Homeowner Kim turns her experimental vegetable garden into a tropical pirate's cove while over the fence Ed transformers his yard into a more contemporary entertaining space equipped with an outdoor BBQ island and fit pit.
In this suburban cul-de-sac, the Fuchanan's are desperately for a better party pad. Designer Ryan Crabtree, delivers by installing a natural stone patio, a dry stream creek to assist with a drainage problem and privacy plants to block the view of the neighbors house. While across the way at the Mejia's house, designer Matt Clark, busts out a concrete patio and replaces it with a sensational natural dry flagstone patio. Native plants are used to create a shade garden.
Fallen Redwood trees and steel is the backdrop for this organic native landscape. A massive water feature designed with steel posts and stainless steel sheets is the main centerpiece of this yard. Off to the side, a fallen Redwood tree trunk makes for a large countertop for our outdoor bar. Native plants surrounded by decomposed granite give this waterscape a natural feel. Three houses, an outdoor shower is the main attraction in this waterscape, beach themed yard. We demolish a dilapidated wood deck and replace it with a flagstone patio with an adjacent tiled fire pit at the end. Keeping things shady, a used shade sail is installed to cool things off from the beating sun on deck.
If you want to extend your inside living to the outside, space start by taking the inside elements outside. We will take one homeowners love for indoor games and movie night out to the backyard court. With full outdoor movie screen and projection this cozy yard will be enjoyed all year long. A square stone fire pit takes center stage over top the beautiful man-made flagstone patio. While in the other backyard, our homeowners are taking slumber under the stars. A worn redwood deck gets the makeover here, with an open view of the starlit nights.
A tropical retreat design is more than just plants. In yard one, we will create seat walls with Pavestone paver materials and rock boulders to make our tropical waterfall. In the other yard, a ribbon of Pavestone pavers will extend this existing concrete patio. An old tropical bar will be restored and large planters constructed to hold plants, artwork and stone. At the end of two days, both homeowners will feel like they are on a tropical retreat in their very own backyards.
These neighbors are the classic Mertz meets the Ricardo's and they enjoy playing in each other's backyards. Our first cutting of the Turf begins with opening up the backyard by taking down a section of the fence and re-installing it as a sliding door. Contractor Doug Tolson brings life to a broken concrete patio with diamond cuts and welds an open structure. On the other side of the fence, Contractor Owen Flynn, takes advantage of a hidden side yard and creates a romantic outdoor bathroom area. He continues to warm things up with a rustic stone fire pit and with a nearby yin-yang patio using two different types of flagstone.
Real MAA fighters take their uninspired yards to the battlefields Turf War style. First up, team A rips out an existing concrete patio and replaces it with sunken conversation pit lounge. A "S" shaped concrete countertop bar is built and a repurposed fireplace that was meant for the trash is treasured. Team B, pours a new concrete pad that becomes home to an old hot tub unit and pimps it out with plants, railing, and stairs. A sliding door bar is the backdrop for a water feature. Theses lounges are fit for ultimate champions.
The homeowners on the team "A" side enjoys camping and the great outdoors, so much that contractor Dean Summers designed a national park in their backyard. The homeowners on the other side are restaurateurs and want their yard to reflect both their love for entertaining and the love of art into their backyard. A large bar as the focal point and art panels says it all.
Two clean slates of backyards are transformed into two spectacular outdoor living spaces. On team one, the Marrone's build a craftsman style overhang with a matching arbor and fence to create a welcoming entrance. Stone garden beds outline their English planting beds. A couple of houses down, team two the Rosenhall's, take out unwanted grass to make a stone pathway to their Japanese hideaway retreat.
In these two backyards there is no sizzling without a grilling. This war is on to make two yards the envy of the neighborhood with their sizzling grilling stations. In team one's yard, general contractor Owen Flynn carefully rips out the Beroni's flagstone patio and repurposes the flagstone over at the fire pit. A custom outdoor kitchen is designed with the grill daddy in mind. In the other yard, contractor Casey Cox turns a blank slate of a backyard into a party central backyard with a new curved barbeque island and colorful privacy panels made with shade sails perfect for the entire family.
Homeowners Tom & Lisa Bacon's drab backyard fence screams out for a focal point. Contractor Jim Corbett and designer Cheryl Weigand answers the call by building a water wall centerpiece, a wave fire pit table, a colored stamped concrete and an outdoor kitchen. Over on team 2, homeowners Renee & Nathan Braden's beautiful green lawn is not enough to entertain friends with in their backyard. General contractor Doug Tolson put on his party hat and raised the roof of an existing arbor, and constructs a unique tequila bar in addition to creating a slick water wall as their focal point. The party is on!
Laurie Vismara's outdated yard needs some youthful charm. Contractor John Rohwer with the help of designer Cheryl Weigand design a beach inspired back yard retreat complete with an outdoor grill with a solar powered shade structure, a seating area with custom fire bowls and a unique mermaid water feature. Over on team 2, homeowners Erik and Elizabeth Bekdahl have a backyard that takes a beating from full sun all day. Landscape contractor Russell Vernaza brings in the shade and comfort with a massive shade structure, a cooling rock pillar water feature and a vegetable garden to take advantage of the remaining sun.
Nothing says grape escapes like these two desperate yards. Team One contractor Casey Cox begins his makeover by designing a Tuscan style outdoor living space with an adjacent vineyard flagged with wine bottle tiki torches. A painting of Napa's quaint hillside fills a nearby blank stucco wall. On team two, this backyard was in complete disrepair until landscape extraordinaire Jake Moss orchestrated an artist inspired wine cave, a large overhang structure fit for a king, and a vertical wine bottle water feature gives this tasting room total tranquility and style.
In the one-hour special, Yard War: Baseball, DIY Network and MLB Network team up to make the best ballpark-inspired yard on the block. Led by DIY Network host and licensed landscape contractor Ahmed Hassan, each team of St. Louis-based neighbors - one, avid Cardinals fans, and the other, die-hard Cubs fans - is matched up with MLB Network studio analysts and former Major League Baseball players, Mitch Williams and Dan Plesac, to help turn their yard into an eye-popping baseball-themed showplace. At the end of the special, a team of judges picks the winner, awarding $10,000 cash and an MLB prize package.