Message from Paul Lafrance Spring 2016

Message from Paul Lafrance;

Dear ‘fan’mily!

I’m so relieved Spring is finally HERE! As much as I love Christmas time, fireplaces, and the look of the winter sun shining off of trees and fields covered in ice, I’m happy to let it go in favour of warmer weather and being able to run outside without first donning my parka. I wear flip flops in the winter out of sheer rebellion!

At Paul Lafrance Design, we’ve been busily expanding, forging new relationships, and creating crazy projects that I can’t wait for you all to see! We’ve partnered with some truly remarkable companies that are on the cutting edge of the design industry, creating everything from state of the art glass railings, to corkscrew metal footings that replace traditional concrete ones, to incredible wall and ceiling treatments that make my job all that much more fun!

We’ve also formed an alliance with an amazing deck company called, fittingly, The Deck Store. The Deck Store, owned by Terry Fangrad, has got six design centres in Ontario (so far), and offers both stellar workmanship and customer service. We are now working with them, hand-in-hand, to install Paul Lafrance Designs all across the province.

With warm weather upon us (did I mention how happy that makes me?) we are getting booked up quickly with new designs for folks all across the country and in the United States. If you’ve ever watched any of my shows (Decked Out, Disaster Decks, Custom Built, etc.) you’ll know that we come up with some pretty spectacular stuff (if I do say so myself!). What you might not have known is that we design custom outdoor living spaces and interior renovations for people internationally. If you’ve ever wondered what we could come up with for your backyard or any room in your house, give us a shout. We’d love to dream up something extraordinary with you.

Your trusted messenger,
Paul Lafrance.

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.

National Forest Products Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Tiki Escapes Tropical – National Forest Products

Using cedar posts to create that essential third dimension can improve many an outdoor design, but years of Canadian winters have taught us that not all posts are created equal. Many warp or split, and still more arrive in less than favourable condition. Thankfully, Paul has found a great company that stakes its reputation on the quality of their lumber, National Forest Products.

National Forest Products is a distributor, wholesaler and broker of high quality softwood lumber products, with facilities across Canada and North-Eastern USA. Whether you are looking for Pinnacle grade solid cedar or the revolutionary hollow core engineered QuattroPosts, National Forest Products has proven that they are a reliable source with quality product and exceptional customer service. They also have a strong commitment to the environment, and always endeavor to sell softwood lumber that has been grown and produced under controlled sustainable forest programs.

We can definitely attest to to the caliber of National Forest Products’ cedar lumber, but the product Paul has been the most impressed with is QuattroPost. These primed or natural finish hollow core engineered posts virtually eliminate shrinking, warping and splitting. QuattroPost’s hollow core is perfect for safely installing lighting to your deck or porch while hiding away the clutter of wires. QuattroPosts are lightweight and easy to install but they are also certified structural and can be used as an architectural element for your home. National Forest Products stands behind the quality and customer satisfaction of all of their lumber and every QuattroPost is 100% guaranteed, every time.

If you are looking to save yourself the time and hassle of returning ugly timbers, or you want the versatility and resilience of products like QuattroPost you should head on over to the National Forest Products website and see what they have to offer and where you can find them.

Check in next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday for more exceptional products and services, or head on over to our recommended page for the best in the business. Do you have a product or service that you think we might like? We are always on the look-out, so get in touch and tell us all about it.

CGC Incorporated Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

CGC Incorporated – Brands We Trust

There are many elements that have to come together to create the perfect custom space, but for a quality finish you have to start with a quality foundation. Paul is a huge fan of using CGC Inc. Backerboard and Underlayment to set the stage for his designs to unfold.

CGC Inc. is a leading marketer, manufacturer and distributor of gypsum wallboard products, interior finishing materials, as well as suspended acoustical ceilings in Canada. Their products are easy to use, versatile, and have superior tile-holding strength, enabling you to unleash your creative side and be confident that your space will continue to impress for years to come.

Paul has used CGC Inc.’s backerboard in bathroom and kitchen renovations and their self-leveling underlayment in basement renovations and has nothing but good things to say about them. The backerboard panels are strong and durable and deliver high-performance water- and mold-resistant protection, and the DUROCK™ self-leveling underlayments offer superior strength and durability when installing tile or when used as a finished flooring. With other great products, like the CGC DUROCK™ Shower System–a fully bonded waterproofing system for tiled showers installations, designed to control moisture independently of the tile covering, while creating a solid base for a long-lasting shower–CGC Inc. is a company that Paul Lafrance Design is happy to recommend and will continue to work with in the future.

It’s what’s underneath that helps ensure your renovation stands the test of time. You may have picked out the perfect tile for a shower, or flooring for your basement, but before you can install it, make sure that you check out all of the great products CGC Inc on their website and find out has to get you started the right way.

Check in next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday for more exceptional products and services, or head on over to our recommended page for the best in the business. If you have a product that will blow us away, get in touch and give us the low-down on your company.

DesignerStone Panels Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

DesignerStone Panels – Brands We Trust

DesignerStone Panels are made up of a front layer of thinly cut real stone (granite, travertine, onyx or marble) adhered to an unique backing which is then engineered using the most modern patented technology to create an extremely strong and light weight stone faced structure. The result is a natural stone panel that is stronger and much lighter than traditional large slabs of the same stone, making them much easier to transport and install.

