Tiki Escapes Tropical Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Tiki Escapes Tropical – Brands We Trust

Lazy vacation days, sweet summer sunlight, cool drinks, and a tropical breeze rustling through thatch roofing overhead. To get there, usually you need to deal with frenetic airports, crowded flights and last-minute vacation complications! Wouldn’t it be great to leave the stress out of the equation, and take that tropical destination paradise home with you? Paul thinks so, and that’s why he loves working with Tiki Escapes Tropical!

Founded and operated locally in Ontario by talented and passionate craftspeople, Tiki Escapes Tropical works with a fine eye for design and sturdy materials. Every detail is covered, from thatch tiki huts, tropical palapa umbrella kits, and even a variety of faux palm trees with hidden features! With a variety of customization options, they’ll help you achieve your dreams of a unique at-home vacation right in your own yard (or even home!). When the weekend begins, just step into your personal tropical paradise and let it all go. Who needs a long, stressful trip?

Your new at-home tropical vacation won’t fall apart on you, either. Tiki Escapes Tropical is very familiar with the rigors of Canadian weather, and create their products with pride to endure the craziest wind and rain! Each product is crafted with dedication and love, from the sturdy solid cedar support poles to the hand-woven palm fronds that create cooling shelter overhead. Rain or shine, your investment will be built to last for years to come.

For your next tropical-themed expansion, be sure to check out Tiki Escapes Tropical for the perfect accent features and customized structures. And don’t forget that we’re always looking for cool new products to try, so get in touch and give us the scoop on your company. Between his shows “Custom Built” and “Disaster Decks”, Paul is on the lookout for materials for every type of project!

We can’t wait to hear from you.

Custom Built The Blingy Bathroom Season 1 Episode 13

The Blingy Bathroom on Custom Built – Season 1 Episode 13

Chris and Irma have a dated and poorly functioning bathroom that they want to enlarge and re-style in a Parisian flair. Paul blings out their bathroom with Roman-style columns, a chandelier and heated floors, while giving Chris the massive shower he has always wanted and Irma a corner soaker tub. There is even a vintage style phone for Irma so she can talk to her friends while having a bath.

Brand New Project Photos – Last night’s new episodes of “Custom Built”, airing at 10pm ET on HGTV Canada, featured some of our coolest interior projects & custom furniture to date!

Up first, Paul and the crew took a tired and cramped old bathroom, and turned it into a luxurious and roomy Parisian retreat in “The Blingy Bathroom”, featuring Roman columns surrounding a roomy soaker tub and a jumbo separate shower. And in other projects, the team got back in touch with their tropical side to create an outdoor tiki bar!

Next up, you’ve heard of the man cave, but how about “The Lady Cove”? Paul & the crew created a peaceful haven for this homeowner to dance, read, and relax in a space all her own! Meanwhile, a music-lover with a fondness for classic flair tasked the crew with creating a colourful retro 50s diner with personalized style.

Watch out for hashtag #CustomBuilt next Tuesday at 10pm ET, when we’ll be tweeting live from @PaulLafranceDES!

Fisher Paykel Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Fisher Paykel – Brands We Trust

Top quality appliances are vital assets that can improve every aspect of your life in the home, saving you vital time and energy, leaving you to relax and enjoy! When it comes to investing in your home with beautifying & modernizing renovations, you’ll also want to choose an appliance that complements and enhances your haven — not something you might want to hide away. For Paul Lafrance Design, that’s where Fisher Paykel comes in, with a huge variety of kitchen appliances to suit any wild & crazy design that Paul comes up with.

When it comes to cooking, every chef has their style and their favourite tools of the trade. Ultra-precise gas-burning cooktops? All set. Prefer versatile radiant heat? No problem! Stylish & speedy induction cooking? Fisher & Paykel has it all covered, with a variety of combinations in ranges, built-in ovens, cooking surfaces, and even microwave ovens! Plus, their high-tech cooling units — from full size stand-up refrigerators to compact drawer units — will keep your food (and favourite wines!) perfectly chilled and ready to go. Each unit comes equipped with highly sophisticated sensors which constantly track usage and temperature, and dynamically adjust fans & cooling to compensate, so their contents remain fresh & tasty. When you’re all done cooking, dining, entertaining, and showing off your awesomely appointed kitchen, the hidden dishwasher that’s concealed inside a drawer will take care of the mess. What a cool innovation! Paul can’t wait to see what Fisher & Paykel comes up with next so he can incorporate it into his latest reno.

