Custom Built Season Two Custom Built Season Two Galley Update

Custom Built Season Two – Galley Update

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!

  • The Curved Glass Bathroom
  • The Big Beam Kitchen
  • The City Skyline Kitchen
  • The Gentleman’s Bar
  • The Big Family Basement
  • The Bright White Kitchen
  • The Lit Up Livingroom
  • The Wine Cellar Office
  • The Sliding Stage Theatre
  • The Art Table Kitchen
  • The Pizza Oven Kitchen
  • The Surf n Sport Basement
  • Live Edge Bar
  • Spaceship Loft Bed
  • Antique Radio Media Center
  • Medieval Armour Stands
  • Hideaway Change Table
  • British Pub Bar
  • Doggie Villa
  • Hideaway Play Room
  • East Coast Furniture
  • Curio Table
  • Community Artist Table
  • Firepit Family Picnic Table

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.

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!

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.

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

Custom Built The West Coast Room Season 1 Episode 8

The West Coast Room on Custom Built – Season 1 Episode 8

We’re back with more photos of the cool projects featured on last night’s new episodes of “Custom Built” that aired on HGTV Canada!

Starting at 10pm ET, Paul & the crew turned a small and cluttered family room into “The West Coast Room”, a bright and beautiful place of rest that maximizes the available space! Meanwhile, they created a stunning wine cabinet using character-filled barn doors and classic rustic styling.

Next came “The Map Mudroom”, a unique project for a family who just didn’t know where to start with their mudroom renovation. For this globetrotting couple, Paul chose a magnetized glass map of the world, where they could stick magnets to mark the destinations they’ve visited. The crew also re-purposed an antique piano from a heritage church, and transformed it into a quirky custom cocktail bar!

  • The West Coast Room
  • The Map Mudroom
  • Piano Cocktail Bar
  • Equestrian Wine Cabinet

Hidden Vision TV Mounts Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Hidden Vision TV Mounts – Brands We Trust

As a radical and outside-the-box kind of guy, Paul is always on the lookout for unique design solutions for his projects. When we spotted the Hidden Vision TV Mounts, he couldn’t resist! These mounts are like nothing we’d ever seen before. They don’t just conceal the television, they make it disappear effortlessly and without a trace, turning it into a painting, decorative mirror, or hidden panel.

The idea is simple. It’s great to relax and let go of the day with your favourite television show (we recommend checking out Custom Built!), but when it’s not in use, that blank empty screen is pretty uninspiring. Plus, it takes up room that, if you’re like us, you’ve been yearning to fill with beautiful art and photography. For the person who never has enough space in their home for art, a Hidden Vision TV Mount is a must-have!

How does it work? The Hidden Vision TV Mount hinges with specially designed counter balancing linkage technology that neutralizes the weight of the TV. This makes the mount extremely easy to operate manually, so that it unfolds at just a touch. For even more convenience, motorized mounts can be created too! For additional versatility, there are three styles of mount, including a flip-around wall mount and two varieties of extending mounts for the TV-lover who enjoys watching from the comfort of their bed. From an installation point of view, Paul & the team finds these units to be easy to install, requiring no special modifications to the wall. Plus, their strength leaves you confident that your expensive television is safe & secure!

With such ingenious craftsmanship, we at Paul Lafrance Design just had to incorporate this cool & innovative product! Consider a Hidden Vision TV Mount for your next remodeling project, we think it’s well worth the investment. Join us next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday!

Custom Built Premier Episode The Premiere of Paul’s New Show “Custom Built” on HGTV Canada

Custom Built Premier Episode

Wowzers, what a premiere! Thank you everyone who joined us live on Twitter last night during the premiere of Paul’s new show “Custom Built” on HGTV Canada! Want a closer look at the projects completed during the episodes? We’ve got you covered.

In “The Barn Beam Bathroom”, Paul & the crew renovated a tired 60s style bathroom in a heritage home. Featuring huge, beautiful old barn beams, this room harmonizes a classic feel with clean modern style. Plus, the team created a fabulously girly pink dresser with all the bells and whistles.

Next the crew tackled “The Canoe Great Room”, creating a fantastic home vacation spot with a perfectly Canadian cottage feel – without the bugs! Then, they created a breakfast table with special importance to the crew, for Paul Lafrance Design family Jim and Shawna.

