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Wine Cellar Creations (Friends)

Wine Cellar Creations

We’ve seen it before: wine enthusiasts with their collections boxed up, hidden in tiny coolers or in crowded refrigerators. Why not store and display your passion with pride? Paul goes to the experts at Wine Cellar Creations when planning out a wine cellar, whether it be big or small.

Wine Cellar Creations is a manufacturer of wine racking systems that has been setting the bar in quality and affordability since 1997. They are based out of Whitby, Ontario and have dealers throughout Canada and the USA. They offer wine racking and cellar systems for both residential and commercial projects.

Wine Cellar Creations’ hand-made wine racks come in various wood types, including pine, redwood, and mahogany, to compliment every individual’s taste and décor. With features like a beveled front edge that is not only attractive but functional as well, and eased edges for a truly distinctive look, these real wood racks are beautiful as well as functional. From the casual collector to the serious connoisseur, Wine Cellar Creations has the perfect storage or display solution for you. The residential racking systems can maximize your storage space without the custom cost, but if you don’t have the space for a full racking system, they also carry free-standing cellars and cooling units.

If you are looking to take on the project yourself, Wine Cellar Creations has a helpful “how to” page to get you started on the steps required to install your very own wine cellar. Head on over to the Wine Cellar Creations website and check out their galleries for inspiration and a list of the dealers near you.

Swing by next week for another “We <3 It” Wednesday. For more great products and companies we have used, check out our recommended page. We are always on the hunt for more great products and services, get in touch if you have something new or exciting to share with us.

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snapclip (Friends)

SnapClip System

When updating or finishing a space it is easy to overlook what’s above you. A discoloured or outdated ceiling can put a damper on any room, but refinishing it means taking time and money away from the aspects of the room you are most excited about. One of the best solutions Paul has found for this is the SnapClip System ceiling system.

SnapClip is a revolutionary new ceiling system that provides the ease and cost efficiency of a dropped ceiling, but with a clean modern style that resembles a coffered ceiling. SnapClip System uses a unique “snap & slide” clip system that suspends the ceiling 2.86 cm (1-1/8 in.) from joists or your existing ceiling. Available in maple or flat white finish, SnapClip’s attractive reversible ceiling tiles are easy to install and remove when necessary, giving you easy access for repairs or renovations.

Paul used the SnapClip System in his own home and highly recommends their products. So, if you are thinking of starting from the top and giving your space a clean and stylish ceiling, head on over to the SnapClip’s website and check out their gallery for inspiration and information.

Our recommended page has lots of other products and companies that we love. Head on over if you want to see more, and follow our blog for news, promos, and introductions to products and companies that are blowing us away, and if you think you fit into that category, get in touch and tell us all about what you have to offer.

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Cabinet Effects (Friends)

Cabinet Effects

Built-in cabinetry is an essential element to every kitchen and bath renovation. It not only has to hold up to daily use over time but in most cases it’s the face of the design. That’s why Paul prefers to team up with experts like Cabinet Effects when building or renovating custom kitchens and bathrooms.

Cabinet Effects is a custom cabinetry and woodworking company based out of South Western Ontario. They utilize their small but diverse wood shop to build custom cabinets, using high-quality materials and manufacturing techniques that will stand up to everyday use. They are doing their part to protect the environment by using sustainably harvested lumber and only GREENGUARD Certified waterborne stains, undercoats, and lacquers that are a low VOC, HAPS-free formulation that contains no isocyanate or formaldehyde.

When creating a space that is unique to your home and your style, often the generic cabinetry of big box stores falls short and leaves you with the feeling of having settled. When working with Cabinet Effects, you get the personalized touch and expert craftsmanship that comes from a company that values quality and attention to detail. They work with you to create a unique piece/pieces that will suit your lifestyle and complement your design. They also offer a variety of other custom products including; wall units, bars, mantels, bookcases, home offices, and more.