Check out some of the slick applications where Paul Lafrance Design has installed top-of-the-line Fisher & Paykel appliances, including the ultra-slick pop-up gas cook surface & a gorgeous gas-powered stainless steel cook top! Want to find some other cool products or services used on the shows? Come on by our Friends page to check out some of the best in the business.

Custom Built The Onyx Backsplash Kitchen Season 1 Episode 2

The Onyx Backsplash Kitchen on Custom Built – Season 1 Episode 2

David and Laura’s home life revolves around cooking and entertaining in their kitchen. But with no counter space or room for their worldly wine collection, they must renovate their kitchen so they can host dinner parties in style. Paul completely guts the kitchen and changes the layout, giving them a central stove and a backlight stone onyx backsplash.

Been itching to get a closer look at the four projects revealed on HGTV Canada during last night’s episodes of “Custom Built”? Look no further!

Starting at 10pm ET, Paul & the crew renovated a tired old (and cold!) kitchen into a regal new space with plenty of cabinet space, state-of-the-art appliances, a stunning glass range hood, lots of spaces to store wine… and did we mention the glowing onyx backsplash? Oh yeah, there’s that too! Capping off “The Onyx Backsplash Kitchen” is a spooky zombie-themed vanity for a horror enthusiast couple!

Next is one of Paul’s favourite projects, a safe haven for a family who opens their home to foster kids in need. “The Movie Theatre Room” is a fun-for-all-ages, glitzy space for kids to call their own, creating a room for hanging out, watching movies, and sleeping comfortably at the end of a long day. Plus, the crew created a quirky bench for a couple of musicians in need of a place to store their many guitars!

Join us next week on Twitter to get in on the air time fun! Find us at PaulLafranceDES & watch out for hashtag #CustomBuilt.

Venture Games Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Venture Games – Brands We Trust

Known for being one of the very best in the business, Venture Games creates traditional, pro level gaming tables that are as elegant as they are functional. Each table is created domestically — no outsourcing overseas labour — by master crafters armed with passionate dedication & years of experience, using top quality materials. A little bit like us! Clearly, Paul working with Venture was a match made in Heaven.

Every single Venture Games gaming table is a work of art, made to order according to the client’s choice of customizations, which can include finishes, leathers, details and hardwoods. They carry a full complement of accessories, too, including leather dust covers made to fit your table, brushes, lighting, score boards & more! Your brand new table will also come with your own table care kit, including all the liquid wax, silicone spray, and other products that’ll keep your table perfect for years to come. You can check out their website here!

Plus, Venture Games tables come in a variety of shapes, sizes and uses, from competition-sized shuffleboard tables to smaller versions that fit well in a compact family home. And not just shuffleboard! When we chose the Winston ping pong table for our project, we knew that not only would the homeowners receive an excellently crafted & attractive play surface, they’d also have a beautiful and functional table that looks perfectly at home regardless of its dual nature! Constructed of solid 1-3/4″ thick rock hard maple, this is one that they’ll be passing down to the kids (and their kids’ kids!). With gaming tables like these, you’ll be moving your gaming room out of your basement and making it part of your daily living.

Friendly, enthusiastic and with fantastic customer service, Venture Games is a company that Paul Lafrance Design is proud to count among our suppliers. See you next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday feature!

Custom Built New Project Photos

Custom Built New Project Photos!

Good morning everyone! Feast your eyes upon brand new gallery images showcasing the projects unveiled in last night’s “Custom Built” episodes on HGTV Canada.

First off, a single mother of three had her dream come true when Paul and the crew created the kitchen that she’d saved up for 20 years. “The Breakfast Bar Kitchen” of course includes a full-service breakfast station to help this busy family start their day off right, a peninsula table, wide-open galley kitchen, and a solid hardwood dining table that doubles as a beautiful ping-pong table! For another client, they created a retro media center, with classic stylings and modern luxury.

Then, a couple undergoing a whole-whole renovation ran out of design steam when they reached their master bedroom. Paul & the crew came to the rescue with a cozy and luxurious at-home getaway that maximizes their space. Plus, “The Rain Shower Master Bedroom” adds a stunning private bathroom which will be a relaxing haven for years to come. With space-saving the name of the game, the crew also creates a convertible coffee / four person dining table with elegant flair.

Join us next week on Twitter to get in on the air time fun! Find us at PaulLafranceDES & watch out for hashtag #CustomBuilt.

  • The Breakfast Bar Kitchen
  • The Rain Shower Master Bedroom
  • Retro Media Center
  • Transforming Table
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