Check it out here

Custom Built – TV Eh? TV, Eh? – Paul Lafrance Brings his Crazy-Cool Designs Inside for Custom Built

Custom Built TV Eh

Escaping the winter cold, Paul Lafrance works from inside the home on new show Custom Built! Check out this article from TV, Eh? to get the scoop on Paul’s thoughts:

TV, Eh? – Paul Lafrance brings his crazy-cool designs inside for Custom Built – February 17th 2015

Thermory Thermo-Treated Wood Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Thermory Thermo-Treated Wood – Brands We Trust

You know how much we love Trex composite decking, but sometimes a project calls for natural, solid wood boards. One of our favourite discoveries here at Paul Lafrance Design is a heat-treated wood product called Thermory that’s long-lasting and beautiful.

Using a technique developed in Europe & in use for 15 years, each board is treated with steam and high heat, with computer-controlled precision. The process treats the wood by bringing moisture content down to just 6% and stabilizes the cellular structure of the wood fibres to protect it against warping or shifting in the presence of moisture. This gives them a Class 1 durability – meaning that Thermory deck boards will resist rot and insect damage for 25 years.

These boards are beautiful, too. The heating process darkens the wood colour to a deep and rich exotic brown that can be preserved by treating with a UV-protecting oil, or left to weather to a cool silvery grey, depending on your preference.

So they’re tough and they look good, but how are they to work with? Paul and the build crew say “Great”! With a variety of fastening options, including old-fashioned face screws or pre-cut grooves for a variety of sleek hidden decking clips, builders have all kinds of options available. Thermory boards are also lightweight and won’t break your back to move around, coming in at half the weight of Ipe hardwood, while being twice the strength of regular cedar. They also feature a revolutionary Joint-End-Matched system, which allows the ends of the deck boards to lock together. These joints are strong enough to lock together without needing to rest on a support joist and save you a lot of time on measuring & cutting, as well as greatly reduce wasted materials.

The icing on the cake is that the treatment process is eco-friendly, using only heat and steam, with no harsh chemicals. To create their boards, Thermory also uses ash wood from sustainable North American forests. No worries about toxic sawdust, here.

Check it out and consider Thermory for your next wood decking or flooring project (they thermo-treat wood for interiors, too). Don’t forget that we’re always looking for cool new products to try, so get in touch and tell us about your product! With Paul taking his cool designs indoors on his upcoming show “Custom Built”, he’s on the lookout for the right materials for his interior projects.

Be-On Stone Architectural Panels Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Be-On Stone – Brands We Trust

Stacked stone walls have a timeless, rich look that can take a project from ‘nice’ to ‘spectacular’. The problem: Traditional styles are heavy, time-consuming to install, and between the cost of the materials and the time of the skilled mason required to do it right, you could be too busy paying off the second mortgage on your house to enjoy your home’s new look. That’s why Paul Lafrance Design is always on the lookout for ways to do it better, and what a find Be-on stone is!

Be-on stone architectural panels are a revolution in stone siding. Made of lightweight stamped concrete, they are cost-effective and time-saving, without sacrificing the uniqueness and beauty of real stone. Because the colours are mixed right into the concrete during manufacturing, the colour will not fade or become damaged over time, even if the panel is chipped. Speaking of manufacturing, Be-on stone panels are a proudly Canadian product.

And did we mention time-saving? With traditional stone siding, you need to parge and mess around with mortar to get the job done lickety-split. Just like a sided wall, Be-on stone panels are installed using a starter strip. The panels just click into place along the strip, and fix securely in place with a couple of screws. The tops of the panels create the strip that the next row will click into, and the Z-shaped sides interlock seamlessly, even around corners. What would have taken days now requires only hours, and the cleanup is minimal too. “Instant stone wall, and no headaches,” Paul enthuses.

We’ve incorporated Be-on stone panels into luxury decks on “Decked Out” and can’t wait for more opportunities to explore their uses indoors on Paul’s new upcoming show “Custom Built“.

Got a cool product that would be a good fit with Paul Lafrance Design? We’re always on the lookout for fresh new ideas, so we’d love for you to tell us about it!

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