The Houzz Awards 2016 “Best of Design” & "Best of Houzz"

Houzz Awards 2016 –  Awarded to Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto

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, 2016 – Paul 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.”

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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. For more information, contact Paul today!

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.

Hey You, Design Professional Would You Like to Learn More About Outdoor Living?

Hey there Design Professional! The Outdoor Living Conference invites you to 2 days of everything outdoors including furniture, fabrics, rugs and accessories, kitchens, appliances, and lighting. Engage in various seminars that will inspire and educate. Learn from industry professionals and increase your bottom line.

Reserve your spot at the Outdoor Living Conference today, and come out to see our very own Paul Lafrance as a speaker and celebrity guest! Click here for more information!

Happening on February 3rd and 4th 2016, this is going to be a fantastic two days jam-packed with learning and networking opportunities to advance your business. Taking place in association with SOFA (Source of Furniture + Accessories!) at the International Center in Mississauga, your tickets will include coffee, tea and lunch on both days.

Plus, there is a special deal for followers of the Outdoor Living Conference on Facebook and Twitter to save $30 on their tickets. See you there!

Mono Serra Group Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Mono Serra Group – Brands We Trust

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.

Official Press Release 2016 The Deck Store & Paul Lafrance Design Join Forces

The Deck Store and Paul Lafrance Design join forces and are proud to announce an alliance commencing immediately.
Download the official press release, here.

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

Owning an Indoor Gas Fireplace 10 Things You Need to Know Before You Buy

Are you on the market to buy an indoor gas fireplace?

You are not alone. Indoor gas fireplaces are now listed as one of the top amenities for homeowners who want to give their safe havens that extra special touch – a nice blend of coziness and warmth. In fact, according to the National Association of Home Builders, indoor gas fireplaces come in second behind decks, outdoor patios and porches. They look nice, are great on the energy-efficiency front and homeowners enjoy them since they are less messy than wood fireplaces.

Sure, there was once a time when indoor gas fireplaces were expensive and a luxury only richer folks could enjoy. However, times have changed – you can now get one without breaking the bank. In fact, indoor gas fireplaces retail for as little as $400.

Paul Lafrance, CEO of Cutting Edge Construction and Design and HGTV star of Disaster Decks, Decked Out and Custom Built, gave HOSS 10 factors homeowners need to consider before purchasing an indoor gas fireplace.

Decide why you want one. “This is a very important question every homeowner needs to ask before making their purchase,” explains Lafrance. “Do you want to buy one for heating purposes? Or do you want one to enhance the look and feel of a room? Or perhaps it’s a combination of both? Once you know exactly what you want your fireplace for, then this will quickly narrow your search.”

Know it should only heat one room. “Some people who are on the hunt for a gas fireplace want one to heat more than one room in order to save on heating costs, but this is a real no-no,” says Lafrance. “When you try and save on heating costs this way, it means that the room your fireplace is in will be overheated and you will instead end up keeping it off most of the time.”

Utilize new technology. When it comes to heating efficiency, Lafrance suggests homeowners use a thermostat-controlled, self-modulated fireplace. “This technology allows your fireplace to go up and down while maintaining the right room temperature you want,” he says.

Take your time. Lafrance indicates that there are many styles of indoor gas fireplaces: standard, island, peninsula, island, see-thru, open-end/corner and contemporary. “Pick a style that suits the room you are working with,” he says. “Shop around and see what’s out there, and once you discover that perfect fireplace, then you will know that it’s just right for your space.”

Match the trim with your home decor. Once you know what kind of indoor gas fireplace you want, the next step is to select the styles of trim available. “Trim is important as it accents both your fireplace and the theme of your room,” says Lafrance.

Turn it off. It is one thing to see your fireplace turned on, and it’s another to see it when it’s off, says Lafrance. “When it’s turned off, does it still look like it brings life to your room? This is a question you need to ask yourself before selecting your indoor fireplace.”

Decide on the fan. Lafrance says that the most efficient fireplaces do not have a fan to move hot air around a room. “Fans do not really improve heating up a room, and they tend to be noisy, so keep this in mind,” he says. “If you do have a fan included with your fireplace, then make sure it has its own control (up, down and off) and use when needed.”

Give your logs room to breathe. “When picking a log set, make sure it looks right for your room, and more importantly ensure there is good enough space around the log set so that the unit’s valve won’t overheat,” says Lafrance, adding, “Log sets are not the only option for gas fireplaces anymore and there are many other different options that will also give you that contemporary look.”

Decide on switch, remote or thermostat. Knowing how you will operate your fireplace is also an important question you need to ask yourself, according to Lafrance. “Will you control it through a wall switch, a thermostat or through a remote control?” There are many options, but knowing which one to go with first will also help you in selecting the right fireplace,” he says.

Know the BTU (British Thermal Units) calculation. Lafrance indicates that anyone who wants to purchase an indoor gas fireplace needs to know how much heat it will let off. “You need to know the right BTU calculation that suits your room,” he says. “You don’t want a small room to have too much heat, and you don’t want a big room to not have enough heat. In order to know the BTU calculation for your fireplace and how energy-efficient it will be for your space, consult with a professional,” says Lafrance. “A classic mistake homeowners make is buying based on flame height impressiveness, and this is what will leave you stripped down in your ‘Underoos’ within 10 minutes of turning your fireplace on if you don’t understand BTUs.”

Want to ask the Paul Lafrance Team a burning question? Contact us today!

Western Retail Lumber Association Buying Show 2016 Western Retail Lumber Association in Calgary

Western Retail Lumber Association Buying Show 2016

Hey Alberta ‘fan’mily,

Paul is coming to Calgary later this month for the Western Retail Lumber Association 2016 Buying Show!

He’ll be appearing at the Regal Ideas booth (#205) on Friday January 22nd.

Come on out to the show and say hi or contact us today!

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2016 Buying Show. We look forward to seeing you next year.

Contact Liz Kovach to book or for more 2019 Buying Show information at 1-800-661-0253 or LKovach@wrla.org.

Show and registration information will be updated to the website as details are confirmed.

Please keep checking the Yardstick, the Toolbox, and the WRLA website for more information.

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WRLA Member information is not distributed or sold to non-WRLA Members.

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