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.

The Hollow Timber Company Brands We Trust

Paul Lafrance Design is primarily known for their one-of-a-kind backyard projects and deck designs as seen on Paul’s hit TV shows Decked Out, Disaster Decks or Custom Built. However, Paul Lafrance Design has also gone indoors. For years Paul has talked about the importance of bringing the inside out when it comes to designing a backyard oasis’ or a customized deck, but when it comes to interior design they are just as passionate about bring the outdoors in!

Here’s another outstanding company Paul Lafrance Design trusts to provide truly unique workmanship that does just that.

About The Hollow Timber Co.

These amazing artisans are based out of the greater Toronto area. They provide a cost-conscious solution for achieving the unmistakable warmth and ambiance of real timber beams.

Why Paul Lafrance Design Chooses The Hollow Timber Co.

Paul Lafrance Design chooses The Hollow Timber Co. because they use only real wood in their hollow timber systems, the beams are pre-finished and ready to install within existing structures to reproduce the look and feel of authentic timber framing and lastly the construction is light-weight and does not require structural alterations.

The Product

With the hollow box design Paul Lafrance Design can design any post and beam configuration, but the cool part is the hollow center that allows things like your cables a nice place to hide as well as opening new possibilities for lighting and electrical.

Stain and Texture Options

The Hollow Timber Co. offers 4 texture and stain options all of which bring the authentic and timeless appeal Paul Lafrance Design strives to achieve when incorporating things like barn beam fireplace mantels or majestic archways to a project:

Tavern Brown

Espresso

Settlers Grey

Driftwood

Check them out here: http://thehollowtimberco.com/product/

So whether Paul Lafrance Design is looking to design a rustic or heritage approach to a modern living space or remodel a current space to add strength and monumental character, the customizable and stunning structural design of the Hollow Timber system delivers just what the team at Paul Lafrance Design aspires for.

Check out their extraordinary craftsmanship here:

http://thehollowtimberco.com/gallery/

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

Houzz Awards –  Awarded to Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto.

Over 40 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World for the Houzz Awards 2017.

[Pickering, Canada]February 2, 2017 – Paul Lafrance Design of Pickering, Ontario has won “Best Of Design” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The whole-home design firm, founded in 1997 by television host Paul Lafrance, was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of  their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

Paul Lafrance Design was born from my dream of creating whole-home transformations that buck the trend. We don’t just think outside of the box, we dismantle it completely! The end result are designs that stand the test of time because each one is unique to the homeowners they were created for,” says founder Paul Lafrance. “We’re honoured that the Houzz community has once again voted us ‘Best of Houzz’!”

 “We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Paul Lafrance Design,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

 

About Paul Lafrance Design
Paul Lafrance Design, founded as Cutting Edge Construction & Design in 1997, is a home improvement design 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. From outdoor living-space design to interior design and custom furniture, they design for homeowners all over the world. For more information, visit www.PaulLafranceDesign.com.

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 small room to building a custom home and everything in between, 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 empowered by technology, 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, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

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.

Paul Lafrance, Public Speaker

Paul Lafrance, host of hit shows on HGTV Canada, loves letting his unusual perspectives on the world loose on stage! When you’re planning an important event, choosing the right public speaker is vitally important to connect and inspire your guests. Whether it’s a corporate retreat, home and garden show, fundraiser, or school event, your speaker has the role of engaging their audience and bringing them together.

For many years, Paul has become known internationally as “The Deck Guy”, guided by his powerful design philosophy that allows him to connect deeply with his clients on a meaningful level. “Most people in the world believe that not only do others not know them or their personal story, but they don’t care to,” he says. As a result, his whole-home cutting edge designs not only reflect the unique interests and family life of the homeowners in truly remarkable ways, but by incorporating peoples’ personal stories into his designs, they become timeless!

As a public speaker, Paul’s passionate belief that everyone has a story leads him to forge a connection with his audience in pursuit of that story. Helping others to discover what truly makes them come alive and to find their own unique abilities to impact the world around them is a constant theme when he speaks. He has built a reputation for speaking with an undeniable mix of the deep and ridiculous, and he has proven to be both a dynamic and motivating force on stage and off.

Some of Paul’s most powerful topics include:

  • How to succeed when you don’t fit the mould
  • The importance of women in the trades
  • Why investing money and time to create places of rest at home is crucial
  • Discovering your keys for living a life without fear

Get in touch with us today to discuss booking Paul Lafrance to speak at your event. We can’t wait to see what we can build together as we continue on an unforgettable journey!

