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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 8

Eclectic Dining Space

This Houston couples' back yard is a barren wasteland, the only ones who venture out there are their two dogs. With the mild climate, this couple yearns for a space to entertain and dine outside, but want it to reflect their funky personalities. Matt takes the challenge and delivers an elegant space with eclectic overtones. He adds a 500 square foot paver patio with cedar pergola and a multicolor wood burning fire place. He drops glass pendants from cedar posts over a huge cedar table topped with zinc and adds artificial turf and bamboo around the perimeter for privacy.

Wednesday
Apr 1

12am | 11c

Season 10, Episode 5

Vegas Gabion Getaway

This empty barren Las Vegas yard is transformed into a lush relaxing space. A paver patio is laid and a steel shade structure is added which provides a dining space complete with new barbecue. Gabions stacked with stone provide a unique retaining wall which includes a cantilevered wooden bench surrounded by lush plants. A fire feature is added along with a gabion water feature surrounded by synthetic turf to complete the modern lines of this makeover.

Sunday
Apr 12

11am | 10c

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.

Sunday
Apr 12

12pm | 11c

Season 8, Episode 4

Boston Backyard Theater

A Boston couple, who are big sports fans, get an outdoor theater for year round sports viewing parties. A previously bare backyard yard gets a new hardscape, seating wall and fire feature made of stone. Our crew also installs a shade sail over a new grill along with a custom made table.

Tuesday
Apr 28

3:30pm | 2:30c

Season 13, Episode 9

Yard Crashers Visits Blog Cabin in Central Florida

Chris and team head to Blog Cabin in Central Florida to transform the spacious backyard property into a relaxing and entertaining hang out. He builds a slatted privacy wall with built in benches for lounging, complete with living walls to showcase Florida's lush landscaping. Nearby, he adds a metal fire pit with seating and a pebble pathway leading to the large cobblestone patio. On it, he builds two kitchen islands, one for dining and one for grilling that are faced in stone. Finally, he builds a bocce court and two waterski Adirondack chairs to complete this lakeside retreat.

Monday
Jun 1

10pm | 9c

Season 8, Episode 11

Tranquil Stay-cation

This couple is happy to turn an overgrown, desperate backyard into a tranquil stay-cation with a decorative flagstone/rock patio, a fire-pit and custom daybed. The new stamped concrete patio is laid under a chef's dream of an outdoor kitchen, fully loaded with smoker, pellet grill and kegorator. An existing swamp transforms into a functional rock water feature and an old seating area is repurposed wooden potting bench.

Sunday
Jun 28

9:30am | 8:30c

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.

Monday
Jul 20

6pm | 5c

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.

Tuesday
Jul 28

1am | 12c

Season 11, Episode 13

Rustic Edible Yard

These novice farmers are overwhelmed with their expansive blank slate of a yard until Matt comes to their rescue. He helps transform the big, boring space into a rustic relaxing area complete with outdoor prep island with copper countertop, large water feature with bridge, and a cozy stone faced fireplace. Matt adds more seating with rustic wood seat walls and gives them extra living space with a new concrete patio. Finally, the space gets a green landscape with all edible plants including fruit trees, grape vines and plenty of herbs.

Sunday
Aug 9

9:30am | 8:30c

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.

Tuesday
Aug 11

1am | 12c

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.

Tuesday
Aug 11

1:30am | 12:30c

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
Aug 23

9am | 8c

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.

Sunday
Aug 23

3pm | 2c

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