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An Outdoor Lounge for the Grownups

This newly transformed backyard in Carmichael, Calif. features a bench seat built around a mulberry tree that makes for a great spot for visiting and casual dining. A flagstone patio on the ground level leads to a beautiful wood deck with gas fire pit and custom privacy wall.

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Neglected and Underutilized

Before: The Carson family's backyard was child friendly, but lacking an adult area for relaxing and entertaining. Before the renovation by licensed contractor Matt Blashaw and crew, the spacious backyard was suffering from neglect and was scarcely being used to its full potential.

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Cozy and Warm in the Outdoors

After: The fire pit which sits atop a stained redwood deck, and backed by a privacy wall, is nicely furnished with new outdoor furniture that makes to create a welcoming space.

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Dinner Is Served

The new gas grill is accompanied by barstools made with barrel staves and a counter (seen here) for serving and food prep. The counter's L-shaped exterior is braced with steel bands treated to give them a rusted patina.

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Made In the Shade

A custom wood bench built around a mulberry tree is the perfect place to relax in the shade.

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Contemporary and Entertaining

Karl and Michael's home had been under renovation for 12 years, and is designed to reflect their contemporary lifestyle and love of entertaining. The backyard was the last space in need of a facelift. As seen here, Matt Blashaw completely transformed the space with a variety of new additions including this impressive metal and glass fire feature.

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Downtrodden and Dilapidated

Before: The sad backyard had an aged flagstone patio surrounded by dilapidated fences, overgrown shrubbery and an assortment of junk.

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Colorful Accents

After: The new stone patio is the platform for new furniture and accent pieces that add color and warmth to the yard.

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Glass and Fire

A metal and glass fire feature is the visual centerpiece of this Yard Crashers makeover.

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Upscale Outdoor Kitchen

Matt's crew built this outdoor kitchen that's ideal for grilling and entertaining.

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Fishy Feature

An artistic water feature designed and built by Alan Polinsky is a highlight of the backyard makeover, adding a visual show piece that's genuinely unique.

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Uninviting and Cluttered

Before: This Houston backyard was in need of serious help. It's cluttered, overgrown and just a plain eyesore.

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Pergola Paradise

After: With the backyard overhaul complete, a fire crackles in this inviting fire pit of this new back yard featuring a deck and pergola in the background. Black lattice chairs, earthtone pillows, yellow ceramic pots, and red glass hurricane lamps provide multiple accents around the outdoor fire pit and seating area.

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Dinner With Friends

A new wooden deck and pergola are home to the new smoker and casual dining table. The adjacent seating area sits just on the other side of the stony creek-bed feature.

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Suitable for Conversation

The new brick fire pit and small patio offers a quiet spot for conversation and warmth for cool evenings.

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Stone Creek Bed

A garden feature that emulates a dry stone creek bed echoes the curve at the end of the wooden deck.

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Best Days Ahead

This backyard belonging to a Houston couple has been newly reimagined with a hip and funky vibe. With artificial grass, a multicolored fireplace, wood pergola, stone pavers, zinc-topped table and hanging pendant lights, this once drab backyard is given a new lease on life.

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Barren and Boring

Before: It's easy to imagine why homeowners Cody and Jeannie didn't spend much time in this notably unspectacular backyard.

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Pendant Lights and Pavers

After: An outdoor dining area with overhead pendant lights and stone pavers helps bring a whole new character to the backyard space and makes outdoor dining enjoyable.

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Hip and Funky Fire

Bold color choices for this outdoor fireplace makes a strong statement and hits just the right note in this eclectic backyard makeover. And a warm, welcoming fire is just what Matt Blashaw and the crew ordered.

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Ceramic Water Pedestal

A green ceramic pedestal water-feature surrounded by river rocks and lush green plantings makes for an eye-catching addition at the north end of the yard.

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Floating Deck with Shade

The owners of this yard in the Sierra foothills were feeling hopeless about the once vast and open space with nothing to fill it. The crashed version of the yard features a floating deck with shade structure, a tin tile privacy wall to define the backyard, a metal water feature, fire feature with boulder seating, vegetable planters and all new landscaping.

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Undefined Space

Before: The homeowners were faced with a vast and deslolate backyard that lacked landscaping and a safe play area for their young daughter.

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Space Redefined

After: In the newly redesigned backyard, cut-log steps lead to a floating deck with shade structure. This wild and different metal water feature, adds visual and auditory interest.

