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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.
Season 10, Episode 13

Spa Retreat

A postage stamp of a yard is converted into an outdoor retreat, which features a new composite deck and arbors with massive stone columns. A double plexiglass wall of water is the backdrop for a relaxing jet spa. Custom stepping pads made of colorful tumbled glass adjacent to an extended stained concrete patio. Finally, a crushed limestone pad is compacted for this outdoor living area and unique fun and play coffee table. Beautiful trees and pops of color fill new masonry planter boxes.

Wednesday
Apr 15
9am | 8c
Season 8, Episode 2

Rustic Mexican Riviera

A large, nondescript backyard is transformed into a private Mexican Riviera-themed space with areas to play and to entertain. Overgrown trees and plants are trimmed back to make room for a large flagstone patio with a rock-faced kitchen island. The focal point of the yard becomes a large ledge fall water feature created from carved concrete. The addition of a bench made from fireplace flues and a custom fire pit add to the feel of relaxing in a rustic resort. A homemade tree house also gets a makeover to create a retreat that's both family and kid-friendly.

Sunday
Apr 19
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 10, Episode 9

Elegant Chill 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.

Monday
May 11
8:30pm | 7:30c
Season 13, Episode 10

Funky Food and Music Lounge

Transplants David and Kiki moved to Austin for the vibrant music and food scene, but their stark graveled yard is a far cry from an entertaining space. They want a place to play music and share food and cocktails with friends. Inspired by Austin's eclectic and funky scene, Chris designs an outdoor room with a lounge area with low bench seating and a covered pergola, grass for the couple's dog, and an outdoor bar faced in wood and metal. He also adds a performing stage with a colorful plexiglass screen backdrop, a shell keg water feature, and fence for privacy. Finally, for some fun, Chris adds a graffiti inspired dart board and a large building block game.

Monday
Jun 22
9:30pm | 8:30c
Season 14, Episode 10

Modern Splash Bar

This small suburban backyard is in need of a major overhaul. Chris Lambton and his crew begin this makeover by installing a redwood deck surrounding a spa with an attached bar for entertainment, a beautiful outdoor dining area under a large wooden pergola and new concrete patio. They build a rustic bar customized with corrugated metal and concrete top and a custom retaining wall using wood and metal. Finally, they plant colorful plants to soften the yard.

Saturday
Apr 9
4pm | 3c
Season 14, Episode 9

Beachy Outdoor Kitchen

Eric and Cristin Botsford have a large back yard but there's nothing in it. They dream of a beachy escape that reflects their love of the ocean and Chris delivers! He gives Cristin a big concrete patio for their outdoor kitchen, complete with new grill and prep space, that is wrapped in cedar planks and topped with concrete pavers. Nearby, he adds a custom wood plank table that is covered with a bright shade sail. Chris upcycles Eric's home-made bench into a bar and tops it with a cantilevered pergola. He also gives Eric an outdoor shower with privacy walls made from shutters. In the center of the space he includes a low bowl water feature surrounded by grass and lush landscaping.

Monday
Apr 11
9pm | 8c
Season 14, Episode 12

Rustic Party Gras

These busy New Orleans couples desperately need the saints to march in their backyard. Chris Lambton and his team deliver the party with a one-of-a-kind shrimp boat party bar, an outdoor kitchen galley with copper countertops and a dining area fit for the saints. A new bamboo reed fence surrounds the yard for privacy. A dry streambed with custom metal catfish jumping out of it and colorful native plants surround the yard.

Sunday
Apr 24
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 10, Episode 4

Backyard Secret Garden

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'.

Monday
May 9
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 15, Episode 7

Modern Bamboo Haven

Chris Lambton and crew turn this dilapidated backyard into a modern bamboo haven. This transformation includes a beautiful bamboo retaining wall that doubles as a seat wall, a large overhang structure custom-made with gigantic bamboo panels for shade and beneath it is a tranquil copper water feature. A composite bamboo countertop bar with kegerator, adjacent to a beefy stainless steel grill, and finally, colorful plants complete the yard.

Monday
Jun 27
9pm | 8c
Season 11, Episode 5

Contemporary Grids

This couple's attempt at building their dream yard goes awry and Matt comes to their rescue. After removing everything from the yard, a large concrete patio is poured and scored into squares with alternating stain color. A large wood grid incorporated with colorful tiles is built to support a water feature, while the wood from the old deck is upcycled into planter boxes. Finally, a large two tier bar is added, and synthetic lawn is installed for the dining area.

Monday
May 1
12pm | 11c
Season 11, Episode 7

Napa Valley Tuscan Transformation

A young Napa Valley couple is drowning in weeds, struggling to gain control of their overgrown backyard. So far, the best they've done is used a corner as a makeshift car workshop, under a shade structure that could cave in at any moment. Matt Blashaw offers to help them transform this mess into a gorgeous, private wine country inspired backyard retreat. Projects include a gorgeous wall of privacy panels complete with custom metal medallions, Tuscan inspired do it yourself table and benches, and stamped concrete patios and pathways. Matt's design features a new fire pit, a pond with boulder waterfall, and Tuscan inspired plantings including large and dwarf olive trees. This couple is ready to make it happen in two days. But first, they'll have to move dozens of car parts out of the way.

