Disaster Decks – All New Project Galleries The Deck Michelle Hates and The Deck Stephanie Hates

Disaster Decks All New Project Galleries

Happy Thursday! We’ve expanded our project gallery again with photos of Tuesday night’s new “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out” episodes.

Paul’s two-hour HGTV deck domination started with “Disaster Deck” rescues “The Deck Michelle Hates” and “The Deck Stephanie Hates“, followed by fire-and-water extravaganzas on “Decked Out” with “The Fire Table Deck” and “The Waterfall Deck“.

We’ve added photos of each of these projects to our galleries, with more to come as the episodes air. Want to see what’s coming up next? Check out HGTV.ca’s handy online schedule.

And don’t forget to visit our Twitter every Tuesday for behind-the-scenes insight into the cool products used on the show!

New Decked Out and Disaster Decks Galleries We’ve Added Photos of Each of These Projects to Our Galleries

New Decked Out and Disaster Decks Galleries

We hope you enjoyed the new episodes of “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks” that aired across Canada yesterday evening! This year has some amazing projects in store for you and we can’t wait to share them with you.

Last night, Paul Lafrance’s HGTV takeover began with a “Disaster Deck” double feature: “The Deck Cristina Hates“, followed by “The Deck Jessica Hates“. Next up, all-new “Decked Out” episodes “The Beach Club Deck” and “The Semicircle Deck“. Like what you saw? How about a closer look?

We’ve added photos of each of these projects to our galleries, with more to come as the episodes air. Want to see what’s coming up next? Check out HGTV.ca’s handy online schedule.

  • Jessica and Gabe’s Deck
  • Cristina and Anthony’s Deck
  • The Semicircle Deck
  • The Beach Club Deck

Liv Outdoor Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Liv Outdoor – Brands We Trust

Liv Outdoor. The details can take a deck from nice to stunning, so today we’re going to talk about some of our favourite “deckcessories” for getting the job done.

On almost all of our “Decked Out and “Disaster Decks” projects, you’ve seen our crew use hidden deck clips that minimize the need for unsightly screws. Tiger Claw fasteners are some of the best, and the handy clip gun makes decking a breeze to boot. When we do use screws, we want them to be as hidden as possible. With more than a dozen colour coating options available, you’ll be sure to find a Starborn screw to fit your material.

Exotic materials can also add that extra ‘zing’ to your deck’s look and feel, like bamboo accents or exotic hardwoods. Liv Outdoor is a leading importer of hardwood decking, and Paul has created amazing decks using their gorgeous rich red balau. To retain its rich colour, exotic hardwood needs to be treated every year or two, or it can be allowed to fade to a cool silver. With a little extra care and maintenance, exotic hardwood will last a lifetime.

Got a tall deck? Liv Outdoor has you covered with railings, too, in a variety of systems. Want it customized? No problem – you can pick and choose between a variety of picket styles, complete railing systems, and even different approaches to the always ultra-slick glass railings. For the ultimate in unobstructed view, we especially love the Invisirail system. The strong tempered glass is designed with safety in mind and can install on any rail post you build. For a truly invisible look, we like to use the matching Invisiposts, which are the smallest profile rail post on the market today.

See you next week for another spotlight in our series! In the meantime, check out some cool projects featuring Liv Outdoor products.

AWE East Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

AWE East – Brands We Trust

Spring is on the way! Soon it’ll be warm enough to lounge outside on a sunny lazy Sunday…but what about when the summer scorchers come? You don’t need to schedule your relaxation around the weather or intensity of the sun. For us, that’s where AWE East comes in.

Because so few of us can pick up and leave for a stress-free week of vacation, it’s important for your yard to offer as many of the comforts of vacation as possible. That means versatility, so you can modify your space to fit your mood and schedule. Many of us have limited space, so areas that can do double-duty as both a sheltered lounge and a place to sunbathe are incredibly valuable. By day, you can extend the awning over your hot tub to enjoy an early afternoon soak in the shade, and retract it later on to enjoy the evening sky. Talk about versatile!

Paul has used AWE East ShadeFX canopies on a number of projects on “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks”, creating customizable shelter for a variety of clients to fit their lifestyles. For the more modest budget, we’ve used manually retractable awnings which are quick and simple to move. For a flashier solution, we’ve also used motorized canopies for a style that just can’t be beat. They are customizable and made-to-order, for a space of any size or shape. Paul has even been able to incorporate a slick, arched awning for an unbeatable dramatic flair.

Like many of our favourite companies, AWE East is proudly Canadian just like us, and they really “get it” when it comes to knowing the kind of weather resistance Canadians need from their outdoor products. Check out some of the ways Paul has incorporated retractable awnings into projects from “Decked Out”! See you next week for another spotlight! Contact Paul today!

Napoleon Grills and Fireplace Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Napoleon Grills and Fireplace – Brands We Trust

Ahh, the iconic North American deck activity: Barbequing! We sure love our barbequed dinners (and lunches, and breakfasts…let’s not limit ourselves!) on the deck, but the barbeque is often an afterthought when it comes to planning your deck. But the design aspect is a discussion for another time. Today the question is not where to but your barbeque, but which should you use?

For a custom built-in barbeque unit, Paul loves Napoleon Grills and Fireplace. When it comes to such an important and frequently-used feature in your yard, you want the best of the best. With a variety of options for a personalized grill, the possibilities are endless, and any chef from weekend hobbyist to gourmet professional can get exactly the features they need. And that’s just the grill. Since these units are installed into a non-combustible enclosure, you’ll get to personalize that too. On “Decked Out“, Paul has matched these units with stone facing, stone counters, and even lit glass for a stunning cooking area that looks as fantastic as it cooks.

