STANLEY Tools Brands We Trust

STANLEY® – Performance you can Measure

Designing and building extraordinary decks requires great accuracy to ensure the projects go as smooth as possible which is why Paul Lafrance and his deck building team pack their tool belts with the best possible arsenal, STANLEY Tools. Professional tools designed to help Paul and his team do what they do best — cut, build, create.

About STANLEY

Since 1843 STANLEY tools have been on the belt and in the hands of professional contractors and accomplished homeowners. Synonymous with quality, reliability, innovation, and value, STANLEY is the first name in tape measures and trusted worldwide for accuracy and dependability.

Specializing in hand tools, tape measures, levels, hammers, demolition tools, screwdrivers, saws, sawhorses, knives, pliers, and more for woodworking, carpentry, measuring, and cutting needs; STANLEY Tools are essential for Paul Lafrance and his custom deck building team.

STANLEY Products

STANLEY Hand Tools include:

-Tape Measures

-Torpedo Levels

-I-Beam Levels

-Box Beam

-Laser Levels

-Chalk Line Reels & Chalk

-Laser Distance Measures

-Stud Finders

-Pliers

-Anti-Vibe Hammers

-Ball Peen Hammers

-Framing Hammers

-Wreaking Bars

-Sockets & Ratchets

-Riveters, Rivets, & Grommets

-Stapler Accessories

-Clamps & Vises

-Screwdrivers & Nut Drivers

-Saws

-Planers

-Hacksaws

-Snap-Off Blades

-Wrenches

-Wood Chisels

-Nail Sets

-Files & Surform Shaping Tools

STANLEY Automotive Tools

– Battery Chargers

– Power Inverters

– Jump Starters & Power Stations

–  Screwdrivers & Nut Drivers

– Sockets & Ratchets

– Wrenches

– Mechanic Tool Sets

– Riveters, Rivets, & Grommets

STANLEY Tool Storage

– Tool Boxes

– Tool Bags

– Mobile Tool Storage

– Saw Horse Workbench

STANLEY Home Improvement Supplies

– Pressure Washers

– Wet/Dry Vacuums

– Painting Supplies

– Power Strips & Adaptors

– Indoor Digital Timers

– Remote Controls

Find all your deck building tool inspiration at: https://www.stanleytools.com/

Why Does Paul LaFrance choose STANLEY Tools

Paul and his team at Paul Lafrance Designs always have their hands full designing and creating the coolest backyards and decks you could ever imagine. They continue to reach for STANLEY tools considering their quality, fairness and reliability. They need not worry about being let down by the finest woodworking gear ‘Found in the hands of Pros everywhere.’

DEWALT Power Tools Brands We Trust

DEWALT® and Paul Lafrance Designs

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 Lafrance Designs’ build teams need tools that work as hard as they do. So who do they go to? Easy, the best in the industry — DEWALT.

About DEWALT

DEWALT is the world’s leading manufacturer and marketer of power tools and equipment designed specifically for the professional contractor. They carry more deck building tools and backyard renovation equipment than you could possibly ever imagine!

DEWALT Products

Here’s an overview of the DEWALT product lines:

Power Tools

DEWALT Drills

DEWALT Impact Drivers & Wrenches

DEWALT Grinders

DEWALT Saws

DEWALT Nailers & Staplers

DEWALT Air Compressors

DEWALT Cutout Tools

DEWALT Dust Management

DEWALT Screwdrivers & Screw Guns

DEWALT Lasers & Instruments

DEWALT Oscillating Multi-Tools

DEWALT Rotary & Demolition Hammers

DEWALT Routers, Planers, & Joiners

DEWALT Sanders

 

Accessories

DEWALT Batteries & Chargers

DEWALT Band Saw Blades

DEWALT Circular Saw Blades

DEWALT Concrete & Masonry Accessories

DEWALT Fastening & Screw Driving Bits

DEWALT Hole Saws & Mandrels

DEWALT Jig Saw Blades

DEWALT Metal & Wood Drill Bits

DEWALT Nails & Staples

DEWALT Oscillating Accessories

DEWALT Reciprocating Saw Blades

DEWALT Tile Drill Bits

 

