a major overhaul, and the homeowners, a wine broker and a popular cake ball baker, are eager for help. Jason tears down a huge brick wall that makes the Mid-Century home look like a fortress. He builds a big composite deck great for this family that loves to entertain and he plants an architectural landscape with funky shapes and a fountain. Plus, he adds great geometrical art to the wall. This is one Desperate Landscape makeover that takes the cake ball.
Samantha and Vince love their home in Oceanside, California. They love being close to the beach and spend as much free time there as their jobs allow but they don't have a lot of time to spare. They have been rehabbing the inside of their home and Vince is a Marine Reservist and Samantha works as an animal trainer at Sea World. The first order of business is to get rid of a fence that's falling apart and to clear some ugly trees and debris. Jason's plan calls for building a new fence with a modern style to help keep their dog corralled. They build some custom surfboard lights and add a new paver patio and redwood fireplace for Sam and Vince to relax with friends.
The neighbors say that Ben Hillman and LaRoy Holloway have royally screwed up this landscape decorating with plastic plants! Jason Cameron and his team come to the rescue and build a custom-made shade house, create a perfectly linear formal walkway and of course bring in some real plants. The neighbors were excited about the changes Ben and LaRoy brought to the inside, but wait until they see what Jason brought for the outside!
Jason Cameron receives a 911 call from Casey Ballman, a firefighter, and Megan Ballman, an ER nurse whose Desperate Landscape is an emergency situation. The landscape is hidden by overgrown trees that threaten the house. The chainsaws come out and the changes start. With the trees gone, Jason can start on other projects. He removes a chunk of concrete so he can create a bigger stoop. He digs a huge trench to help with drainage in the front yard. Jason also builds a huge entertainment pavilion with a sailcloth roof. Plus, he's bringing in all kinds of plants that will thrive in the yard including a big new tree that won't threaten the structure of the house. At the end of the day, the neighbors, including Casey's boss and his mom, come back to see if the rescue mission was a success.
Kevin and Annamarie Cronin have moved into Annamarie's childhood home. While they worked hard to make the inside their own, the outside is a mess. Neighbors hate the barren landscape, the yellow front door, and they wonder what's up with all the gnomes. Jason Cameron is called in to bring peace back to this well-manicured neighborhood. He paints the house to tone down the yellow door that the Cronins love. He adds deer tolerant plants to the landscape, and Jason builds a huge pergola to help the home fit with all the others in the neighborhood that boast nice porches. With a beautiful new seating area and plenty of plants, the Cronins put their gnomes in the landscape and put the neighbors' complaints to a rest.
Rain and Seattle go together, but in the suburb of Kirkland, Mother Nature is doing her best to stop Jason Cameron and his crew from fixing a Desperate Landscape. The front yard once looked like a mini-golf course, but the homeowners stripped it clean and now it's just a barren landscape with a rickety balcony, ripped awnings and broken concrete pieces. Jason has a plan to turn the ugly front yard into an Asian-inspired landscape to match the design style inside the home. He rebuilds the deck with beautiful Brazilian teak wood that features a unique Asian design to keep the bad spirits away. Despite the mud and muck, Jason creates a beautiful walkway with a ringed-entrance to the yard. He also adds a natural stone fountain and beautiful bamboo. The big question though is whether the neighbors will be happy with the dramatic changes?
It's time for a big, Texas style invasion for Eric and Betinna Hess. Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes crew are keeping things weird in Austin, Texas with a fence you can write on without getting into trouble, spinning planters made with a product that bends as you build and special edging that lets you design a path which goes any way you want! Plus, the artists who made this neighborhood magical!