NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Anyone who’s seen me at work knows that I’m always on the lookout for the next great thing in outdoor living, and let me tell you, a gorgeous low-maintenance outdoor kitchen that doesn’t LOOK low-maintenance is it! As someone who doesn’t have a lot of time to spend refinishing natural wood (who does?!), NatureKast was love at first sight for me.

Picture, if you will, a luxury outdoor kitchen with all the fixings. Beautiful woodgrain texture, rich colour, waterproof cabinets, and a dazzling array of custom inserts & modular conveniences! Now, take away the time and cost of maintaining it and protecting it from the elements. What you have is a game changer! It’s not easy for a company to make one of my wildest design dreams a reality, but NatureKast passes the test with flying colours.

So what’s the story? NatureKast is the brain child of Mike Moras, who had become frustrated with the limitations that come with using natural wood in an outdoor setting. After seeing realistic “stone” panels created using resin and PVC plastics, he got an idea for making moulds from natural wood cabinets. Once Mike had perfected the process, NatureKast was born!

NatureKast has been running out of Ontario since 2015, when a team of Canadian distributors purchased it & moved operations from Florida. From there, they were able to hugely expand their line and offer near-infinite design possibilities for any application you could dream of.

I just love getting to work with local Canadian companies such as NatureKast Weatherproof Cabinetry. There’s a sense of camaraderie and pride that’s hard to find anywhere else. These guys really know what they’re doing and have such incredible passion and energy for their product. I can’t wait to see how they tackle some of my more outlandish requests.

Till next time,

Paul Lafrance

2017 International Builders’ Show Paul Lafrance and Regal Ideas

International Builders Show 2017 with NAHB, Paul Lafrance Design and Regal Ideas Inc.

Join Paul Lafrance and Regal Ideas Inc at the 2017 NAHB International Builders’ Show!  The show takes place in Orlando, Florida from January 10 – 12th.  Paul will be there as Regal Ideas Ambassador on Tuesday January 10th and Wednesday January 11th.

Register as an attendee today!

 

Our partner Regal Ideas Inc is a finalist in two award categories: BEST OUTDOOR LIVING PRODUCT and MOST INNOVATIVE BUILDING PRODUCT! We’re proud to be working with such an amazing company and can’t wait to see the results.

 

Meet Paul and Regal Ideas Inc at booth #S2836, in the South Hall.

This is going to be an AMAZING show!

For more information on upcoming events, please get in touch with our team!

 

Paul Lafrance at Jill of All Trades 2016 Conestoga College

The Jill of All Trades 2016 show, held at Conestoga College, Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks and Deck Wars was the keynote speaker during the opening ceremonies. He told the students they have a unique edge over their male counterparts, but they need to use it effectively. Paul continues to encourages all women to pursue their dreams in skilled trades.

Learn more about Paul Lafrance and his upcoming events, contact us today!

Jill of All Trades offers a full day of hands-on workshops led by female mentors designed to help young women develop a better understanding of the potential of skilled trades careers.

Jill of All Trades is open to high school students.

This year’s keynote will be delivered by Paul Lafrance, star of HGTV’S Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Deck Wars, and Canada’s Handyman Challenge.

Additional highlights will include information booths, facility tours, guest speakers and mentorship opportunities.

Time: 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Location: Conestoga College, Cambridge Campus, 850 Fountain St. South

To Register: Please contact Rosanne Hessian at 519-748-5220 ext. 2429.

Skills Canada National Competition 2016 Paul Lafrance, Kate Campbell & Line Pelletier

Paul Lafrance (& his alter ego!) appears on a celebrity panel with Kate Campbell and Line Pelletier at the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition in New Brunswick. They discuss their careers, what drew them to the skilled trades, and the essential skills of their occupations!

How’d Paul get that mustache to stay on? Bonus behind-the-scenes clip here. 🙂

Skills Canada Hosts Official Launch of 22nd Skills Canada National Competition

MONCTON, June 6, 2016 – Earlier today, Skills/Compétences Canada hosted the official launch of the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC), at the Moncton Coliseum. This important event creates awareness of the incredible career opportunities available in the skilled trades and technologies across Canada.

Special guests included Larry Slaney from UA Canada and Rob Sillner from TransCanada, the presenting sponsors of the Skills Canada National Competition, and several industry celebrities including Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV Canada’s Disaster Decks, Decked out and Custom Built, Kate Campbell, a host on HGTV’s Custom Built and owner of KateBuilds Inc. and Line Pelletier, celebrity chef and runner-up on MasterChef Canada. This event featured an exciting bricklaying challenge, one of the many contest areas that will be showcased at SCNC.

