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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. 

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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.

Episodes

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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'.

Wednesday
Apr 15

11:30am | 10:30c

Season 9, Episode 2

Balinese Tropical Paradise

A loud, neglected yard gets transformed into a peaceful tropical getaway. A custom waterfall drowns out noise from the frequently passing train. Beyond the waterfall, a unique concrete pathway takes you to a seating area with custom curved benches, hand made concrete tables and a one of a kind fire feature. The pathway continues to a bar made of inlaid carved wood. The entire yard is chalk full of lush tropical plants.

Sunday
Apr 26

12pm | 11c

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.

Saturday
May 2

7:30pm | 6:30c

Season 13, Episode 4

Outdoor Racing Room

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.

Tuesday
May 5

1:30am | 12:30c

Season 13, Episode 5

Rustic Vinyl Lounge

These homeowners are huge music lovers and former band members, so Chris and his team incorporated into their backyard a unique vinyl record bar countertop with beer dispenser, stained the existing concrete, and opened up their patio by removing some of their dilapidated overhang cover. They installed concrete stepping-stones into the new sod, which leads you to a floating redwood deck and pergola. Off to the side they created a unique water and fire feature all in one. And finally, they planted colorful low maintenance plants throughout the yard and a large specimen maple tree to admire.

Friday
May 8

11:30pm | 10:30c

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.

Tuesday
May 12

9:30pm | 8:30c

Season 10, Episode 10

Old World Stone Wall Patio

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.

Wednesday
May 13

7:30pm | 6:30c

Season 12, Episode 2

Modern Zen Fusion

These professional homeowners are dismayed with what to do with their empty yard. Matt transforms it into a modern fusion of art and Asian style with a redwood pergola with slanted louvers for optimal shade, a one-of-a-kind outdoor kitchen, and salvaged tree timbers flooring. A relaxing fire pit area, which includes a custom metal water feature, and a meditative Zen rock garden with large boulders, gravel and a special Zen garden rake complete the transformation.

Tuesday
Jun 2

3:30am | 2:30c

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.

Tuesday
Jun 23

1:30am | 12:30c

Season 13, Episode 5

Rustic Vinyl Lounge

These homeowners are huge music lovers and former band members, so Chris and his team incorporated into their backyard a unique vinyl record bar countertop with beer dispenser, stained the existing concrete, and opened up their patio by removing some of their dilapidated overhang cover. They installed concrete stepping-stones into the new sod, which leads you to a floating redwood deck and pergola. Off to the side they created a unique water and fire feature all in one. And finally, they planted colorful low maintenance plants throughout the yard and a large specimen maple tree to admire.

Monday
Jul 6

8pm | 7c

Season 11, Episode 4

Wine Barrel Haven

Matt turns an overgrown back yard into an entertaining space using the homeowners' love of wine barrels as inspiration. The dilapidated patio cover is demo'd and a new shaded patio is built, anchored by a wine barrel pyramid water feature. An outdoor kitchen clad in corrugated metal is added along with a pub table. A wine barrel fire feature is built and surrounded by wine barrel chairs for a very unique sitting area. Finally, a light made from wine barrel bands is hung from the shade structure illuminating the wine barrel stave loungers.

Sunday
Aug 2

7:30am | 6:30c

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.

Sunday
Aug 23

8am | 7c

Season 14, Episode 4

Waterfall Oasis

Homeowners Melanie & Ian have a lackluster backyard and they want a space to entertain and relax in with their family and friends. Chris and his crew arrive to build a unique granite and redwood bar table with an adjoining prep station cabinet. New concrete is poured with random insets of flagstone throughout. A custom fire pit is constructed out of concrete with a rustic metal ring on top. A massive rock waterfall and pond is built with fragrant and lush plants. A secret garden is designed for their furry pets which includes non-toxic plants, mulch & frozen treats.

Sunday
Aug 23

1:30pm | 12:30c

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