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Paul Lafrance Design of Pickering, Ontario Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

[Pickering, Canada], February 2, 2017Paul Lafrance Design of Pickering, Ontario has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The whole-home design firm, founded in 1997 by television host Paul Lafrance, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Paul Lafrance Design was born from my dream of creating whole-home transformations that buck the trend. We don’t just think outside of the box, we dismantle it completely! The end result are designs that stand the test of time because each one is unique to the homeowners they were created for,” says founder Paul Lafrance. “We’re honoured that the Houzz community has once again voted us ‘Best of Houzz’!”

 “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Paul Lafrance Design,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

 

About Paul Lafrance Design
Paul Lafrance Design, founded as Cutting Edge Construction & Design in 1997, is a home improvement design firm operating in the Greater Toronto Area. To date, they have had a hand in over a thousand projects and show no signs of slowing down. From outdoor living-space design to interior design and custom furniture, they design for homeowners all over the world. For more information, visit www.PaulLafranceDesign.com.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Public Speaking [Featured]

Paul Lafrance, Public Speaker

Paul Lafrance, host of hit shows on HGTV Canada, loves letting his unusual perspectives on the world loose on stage!  When you’re planning an important event, choosing the right public speaker is vitally important to connect and inspire your guests.  Whether it’s a corporate retreat, home and garden show, fundraiser, or school event, your speaker has the role of engaging their audience and bringing them together.

https://vimeo.com/186442234

For many years, Paul has become known internationally as “The Deck Guy”, guided by his powerful design philosophy that allows him to connect deeply with his clients on a meaningful level.  “Most people in the world believe that not only do others not know them or their personal story, but they don’t care to,” he says.  As a result, his whole-home cutting edge designs not only reflect the unique interests and family life of the homeowners in truly remarkable ways, but by incorporating peoples’ personal stories into his designs, they become timeless!

As a public speaker, Paul’s passionate belief that everyone has a story leads him to forge a connection with his audience in pursuit of that story.  Helping others to discover what truly makes them come alive and to find their own unique abilities to impact the world around them is a constant theme when he speaks.  He has built a reputation for speaking with an undeniable mix of the deep and ridiculous, and he has proven to be both a dynamic and motivating force on stage and off.

Some of Paul’s most powerful topics include:

  • How to succeed when you don’t fit the mould
  • The importance of women in the trades
  • Why investing money and time to create places of rest at home is crucial
  • Discovering your keys for living a life without fear

Get in touch with us today to discuss booking Paul Lafrance to speak at your event.  We can’t wait to see what we can build together as we continue on an unforgettable journey!

Book Paul to Speak at Your Corporate Event, School or Convention

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2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show

Join Paul Lafrance and Regal Ideas Inc at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show!  The show takes place in Orlando Florida from January 10 – 12th.  Paul will be there as Regal Ideas Ambassador on Tuesday January 10th and Wednesday January 11th.  Register as an attendee today!

Our partner Regal Ideas Inc is a finalist in two award categories: BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCT and MOST INNOVATIVE BUILDING PRODUCT! We’re proud to be working with such an amazing company and can’t wait to see the results.

Meet Paul and Regal Ideas Inc at booth #S2836, in the South Hall. This is going to be an AMAZING show!

Paul Lafrance and Regal Ideas at 2017 International Builders' Show

Spring Newsletter 2016 (blog)

A Message from Paul Lafrance

Dear ‘fan’mily!

I’m so relieved Spring is finally HERE! As much as I love Christmas time, fireplaces, and the look of the winter sun shining off of trees and fields covered in ice, I’m happy to let it go in favour of warmer weather and being able to run outside without first donning my parka. I wear flip flops in the winter out of sheer rebellion!

At Paul Lafrance Design, we’ve been busily expanding, forging new relationships, and creating crazy projects that I can’t wait for you all to see! We’ve partnered with some truly remarkable companies that are on the cutting edge of the design industry, creating everything from state of the art glass railings, to corkscrew metal footings that replace traditional concrete ones, to incredible wall and ceiling treatments that make my job all that much more fun!

We’ve also formed an alliance with an amazing deck company called, fittingly, The Deck Store. The Deck Store, owned by Terry Fangrad, has got six design centres in Ontario (so far), and offers both stellar workmanship and customer service. We are now working with them, hand-in-hand, to install Paul Lafrance Designs all across the province.

With warm weather upon us (did I mention how happy that makes me?) we are getting booked up quickly with new designs for folks all across the country and in the United States. If you’ve ever watched any of my shows (Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, etc.) you’ll know that we come up with some pretty spectacular stuff (if I do say so myself!) What you might not have known is that we design custom outdoor living spaces and interior renovations for people internationally. If you’ve ever wondered what we could come up with for your backyard or any room in your house, give us a shout. We’d love to dream up something extraordinary with you.

Paul Lafrance
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Best of Houzz 2016

Best of Houzz 2016

Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto Awarded Best Of Houzz 2016

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World

 Toronto, Canada January 22, 2016Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto, Ontario has won “Best Of Design” & “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The unique and cutting-edge design & build firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“At my company, we are always pushing for excellence in bringing an amazing experience to our clients,” says founder & HGTV Canada host Paul Lafrance. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve taken home “Best of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” and I could not be more proud of my team.”

Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Paul Lafrance Design, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Paul Lafrance Design on Houzz!

About Paul Lafrance Design
Formerly Cutting Edge Construction and Design, Paul Lafrance Design was founded in 1997 by Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV Canada’s hit shows “Decked Out”, “Disaster Decks”, “Deck Wars” and “Custom Built”. In that time, the company has expanded from designing and installing backyard decks to creating unique whole-home transformations, one-of-a-kind furniture, and commercial outdoor spaces, both on camera and off. Paul’s creative ideas and internationally recognized designs are unique and unmatched in an industry that often produces cookie cutter decks and boring outdoor spaces.

About Houzz
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Deck Store Inc Alliance with Paul Lafrance Design

The Deck Store Inc. and Paul Lafrance Design join forces to create the Ultimate decking experience

The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance Design are proud to announce an alliance commencing immediately.

Download the official press release

The partnership will combine their respective design teams with The Deck Store being the exclusive supplier and installer for all outdoor living space projects. Paul Lafrance will continue to operate independently on private interior, commercial and celebrity projects. Terry Fangrad, CEO of The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance are two of a kind – brilliant designers who are fun loving, high energy, young minded, and eclectic with a vast knowledge of the industry. They are excited about this new venture as combined, they will be the premier deck design, supply and build company in Canada.

About The Deck Store

The Deck Store Inc is Canada’s Largest Decking Design, Build and Supply company with 6 locations in Ontario, Canada. They have over 30 years experience building custom, one-of-a-kind decks and the only company to offer up to a 25 year workmanship warranty. The Deck Store has designed and built over 10,000 decks and installed the very first composite deck in Canada. The owner, Terry, has been designing and building unique deck projects for over 25 years. His designs are known for their modern look, complete functionality, and space utilization. His homegrown company installers have been groomed to pay attention to the smallest of details. A Deck Store built deck is the pride of any customer choosing this elite company.

About Paul Lafrance Design

Paul Lafrance is the star host of HGTV’s hit shows “Decked Out”, Disaster Decks”, “Deck Wars”, and “Custom Built”. He is internationally known for his out of the box and one-of-a-kind designs. Since 1997, he has been designing and installing everything from groundbreaking backyard retreats, unique interior transformations, and commercial outdoor spaces, to furniture and custom built homes. He is known for his infectious energy, quick wit, and unapologetic rock star style. Paul’s ideas and designs are creative, unique, and unmatched in an industry that typically produces cookie cutter decks and boring outdoor spaces.

The Deck Store Inc.
454 South Service rd. W.
Oakville, ON
L6K 2H4
905-337-7707
sales@deckstore.ca
deckstore.ca

Paul Lafrance Design
1295 Wharf St. Unit #19
Pickering Ontario
L1W 1A2
416-971-3343
info@paullafrancedesign.com
paullafrancedesign.com

Gallery Update – Custom Built Season 2!

Want to take a closer look at the cool projects that Paul and the crew created during this season of HGTV Canada’s Custom Built?  Look no further!  We’ve got a bumper crop of all-new gallery photos for you to enjoy!

Check out the spectacular room renovations, from bathrooms to bedrooms to kitchens!

Plus, take a gander at the custom furniture that we created for our lucky clients.

Live Edge Bar

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(12 photos)

Spaceship Loft Bed

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(21 photos)

Hideaway Change Table

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(15 photos)

British Pub Bar

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(9 photos)

Doggie Villa

Doggie Villa
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(8 photos)

Hideaway Play Room

Hideaway Play Room
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(21 photos)

Curio Table

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(10 photos)

Want a truly epic design or one-of-a-kind piece of furniture for your home?  Come on over to our contact page, and send us an email!  We’d love to hear from you.

CTV News – Talisman Mountain Inn

Have you heard the news? Paul Lafrance Design is very excited to be part of a spectacular rejuvenation project which will breathe new life into an old favourite Ontario getaway destination.

Talisman Resort — now Talisman Mountain Inn — was once a beloved ski resort that closed its doors in 2011. Now under new ownership, the resort is getting a top-to-bottom makeover, with design work by our very own Paul!

CTV News – Work underway to restore the Talisman Resort – September 17th 2015

Custom Built Media Day!

Happy Friday!! We’re counting down the minutes until Custom Built airs on HGTV Canada this coming Tuesday February 17th at 10pm ET.

Yesterday, Paul Lafrance talked about the premiere, offered a sneak peak of the first episode & described some of his favourite projects. Miss the airing times? We’ve got you covered!

First off, Paul appeared on the Humble & Fred Radio show! Skip ahead to 26:00 to catch his segment:
http://www.humbleandfredradio.com/listen-to-humble-and-fred/2015/02/-download-mp3-of-this-53.html

Then, he appeared on Moore in the Morning:
https://soundcloud.com/johnmoore-in-the-morning/february-12-2015

Next Paul stopped in at The Morning Show to share a sneak peek of the first episode of Custom Built!
http://globalnews.ca/video/1826764/hgtvs-lafrance-heads-indoors-for-unique-custom-designs/

Finally he appeared on News at Noon with Rosey Edeh:
http://globalnews.ca/video/1827454/paul-lafrance-is-personalizing-his-latest-renos

Phew – what a busy day!!