Saturday
May 13
3pm | 2c
Season 11, Episode 5

Contemporary Grids

This couple's attempt at building their dream yard goes awry and Matt comes to their rescue. After removing everything from the yard, a large concrete patio is poured and scored into squares with alternating stain color. A large wood grid incorporated with colorful tiles is built to support a water feature, while the wood from the old deck is upcycled into planter boxes. Finally, a large two tier bar is added, and synthetic lawn is installed for the dining area.

Saturday
May 13
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 13, Episode 1

Floating Zen Table

A blank slate backyard gets a taste of Asian flair with layers of redwood decks with a cool lounge fire pit area and a one-of-a-kind floating table with a specialty wood countertop. A synthetic lawn and horseshoe pit with custom-made backstop bars on either side, a tranquil basalt water feature and dry streambed and Asian inspired plants throughout the yard complete the transformation.

Sunday
Jul 2
6:30pm | 5:30c
Season 15, Episode 12

Nautical Cape Cod

Chris crashes his neck of the woods when he ambushes in Cape Cod and finds Christine & her boyfriend Chris, whose large yard and upper deck are both completely plain. Chris adds a large built in deck planter box for the flowers that Christine loves and adds a built in barbecue, grill prep area and wood plank bar, along with a dining table. The ugly deck spindles are replaced with nautical rope, and down below Chris adds a large flagstone patio with stone fire pit and four Adirondack chairs. In addition, a white pergola is added, along with a raised stone cutting garden. Finally the empty space under the deck is turned into an outdoor work out area.

Friday
Aug 4
11am | 10c
Season 16, Episode 1

Contemporary Cedar Design

Chris and the crew crash John and Kyle's backyard, a dysfunctional space with a tiny pink patio and no entertaining area. Chris transforms the yard into a private party pad complete with a cedar slat pergola, custom dining table and a matching bar.

Friday
Aug 4
11:30am | 10:30c
Season 14, Episode 1

Mountain Retreat

Sonora persuades Chris to come see her backyard in her brand new house, a big empty space with one huge redwood tree in the middle. Using that for inspiration, Chris comes up with a mountain retreat design that starts with covering up her existing concrete pad with natural stone, and building a wood privacy screen to block out her neighbor's huge RV. He adds a large ledgestone water feature as well as a big wooden deck topped with a custom made dining table. He uses boulders to define a fire pit area and adds large redwood trees, cedars and ferns. Finally, he turns a ski lift chair into a comfy swing and surrounds it with lush landscaping.

Friday
Aug 4
12pm | 11c
Season 16, Episode 12

Lower Lounge at Blog Cabin

Chris and his team head to Blog Cabin 2016 to transform an unused area under the stilted house into a lower lounge that capitalizes on the gulf view. He builds a wood and metal pub table, then adds a fish cleaning island, living privacy wall and a modern fire table.

Friday
Aug 4
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 16, Episode 4

Urban Putting Green Yard

Chris Lambton and his crew turn a neglected, overgrown yard into an urban putting green with a redwood deck, a custom prep counter, charcoal stone pathways and a rustic water feature.

Friday
Aug 4
1pm | 12c
Season 16, Episode 5

Outdoor Living Room

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.

Friday
Aug 4
1:30pm | 12:30c
Season 16, Episode 6

Urban Wine Barrel Bar

Chris Lambton and his crew transform a dilapidated yard into a massive outdoor room, including an oversized bamboo deck, a custom bar made from wine barrels and a living wall full of colorful plants.

Friday
Aug 4
2pm | 1c
Season 16, Episode 7

Midcentury Modern Revival

Kelly and Nicki's original 1950s backyard desperately needs to be brought into the present! Chris and his team transform the outdated space into a private midcentury modern entertaining mecca with a monkey pod fire feature, barbecue area with prep space and a large dining area.

Friday
Aug 4
2:30pm | 1:30c
Season 16, Episode 8

West Coast Party Pad

Chris Lambton and his crew crash a boring, neglected yard and transform it into a West Coast party pad complete with a massive metal bar, redwood pergola, boardwalk deck and a rustic metal fire bowl.

Friday
Aug 4
3pm | 2c
Season 16, Episode 9

San Diego Beachy Backyard

Brent and Mariah's concrete jungle of a backyard has nothing going on, and they need help! Chris delivers a beachy San Diego backyard perfect for entertaining with a colored concrete patio, redwood pergola, custom dining table and a surfboard bar.

Friday
Aug 4
3:30pm | 2:30c
Season 16, Episode 10

Charleston Low Country Escape

Cory and Lauren's low-lying yard is rotting, so they beg Chris for the ultimate outdoor living room where they can entertain their friends and family in low country style. He and his team create a huge outdoor kitchen and bar with a new smoker, a custom dining table, a hanging daybed and a raised patio with a lounging area.

Friday
Aug 4
4pm | 3c
Season 16, Episode 11

Traditional Charleston Courtyard

Chris and his crew transform a dull, muddy space into a traditional Charleston backyard. They install a local hand-cut brick patio, an oyster fire pit, a reclaimed farmhouse table and a traditional Charleston arbor to welcome guests into the space.

Friday
Aug 4
4:30pm | 3:30c
Season 15, Episode 11

Spanish Courtyard

With the help of Chris and his team, this blank slate of a backyard gets a colorful old world courtyard. The center point of this yard focuses on a pop of color with unique metal art accent panels, a large redwood pergola, a brand new concrete patio, custom pub bar table with wooden glass rack, and a relaxing lounge couch. Two Spanish style masonry planters balance the yard with mature trees and plants around the yard.

Friday
Aug 4
5pm | 4c

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