Decked Out

Paul Lafrance takes his deck building to a whole new “level” in his “ground-breaking” series Decked Out

Airing on HGTV since 2012, Decked Out is an outdoor construction reality TV show that follows the journey of Paul Lafrance and his crew as they take on innovative deck and backyard makeover projects. 

Owing to Paul’s exceptional creativity, the complex nature of the projects are often quite challenging. One can assume this potentially leading to tense and stressful situations. However, Paul insists that no one takes themselves too seriously and that everyone has fun (as a bunch of “goofballs!”).

Paul’s energy, edginess, humour and charisma are on full display, making Decked Out a must-watch for any backyard and deck design lover. 

Check out Paul and his crew on location in action! 

Did you know that Paul has recently launched a new TV series called Backyard Revolution? You can check it out here.

Paul Lafrance is an expert custom designer and builder of decks, patios, pergolas, custom furniture and interior spaces in Toronto and surrounding area. There’s a handy form on the website to help you easily submit your photos. Tell us your backyard story or request a quote today!

Top Deck Trends

Yes, we’re still in 2020. It’s been a bit of a rough year to say the least. Did you know you are still allowed to be trendy? It’s tough to go places these days so why not revolutionize your backyard experience and make it THE place to go? 

We’re going to give you the inside scoop on 2020’s top deck trends which will transform your backyard into your very own dream vacation.  

Want something to last a lifetime? Try stone. It’s classic, permanent, and it’s timeless. Pairs perfectly with a hot tub and a BBQ. 

In order to have the dream vacation experience, we’ll all need some time to chill, right? That means we’ll be spending those relaxing evening hours under the lights. Having a unique lighting fixture is the secret ingredient to getting the most out of your premium deck. 

Nothing beats a view! Multi-level decks are all the rage these days. Put that extra space to good use! Besides, we think a spiral staircase adds a nice finishing touch! 

Catching the big game? Take things outside and transform your viewing experience with a TV deck. And you’re still getting some fresh air.

The whole point of a backyard vacation is to just relax and take yourself out of this world, if only for a moment. With decks like these, you can find your Zen fairly quickly. The way we see it, the more modern your deck looks, the trendier it will be. 

Check out Paul’s dream backyard decks here

Paul Lafrance is an expert custom designer and builder of decks, patios, pergolas, custom furniture and interior spaces in Toronto and surrounding area. There’s a handy form on the website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your outdoor dining project. Tell us your backyard story or request a quote today! 

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The Pergola: Enhance the Quality of Your Outdoor Living Space

During these unprecedented times of Covid-19, staying home more often than not and “cohorting”… some of you may be thinking that it is time to freshen up that outdoor space of yours.

Previously we’ve discussed how an outdoor dining area is a great way to maximize the amount of socializing space in your home. If you’re finding your outdoor experience to be a bit lack lustre, either because it is in need of repairs or it is outdated, it may be time to transform your backyard retreat into a comfortable oasis that will keep your guests physically distanced outdoors in-style.

One of the easiest ways to enhance the quality of your outdoor living experience is to build a pergola.

Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

According to the Landscaping Network, “a pergola is a freestanding structure with an open roof that is supported by columns or posts. A pergola may also be used to cover a walkway or to provide filtered shade for an outdoor living space.”

The nice thing about a pergola is that it adds definition to your backyard and an inviting entertaining or dining space, which can be especially important if your backyard does not / will not include a deck platform.

A pergola can also add privacy through the use of canopies or curtains, create additional space for plants to hang or climb, provide sun and shade protection from the elements and be made in a variety of materials, such as cedar or metal. It is also an affordable structure that can often be purchased as a kit, for those do-it-yourself types.

Are you ready to transform your backyard or patio into a stylish outdoor dining space?

Paul Lafrance is an expert custom designer and builder of decks, patios, pergolas, custom furniture and interior spaces in Toronto and surrounding area. There’s a handy form on the website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your outdoor dining project. Go to backyards page to learn more!