Paul comes up with some outside-of-the-box ideas and the great team at Cabinet Effects is always able to bring them to life. Why settle for generic, when you could have the wow-effect of beautiful custom finishes that will impress for years? Check out the gallery over on the Cabinet Effects website and see all that they have to offer.

Looking for more inspiration for your next renovation? Check out our recommended page and follow our blog for news, promos, and introductions to products and companies that are blowing us away, and if you think you fit into that category, get in touch and tell us all about what you have to offer.

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Mono Serra (Friends)

Mono Serra

With so many flooring options out there, it can be overwhelming to narrow down which brand is the best for you. A company that Paul highly recommends is Mono Serra Group.

Mono Serra Group is a Montreal based flooring company that specializes in the manufacturing, distribution and wholesale of quality floor coverings, including ceramic and porcelain tiles, laminates and hardwood flooring. Far from being limited to only one type of flooring, Mono Serra Group started out specializing in ceramics, but they have spent the last 20 years building and growing, and today they offer top quality products in all flooring categories–including a collaboration with Ceramiche Serra S.p.A., which enables Mono Serra Group to provide North American customers and business partners with quality Italian tiles at highly affordable prices.

Mono Serra Group have set themselves apart with their elegant and stylish designs and affordable prices. With a wide variety of tile patterns, wood grains, finishes and colours, Mono Serra Group has the perfect product for every room in your house, as well as some terrific tiles for outdoors. On three of our recent jobs we have had the pleasure of installing their laminate and hardwood flooring, and both had exceptional quality and great value.

So, when building your next design from the ground up, make sure to check out the Mono Serra Group website for inspiration, and look for their logo when picking out flooring at your local big-box store or independent retailer.

Curious about what other brands and companies we use in our designs and projects? Check our recommended page! Next week for ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday we will be featuring another great company, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, if you have a product or service that you think we might like get in touch and tell us all about it.

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The Galley (Friends)

The Galley

The sink is the “hub” of the kitchen, but is it so often overlooked when renovating one of the most important rooms in the house. Why settle for a single-use sink when you could reinvent your kitchen with a Galley Workstation from The Galley. Paul chose one of the Galley Workstations for his own kitchen and would suggest them to anyone.

The Galley was created by a passionate kitchen designer and family cook who saw the potential in a workstation where all the prepping, serving, entertaining, and cleaning up could happen. Starting with a prototype in his own kitchen, Roger Shollmier (Inventor & Chief Designer) made that idea into a reality. The Galley Collection® is now available in 6 lengths to suit any size indoor or outdoor kitchen.

So much more than a sink, The Galley is a super-functional kitchen workstation. Every Galley Workstation® comes with a well-appointed culinary kit that is available in your choice of white or black restaurant-quality resin, or Natural Bamboo. Culinary kits are comprised of cutting boards, colanders, bowls, and drain racks that fit into The Galley’s dual-tier system. They also offer an impressive selection of additional accessories to suit your every need, like the Condiment Serving Board, the Bottom Sink Divider and the Upper-tier Garnish Board to name a few.

So, if you are looking for a super-functional, smart and stylish focal point to amp up your kitchen, or you want to streamline your prep and cook time, check out The Galley website and pick the Galley Workstation® that works best for you.

Be sure to come back next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday. We will have more exceptional products and services coming your way. For our past favs check our recommended page for the best in the business. As always, if you have a product or service that you think we might like get in touch and tell us all about it.

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CGC (Friends)

CGC Inc.

There are many elements that have to come together to create the perfect custom space, but for a quality finish you have to start with a quality foundation. Paul is a huge fan of using CGC Inc. Backerboard and Underlayment to set the stage for his designs to unfold.

CGC Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of gypsum wallboard products, interior finishing materials, as well as suspended acoustical ceilings in Canada. Their products are easy to use, versatile, and have superior tile-holding strength, enabling you to unleash your creative side and be confident that your space will continue to impress for years to come.

