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25 Yard Must-Knows 25 Videos

Get the most out of your lawn, landscape or patio with these ideas. 

Water Feature Wonderland 29 Photos

The Yard Crashers experts use yard magic to create exotic and unique water features. From amazing waterfalls to decorative ponds and fountains, here are 29 photos of stand-out backyard creations.

Waterfalls, Ponds, Pools and Fountains

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8 Incredible Backyard Makeovers

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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Palatial Patios 19 Photos

See the results when the Yard Crashers crew take ordinary backyard patios to the next level.

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. 

Concrete Stool

A concrete patio side table/stool is an easy project adding form and function.

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.
Season 12, Episode 5

Modern Heavy Metal

These homeowners have no space in the backyard to call their own until Matt converts this neglected pre-school into a modern heavy metal adult lounge. He builds a unique metal frame BBQ island with a cascading limestone waterfall countertop, a redwood tree surround with attached rain gutters as planters and hanging from on the base is metal art frames. Finally, a concrete fire pit is surrounded by a beautiful redwood deck with resin outdoor furniture, a wood and metal privacy wall and colorful plants.

Sunday
Apr 5
3pm | 2c
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 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 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.

Monday
Jun 1
5pm | 4c
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 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.

Sunday
Jun 7
8am | 7c
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 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 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 15, Episode 4

Blog Cabin Lakeview Living

Chris and his team head to Blog Cabin in Coeur d' Alene, Idaho to transform the spacious upper deck and front yard into a cozy hideaway with amazing lake views. He builds a slatted pergola with beefy metal posts, beneath a massive dining table and benches complete with a custom slatted bar and grill station and a vertical kitchen garden wall with trailing veggies and colorful flowers. In front, a dry streambed loaded with native and water bog plants to complete this modern Lakeview hideaway.

Monday
Apr 18
10pm | 9c
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.

Friday
Jun 17
9am | 8c
Season 14, Episode 11

Modern Rustica Outdoor Dining

Tammy and Brandi are newlyweds who are looking for an outdoor space where they can relax, dine and hangout with friends. Chris comes to their rescue with a plan to transform their dog-overrun yard into an inviting space complete with a dining area with pergola, as well as a lounge area with concrete patio, and a fire pit with built in benches and metal wall. In addition, the space will get a unique wood water feature, new landscaping and a long wooden landing off the house.

Saturday
Jun 25
9:30am | 8:30c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
7am | 6c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
8am | 7c
Season 13, Episode 8

Woodsy Hideaway

These homeowners love the great outdoors! Chris delivered their love to them, which includes a natural stacked stone fire pit and redwood log benches, and decomposed granite patio. A massive gable style pergola with an outdoor kitchen loaded with a stainless steel BBQ grill, a granite counter prep station and a combination pizza oven and smoker all in one. Adjacent to the grill is a live redwood edge countertop and a stoned faced bar. A large family style dining table with redwood stumps for chairs, a beautiful stone water feature and a brand new colored stamped concrete patio with colorful lush plants surrounds the entire yard.

Saturday
Jul 2
8:30am | 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.

Saturday
Jul 2
9am | 8c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
9:30am | 8:30c
Season 13, Episode 12

Beefy Outdoor Pit Chairs

These homeowners are frustrated with the heap of trash in their yard. Chris and his crew transform this trashy trove into a treasure paradise with a beefy redwood pergola with a rain chain water feature and a custom faux dining table, a beautiful stamped concrete pad leading to a stone fire pit with custom made beefy lounge chairs and redwood block end tables. To soften the hardscapes, colorful plants and new sod is installed throughout the yard.

Saturday
Jul 2
10am | 9c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
10:30am | 9:30c
Season 14, Episode 3

Bye Bye Above Ground Pool, Hello Raised Cabana Style Deck

Tim and Robyn Arthur can't use their backyard. The deck is too small for a table and there are no railings separating the deck from the above ground pool. Chris comes to their rescue by demoing the deck and pool, and building a new large cabana-style deck with dining space, grilling space and bar. He includes a metal and wood railing for safety and drapes for privacy. Stairs lead down to a new concrete and turf checked patio with a lounging area and unique water feature. Finally, grasses and birch trees are added for a beachy vibe.

Saturday
Jul 2
11am | 10c
Season 14, Episode 5

Mid Century Modern Makeover

Pedro and Alicia purchased their Eichler home and have spent time redoing the inside but have neglected the outside. It's a messy space with no flow and no shade. The couple begged Chris to help them transform it into a mid century modern entertaining space. Chris starts with demoing the existing cracked concrete pad and replacing it with concrete squares in a grid pattern. Pedro is a chef so Chris adds a large 'L' shape kitchen & bar island faced in metal mesh, and an herb garden. For Alicia, he includes a large metal shade structure over a dining space. The rickety block wall is replaced with a cement and glass block water wall to become the yard's focal point.

Saturday
Jul 2
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
12pm | 11c
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.

Saturday
Jul 2
12:30pm | 11:30c
Season 15, Episode 1

Shady BBQ Retreat

Toby is finally ready to rid his yard of the junk and his wife Malea is thrilled. The yard has been neglected for 15 years and with a tiny house, this family of 4 can really use the space for cooking, dining and entertaining. Chris rises to the challenge by removing everything and scraping it down to dirt. He begins building it up with a huge colored concrete patio, then adds a large shade pergola and outdoor bar with built in barbecue. He includes wood slatted panels and a large fence for privacy, a custom made wood and metal kayak storage rack and a unique boulder fire feature. He finishes off with lush landscaping, sod and a pig spit for the ultimate roaster's retereat.

Saturday
Jul 2
1pm | 12c

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