A revolution in reality TV: Backyard Revolution

Best known for his hit HGTV Canada shows like Decked Out and Disaster Decks, Paul Lafrance has now embarked on a new adventure! This time, you will see what really goes on behind the scenes on one of his most challenging projects yet! Paul invites you to follow his new series called Backyard Revolution.

The first season of Backyard Revolution follows Paul Lafrance through the process of an iconic build for his clients, Sunjay Gandhi and Reshma Bhargava, in a way never before seen in lifestyle television. According to Lafrance, it is the most ambitious project he has taken on. In his words, “it is authentic, it breaks the fourth wall and it’s funny as hell.”

A Revolution in Reality TV: Backyard Revolution - Paul Lafrance Blog

This epic project includes a multi-level, curved composite deck, a curved outdoor kitchen, a putting green, a pond with waterfalls, and a revolutionary four-season room that boasts a state-of-the-art golf simulator. During this season, people will see the ups and downs of the job, as well as struggles on and off camera for Paul, the crew, and even the homeowners. “Designers and builders don’t normally like to broadcast their mistakes”, says Lafrance. “For me, that’s what people want to see: The nitty-gritty stuff that contractors, professionals, and homeowners go through; the arguments, miscalculations, and delays that often get glossed over in the reality tv world”, he says.

Watch the trailer:

Watch the first episode “All the world’s a stage” from Backyard Revolution online now!

Backyard Transformation: Stylish Outdoor Dining

Time and time again, we hear from our clients that the #1 attraction to their back yard is for barbequing and enjoying their meals. An outdoor dining area is a great way to maximize the amount of socializing space in their homes. As an extension of the house, it’s perfect for entertaining and relaxing with friends and family during the warmer months of the year. Thus, we pay special attention to transform backyards or patios into a welcoming food preparation and dining spaces that are as beautiful as they are functional. Below you will find some amazing outdoor dining spaces made by Paul Lafrance and his team:

Outdoor Dining Project #1

Thirty years ago, the homeowners’ previous deck was strong and well-built, but time takes its toll and it needed to be replaced. We replaced it with a brand spanking new composite and cedar haven, perfect for a peaceful retirement.

Outdoor Dining Project #2

Starting from a damaged yard with the removal of an old deck and above ground pool half finished, we created a very special deck, used for the homeowners’ marriage celebration!

Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design

Outdoor Dining Project #3

We replaced this aging, unsafe deck with a sturdy poolside paradise with plenty of space for dining and relaxing.

Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design

Outdoor Dining Project #4

This dining area creates an open and breezy feel, perfect for meals in the summer evening.

Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design

Outdoor Dining Project #5

This outdoor dining area is sheltered by a bamboo pergola, matching the project’s bamboo privacy screens.

Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design

Outdoor Dining Project #6

A built-in dry bar for serving food separates the outdoor kitchen from the lounge area. To the right, a cozy screened-in gazebo for dining.

Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design
Backyard Transformation Stylish Outdoor Dining - Paul Lafrance Design

Are you ready to transform your backyard or patio into a stylish outdoor dining space?

Paul Lafrance is an expert custom designer and builder of decks, patios, pergolas, custom furniture and interior spaces in Toronto and surrounding area. There’s a handy form on the website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your outdoor dining project. Go to backyards page to learn more!

Fabulous Pool Deck ideas

With the warm days approaching, it is natural for you to wonder about ways to refresh. When it comes to refreshing summer fun, there is something that is an ultimate entertainment option and never gets old: a swimming pool. It gives you and your family something to do on those hot summer days, and it even adds value to your home. However, no swimming pool is complete without a deck.

While the water is the main focus, it’s the deck around it that rules how well the pool fits into the landscape, and how safe it is for swimmers. Installing a pool deck is a smart way to utilize the backyard space of your home and enhance your outdoor experience along with the pool time!

A fabulous pool deck should provide a secure walking area between pool ladders, water slides, as well as a place for lounging. If you are considering taking your backyard to the next level, below you will find some pool decks made by Paul Lafrance and his amazing team to get you inspired.

