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You Won't Believe the Before and After Photos of This Tiny Yard

The idea of a tiny and grassless urban yard might be frightening to a lot of potential remodelers, but HGTV host David Bromstad didn't let those challenges scare him away from this outdoor living renovation. What started as a bleak, dark yard was transformed into a gorgeous midcentury living space, flowing effortlessly into an equally beautiful dining room. Take a look at this stunning yard transformation, then check out the designer's top tips for outdoor renovations below.


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Formerly cramped and covered in dull wood, the backyard of this home now shines. Details like a lush plant wall help the space feel bright and vibrant without sacrificing privacy. Other notable changes are the new grass layer, colorful furniture, and eye-catching lights for the living area.

To make the indoor/outdoor transition even smoother, David added a cheerful color scheme and modern accents to the dining room, creating a seamless transition. Keep scrolling for more shocking "before" images.

David Bromstad's Tips For a Successful Outdoor Remodel:

  • If you're looking for a low-maintenance yard, look into faux grass. David suggests considering a more expensive faux grass option because the higher-quality grasses appear the most real.
  • Fabulous lighting can add ambience to the space! The egg-shaped lights used in the yard remodel are blown glass and add a special touch to the outdoor living area.
  • To make your outdoor space into an extension of your home, the Color Splash host suggests adding special touches: "I love to freshen up garden furniture with new pillows or cushions. Keeping the cushions neutral and adding pops of color with accent pillows is a great way to liven up the space! Accent your surroundings with a gorgeous outdoor area rug and some great planters filled with plants that don't need tons of maintenance."
  • "A great way to make a small yard feel fab is to simply act like it's a living room," suggests the designer. In order to achieve this, he recommends accessorizing the space with plants, furniture, water features, and mood-setting lights.
  • When it comes to landscaping the space, David recommends that remodelers lean toward durable plant varieties with simple upkeep: "You don't want to spend a lot of time and money planting things that are delicate — you want the least amount of work so you can enjoy the outdoors."

Photos courtesy of David Bromstad

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