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.

Cyclone Range Hoods Inc. Paul Lafrance Design Team - Brands We Trust

Cyclone Range Hoods Inc. – Brands We Trust

We’ve all tried to rid our kitchens of that sticky film on our cabinets, or the smell of burnt food from the air. When updating your kitchen, the last thing you want is to have the same issues a couple of months later. The problem is in the air. Paul found the solution for his kitchen by effectively ventilating the air using a state-of-the-art Cyclone range hood.

Cyclone is a Canadian range hood and exhaust fan manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer that was born out of the need for a more powerful kitchen ventilation system on the market. For twenty-five years Cyclone has grown and improved, fine-tuning their range hoods into the perfect fusion of performance and design. Their environmentally-friendly filter-less system uses less energy to remove more air than those with filters, and they have machine-washable parts that never need replacing.

Nothing gets rid of airborne contaminants, grease, and odours like a Cyclone range hood. With a wide variety of canopy and island range hoods, picking a ventilation system for your new kitchen renovation or update will be a breeze. Far from the traditional utilitarian range hoods, Cyclone’s products are expertly designed and engineered to blend in with your design, or become a stylish focal point, depending on style and needs.

You may not have given much thought to which range hood you will use, but after checking out the Cyclone Gallery we are sure you’ll be as blown away as we are by their incredible products.

Cyclone is one of our recommended companies, and you can find the rest of them over on our recommended page. Make sure to check out next week’s “We <3 It” Wednesday for more information and inspiration, and as always, we are looking for more great products and services, so be sure to get in touch if you have something new or exciting to share with us.

The Houzz Awards 2016 “Best of Design” & "Best of Houzz"

Houzz Awards 2016 –  Awarded to Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto

Over 35 Million Monthly Unique Users Nominated Best Home Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in North America and Around the World.

Toronto, Canada January 22, 2016 – Paul Lafrance Design of Toronto, Ontario has won “Best Of Design” & “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The unique and cutting-edge design & build firm was chosen by the more than 35 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The “Best Of Houzz” is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 35 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2015. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2016” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign of their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“At my company, we are always pushing for excellence in bringing an amazing experience to our clients,” says founder & HGTV Canada host Paul Lafrance. “This is the second year in a row that we’ve taken home “Best of Design” and “Best of Customer Service” and I could not be more proud of my team.”

“Anyone building, remodeling or decorating looks to Houzz for the most talented and service-oriented professionals” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “We’re so pleased to recognize Paul Lafrance Design, voted one of our “Best Of Houzz” professionals by our enormous community of homeowners and design enthusiasts actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

Follow Paul Lafrance Design on Houzz!

About Paul Lafrance Design
Formerly Cutting Edge Construction and Design, Paul Lafrance Design was founded in 1997 by Paul Lafrance, host of HGTV Canada’s hit shows “Decked Out”, “Disaster Decks”, “Deck Wars” and “Custom Built”. In that time, the company has expanded from designing and installing backyard decks to creating unique whole-home transformations, one-of-a-kind furniture, and commercial outdoor spaces, both on camera and off. Paul’s creative ideas and internationally recognized designs are unique and unmatched in an industry that often produces cookie cutter decks and boring outdoor spaces. For more information, contact Paul today!

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 small room to building a custom home and everything in between, 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 empowered by technology, 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, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

Hey You, Design Professional Would You Like to Learn More About Outdoor Living?

Hey there Design Professional! The Outdoor Living Conference invites you to 2 days of everything outdoors including furniture, fabrics, rugs and accessories, kitchens, appliances, and lighting. Engage in various seminars that will inspire and educate. Learn from industry professionals and increase your bottom line.

Reserve your spot at the Outdoor Living Conference today, and come out to see our very own Paul Lafrance as a speaker and celebrity guest! Click here for more information!

Happening on February 3rd and 4th 2016, this is going to be a fantastic two days jam-packed with learning and networking opportunities to advance your business. Taking place in association with SOFA (Source of Furniture + Accessories!) at the International Center in Mississauga, your tickets will include coffee, tea and lunch on both days.

Plus, there is a special deal for followers of the Outdoor Living Conference on Facebook and Twitter to save $30 on their tickets. See you there!

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