Ultimate Backyard Makeover 2012!

Ultimate Backyard Makeover 2012!

Regular readers here at Blue Heron Landscapes, know that for the past four years I have been the designer and host of the “Ultimate Backyard Makeover” on the local Fox Affiliate, Fox 61 in Hartford CT. This year’s show is now up on the webpage, and you can view it in its entirety.

Click Here to view the show – Ultimate Backyard Makeover 2012

You’ll also find clips from past shows, as well as photos from behind the scenes. There’s even a Facebook Page for the show where with ongoing discussions, behind the scenes pictures from all four shows, tips and more. So stop on over and “Like” us, and join in the discussion!

I’d love to hear everyone’s thoughts, good, bad, or indifferent. We’re always looking to talk about the show, and how we can improve it, so leave a comment and let me know!

2 thoughts on “Ultimate Backyard Makeover 2012!

  1. It was an interesting challenge and there was much to like…BUT. I was left with the impression that the family had little input. For example they marveled at the lighting at the end of the project as though they had never even looked at the transformation during the process. Perhaps they didn’t feel confident enough to contribute their ideas and I am all wrong, but I don’t feel you have the same connection to your property unless you take part in the transformation, select a few trees and plants yourself (maybe with some advice) and work at it over time. That’s my problem with quick transformations. Also, my personal taste is toward the more natural, so having patio, BBQ, pergola etc is troublesome and detracts from the woodsy feel we saw at the outset. Given that the family has teens though, perhaps this is what is desired to encourage friends to gather at their place. I wish the kids had been encouraged to participate. This is a missed opportunity for them to be involved with environmental issues in a very practical way in their own back yard.

    1. buildingaschool,

      Thanks for watching and for your comments. The family was involved to some extent, in the process, but the powers that be were looking for a dramatic reveal, so…

      The yard is actually in a suburban neighborhood, so the woodsy feel you mention in the beginning is a bit misleading, but I do tend to lean the same way as you. I love the natural style, but this project fits within its context very well. In respect to having the kids participate, I could not agree more! I lobbied for a segment that included the children, but with trying to produce a dramatic reveal at the end, it just wasn’t to be.

      Once again thanks for your critique, and your honesty, I enjoyed hearing from you. Please stop by again!


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