Licensed contractor Matt Blashaw has elevated weekend DIY to an art form on Yard Crashers. Have a look at the blank (or, in some cases, cluttered and overgrown) canvases he’s encountered over the years—and the al fresco masterpieces they become.
Yard Crashers is in Kansas City, Missouri, where a rotten deck in a hot and very small backyard is transformed into a quaint outdoor living room. In two days, a brand new deck is installed along with a pergola with retractable awnings to provide much-needed shade over a custom outdoor sofa with a built-in ice chest. Privacy screens with vibrant plants, a modern fire pit and a granite patio space finish off this outdoor room and make it ready for entertaining.
Emily and Bryan have a barren yard with an existing shed so, instead of fixing it, Matt and his crew make it a feature. They build floating decks around three reflecting pools and install a new pergola to create some much-needed shade, transforming the space into a modern oasis with a peaceful feel.
Juan and Katy's huge back yard is empty and boring and they long for more living space to eat, cook and hang out with friends. Matt steps in and adds a huge gravel patio so there's no need for a lawn, as well as a huge, modern pergola with room for a dining and lounging area. Finally, he gives the space a touch of fun with a bocce ball court and jazzes it up with plants and shrubs.
A small backyard of dirt and an old tree is transformed into an entertainer's dream. The lone tree is removed to make way for a large deck with built-in seating and a fire pit. A brick bar takes center stage as it's treated with white mortar for an antiqued look and topped with a sleek Alder top. Plus, a pizza oven, turf and modern slatwall make this backyard the ultimate party space!
A messy and cluttered backyard is transformed into a backyard perfect for entertaining. Matt and the crew take what was once a sea of broken patio furniture and uneven pavers and turn it into a space with a custom outdoor kitchen, rolling tiki bar and high top table.
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.
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 midcentury 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 and 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.
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 and 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.
Eric and Cristin Botsford have a large backyard 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.
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.
With the help of Chris and his team, this blank slate of a backyard gets a colorful old world courtyard. The center point of this yard focuses on a pop of color with unique metal art accent panels, a large redwood pergola, a brand new concrete patio, custom pub bar table with wooden glass rack and a relaxing lounge couch. Two Spanish style masonry planters balance the yard with mature trees and plants around the yard.
Chris crashes his neck of the woods when he ambushes a Cape Cod and finds Christine and 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.
A desperate yard gets a complete transformation including a new paver patio, an oversized metal fire pit with seating, and a massive reclaimed covered, three-sided loggia loaded with a flat screen television, kegorator and custom storage cabinet. Brand new composite deck steps, colorful container plants, a recycling stone water feature, a modern style cable wire handrail system and colorful plants with lush sod top the yard off.