Heidi Richter didn’t go to design school to learn her craft, and that’s just fine by her. A self-taught designer, the HGTV Canada stylist was her family’s go-to girl whenever something needed to be put together at home. It was Richter’s DIY philosophy that helped her get a volunteer gig on a home décor TV show in 2002. Soon enough, she landed a position as a design assistant and worked her way up to lead design stylist. Today, she is owner of HR Design Inc., a Toronto-based design/project management company. And when Richter’s not working with clients, she’s still getting her TV fix as the stylist on Disaster Decks, as well as stylist/project manager on Custom Built, both seen on HGTV Canada. It’s no wonder Pools, Spas & Patios checked in with this painter/carpenter/designer/project manager/stylist for her advice on making the most of your backyard space.