Santa Ana, Calif., August 24, 2005 - Grounds for Improvement (which airs on the DIY cable channel) utilized 1" thick Eco-Sport tiles to create an attractive, kid friendly surface in a residential back yard. Now in its sixth year of programming, the DIY Network aims to continue providing step-by-step solutions to home building and home improvement problems. As one of the fastest growing digital networks (currently available in more than 34 million homes), DIY offers 90% original programming designed to provide homeowners the necessary information for any do-it-yourself project. The channel's website (DIYnetwork.com) receives about 2 million unique visitors per month, and offers instructions for more than 15,000 projects seen on air. These projects range from home improvement and gardening to woodworking and crafts.
According to the DIY Network website, Grounds for Improvement is designed to help homeowners problem-solve and complete do-it-yourself landscaping projects. With the assistance of professional landscape designer Dean Hill, each homeowner devises and completes landscape renovation to fit his/her specific needs. Unlike other home improvement shows, the do-it-yourself motto of the show makes Grounds for Improvement very practical; with the help of relatives and friends, homeowners complete the landscaping project without professional labor. Within a limited amount of time, this program shows how a homeowner can transform an inconvenient outdoor space into the centerpiece of a well-groomed landscape.
For this project, renovation focused on a slightly unkempt patio area. Along with laying an attractive, durable flooring surface, the homeowner added container plants and repaired the fence. In addition to aesthetic concerns, the flooring had to provide a degree of resilience as well (i.e. be kid-friendly).