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Our Favorite Backyard Design Ideas From Our Shows

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With warmer weather on the horizon, we can’t help but obsess over backyard renovations right now! As we get ready for barbecues, outdoor parties, and backyard games, we’re also itching to redecorate our own backyard oases. That’s why we wanted to bring some inspiration your way, with our very favorite backyard design ideas from our shows.

From poolside gyms to outdoor chef’s kitchens, fire pits, designer pergolas, and everything in between, the Brothers have certainly done it all! But our top picks stand out for their bold design and jaw-dropping reveals. Seriously, with some of these you’ll have to do a double-take to believe they’re the same space—they’re just that good! So get ready to take some notes and Pin some photos as inspiration, because we promise you’re going to want to recreate these renovations this summer.

Backyard Renovation Before and Afters
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1. Celebrity IOU: Justin Hartley

On this episode of Celebrity IOU, we almost couldn’t believe the transformation! Justin Hartley wanted to surprise his friend Mat with a completely new look in his backyard—one that better fit him and his family’s style. So Justin and the Bros installed a putting green and a gorgeous outdoor grilling kitchen, and even retiled the pool and built a pergola and table for summer dinners.

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2. Celebrity IOU: Josh Groban

When Josh Groban’s Celebrity IOU episode aired, we were floored to see that Drew and Jonathan not only transformed Josh’s bandmate’s garage, but also his backyard! Mark got an incredible upgrade for his home studio as well as a life-changing renovation in his backyard, complete with an in-ground hot tub, beautiful kitchen and dining area, and chic seating for hosting.

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3. Brother Vs. Brother: Season 7 (Drew)

On season 7 of Brother Vs. Brother, the Bros certainly brought the heat! Drew’s backyard redesign was like a scene straight from Tuscany, with an outdoor sauna, cafe seating, and pizza oven—talk about a dream backyard reno.

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4. Brother Vs. Brother: Season 7 (Jonathan)

Jonathan’s season 7 outdoor reno was influenced by Spain, with beautiful tile work and a serene pool lounge, as well as cabana-style bar seating. Get a load of this before photo! Can you even believe it’s the same place?

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5. Celebrity IOU: Ali Wong

Ali Wong’s Celebrity IOU renovation for her college friend Citadelle had all our jaws on the floor! As a busy working mom, Citadelle was tired of her old digs, so she needed a chic, functional space where she could really entertain. Drew and Jonathan crafted a luxurious outdoor oasis with a covered pergola that extended off the house, as well as a fabulous kitchen and dining area.

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6. Celebrity IOU: Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson approached the Bros in need of some major assistance. She wanted to give back to her housekeeper, Jahel, who supported her like a second mother throughout the pandemic. They built a pergola and a lounge area for Jahel to hang out with her daughter, Winter, as well as a garden cove and dining area. It turned out so chic!

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7. Celebrity IOU: Mayim Bialik

In Mayim Bialik’s heartfelt Celebrity IOU episode, she and the Bros gift Mayim’s best friend of 17 years a total gut-renovation of her backyard. Alongside this beautiful eat-in outdoor chef’s kitchen, Drew and Jonathan also built a yoga studio, iron pergola, and fire pit.

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8. Property Brothers At Home On the Ranch

During Property Brothers: At Home On the Ranch, we watched Drew and Jonathan totally remodel their Vegas mountainside home, from the inside out. In the backyard, we see this play out with the addition of a wooden pergola, fireplace, and a comfy seating area. Couldn’t you just see yourself relaxing here forever?

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9. Celebrity IOU: Terry Crews

Terry approached Drew and Jonathan, wanting to give his family driver and lifelong pal, Frank, a fabulous backyard makeover. So they completely transformed Frank’s yard, and took it from dull and dry to green and serene! It came complete with an outdoor kitchen, zen fire pit zone, and an immersive poolside gym.

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