Hand Tools

DEWALT Hammers and Pry Bars

DEWALT Measuring and Layout Tools

DEWALT Knives and Blades

DEWALT Impact Sockets & Sets

DEWALT Screwdrivers and Hex Keys

DEWALT Hand Saws Pliers and Snips

DEWALT Sockets and Ratchets

DEWALT Trigger Clamps

DEWALT Wood Chisels

DEWALT Wrenches and Wrench Sets

DEWALT Manual Fasteners

DEWALT Marking Nail Sets

 

Gear & Equipment

DEWALT Job Site Radios, Lighting & Flashlights

DEWALT Air Compressors

DEWALT Construction Heaters

DEWALT Coolers and Carriers

DEWALT Generators & Portable Power

DEWALT Heated Jackets

DEWALT Ladders

DEWALT Sawhorses

DEWALT Tool Storage

 

Visit: https://www.dewalt.ca/ to learn more!

 

Why does Paul Lafrance Designs choose DEWALT Tools

Paul Lafrance Designs chooses DEWALT for all their deck design and backyard renovation needs every time for their durability, reliability and versatility. The ever-growing collection of tools in the DEWALT lines take the stress out of the preparation phase when beginning a deck or backyard build — not to mention the gadgets and gizmos which make the job even more fun! It frees the Paul Lafrance Design teams to hone in on their creatives and focus solely on the designing and building aspects when kicking off a new deck design or backyard project.

Permacon Brands We Trust

Permacon – The Harmony of Space

Paul Lafrance Designs is always searching for alluring and innovative ideas to incorporate when planning deck renos, custom deck designs or in the construction of entire backyards to create the best outdoor oasis’ for clients; a place to kick their feet up and feel completely at ease. What better way than to integrate beautiful and timeless brick and stone throughout these designs. With Permacon, it’s never been easier; the possibilities are truly endless.

About Permacon

For over sixty years Permacon has been a pioneer, innovator and champion of growth as Canada’s largest producer of concrete products. They are known for being the leading manufacturer of precast concrete products and for their top quality product line which makes Permacon an easy choice for Paul Lafrance designs.

Offering an evolving line of over 1000 masonry and landscaping products, Permacon helps diversify and adorn the outdoors.

Top Quality Products

All Permacon products are made from natural materials such as sand and stone. The team at Paul Lafrance Designs loves to combine and harmonize within designs using the many Permacon landscape products including slabs, pavers, walls, steps, capping modules, curbs, porcelain tiles, brick and stone. These are top quality products and backed by a full 50-year warranty.

The promise of perfect harmony is the freedom to choose the colours, formats, shapes and textures between every element of your project and its surroundings.

For inspiration and to see the countless products by Permacon check out: https://permacon.ca/en/landscaping or https://permacon.ca/en/inspirations/landscaping

How does Paul Lafrance Designs use Permacon Products:

There are countless ways Paul Lafrance Designs enjoys utilizing Permacon products to bring personality and style to any deck or backyard design; whether within large design elements such as patios, pool decking, pathways, or in the smaller features that really pull off the unique and creative factor. Think like stone water fixtures throughout the backyard/deck or encompassing fire elements in outlandish areas. Permacon products are must-haves when Paul and his team are designing and building a one of a kind outdoor space.

Visit our Gallery page for some visuals on how Paul Lafrance Designs has incorporated Permacon products in the design and building of custom decks, renos and backyards!

https://paullafrancedesign.com/exterior-gallery/

Be On Stone Brands We Trust

Paul Lafrance Design with Beonstone

Paul Lafrance Design prides themselves with using Beonstone products on countless backyard projects and deck designs not only for their quick and easy installation, affordability and added value, but because the products stand out for their incredible slate finish reproducing the look of natural stone.