Paul has used CGC Inc.’s backerboard in bathroom and kitchen renovations and their self-leveling underlayment in basement renovations and has nothing but good things to say about them. The backerboard panels are strong and durable and deliver high-performance water- and mold-resistant protection, and the DUROCK™ self-leveling underlayments offer superior strength and durability when installing tile or when used as a finished flooring. With other great products, like the CGC DUROCK Shower System–a fully bonded waterproofing system for tiled showers installations, designed to control moisture independently of the tile covering, while creating a solid base for a long-lasting shower–CGC Inc. is a company that Paul Lafrance Design is happy to recommend and will continue to work with in the future.

It’s what’s underneath that helps ensure your renovation stands the test of time. You may have picked out the perfect tile for a shower, or flooring for your basement, but before you can install it, make sure that you check out all of the great products CGC Inc. has to get you started the right way.

Check in next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday for more exceptional products and services, or head on over to our recommended page for the best in the business. If you have a product that will blow us away, get in touch and give us the low-down on your company.

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Nortek Mechanical Services (Friends)

Nortek Mechanical Services

A beautiful Paul Lafrance Design interior remodeling will create the look and feel you’ve always wanted, but don’t forget the importance of your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Without well-maintained and high quality HVAC equipment, even the most stunning home is hard to enjoy. For Paul, that’s where Mississauga-based Nortek Mechanical Services comes in.

In operation since the year 2000, Nortek Mechanical Services has both the experience and the dedication to get the job done right on all building mechanical systems. From residential to commercial applications, they’ll take care of your chillers; pumps & fan coils; boilers; packaged rooftop units; makeup air units; automation systems; air compressors; even specialized equipment like refrigeration units and dietary equipment. And they’ll be with you from start to finish, scheduling consults to determine your requirements, and then building, installing & maintaining your system! Plus, they’ll help you with energy audits, and retrofitting older equipment to keep your HVAC systems running smoothly.

Besides their extensive skills, the thing that sets Nortek Mechanical Services apart for Paul & his team is their dedication to excellence. The Nortek team approaches every job with professionalism and outstanding service, ensuring that the project is done right every time. Your finished project will be reliable and environmentally friendly, ready to serve you for years to come. And that’s not to mention the honest passion that shines through in their work, something that Paul always values in a contractor. Someone who truly loves their craft will always go the extra mile to ensure the job exceeds customer expectations.

We here at Paul Lafrance Design are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Nortek Mechanical Services and look forward to many more years to come as we bring our design & build services back inside the home! See you next week for another spotlight on another great company!

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Stanley Tools

Stanley, Bostitch & DeWalt

Tough! That’s the word we’d use to describe the tools that the Paul Lafrance Design build crews need. When you’re on the go building big projects and making thousands of cuts, being let down by your tools can really ruin your day. Paul and his build teams need tools that work as hard as they do. So who do they go to? Easy: The best in the industry.

For hand tools, Stanley has everything a carpenter needs, from tape measures to chisels, and everything in between. Even rolling storage bins that make transporting our tools on and off the job site quick and easy. What a lifesaver! When we’re working outside, we need tools that we know we can trust not to fail us, even in the worst weather conditions. The durability of Stanley tools is our favourite thing about them.

BostitchBostitch nailers are some of the tools that we depend upon most. These tools aren’t just reliable, innovative, and time-saving. They can also take a beating and they just keep on going, through joist-hanging, finishing, and pranking Kate by nailing her belt to a post (we told you we like to have fun). Of course, we like to get down to business too, and Bostitch compressors & fasteners help us hit the ground running.

DeWalt - Guaranteed ToughRounding off the trifecta are DeWalt power tools. Precise, powerful, state-of-the-art, and of course, dependable. They are everything a carpenter needs to get the job done! Our favourites are the 1/4″ impact driver, and their groundbreaking battery-powered nailer that saves us a huge amount of time. Technology has come a long way in making these tools lightweight, versatile and easy to use.

When building projects for “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out“, these are the tools that Paul reaches for first. See you next week as we take a closer look at another of our favourites on “We Love It!” Wednesday!