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Private Dining

A table for a few is set to entertain in front of a tin tile privacy wall on the floating deck with shade structure.

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Around the Fire

A fire pit with boulder seating provides an ideal spot for casual after-dinner gatherings.

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A Theater in the Backyard?

This yard turned outdoor movie theatre lounge includes a retractable movie screen, cocktail table, popcorn machine, film projector inside of the bar's granite countertop, custom metal fire bowls, rain curtain, salt finish concrete patio and privacy trees.

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Stark and Bare

Before: A neglected and unused backyard with a fence in disrepair was pure frustration for two Sacramento homeowners.

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Fire and Water

After: The unique combination of metal fire bowls and rain curtain visually transforms the space and provides a spectacular night-time visual in the new backyard space that doubles as an outdoor theater.

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The Definitive Hang-Out

The Sacramento firefighter who owned this home just wanted an outdoor space where he could hang with his buddies, barbecue and maybe play a game or two of cornhole.

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Wasted Potential

Before: A nice little home with a large empty backyard equals a missed opportunity. Matt and the crew were determined to make some serious changes.

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Beautiful Barbecue Island

After: A beautiful barbecue island is the highlight of the backyard makeover. Featuring an amazing barbecue station made with reclaimed wood, with a built-in refrigerator and gas barbecue with zinc countertops.

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Game On!

Who doesn't love to entertain and play a little cornhole? A cleaned up yard with benches just off from the patio is the ideal way to let the games begin.

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Wood, Water and Steel

The water feature has streams of water that flow in an arc over a wall of reclaimed wood and into a galvanized steel trough.

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For the Game

A wall-mounted TV for the patio is ideal for having the boys over to watch the big game.

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Time for a Change

After spending many of their resources on DIY projects inside their home, the owners of this Orangeville, Calif. home enlisted the help of Matt Blashaw and crew to help out. By adding a covered outdoor kitchen and firepit, they were able turn their empty backyard space into an area where they can proudly entertain.

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Ugly and Empty

Before: This yard was in desperate need of some TLC. Matt and the Yard Crashers crew had some suggestions in mind.

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Ledgestone Panels

After: This outdoor kitchen with ledgestone panels was one of the homeowners' favorite parts of the makeover.

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Smell of Firewood

The homeowners really like the smell of a wood fire, so a fire pit fits the bill for the newly renovated back yard.

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Fall Pond and Dry Creek Beds

The backyard makeover included the addition of this massive water feature with a fall pond and dry creek beds.

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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.
Season 11, Episode 12

Backyard Living Wall

These homeowners are desperate for a relaxing and meditative space in their backyard. Matt and his crew deliver with a massive vertical garden wall, a custom redwood deck and arbor, flagstone flooring for a new stainless steel BBQ grill, an elevated reading area decked out with a unique privacy wall, custom hanging living frames and finally, a bamboo water feature for tranquility.

Mar 30
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

Apr 14
1:30am | 12:30c
Season 11, Episode 10

Modern Dart Den

An underused outdoor storage unit becomes a useable outdoor game room with modern wall treatment and custom pipe and wood furniture. Matt and crew also deliver with a granite countertop bar and stainless steel grill inside a ledge stone faced base and a copper water trough. On the opposite side of the grill is a functional copper ice bucket for beverages. Finally, tall evergreen shrubs create a full privacy screen.

Apr 15
5pm | 4c
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.

Apr 19
11am | 10c
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.

Jun 15
10pm | 9c
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.

Aug 23
9am | 8c
Season 14, Episode 2

Vintage Chic

Wendy & Demond have a plain backyard. They'd like an outdoor space to cook and chill in so Chris comes to their aide. The existing sod and old brick pathway is removed and replaced with a new flagstone pathway. A new concrete patio is poured and a beautiful redwood pergola is built onto it with some reclaimed lumber and shutters as the backdrop. A custom outdoor kitchen is constructed with a special countertop and wood siding base. A beautiful water feature surrounded by herbs & veggies becomes a functional part of the yard. Masonry & wood benches provide an entertainment spot around the metal fire feature. A one-of-a-kind sports scoreboard is created for their energetic baseball loving family along with new sod and surrounding plants!

Sep 1
3:30am | 2:30c
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.

Apr 17
7:30am | 6:30c
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.

May 9
7pm | 6c
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.

May 14
5:30pm | 4:30c
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.

May 30
11:30am | 10:30c
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.

Jun 21
3am | 2c
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.

Jul 4
10pm | 9c

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