Behind the Scenes at America's Most Desperate Landscape 2019

These exclusive behind-the-scenes photos show how host Matt Blashaw, designer Jennifer Petronella and their crew, with help from homeowners Peter DeBree and Kat Lewis, transformed the couple’s tired Tampa, Florida yard into a beautiful space for entertaining and relaxing outdoors.

By: Jeannie Matteucci

Photo By: Raif Fluker

Photo By: Raif Fluker

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Photo By: Raif Fluker / Getty Images

Major Outdoor Facelift

Host Matt Blashaw goes over design plans for this major outdoor facelift with homeowner Peter DeBree in the backyard of his one-story Florida ranch home with a tropical bungalow feel. “I wanted to keep it tropical but give it a contemporary twist,” says designer Jennifer Petronella.

Better Use of Space

Host Matt Blashaw and the homeowners Peter DeBree and Kat Lewis discuss some of the challenges of the project, that was designed to improve and better utilize all of the available outdoor space on the property.

Key Changes

Host Matt Blashaw reviews the plans for the detailed new layout that creates zones for different outdoor activities, from cooking and dining to enjoying some fresh air and a good movie.

Touch of Color

Homeowner Peter DeBree paints window shutters a rich navy blue that help give the exterior of this one-story Tampa, Florida home an appealing look of an updated tropical bungalow.

Project Preparation

Host Matt Blashaw cuts wood with a table saw for the project’s various builds in this action shot that offers a glimpse at the prep work that helped transform this outdoor space into something special.

Helping Out

Homeowner Kat Lewis paints the side door of the home navy blue for a nice finishing touch. All of the exterior doors of the home were painted to give them a fresh look that helps them coordinate with the newly painted shutters.

Durable Pavers

Host Matt Blashaw installs new gray pavers in the home’s updated backyard, that create an attractive and durable foundation for the yard’s inviting patio.

Building Process

Homeowner Kat Lewis operates an auger (a tool used for boring holes in wood) for the posts that will help hold up the backyard’s new divider wall that includes succulents on one side and a theater screen the homeowners previously owned on the other. The wall, made from pre-treated wood with decorative panels, creates a focal point and helps define the patio from the backyard’s new section of grass.

In the Coop

Host Matt Blashaw and homeowner Peter DeBree work on the couple’s existing chicken coop, to give it an updated look that fits the yard’s major facelift.

Versatile Layout

The team uses glue and nails to adhere decorative panels to the yard’s new divider wall. The divider wall is part of a well-planned layout with different zones that make this backyard super versatile.

Natural Beauty

Host Matt Blashaw and homeowner Peter DeBree go over the materials needed to create the beautiful divider wall with a streamlined modern style.

Revamped Chicken Coop

The revamped coop was refaced and redesigned to give the couple’s chickens a new home that better fits the improved look and feel of the backyard.

The Big Reveal

Contractor and host Matt Blashaw opens the new gate to the couple’s transformed backyard, which allows them to enjoy the outdoors, entertain and add living space to their one-story Tampa, Florida home.

Emotional Moment

Homeowners Peter DeBree and Kat Lewis share their happy emotions with host Matt Blashaw as they soak in the transformation of their now gorgeous backyard.

Cohesive Look

Host Matt Blashaw gives the couple details on how the pavers were placed in this detailed project where everything came together for a cohesive look. Because the homeowners had a flooding problem in the past, the new patio was graded so the water drains a different way.

Garage Tour

The happy couple gets a tour of the inside of their now stylish garage, with updated laundry area, lounge space and desk area that offers a private spot for working at home.

Charming Chicken Coop

The homeowners receive a tour of the new-and-improved chicken coop with a more modern look, a key component that was incorporated into the design of their updated backyard.

Exercise and Playtime

New sod and landscaping outside the coop gives the chickens a wonderful grassy area where they can now roam around and enjoy their updated surroundings.

Happy Homeowners

Happy homeowners Peter DeBree and Kat Lewis now have a renovated property that offers a more attractive look as well as extra living space for their one-story Tampa, Florida home.

Party Time

With the hard work over, the crew and homeowners enjoy a grilled feast to celebrate the transformation of this Tampa, Florida property.