Outdoor spa

You can opt for a backyard that harnesses the nature. This deck with hot tub and pool has a natural appeal that transports you to a calming getaway every time you step outside.

Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design
Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design
Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design

An extension of the house

Who says that inside and outside spaces have to be kept separate? This pool deck serves as an extension of the house itself. Here’s the key: you can use the same material for both the cladding and decking so that the design harmoniously flows from one area to the next.

Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design
Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design
Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design

Elegant Simplicity

A linear pool is classic, elegant and timeless. The simplicity of the rectangle shape doesn’t limit your ability to customize and make it an incredible deck pool in your home to enjoy with your family.

Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design
Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design
Fabulous Pool Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance Design

Are you ready to start your Fabulous Pool Deck? So we are! We’ve got a handy form on our website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your project for next summer. Visit our backyards page and submit the info.

Stunning Hot Tub Deck Ideas

The backyard can be a perfect place to escape and relax during the summer. It can be an oasis to enjoy in the mornings or evenings after a long day of work. In order to achieve this at-home retreat, you can incorporate relaxing hot tubs into your backyard.

Hot tubs can be fabulous additions to your home, but it’s worth mentioning that optimizing your space is the key for maximum accessibility, usability and the best views. Depending on its size and capacity, some amazing deck designs can be built around a hot tub. When planning to incorporate it, consider how the structure, design, and accessibility will enhance the aesthetics and utility of your hot tub and deck. Besides that, hot tub deck integrations require knowledge about load weight, deck construction, landscaping, among others.

Fortunately, you can have the perfect spa in your home with the help of Paul Lafrance and his team. They can create an oasis that meets your dreams and needs! Check out some stunning hot tub deck projects made by Paul Lafrance Design & The Deck Store Team below:

The Heavy Metal Deck from “Decked Out”:

Heavy Metal Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance
Heavy Metal Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance

The Hot Tub Deck from “Decked Out”:

Hot Tub Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance
Hot Tub Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance

Roundabout Deck from “Decked Out”:

Roudabout Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance
Roudabout Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance

Round Square Deck from “Decked Out”:

Round Square Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance
Round Square Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance

Stone Deck from “Decked Out”:

Stone Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance
Stone Deck - Hot Tub Deck Ideas - Paul Lafrance

Are you ready to start your backyard oasis? So we are! We’ve got a handy form on our website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your fabulous backyard project.

Get your Hot Tub Deck ready for the Summer 2020 with Paul Lafrance and his team! Tell us about your project by visiting our backyards page and submitting the info.

Outdoor Living Space Ideas for the Summer 2020

We know that outdoor living and entertaining are important in modern life. A lot of people enjoy wildlife and to be surrounded by fresh air. For this reason, it’s a great idea to transform a bare backyard or sun-baked rooftop into a retreat where you and your guests will feel comfortable spending time and enjoying the nature. Transforming any space into a backyard oasis requires you to start designing it now, before the summer hits for you to enjoy!

If you are looking for outdoor living space ideas for the Summer 2020, here are some awesome design inspirations from works made by Paul Lafrance and his team that will spark your interest:

Outdoor televisions

How about sitting outside on a summer evening and feeling the breeze while you enjoy something on television? The Outdoor televisions provide a great way to relax while watching your favorite TV shows, movies or games. Adding a weather-proof outdoor TV lets you bring the feel of your indoor living room to your outdoor space! Check out the TV Deck from the “Decked Out”:

TV Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
TV Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
TV Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Outdoor fireplaces

The fireplace adds even more beauty and emotion to the space, and it is perfect for those summer nights outdoors. Check out the Fire Table Deck from “Decked out”:

Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Stones

It’s possible to incorporate stone into a modern outdoor living space! Let’s be honest: everyone likes the permanence of stone. Besides, it has an appeal which makes anything feel like it’s going to last for decades. It adds a good contrast to the composite which comprises most of the deck area. Check out the Stone Deck from “Decked Out”:

Stone Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Stone Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Stone Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Hot tub

The outdoor hot tub can be used by family and friends all year, which provides incredible utility for your investment. Check out the Hot Tub Deck from “Decked Out”:

Hot Tub Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Hot Tub Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Hot Tub Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Are you ready to start your outdoor living space? So we are! We’ve got a handy form on our website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your backyard project.