Natural stone can bring elegance and flair to any space, but it isn’t always the easiest material to work with. That’s why Paul was thrilled to find DesignerStone® Panels. Their lightweight stone panels are a great alternative to traditional stone slabs.

One of Paul’s favourite features of DesignerStone® Panels is their ability to be back-lit. Why not flip a switch and take an already beautiful onyx backsplash and bring it to life with light? When using the translucent or opaque panels you are able to incorporate lighting into your feature wall, bar-top, backsplash, outdoor screen, tub enclosure, or any other element you want to highlight – the applications are endless.

Want to upgrade your shower or bath enclosure without the mess or hassle of installing marble tiles? DesignerStone® Panels are waterproof, groutless, and can be installed over existing tiles. No CNC machine or bridge saw required–in most cases panels can be cut onsite with portable tools, and by using full panels (vs tiling) you can really show off the beauty of the natural stone.

Paul Lafrance Design has incorporated DesignerStone® Panels into many bathrooms, kitchens, bars, and outdoor spaces and are always looking for new ways to use this innovative product. Check out their website before your next reno, and don’t forget that we’re always looking for cool new products to try, so get in touch and give us the scoop on your company.

Custom Built Season Two Custom Built Season Two Galley Update

Custom Built Season Two – Galley Update

Want to take a closer look at the cool projects that Paul and the crew created during this season of HGTV Canada’s Custom Built?
Look no further! We’ve got a bumper crop of all-new gallery photos for you to enjoy!

Check out the spectacular room renovations, from bathrooms to bedrooms to kitchens!

  • The Curved Glass Bathroom
  • The Big Beam Kitchen
  • The City Skyline Kitchen
  • The Gentleman’s Bar
  • The Big Family Basement
  • The Bright White Kitchen
  • The Lit Up Livingroom
  • The Wine Cellar Office
  • The Sliding Stage Theatre
  • The Art Table Kitchen
  • The Pizza Oven Kitchen
  • The Surf n Sport Basement
  • Live Edge Bar
  • Spaceship Loft Bed
  • Antique Radio Media Center
  • Medieval Armour Stands
  • Hideaway Change Table
  • British Pub Bar
  • Doggie Villa
  • Hideaway Play Room
  • East Coast Furniture
  • Curio Table
  • Community Artist Table
  • Firepit Family Picnic Table

Want a truly epic design or one-of-a-kind piece of furniture for your home?

Come on over to our contact page, and send us an email! We’d love to hear from you.

Great Canadian Cookbook Fall 2015 Macaroni and Cheese with Paul Lafrance

Great Canadian Cookbook Fall 2015

Our fearless leader Paul Lafrance has added a new title to his resumé: Chef!

Check out his appearance on Food Network Canada’s Great Canadian Cookbook with Chef Lynn as they recreate a truly classic Canadian dish.
They’ll kick up macaroni and cheese with some delicious Canadian-made artisanal cheeses…yum!

Food Network Canada – Great Canadian Cookbook, Macaroni and Cheese with Paul Lafrance – October 6th, 2015

Talisman Mountain Inn CTV News - Work underway to restore the Talisman Resort

Talisman Resort — now Talisman Mountain Inn — was once a beloved ski resort that closed its doors in 2011. Now under new ownership, the resort is getting a top-to-bottom makeover, with design work by our very own Paul!

Have you heard the news? Paul Lafrance Design is very excited to be part of a spectacular rejuvenation project which will breathe new life into an old favourite Ontario getaway destination.

CTV News – Work underway to restore the Talisman Resort – September 17th 2015

Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine Spring & Summer 2015 Edition

Hey, deck & landscape fans! We have an excerpt from the fabulous Outdoor Lifestyle Magazine Spring/Summer 2015 edition for you today.

In this edition, Paul Lefrance talks about one of his most beloved projects from HGTV Canada’s Decked Out, a compact project styled like a Miami club lounge.

Check out the article for Paul’s thoughts on not just designing out of the box, but breaking it entirely!

Disaster Decks Season Finale HGTV Canada

Season Finale of Disaster Decks aired this week on HGTV Canada, and we have new gallery photos to share with you! What a ride: We met some quirky homeowners, built some fantastic backyard retreats, and left some newly-minted handymen ready to take care of their decks for years to come.

First up, when Jessica and Jeff moved into their beautiful new home, the only problem was the old unsafe deck that they inherited. A rebuild was required to keep their growing toddler safe, so Paul stepped in to lend a helping hand.

Next, Bryan and Sarah tried to remove their above-ground pool to refresh their yard, but the job was bigger than they thought and was left half-finished. After getting a helping hand, they’re the proud owners of the perfect deck to celebrate their wedding on!

And when Lida and Asad made their cry for help, Paul & the team arrived on the scene to find a decrepit deck that looked older than the century-old schoolhouse it was attached to! Now, the family of five will enjoy their outdoor oasis for years to come.

Finally, retirees Paul and Anne built their original deck thirty years ago, and weren’t up to the task of tearing it down to start fresh. Take a look at the beautiful outdoor oasis they can now look forward to spending their retirement on!

Thanks for enjoying the shows! Catch you later, and don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest!

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