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An Outdoor Lounge for the Grownups

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Neglected and Underutilized

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Cozy and Warm in the Outdoors

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Dinner Is Served

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Made In the Shade

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Contemporary and Entertaining

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Downtrodden and Dilapidated

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Colorful Accents

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Glass and Fire

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Upscale Outdoor Kitchen

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Fishy Feature

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Uninviting and Cluttered

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Pergola Paradise

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Dinner With Friends

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Suitable for Conversation

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Stone Creek Bed

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Best Days Ahead

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Barren and Boring

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Pendant Lights and Pavers

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Hip and Funky Fire

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Ceramic Water Pedestal

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Floating Deck with Shade

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Undefined Space

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Space Redefined

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Private Dining

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Around the Fire

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A Theater in the Backyard?

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Stark and Bare

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Fire and Water

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The Definitive Hang-Out

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Wasted Potential

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Beautiful Barbecue Island

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Game On!

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Wood, Water and Steel

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For the Game

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Time for a Change

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Ugly and Empty

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Ledgestone Panels

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Smell of Firewood

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Fall Pond and Dry Creek Beds

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DIY Outdoor Furniture Projects

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MEET THE HOST

Chris Lambton

A professional landscaper and fan favorite on ABC's "The Bachelorette," Chris transforms neglected backyards alongside his wife, Peyton. 

All About Chris

About the show

You never know what you'll be bringing home from the home improvement store. You go in for grass seed but come home with new patio chairs and a bag of cement. If you're lucky enough, you could also bring home a professional landscape contractor. On DIY Network's Yard Crashers, expert Chris Lambton waits at stores looking for the perfect weekend warriors who could definitely use his help. Once he finds his target, Chris and his team follow the surprised shoppers home and completely transform their yards.

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Season 12, Episode 13

Vintage Hillside

A back yard with an ugly steep hillside gets some character when a pergola topped with laser cut metal panels is added, along with an elevated patio that houses a vintage inspired fire pit. In addition, the desolate hill is transformed into a lush area with large trees, grasses and colorful annuals. A water fall cascades down the hillside from a couple antique oil jugs and a dining area and new smoker with custom surround are added.

Tuesday
Mar 31

7pm | 6c

Season 13, Episode 2

Tuscan Terrace

A barren back yard is transformed into a Mediterranean outdoor living space with a stone spa house, a pergola with Tuscan style columns, and a large cobble terrace. In addition, a fireplace flanked with water walls and a barbecue counter are built. Finally, Italian inspired plants such as olive, lavender, flax and cypress are added to the landscape.

Monday
Apr 13

10pm | 9c

Season 12, Episode 9

Rustic in the Redwoods

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.

Tuesday
Apr 14

9:30pm | 8:30c

Season 11, Episode 8

Shady Doghouse

This veterinary homeowner has let her yard go to the dogs. Matt Blashaw and his crew transform this yard into an adult lounge loaded with concrete benches, redwood privacy walls, a colorful stucco accent wall, wooden tile flooring, a modern redwood pergola with metal hanging chairs, a custom contemporary doghouse, large shade sail and low maintenance pet friendly plants and grass for the furry friends.

Wednesday
Apr 15

4pm | 3c

Season 12, Episode 12

Rustic Country

A shabby backyard is transformed into a woodsy retreat with a natural waterfall and pond, a country outdoor kitchen, and a natural flagstone patio with a fire pit. Distressed redwood shutters and window boxes are customized and new sod isinstalled with lavish plantings of redwood trees around the perimeter of the yard.

Monday
May 4

2:30pm | 1:30c

Season 10, Episode 7

Party Pavilion

This family wants a back yard that can host parties for their 5 kids. Matt doesn't disappoint when he transforms the boring yard into party central with the addition of a wood & metal dining pavilion with a unique storage wall, a sheer decent water feature and stucco fire pit. In addition, a privacy fence is added which includes a chalkboard and creative seating for the kids. Finally, a new grill, sod and plants are added to give this family the entertaining space of their dreams.