For a smaller space investment, Napoleon Grills and Fireplace are no slouch either, and share many of the same options as the built-ins. The team likes to pair them with built-in side tables to expand your work space, and the sleek & stylish look of the grills makes it easy to create a gorgeous barbeque area. In his designs, Paul never lets barbeque placement become an afterthought, and these are grills that you’ll be proud to showcase on your deck.

Classic FireplaceGrills aren’t the only way to exercise expertise with fire, so it’s only natural that Paul Lafrance Design looks to Classic Fireplace for many of the fire features we use in our projects. Like the Napoleon line of grills, these fireplace solutions have a variety of options that help make every installation unique.

Paul & the crew has loved working with these fine folks on “Decked Out” and “Disaster Decks“, because they are passionate about their products and their clients. It shows not only in their service, but in the very thorough manuals that they provide with their products, which make for a quick installation and a flawless finish. No joke: Nobody wants to lose hours of time trying to interpret obscure instructions, but for some manufacturers, manuals are just an afterthought.

See you next week for another installment in our spotlight series!

Stanley, Bostitch and DeWalt Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Stanley Bostitch DeWalt – Brands We Trust

Tough! That’s the word we’d use to describe the tools that the Paul Lafrance Design build crews need. When you’re on the go building big projects and making thousands of cuts, being let down by your tools can really ruin your day. Paul and his build teams need tools that work as hard as they do. So who do they go to? Easy: The best in the industry.

For hand tools, Stanley has everything a carpenter needs, from tape measures to chisels, and everything in between. Even rolling storage bins that make transporting our tools on and off the job site quick and easy. What a lifesaver! When we’re working outside, we need tools that we know we can trust not to fail us, even in the worst weather conditions. The durability of Stanley tools is our favourite thing about them.

Bostitch nailers are some of the tools that we depend upon most. These tools aren’t just reliable, innovative, and time-saving. They can also take a beating and they just keep on going, through joist-hanging, finishing, and pranking Kate by nailing her belt to a post (we told you we like to have fun). Of course, we like to get down to business too, and Bostitch compressors & fasteners help us hit the ground running.

DeWalt – Guaranteed Tough Rounding off the trifecta are DeWalt power tools. Precise, powerful, state-of-the-art, and of course, dependable. They are everything a carpenter needs to get the job done! Our favourites are the 1/4″ impact driver, and their groundbreaking battery-powered nailer that saves us a huge amount of time. Technology has come a long way in making these tools lightweight, versatile and easy to use.

When building projects for “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out“, these are the tools that Paul reaches for first. See you next week as we take a closer look at another of our favourites on “We <3 It!” Wednesday!

Trex Transcend Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Trex Transcend – Brands We Trust

Making a big investment in your home is a big deal, and we absolutely recommend considering your deck materials very carefully. There is an incredible variety of options available to you, and each one offers different values in maintenance, durability, and beauty. Paul has high expectations for the material he uses, and Trex Transcend is one of the best:

Low Maintenance: This is a big one and one of the most important factors. There’s no such thing as an absolute zero-maintenance material, but Trex is as low as it gets. Just give it a surface wash, like you would your car. No problem, and no time wasted on grueling annual sanding, staining and sealing.

Durability: A Trex Transcend deck is a lifetime investment that in 25 years, you can expect to look as beautiful as the day it was installed. Making the extra investment in Trex Elevations stable steel framing will make it last even longer.

Beauty: Composite lumber products have come a long way over the years, and today’s Trex Transcend line is stunning, coloured and textured to capture the beauty of wood without the level of maintenance or risk for rot. With a variety of colours and lines of lighting, stairs and railings designed especially for pairing with Trex decking, the possibilities are endless.

Property Value: Home buyers don’t want to inherit maintenance issues with their prospective home. With a traditional wood deck, it’s not likely adding to the value of your home, especially if it’s getting on in years. Even the best-maintained wood deck will eventually need to be replaced. Trex Transcend can take a beating and its low maintenance factor, if combined with a stellar design, will often add more to your property value than you spent on your design and deck! Visit Trex, online here today!

Used in many of Paul’s projects on “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out“, Trex is definitely Paul Lafrance Design’s top choice in composite decking material.

Techno Metal Post Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Techno Metal Post – Brands We Trust

When he’s creating a backyard transformation, Paul Lafrance wants to be sure that the foundation supporting his client’s deck is rock solid. A great deck depends on its posts for stability and support to last a lifetime, and Techno Metal Post‘s helical pile system offers that in spades. “Your deck is only as strong as the foundation beneath it,” Paul emphasizes.

Here’s how it works. The Techno Metal Post helical pile is constructed with a hollow steel tube and a thick helix made of high quality steel. Using hydraulic machinery, a certified technician will screw the post into the ground without the need to damage your yard, mix concrete, or redistribute dirt.

In the fast-paced and competitive decking industry, the ability to set footings and start framing in the same day can be a lifesaver! “This new footing system saves an absolute ton of time,” says Paul. “All you’re doing is drilling this spiral metal post into the ground seven feet, and it’s ready to fly. You can be framing the same day.”

Even better, Techno Metal Post‘s helical piles are proudly manufactured in Canada using North American steel. We love to support Canadian business and, combined with their friendly and attentive service, this is just the icing on the cake. Used in “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out“, the Techno Metal Post foundation solution is one that Paul Lafrance Design stands behind.

Paul Lafrance and Techno Metal Post

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