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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/

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.

WALLdesign by MURdesign Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

WALLdesign & MURdesign – Brands We Trust

Walls are the backdrop and foundation of any interior design, but sometimes even when using the right colours the room can be left feeling flat. Paul has found that the decorative panels from WALLdesign add dimension and texture to help bring those walls to life.

WALLdesign, also known as MURdesign, is a Canadian company based out of Québec that is changing the way we look at wall paneling. WALLdesign panels are textured panels that are installed over the drywall to add contemporary, rustic or classic character to your space. This eco-friendly company uses 100% recycled wood and non-VOC paint for their primed or specialty finished panels.

Offering a wide variety of styles and textures in both full and half-wall panels, WALLdesign has made it easy to find just the right finish to enhance your design. The easy to install panels give the instant look of concrete, barn board, tile, stone, layered wood, wainscoting or even a contemporary waved surface. What better way to bring your modern country space to another level, than with a rustic wood-plank feature wall? The 468 planking collection by WALLdesign comes in three colours and sizes to complement your design.

Whether you are looking for the classic feel of a unique full or half-wall wainscoting, or the edgy modern vibe of a concrete feature wall, WALLdesign has the perfect panels to complete your space. Check out their website to see all they have to offer or their great gallery for inspiration. WALLdesign also has an app for iPhone and Android so you can visualize your project in real time. You can find it here.

Want to know about more of our favourite products? Check our recommended page! We hope to see you again next week for another ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday. If you have a product or service that you think we might like 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.

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.

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

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!

Disaster Decks New Deck Builds Tuesdays at 9pm e/p on HGTV Canada

New Deck Builds on Disaster Decks – We’ve got two more photo sets from last night’s new episodes of “Disaster Decks”, which air on Tuesdays at 9pm e/p on HGTV Canada.

Starting at nine, we met Kathleen & Sam, a couple who have special safety concerns for their young son, and a dangerous old deck. Sam has to admit that he’s in over his head with tackling this fix, so Paul & the crew are on the scene!

Then at nine thirty, Carrie & Clint called in help for their ancient and disintegrating eyesore of a deck. Paul is on the scene to put the old deck out of its misery, and guide Clint in creating a new haven for the family to enjoy!

  • Kathleen and Sam’s Deck
  • Carrie and Clints Deck

Custom Built The Blingy Bathroom Season 1 Episode 13

The Blingy Bathroom on Custom Built – Season 1 Episode 13

Chris and Irma have a dated and poorly functioning bathroom that they want to enlarge and re-style in a Parisian flair. Paul blings out their bathroom with Roman-style columns, a chandelier and heated floors, while giving Chris the massive shower he has always wanted and Irma a corner soaker tub. There is even a vintage style phone for Irma so she can talk to her friends while having a bath.

Brand New Project Photos – Last night’s new episodes of “Custom Built”, airing at 10pm ET on HGTV Canada, featured some of our coolest interior projects & custom furniture to date!

Up first, Paul and the crew took a tired and cramped old bathroom, and turned it into a luxurious and roomy Parisian retreat in “The Blingy Bathroom”, featuring Roman columns surrounding a roomy soaker tub and a jumbo separate shower. And in other projects, the team got back in touch with their tropical side to create an outdoor tiki bar!

Next up, you’ve heard of the man cave, but how about “The Lady Cove”? Paul & the crew created a peaceful haven for this homeowner to dance, read, and relax in a space all her own! Meanwhile, a music-lover with a fondness for classic flair tasked the crew with creating a colourful retro 50s diner with personalized style.

Watch out for hashtag #CustomBuilt next Tuesday at 10pm ET, when we’ll be tweeting live from @PaulLafranceDES!

Fisher Paykel Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Fisher Paykel – Brands We Trust

Top quality appliances are vital assets that can improve every aspect of your life in the home, saving you vital time and energy, leaving you to relax and enjoy! When it comes to investing in your home with beautifying & modernizing renovations, you’ll also want to choose an appliance that complements and enhances your haven — not something you might want to hide away. For Paul Lafrance Design, that’s where Fisher Paykel comes in, with a huge variety of kitchen appliances to suit any wild & crazy design that Paul comes up with.

When it comes to cooking, every chef has their style and their favourite tools of the trade. Ultra-precise gas-burning cooktops? All set. Prefer versatile radiant heat? No problem! Stylish & speedy induction cooking? Fisher & Paykel has it all covered, with a variety of combinations in ranges, built-in ovens, cooking surfaces, and even microwave ovens! Plus, their high-tech cooling units — from full size stand-up refrigerators to compact drawer units — will keep your food (and favourite wines!) perfectly chilled and ready to go. Each unit comes equipped with highly sophisticated sensors which constantly track usage and temperature, and dynamically adjust fans & cooling to compensate, so their contents remain fresh & tasty. When you’re all done cooking, dining, entertaining, and showing off your awesomely appointed kitchen, the hidden dishwasher that’s concealed inside a drawer will take care of the mess. What a cool innovation! Paul can’t wait to see what Fisher & Paykel comes up with next so he can incorporate it into his latest reno.

Check out some of the slick applications where Paul Lafrance Design has installed top-of-the-line Fisher & Paykel appliances, including the ultra-slick pop-up gas cook surface & a gorgeous gas-powered stainless steel cook top! Want to find some other cool products or services used on the shows? Come on by our Friends page to check out some of the best in the business.

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