Monday
May 4

8:30pm | 7:30c

Season 12, Episode 11

Rustic Outdoor Kitchen

This fireman's large yard is desolate. He begs Matt for a space he can cook and entertain in and Matt delivers! He runs with a design that is rustic and reclaimed with a big boulder fire pit, a tall water wall with arcing water and a huge outdoor kitchen faced in reclaimed wood and covered with a redwood arbor. He refurbishes the existing covered patio with a new stain on the concrete and adds a lounging area and tv! Finally, he builds custom benches near the bag toss game area, and add sod and lots of mature landscaping.

Saturday
May 30

8pm | 7c

Season 8, Episode 12

Urban Yard Greening

This urban backyard gets a badly needed dose of 'green' in this makeover. A toxic garden gives way to a raised redwood-box garden filled with organic vegetables and framed by decorative recycled pallet fencing. The same pallets are also used to create custom outdoor furniture. The space is capped off with a fire and water feature and a sun mural to adorn the fencing.

Sunday
Jun 21

7:30am | 6:30c

Season 11, Episode 9

Barn Meets Backyard

This couple's small yard desperately needs Matt's help. Their dogs have taken it over & the space has become a dumping ground. Matt clears everything out then builds a raised deck off the back door with a barn inspired metal privacy screen complete with planted horse troughs, stairs down to a concrete patio with shade structure and space for a barbecue, dining area and kegorator. These motorcycle enthusiasts also receive a one of a kind water feature. Finally, a separate deck ramp & dog run are added to separate the pets from the people.

Sunday
Jun 28

12pm | 11c

Season 12, Episode 7

Charming Southern Retreat

A large overgrown tree in the middle of these homeowners' backyard makes this space unusable. Matt and his team Crash into the yard like a Texas stampede to clear out the space and start anew. First up, an extra-large cedar pergola skirted by a curvy deck brings back major style and function to this neglected yard. The homeowners' love of outdoor cooking inspires Matt to roll in a massive Texas style smoker framed by arbors defining a more upscale entrance to the space. Additional entertaining space comes in the form of a new decomposed flagstone patio and bench seating made from pavers with a fire pit as a focal point. The landscaping intervention finishes off with lush native Texas grasses, annual plants for color and an edible container garden outlining the yard.

Friday
Jul 3

5pm | 4c

Season 13, Episode 13

California Casual

Amanda & Tyler have a boring back yard. They'd like a place to eat & entertain so Chris agrees to help them with their vision. The existing covered deck is enhanced by updating the existing railing. A surround is built for Tyler's smoker so that it becomes his outdoor kitchen with a granite countertop prep area. The side stairs which were awkward are replaced with corner stairs that provide more room as well as drop down to a huge new concrete patio complete with a brick fire pit. A large metal water feature becomes the focal point of the yard. Wood & metal privacy screens are built to hide the back neighbor's house. Horse troughs are repurposed into raised planter beds. And finally, the master bedroom's landing is enlarged and a curved brick seat wall is added to make the space more cohesive. Large trees and colorful landscaping is added, along with new sod.

Sunday
Jul 5

3:30am | 2:30c

Season 14, Episode 7

Boring Yard Becomes Rustic Retreat in Reno

Robert and Dana love their backyard view but hate their backyard. It's boring, overgrown and nondescript and they beg Chris to give them an inviting space for dining, entertaining and playing guitar. He delivers by giving them a large paver patio with shade and a wood arbor that defines the patio and provides a backdrop for a conversation area. He adds artificial turf, a boulder water feature, and stone fireplace. He builds a custom reclaimed wood dining table for Dana and a slatted wood & boulder backless bench so Robert can play his guitar. He adds a corrugated metal and wood privacy fence, upcycled wood crates as raised planters, and low growing native landscape so as not to impede on the view.

Monday
Jul 27

10pm | 9c

Season 12, Episode 13

Vintage Hillside

A back yard with an ugly steep hillside gets some character when a pergola topped with laser cut metal panels is added, along with an elevated patio that houses a vintage inspired fire pit. In addition, the desolate hill is transformed into a lush area with large trees, grasses and colorful annuals. A water fall cascades down the hillside from a couple antique oil jugs and a dining area and new smoker with custom surround are added.

Sunday
Aug 30

7am | 6c

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