About Beonstone

This revolutionary product is not actually made from stone, but rather concrete. The stamp concrete molds give you a variety of colours and come in panels, thus it pretty much goes together like siding. So, at the end of the day you not only end up with a killer stone look, but it’s going to cost 80% less money than a regular stone facade and 80% less time. Above all else, they are guaranteed for 50 years!

The Products and Styles

Beonstone stone panels allow Paul Lafrance Design to modernize the look of homes, backyards or even deck accents with a simple and sustainable renovation. These lightweight concrete panels snap and screw together easily and do not require mortar or glue. An integrated system in each panel allows control of water infiltration and allocates great ventilation to the structure.

Beonstone offers 4 elegant styles:

Classic

Canyon

Element

Horizon

View them here: http://beonstone.com/On/products-and-colors/

How does Paul Lafrance Design love to incorporate this revolutionary Product?

When dreaming up breathtaking backyard and deck design ideas, the Paul Lafrance Design team loves incorporating the classic look of stone. Whether that’s on facades, deck panels, deck pillars, a special space for your BBQ such as a backyard kitchen or even on interior designs. The possibilities are endless!

Be sure to head over to the Paul Lafrance Gallery page for showcased decks and exteriors that feature Beonstone panels such as the Bridge Deck, The City Haven Deck, The BBQ Deck or The Moat Deck. https://paullafrancedesign.com/exterior-gallery/

For even more browse the Beonstone inspiration sections and discover the many possibilities: http://beonstone.com/On/inspiration/portfolio/

Techno Metal Post vs Other Deck Footings Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Techno Metal Post vs Other Deck Footings

I love helping people to revitalize their outdoor living spaces, and transform their back yards into safe havens that will be a relaxing retreat for many years to come.  An important part of that is using a solid foundation that’ll last the test of time, because even the most beautiful deck is only as strong as the foundation beneath it!  That’s why I recommend Techno Metal Post to all my clients.

_DSC4770Here’s a Techno Metal Post in a nutshell: A hollow galvanized steel tube tipped with a thick steel helix that is drilled straight down into the ground.  They’re installed by trained pros using specially designed hydraulic machinery which does the job without ripping up your yard, mixing messy concrete, or creating huge piles of dirt to deal with.

So how does Techno Metal Post compare to other deck footings?  Let’s take a look.

Tradtional concrete footings are tradition for a reason: They work.  But that doesn’t mean they’re efficient or ideal.  Old timey hand-cranked drills work too, but why use them when you have a faster and more efficient alternative?  Even in ideal conditions, concrete footings require that you dig a hole deep enough to safely support your deck structure, then keep water out of it while you wait for the inspector to sign off.  After that, you must haul heavy concrete, mix it up, pour into place, and round the top to ensure water won’t be able to pool on it once it’s dry.  Then, you have to pack up and wait for it to dry, which takes at least a day.  Only then can you drill & place your saddle to start building.  And that’s if the footings are straightforward!  Sometimes you need to use a bell pier, which requires even more time.  All of this can take days to prepare and install, so while concrete looks cheaper than Techno Metal Post on paper, the money you save in materials goes right back out in labour hours (and then some).  Using Techno Metal Post, even my largest projects take less than a day to install footings for, sometimes even less than an hour!  That means I waste no time getting right into framing, leaving me with tighter timeframes and faster builds.

