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.

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.

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.

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.

Made In the Shade

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

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.

Downtrodden and Dilapidated

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

Colorful Accents

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

Glass and Fire

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

Upscale Outdoor Kitchen

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

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.

Uninviting and Cluttered

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

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.

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.

Suitable for Conversation

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

Stone Creek Bed

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

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.

Barren and Boring

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Around the Fire

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

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.

Stark and Bare

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

For the Game

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

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.

Ugly and Empty

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

Ledgestone Panels

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

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.

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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