A beautiful home deserves a backyard to match. Sarah and Jason Gulley had the first part taken care of — we’re adding a paver patio, fire pit and sitting wall, along with other amenities, for the rest!

Each year, we host a contest with our friends from Pavestone called “Backyard Paradise,” and the winner gets a major home makeover that enhances their outdoor living.

“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford, with Sarah and Jason Gulley of Tennessee
“Today’s Homeowner” host Danny Lipford sits with Sarah and Jason Gulley before returning to work on their paver patio.

The Gulleys, our 2019 winners, are from Knoxville, Tennessee. The couple love spending time outside with their children, but they don’t love their plain backyard.

It has an unnecessary deck that doesn’t make the most of the space and visually doesn’t match their home’s design.

In addition, the couple use a makeshift screen to cover their back door. It’s a temporary fix for a permanent problem.

So, the contest prize of a backyard makeover is ideal for this family.

Projects: From Paver Patio to Sitting Wall

Check out the Creating a Backyard Paradise with a Paver Patio episode article for more information and links to the products we used on this project!

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Danny Lipford

Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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