Deck blocks – shaped concrete blocks that sit on top of the ground like feet – are occasionally selected for very small, very low decks.  If your yard is very flat, if your deck will be very small and close to the ground, and if you don’t mind your deck shifting with each freeze-thaw cycle, these can work.  However, their shortcomings are varied and numerous!  Because they sit on top of the ground, blocks have very little shear resistance, and any kind of slope in your yard will cause the structure to tilt over time.  Is your home new?  That’s a potential issue as well, because the recently disturbed soil is more prone to settling beneath the blocks and causing the deck to shift.  Their usage is also very limited, as these blocks simply cannot be safely used for any deck that is more than a step or two above ground level.  In windy areas, a deck supported on blocks can even achieve “lift off” and rise out of the footings!!  Altogether, a deck supported on blocks will not last long enough to pass down to your kids with the house, and its fast deterioration will negatively impact the value of your house if you sell.  Nobody wants to be saddled with a deck that needs to be replaced within a few years.  With Techno Metal Post, these issues simply don’t exist.  The installation technician uses readouts on the machine that tell them when the footing has reached a significant enough depth to support the load of the deck, and once these babies go in, they stay put.  Thanks to the specially designed green sleeve, even frost can’t grab a Techno Metal Post, which protects your deck from frost heave.  This is definitely the foundation you want to turn to if you view your outdoor living space as a long-term investment to be protected.

Ground Spikes are another option for smaller, low-to-the-ground decks.  They consist of a metal spike that is driven into the ground with brute force, such as with a sledgehammer or a jackhammer.  The better quality ones also use a flat plate at the surface which helps to better distribute weight, but they still rely on soil friction and not soil bearing to support the load.  Since they go into the ground, they provide better lateral strength than deck blocks, but are still vulnerable to heaving during the freeze/thaw cycle, and are again quite limited in their application.  You must keep your structure very close to the ground, and it must be freestanding and not attach to the house via a ledger board.  This means more footings and less options! Techno Metal Post is the clear winner here.  No matter how crazy (or tall!) my design gets, the footings will be up to the job .

_DSC4694That’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.  Plus, Techno Metal Post is 100% CCMC (Canadian Construction Materials Centre) Approved, so you can rest easy knowing that your new deck will be strong and stable for many, many years to come.

Techno Metal Post vs Other Deck Footings

Till next time,
Paul Lafrance.

Soothing Company Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Soothing Company – Brands We Trust

After a long day nothing soothes the body and mind like the sound of a crackling fire, or the cascade of water as it falls. Unfortunately, both can be hard to come by at home, especially in the cold winter months. Which is why Paul likes to utilize the amazing water and fire features available from The Soothing Company in his designs.

Operating out of Camas, Washington, The Soothing Company has everything you need to create a relaxing environment both outside and inside of your home. They carry a large line of fountains, fireplaces, bean bag chairs, hammocks, outdoor art, and many other fine home and garden decor items.

Want to bring the ambience of water to your outdoor oasis? The Soothing Company has a great selection of outdoor water features, water walls, fountains and various other types available to choose from. But why stop there? While water walls are usually only associated with the outdoors, it doesn’t have to be that way with The Soothing Company’s vast range of beautifully crafted indoor waterfalls and water features. A unique and stunning option for an indoor water feature carried by The Soothing Company are the Art Wall Fountains. An Art Wall Fountain is a beautiful hand-painted masterpiece that provides a colorful landscape for a waterfall to flow down.

The Soothing Company also has a huge selection of indoor and outdoor fire features to add to the atmosphere of your room or outdoor space, and that is really only the tip of the iceberg of what they have to offer. The Soothing Company has every base covered when it comes to creating a relaxing and inviting space to call your own.

To bring that essential element of calm to your next reno or update, drop by The Soothing Company website and be amazed at how relaxing life could be. We will be back next week with another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday with more great products and companies to share with you.

Can wait that long? Head on over to our recommended page for the best in the business. We are always on the look-out for new products and services, so if you have one you think we might like, get in touch and tell us all about it!

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine – Fall 2015 Edition Check out this excerpt for his super Canadian strategy on stretching out the summer for as long as possible.

Paul is happy to be contributing to Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine again for the Fall 2015 edition, take a peak here!

It’s that time of year again, where we Canadians enjoy the beautiful fall colours that herald the closing of summer.

Still, it’s a poor substitute for gorgeously warm summer weather and sunny days at the cottage!

Check out this excerpt for his super Canadian strategy on stretching out the summer for as long as possible.

See you on the deck!

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!

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