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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

Need more seating for your outdoor space? We've got some easy and budget-friendly projects for patio and deck furniture. 

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 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.

Wednesday
Apr 1

12:30am | 11:30c

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.

Wednesday
Apr 1

3:30am | 2:30c

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.

Monday
Apr 6

9:30pm | 8:30c

Season 9, Episode 13

Redwood Back Yard

Matt and his Yard Crashers crew find a California couple with three things of value in their back yard: California Redwoods. After everything else in the yard is removed the fun starts. This yard not only triples in usable space by clearing out the overgrown plants but it also gets a complete renovation starting with new concrete patio and redwood decks. Then the crew adds all new plantings, a custom redwood bar, a colorful privacy wall and the crowning jewel: a antique water pump beer tap ready to go. The transformation is awesome and the new space so much more livable.

Saturday
Apr 18

7:30pm | 6:30c

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'.

Sunday
May 10

7am | 6c

Season 10, Episode 1

Putt and Party Yard

This unused yard goes from plain to "party pad" with the addition of a putting green and large concrete patio with covered barbecue island. A stone firewall flanked by benches anchors the patio and a custom table is added for alfresco dining. Finally, a creek with elevated stepping stones is added to connect the putting green to the patio.

Sunday
May 17

10:30am | 9:30c

Season 10, Episode 11

Backyard Hot Rods

These homeowners are classic car lovers with limited resources to create an entertainment space that is functional and private. Matt Blashaw and crew pimped this backyard with a decorative redwood sanctuary, a natural dry stack seat wall, a brand new flagstone patio and a one-of-a kind 1950's model truck for a BBQ island, and a tricked out 1930's model car water feature. All surrounded with a lush garden of privacy plants, large mature trees and blooming annuals.

Monday
May 18

8:30pm | 7:30c

Season 13, Episode 6

Hawaiian Paradise

Chris finds Sacramento homeowners who are desperate to overhaul their terribly overgrown messy back yard. They want a space with a Hawaiian vibe where they can cook and dine among tropical foliage. Chris steps up and delivers a space that includes a new deck with boardwalk leading out to a step up concrete patio with a beautiful hanging rock water feature. In addition, Chris adds a large outdoor kitchen with grill and prep space that is all faced with bamboo. Lush flowers are added to complete the Hawaiian entertaining space.

Tuesday
Jun 9

12:30am | 11:30c

Season 12, Episode 4

Beach Resort Backyard

These roommates are tired of their boring yard that's bare except for a hammock. They're looking for an fun yard that reflects their personalities and Matt and his crew deliver! He elongates the sad patio pad by building a wood deck over it. He improves the flow of the yard by adding a palapa as the gathering space and a hanging bed as the relaxing area. A ledge stone water wall is added for tranquility and a bamboo privacy screen is built to hide the massive A/C unit. Finally, lush plants, sod and gravel pathways are added to complete the look of this upscale beachy backyard.

Friday
Jun 19

2pm | 1c

Season 10, Episode 3

Modern Concrete Back Yard

This overgrown, boring yard is transformed into an inviting space for dining and entertaining. The small patio is expanded to include a barbecue island and large dining area made with wood and metal. An additional room provides a sleek concrete conversation area complete with water spillway and fire pit. Finally, bright redwood planters are built and placed strategically to anchor the new space in the expansive backyard.

Sunday
Jul 19

10am | 9c

Season 13, Episode 7

Contemporary Bi-level Patio

Homeowner Danae begged Chris to come home with her, and when he did, he agreed that her bi-level patio was uninspiring and dull. Denae and her husband want a contemporary usable space to eat dinner, cook and relax. Chris delivers with a sleek design that includes a wood overlay for the lower patio, a tile overlay for the upper patio and a colorful wood retaining wall. He also includes a fireplace and lounge seating for below, a custom dining table for above, and a modern water feature. Finally, he adds lots of trees and funky topiaries to ensure privacy.

Monday
Aug 24

2pm | 1c

Season 13, Episode 11

Traditional Country Deck

This small unusable deck is going big Texas style! Chris and his crew deliver in a big way by transforming a dead zone of a deck into a functional outdoor dining area with a custom prep station bar all on a new massive cedar deck. A natural flagstone patio with a fire pit gathering area and a tranquil bubbling moss water feature are added. And finally, large privacy screens are built with lush trailing vines and colorful plants to complete the yard.

Monday
Aug 24

4pm | 3c

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.

Sunday
Sep 6

7:30am | 6:30c

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