Galley Workstations – The Galley Collection® Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Galley Workstations – Brands We Trust

The sink is the “hub” of the kitchen, but is it so often overlooked when renovating one of the most important rooms in the house. Why settle for a single-use sink when you could reinvent your kitchen with a Galley Workstations from The Galley. Paul chose one of the Galley Workstations for his own kitchen and would suggest them to anyone.

The Galley was created by a passionate kitchen designer and family cook who saw the potential in a workstation where all the prepping, serving, entertaining, and cleaning up could happen. Starting with a prototype in his own kitchen, Roger Shollmier (Inventor & Chief Designer) made that idea into a reality. The Galley Collection® is now available in 6 lengths to suit any size indoor or outdoor kitchen.

So much more than a sink, The Galley is a super-functional kitchen workstation. Every Galley Workstations comes with a well-appointed culinary kit that is available in your choice of white or black restaurant-quality resin, or Natural Bamboo. Culinary kits are comprised of cutting boards, colanders, bowls, and drain racks that fit into The Galley’s dual-tier system. They also offer an impressive selection of additional accessories to suit your every need, like the Condiment Serving Board, the Bottom Sink Divider and the Upper-tier Garnish Board to name a few.

So, if you are looking for a super-functional, smart and stylish focal point to amp up your kitchen, or you want to streamline your prep and cook time, check out The Galley website and pick the Galley Workstations that works best for you.

Be sure to come back next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday. We will have more exceptional products and services coming your way. For our past favs check our recommended page for the best in the business. As always, if you have a product or service that you think we might like get in touch and tell us all about it.

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 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.

Venture Games Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Venture Games – Brands We Trust

Known for being one of the very best in the business, Venture Games creates traditional, pro level gaming tables that are as elegant as they are functional. Each table is created domestically — no outsourcing overseas labour — by master crafters armed with passionate dedication & years of experience, using top quality materials. A little bit like us! Clearly, Paul working with Venture was a match made in Heaven.

Every single Venture Games gaming table is a work of art, made to order according to the client’s choice of customizations, which can include finishes, leathers, details and hardwoods. They carry a full complement of accessories, too, including leather dust covers made to fit your table, brushes, lighting, score boards & more! Your brand new table will also come with your own table care kit, including all the liquid wax, silicone spray, and other products that’ll keep your table perfect for years to come. You can check out their website here!

Plus, Venture Games tables come in a variety of shapes, sizes and uses, from competition-sized shuffleboard tables to smaller versions that fit well in a compact family home. And not just shuffleboard! When we chose the Winston ping pong table for our project, we knew that not only would the homeowners receive an excellently crafted & attractive play surface, they’d also have a beautiful and functional table that looks perfectly at home regardless of its dual nature! Constructed of solid 1-3/4″ thick rock hard maple, this is one that they’ll be passing down to the kids (and their kids’ kids!). With gaming tables like these, you’ll be moving your gaming room out of your basement and making it part of your daily living.

Friendly, enthusiastic and with fantastic customer service, Venture Games is a company that Paul Lafrance Design is proud to count among our suppliers. See you next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday feature!

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

Nortek Mechanical Services Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Nortek Mechanical Services – Brands We Trust

A beautiful Paul Lafrance Design interior remodeling will create the look and feel you’ve always wanted, but don’t forget the importance of your home’s heating, ventilating and air conditioning. Without well-maintained and high quality HVAC equipment, even the most stunning home is hard to enjoy. For Paul, that’s where Mississauga-based Nortek Mechanical Services comes in.

In operation since the year 2000, Nortek Mechanical Services has both the experience and the dedication to get the job done right on all building mechanical systems. From residential to commercial applications, they’ll take care of your chillers; pumps & fan coils; boilers; packaged rooftop units; makeup air units; automation systems; air compressors; even specialized equipment like refrigeration units and dietary equipment. And they’ll be with you from start to finish, scheduling consults to determine your requirements, and then building, installing & maintaining your system! Plus, they’ll help you with energy audits, and retrofitting older equipment to keep your HVAC systems running smoothly.

Besides their extensive skills, the thing that sets Nortek Mechanical Services apart for Paul & his team is their dedication to excellence. The Nortek team approaches every job with professionalism and outstanding service, ensuring that the project is done right every time. Your finished project will be reliable and environmentally friendly, ready to serve you for years to come. And that’s not to mention the honest passion that shines through in their work, something that Paul always values in a contractor. Someone who truly loves their craft will always go the extra mile to ensure the job exceeds customer expectations. Visit them here, today!

We here at Paul Lafrance Design are delighted to have had the opportunity to work with Nortek Mechanical Services and look forward to many more years to come as we bring our design & build services back inside the home! See you next week for another spotlight on another great company!

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:

Then, he appeared on Moore in the Morning:

Next Paul stopped in at The Morning Show to share a sneak peek of the first episode of Custom Built!

Finally he appeared on News at Noon with Rosey Edeh:

Phew – what a busy day!!

Houzz Awards 2015 “Best of Design” & "Best of Houzz"

Houzz Awards 2015 –  Awarded to Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto

Paul Lafrance Design of Greater Toronto Area Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award

Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada and Around the World

PICKERING, Canada, February 4, 2015 – Paul Lafrance Design of Pickering, Ontario has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Design & Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The custom design & build firm founded by home renovation expert Paul Lafrance was chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.

“Our mission is to create beauty in our clients’ everyday lives, and provide for them a place of rest where they can let go of the day’s stress,” says Paul Lafrance. “We’re proud that our work has earned this recognition & incredibly grateful to our fans on Houzz for casting their votes.”

“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Paul Lafrance Design among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

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About Paul Lafrance Design

Paul Lafrance Design, founded as Cutting Edge Construction & Design in 1997, is a home improvement design & build firm operating in the Greater Toronto Area. To date, they have had a hand in over a thousand projects and show no signs of slowing down. Having started out with a primary focus on Outdoor Living-space design, they have since expanded their scope and expertise to include interior design, construction, and custom furniture. They design internationally for homeowners all across North America and will bring your design dreams to life. For more information, visit

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin and Sydney. For more information, visit

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