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.
Jason's in Las Vegas to help two professional poker players fix up their Spanish Tudor home. He's patching a brick wall, building a new mailbox, laying a new tile entryway and installing a fountain. All this, plus a new garage door, has Jason betting that this desperate space is about to win the jackpot.
The Adkins's home is out-of-date and out-of-style in their lush, manicured neighborhood. That's why licensed contractor Jason Cameron is hitting the deck to rip out an old deck and pebbled walkway and replace it with a new composite deck. He shows a cool tool for leveling posts and builds a custom bench all in attempt to please the picky neighbors.
The Hyde and Jones families have inherited a huge property that is long overdue for some much needed attention. This brother-sister act teams up with DIY Network's Jason Cameron to transform their neglected side lot into a playground that the entire neighborhood will enjoy. Jason custom builds a playhouse, teeter-totter and swing. See how these projects are simple enough even for the novice DIYer.
Hurricane Katrina wiped out Ulrick and Michele Jean-Pierre's landscape, but Jason Cameron completes this transformation and makes it better than ever! It's an unbelievable mix of Carribean art, exotic plants, and new Orleans character. This lightning-fast transformation closes a very long chapter for one amazing couple.
Kristie is a successful professional in the public relations industry, but she has a P.R. disaster on her hands when it comes to her landscape. Her roommates and neighbors are tired of looking at this eyesore and are ready for a change - and fast! That's Jason's call to bring in custom shutters, a cool new Quartzite flooring for the porch and a monster stump grinder to clear out the landscape.
Jason is on hand to help two dedicated rehabbers fix up their desperate landscape. Neighbors describe the house as "mustard gone bad," so Jason brings in gallons of paint and a new entry door, rips out the old dated sidewalk and builds a brand-new arbor to put the complaints to rest.
Neighbors rise up in revolt to submit a revolting yard in Derby, CT in the Desearate Landscape contest. Jason Cameron comes to the rescue with a new design that brings up the neighborhood's property values.
It's a dog day in the landscape when licensed contractor, Jason Cameron, turns a Desperate Landscape into a play field for a dog named Votto. Jason borrows ideas from his huge Dream Dog Park makeover and puts them into one lucky family's yard. With a low maintenance fence, a covered patio and dog toys galore, Jason pulls out all the stops to create one beautiful landscape that people and pups can enjoy.
Taylor and Jordan Henry have worked hard to make their home beautiful on the inside, but their front yard is a mess of weeds, railroad ties and a hideous box hiding a water softener. They have a gorgeous view of the Sandia Mountains from their front yard and they want to bring that mountain vibe to their front yard. They also want the yard to be water friendly. Jason's plan calls for adding water-friendly plants and trees to the landscape that will thrive under the low-water conditions in Albuquerque. He's also designed a natural looking stone patio plus he's asked local artisans to create a beautiful stained glass window and a tree of life sculpture for the yard. If that weren't enough, they install a beautiful tile walkway leading to the front door. The work is enough to blow away the neighbors.
Jason Cameron and the Desperate Landscapes team bring out the heavy machinery to find a house hidden on a hill. Dying trees, weeds, crumbling steps and driveway make this gem of a Tudor hard to see. With chainsaws, a jackhammer and a hydraulic hammer drill, Jason takes down the trees, rips out the old steps and replaces an awful 2X4 handrail with one that matches the style of the house. Plus, he shows a truck bed liner spray can help a plant grow in a concrete jungle.
Jason Cameron brings his Desperate Landscapes crew to an artist's ugly front yard. The artist's home features funky and fun artwork inside, but the front of the house is hidden by a huge six-foot wall and overgrown trees. Jason uses a concrete saw to cut the wall in half and a chainsaw to take down a tree. Once the landscape is opened up, Jason adds stainless steel planters to some unused arches. He adds a Pennsylvania Quartzite cap to the smaller wall and adds a custom-built stainless steel awning over the front door. If that weren't enough, there are custom-built stainless steel planters that fit over the front stoop, and homeowner Jason Hargis's artistic skills are put to the test by painting some funky planters for the entry way. The look is completed with a fresh coat of paint for the house and front door and some new furniture for the patio.
Joe and Amy Vance are in law enforcement by day and in their spare time, they are bodybuilders. They boast that they are great at growing muscles and not-so-great at growing plants. They've called muscleman Jason Cameron for some help to restore Amy's grandparents' home to its former glory. Jason busts up part of the massive driveway to create a new paver patio with a circular patio kit. The patio gets some screening from a curved cedar fence and some plantings. In between their hard work in the landscape, Jason and the homeowners flex their muscles and show off their hard work in the gym, and at the end of the day, they're ready to show off the landscape to the neighbors.
Ryan and Marcy Hesseling, a bar and wig shop owner, look to Jason Cameron to help them bring back some unique New Orleans style in their front yard. Jason uses a huge Southern Magnolia tree, a refurbished iron gate, a new blue stone slate walkway and tons of vibrant colors and plants to create a landscape worthy of the historical French Quarter tradition.