Ryan Lehmann, Backyard Works owner


It’s unwise to pay too much, but it’s also unwise to pay too little. When you pay too much you lose a little money,… that is all. When you pay someone too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing you bought it to do. The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot, it can’t be done. If you deal with the lowest bidder, it’s well to add something for the risk you run. And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Backyard Works – your fence, deck & handrail experts in Sussex and Kent County Delaware.

Creating beautiful outdoor living spaces is our passion. Backyard Works, Inc. designs and installs fences, decks and handrails that will enhance your home with the privacy or safety you seek or the additional entertaining or living space you need. Our team is dedicated to providing you with an exceptional experience throughout your backyard transformation that starts from our very first meeting with you. You can expect to receive a quote for your design quickly, our crew to show up on time, and outstanding craftsmanship of your finished project.
One of the things that set us apart from other companies is our expertise. The team at Backyard Works has been working in the fence, deck and handrail industry for 28 years. Another is our choice to only use materials made in the USA. We are also very proud to be locally owned and operated and have been voted Best Fence Company in Sussex County by the readers of Delaware Coast Press.

You can also count on us to work with your HOA or Property Management Company. We are experienced and prepared to meet any necessary requirements your architectural board may have in regards to design, style, material, or height.

About The Owner

Ryan learned the fence trade while studying Architecture at Spring Garden College in Philadelphia, PA. His professional career was launched while studying Business Management & Marketing at Millersville University. when he formed his own fence installation company in the fertile grounds of Lancaster, PA. With a 10′ x 20′ barn and a loan from his father, Ryan’s fence company rapidly grew to over 35 employees and more than 15 installation crews. His retail and wholesale distribution facility provided services to both the public and private sectors.

Continuing to learn trade skills and secrets from his installation company. Ryan took his vast knowledge and launched EZ Mount, Inc. where he built a strong distribution network in domestic and International wholesale and retail channels. His company was the first to market a customizable concrete fence-mounting product. Ryan developed and administered budgets. sales forecasts. and supply-chain models, and produced a robust product line through investment and guidance of diligent research and development efforts. Today, EZ Mount, Inc. is still a staple in the fence, deck, and handrail industry, and is widely utilized and embraced.

Ryan sold his fence installation company and accepted a position as the director of sales for a PVC fabricator, where he managed and cultivated team performance with direct accountability for bottom-line results across the mid-Atlantic region. He was also tasked with supply-chain oversight, marketing efforts, and product development. He was one of the authors of this company’s eco-friendly co-extrusion vinyl line. now called “Green Line,” and he also spearheaded the company’s first wood division, adding a new revenue stream and creating exponential market opportunities.

In 2013 Ryan jumped into a new opportunity in an area where he had little experience, aluminum extrusions. In this newly created position, Regional Sales Manager, Ryan was tasked with cultivating the North East and territory that was currently producing zero dollars in revenue. Within 16 months his individual territory represented 35% of the company’s overall sales. His success was directly attributed to partnerships with major account leadership to launch their aluminum fence division from the ground up in conjunction with restructuring the 12 state region.

Seeking a new challenge, and knowing that landscape has changed over the past several years, Ryan brings his vast knowledge as a seasoned veteran to Backyard Works, Inc. having experience on both sides of the fence!