Get your Outdoor Living Space ready for the Summer 2020 with Paul Lafrance and his team! Tell us about your project by visiting our backyards page.

Redding Designs

Paul Lafrance is proud to have a partnership with Redding Designs, a creative bunch of guys that are passionate about design and functionality for websites since 2001. They believe that a great website is the heart of any company and that’s where they come in!

From start to finish your website will be developed by amazing graphic designers and programmers, ensuring that it will be awesome. It doesn’t matter what kind of business you have… Everything is possible with the expertise from these guys!

Redding Designs does not just create awesome websites, it creates beard approved websites. What does that mean you ask? It is an elite group of businesses who can count themselves lucky enough to have the beard seal of approval on their website – and Paul Lafrance is one of the lucky ones.

It means having a modern design, being mobile friendly, easy to navigate, and it must have cool, in your face, pictures and graphics. If you are not in possession of a website with the beard seal of approval give them a shout and together, using their formidable powers of design, they will correct this problem for you!

And Redding Designs is more than just a web development company, it’s a multi-media company! Check out the complete list of services that will help your business to stand out online:

Web development

E-commerce solutions

Custom wordpress design

Content management system (CMS)

Logo design branding

Print media

Business cards & Letterheads

Flyers & Brochures

Catalogues & Menus

Signage

Website marketing

Google Ads

Facebook Ads

SEO

Content writing

Social Media Management

Internet services

Domain search & registration

Website hosting

Email hosting

Shared & VPS Servers

See for yourself the amazing work made by the Redding Designs team! Visit the website and learn more about the web development and digital marketing solutions for your business!

Techno Metal Post

Since Paul Lafrance and his team love to revitalize outdoor living spaces and transform back yards into safe havens that will be a relaxing retreat for their owners, a smart and affordable solution is necessary for foundation projects. Therefore, Paul Lafrance is proud to be creating a partnership with an exceptional Canadian company: Techno Metal Post.

About the company

Worldwide leader in helical pile foundations, Techno Metal Post installs helical foundation piles for residential, commercial, and industrial applications using a proprietary hydraulic machine. There is no excavation required, no impact to the landscaping, and no footing inspections.

The Techno Metal Post system is cost effective for any contractor to utilize in their projects from decks to additions, sunrooms, foundation underpinning, solar panel support. Over the years, Techno Metal Post has developed a network of quality dealers offering Techno Metal Post deep foundation system, a reliable technique recognized around the world by thousands of clients, construction professionals such as Paul Lafrance, and competent authorities.

Applications

Residential foundations

Homes/buildings

Cottages

Mobile homes

Additions/solariums

Decks/porches

Balconies/porches

Garages/carports

Clothes line posts

Mailboxes

Solar panels

Foundations for tourism-related structures

Bridges

Boardwalks/footbridges/trails

Signs

Belvederes/town squares

Flags

Parks/schools

Foundation repairs

Underpinning/stabilization

Decontamination

House raising

Protective foundations

Fences

Bollards

Ramps

Retaining walls

Supports for industrial equipment

Marine foundations

Docks

Boathouses

Boat elevators

Coastal building sites

Why does Paul Lafrance Design love to incorporate Techno Metal Post in projects?

When it comes to any type of foundation or ground support and you try Techno Metal Post once, you’ll never think about doing it any other way! And that’s not all that puts Techno Metal Post in a class all its own. Each and every installation comes with an engineering certification that guarantees each footing is installed correctly and to the depth required to bear its load.

Learn more about the best screw pile foundation service by visiting Techno Metal Post website.

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