2018 Annual Guide: Dennis
A day in the life of: Chris Lambton, landscaper and television personality
By Haley Cote
During an afternoon visit late last year to the Dennis home of Chris Lambton, it’s hard to ignore that the television is set to HGTV—“Fixer Upper” is on. As the star of several shows of his own on HGTV and its sister channel DIY Network, Lambton has spent the last seven years traveling all over the country to film—recently Philadelphia, where he taped episodes for his new DIY Network show, “Lawn and Order.”
Finding a balance between his hectic work schedule and life at home in Dennis with his wife Peyton, infant daughter Lyla, and their Swiss Mountain dog Summitt, can be challenging, but it’s given him a greater appreciation for his hometown.
“The great thing about going other places to tape is seeing that, for me, Cape Cod is still number one,” Lambton says. “The beaches in Dennis—like Mayflower and Corporation, I grew up on Howes Street Beach—are better than any other beaches I’ve ever been to. They’re just second to none. It’s definitely hard traveling a lot for work, but then I get to come home and enjoy being on the Cape, and that makes it all worthwhile.”
TV audiences were first introduced to Lambton—aka “Chris L.,” the charming Cape Cod landscaper—on season six of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in 2010. Love wasn’t in the cards for Lambton on the show—he was the season’s runner up—but it lead him to meeting Peyton, a contestant on season 10 of “The Bachelor” to whom he was introduced by a fellow “Bachelorette” contestant.
“The Bachelorette” also paved the way for his career at HGTV, he says, after network execs saw him on the show. He hosts “Going Yard” with Peyton, an interior designer, and the two are working on a new design show called “Home United.” Lambton also hosts DIY’s “Yard Crashers” and has appeared in various DIY Network and HGTV specials. His filming schedule is often six days a week, with 12-hour days on set.
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