This event launched the two-day competition, which will feature over 500 competitors from across Canada who will compete in over 40 skilled trade and technology contests for the opportunity to be named the best in the country in their chosen field. The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) will also feature over 40 interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities where visiting students and the general public will get the opportunity to try their hand at different trades and test their skills.

“Events like the Skills Canada National Competition are a great way for Canadian youth to discover the many diverse career opportunities available to them in the skilled trades and technologies”, said Shaun Thorson, Chief Executive Officer of Skills/Compétences Canada. “Young Canadians being informed about the numerous educational pathways and career options will position Canada well for economic growth.”

There are several Skills Canada events happening in conjunction with SCNC including Try-a-Trade® and Technology activities, Essential Skills presentations and activities, the Essential Skills Educator’s Forum and a live Essential Skills Webcast on June 6th and 7th. The Closing Ceremony, where the results of the competition will be announced, will take place on June 8th, from 12:00pm – 3:00 pm, at the Moncton Wesleyan Celebration Centre.

About Skills/Compétences Canada
Skills/Compétences Canada was founded in 1989 as a national, not‐for‐profit organization that works with employers, educators, labour groups and governments to promote skilled trades and technology careers among Canadian youth. For information on Skills Canada’s programs and competitions visit www.skillscanada.com. For more information about SCNC visit: www.skillscompetencescanada.com/en/programs/skills-canada-national-competition.

Media Contact: Michèle Rogerson, micheler@skillscanada.com, 613-266-4771

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.

WRLA Membership and Attendance lists are for Member Use Only and are avaialable upon request.
WRLA Member information is not distributed or sold to non-WRLA Members.

Winter Design Special Package Give The Gift of Backyard Luxury! 

Winter Design Special – Give the gift of backyard luxury!

From now until December 31st 2015, we are offering a special deal on pricing for deck designs within our Toronto-based build area.

How does it work? When you schedule a Spring build for your new Paul Lafrance Design deck, we’ll match you to a Design Package that matches your budget and build cost estimate. You’ll pay upfront for your onsite consult, which will be deducted from the design fee. When you are ready to build in the spring, we’ll deduct the design fee from the cost to build your project (don’t worry, we’ll give you a cost breakdown to show this!)

With your design fee being returned to you in the build, this means you’ll be getting savings* of up to $5,000.00!

Not sure if you’re within our service area?
Give us a call (416) 971-3343 #6
Or, send us an email!

*Please note that you must proceed with your build in order to qualify for these savings.

Custom Built Media Day Announcement Counting Down the Minutes until Custom Built Airs!

Custom Built Media Day

Happy Friday!! We’re counting down the minutes until Custom Built airs on HGTV Canada this coming Tuesday February 17th at 10pm ET.

Yesterday, Paul Lafrance talked about the premiere, offered a sneak peak of the first episode & described some of his favourite projects. Miss the airing times? We’ve got you covered!

First off, Paul appeared on the Humble & Fred Radio show! Skip ahead to 26:00 to catch his segment:
http://www.humbleandfredradio.com/listen-to-humble-and-fred/2015/02/-download-mp3-of-this-53.html

Then, he appeared on Moore in the Morning:
https://soundcloud.com/johnmoore-in-the-morning/february-12-2015

Next Paul stopped in at The Morning Show to share a sneak peek of the first episode of Custom Built!
http://globalnews.ca/video/1826764/hgtvs-lafrance-heads-indoors-for-unique-custom-designs/

Finally he appeared on News at Noon with Rosey Edeh:
http://globalnews.ca/video/1827454/paul-lafrance-is-personalizing-his-latest-renos

Phew – what a busy day!!

DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Tour Can YOU Beat Paul Lafrance in a Drill-Off Challenge?

DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Tour – Can you beat Paul Lafrance in a drill-off challenge?

Come on out to The Home Depot in Leaside on Saturday June 21 to meet Paul during the DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Tour! As for the drill-off challenge? You could win a 2-tool combo (not to mention an amazing story).

He’ll be there from 10:00am – 2:00pm, and there’ll be some great deals to score DeWALT 20V MAX cordless tool kits!

Paul Lafrance DeWALT Guaranteed Tough Tour – June 21 2014

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.

ET Canada Live with Paul Lafrance Paul Lafrance Appeared on ET Canada Live

ET Canada Live with Paul Lafrance

Paul Lafrance appeared on ET Canada Live last week, and joined the hosts in tackling some hot entertainment topics. You can view the episode on ET Canada Live’s website by clicking here!

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