By Sandy Meyer

Anyone who is a fan of the show Yardcrashers, on the DIY Network, has probably dreamed of transforming their own backyard into one of the amazing works of art featured on the show. James Smith, President of Outdoor Impressions has made creating these stunning masterpieces his life work, going into the business right out of high school in 2002.  “Being an Outdoor Designer is like being an artist with a paintbrush. Our medium is just dirt, stone, and beautiful plants,” Smith says.

Outdoor Impressions is a full-service Outdoor Living company.  While they can do just about anything a customer dreams up, they specialize in patios, outdoor kitchens, fire pits/fireplaces, and landscape design. They are located across from St. Stephen’s Elementary School at 10020 Carr Rd. in Riverview. This new location opened on Friday, March 1. Smith says that the location was chosen because of its proximity to his home base. “Our Fishhawk residents have supported us for almost 10 years.” If it wasn’t for the local customers, we would have withered out like many other businesses,” he adds.

Outdoor Impressions has not only made a name for itself in the Tampa area, but also on a national scale, having appeared on Yardcrashers five different times. While the experience was great for business, Smith says it caused some growing pains as well. “It caused us to grow almost faster than we should have. We reached a point where we were backlogged and did not communicate as well as we should have.”

Smith is determined to keep his business a success, hiring the finest designers in the area. “We push the limits on unique and fun areas to entertain and live outdoor in. We use professional employees with cutting edge design programs to create the BEST 3D experience a client could expect,” he shares.

More information about Outdoor Impressions can be found on their website, on Facebook at, or on Pinterest, keyword outdoorimpress.


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