This newly transformed backyard in Carmichael, Calif. features a bench seat built around a mulberry tree that makes for a great spot for visiting and casual dining. A flagstone patio on the ground level leads to a beautiful wood deck with gas fire pit and custom privacy wall.
Before: The Carson family's backyard was child friendly, but lacking an adult area for relaxing and entertaining. Before the renovation by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and crew, the spacious backyard was suffering from neglect and was scarcely being used to its full potential.
Karl and Michael's home had been under renovation for 12 years, and is designed to reflect their contemporary lifestyle and love of entertaining. The backyard was the last space in need of a facelift. As seen here, Matt Blashaw completely transformed the space with a variety of new additions including this impressive metal and glass fire feature.
After: With the backyard overhaul complete, a fire crackles in this inviting fire pit of this new back yard featuring a deck and pergola in the background. Black lattice chairs, earthtone pillows, yellow ceramic pots, and red glass hurricane lamps provide multiple accents around the outdoor fire pit and seating area.
The owners of this yard in the Sierra foothills were feeling hopeless about the once vast and open space with nothing to fill it. The crashed version of the yard features a floating deck with shade structure, a tin tile privacy wall to define the backyard, a metal water feature, fire feature with boulder seating, vegetable planters and all new landscaping.
After spending many of their resources on DIY projects inside their home, the owners of this Orangeville, Calif. home enlisted the help of Matt Blashaw and crew to help out. By adding a covered outdoor kitchen and firepit, they were able turn their empty backyard space into an area where they can proudly entertain.
An unusable farmhouse style backyard gets a rustic country makeover, which includes a wooden stoop with a custom doggie door, a farmhouse table with arbor and a one-of-a-kind branch chandelier hanging from above. A quartzite stone patio with stepping-stones, a unique metal fire pit and a dilapidated vintage door is repurposed into an outdoor bar countertop. And finally, a corrugated metal water feature and new sod and plants surround the yard.
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'.
Matt finds Charlotte, North Carolina's biggest stock car fans and turns their boring back yard into an entertaining space inspired by their love of racing. Floor mats are laid out in a checkerboard pattern for the patio and an outdoor kitchen is added with a custom tool-chest barbecue along with a bar with a racetrack inspired concrete countertop. A step up to the winner's circle paver patio reveals a concrete "tire" fire pit, race car seating, water fall and curved arbor. Finally, privacy plants are added along with sod to complete the ultimate race car fan party pad.
This homeowner is desperate for a place to lounge and entertain her large group of friends. Matt and his crew hit the ground running by building a rustic metal seat wall with composite cap, a precast-fireplace with hearth and a redwood pergola, which includes a lush espalier screen wall, two bubbling rock water features, fresh sod, and a beautiful outdoor kitchen with kegerator. And finally, planting beds filled with colorful plants to give this single homeowner additional beauty in her yard.
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.
This small blank slate of a yard gets transformed into a shady oasis with multiple wood & metal shade structures, a large blue stone paver patio, metal mesh living screens, a natural stone bubbling water feature, and a wood burning suspending fire feature. A one-of-a kind living dining table, and a custom chaise lounge/planter box unit. And finally, mature Chinese Elm trees for privacy and an abundance of colorful climbing plants.
These novice farmers are overwhelmed with their expansive blank slate of a yard until Matt comes to their rescue. He helps transform the big, boring space into a rustic relaxing area complete with outdoor prep island with copper countertop, large water feature with bridge, and a cozy stone faced fireplace. Matt adds more seating with rustic wood seat walls and gives them extra living space with a new concrete patio. Finally, the space gets a green landscape with all edible plants including fruit trees, grape vines and plenty of herbs.
This deserted backyard is converted into a modern outdoor theater with the help of Matt and his team. The crew builds a custom entertainment bar with a black granite countertop, a new salt finish concrete patio, a large outdoor movie screen, and a massive rain curtain water feature with large unique fire bowls and metal pedestals. Large privacy plants surround the yard with a one-of-a kind metal retaining wall. Comfy outdoor furniture and a movie theater style popcorn machine set the stage.
Chris Lambton and his team transform a blank slate backyard into a private old world outdoor living space. His builds include a massive redwood deck with a wooden lattice privacy screen surrounding the sides and a beautiful stone fireplace as the focal point of the yard. A custom made bamboo and metal dining table is constructed with matching redwood benches. The yard also includes a lush lawn and a spectrum of colorful plants throughout the space.
A couple of first-time homeowners are confused by the shape of their oblong backyard, until Matt Blashaw offers to help them add new dimension and features to the oddly shaped space. Taking a cue from their love of archery and wine, Matt designs an Old World style yard, with cobble pathways and DIY 'stone' walls they shape from moldable concrete. A giant stone fireplace with a cozy hearth highlights a welcoming seating area on a new patio shaded by giant umbrella planters. Matt and his crew show the homeowners even more ways to mold concrete into a 'stone' water fountain, and a footbridge that is shaped and stained to look like natural wood. Carpentry projects include a DIY archery wall, wine barrel bar, and a dining table with a twist: a heavy-duty tabletop featuring a stone Lazy Susan.
These homeowners are eager for a private, meditative oasis in their backyard, which includes a sleek wooden shade structure with a beautiful bamboo roof and ceiling fan, a contemporary stone fireplace, and tile flooring that mimics hardwood. A one of a kind glass tile art project and comfortable modern furniture are all surrounded by Asian inspired plantings and low maintenance synthetic turf.
Miguel and Stephanie's overgrown yard is a mess, with its dilapidated pergola and a cracking concrete patio. Chris comes to the rescue and transforms the space into an outdoor living room complete with overlapping pergolas, a custom fire pit and a new grill with bar storage.
Chris Lambton and his team transform this wasteland of a backyard into a hillside party pad. His features include beautiful wooden stairs leading up to a redwood upper deck, retaining seat wall, and a bubbling hot tub. It also includes a lower patio area with stained concrete, a custom chaise lounge chair, resin outdoor furniture, and colorful potted plants. A decorative horizontal fence with hanging herb gardens alongside a massive stainless steel grill for outdoor cooking finish it off.