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! 

While you’re at it, why don’t you give him a follow on Facebook and Instagram?


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!

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!!

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