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.
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
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!
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!
New Project Photos on Disaster Decks – Did you enjoy yesterday’s double feature of all-new “Disaster Decks“? Airing Tuesday nights at 9pm e/p on HGTV Canada, we’re delighted to be unveiling decking projects once again!
We started off with Karen and Justin, whose sprawling, rotting deck was both an eyesore and a hazard for their growing family. Paul and the crew were there to give them a helping hand…and teach dentist Justin a thing or two about a different kind of drill!
Next, Lori and Tim’s deck was being eaten by an overgrown privacy shrub, and falling apart at its ant-infested seams. Zip ties and duct tape repairs? Say it ain’t so!
Check out our gallery updates and tune in again next Tuesday at 9pm e/p on HGTV Canada. Plus, watch for watch for @PaulLafranceDES on Twitter, and hashtag #DisasterDecks!
- Karen and Justin’s Deck
- Lori and Tim’s Deck
Season 3 Premier – Spring Finally Sprung on Disaster Decks, oh boy! Disaster Decks is back on HGTV Canada with an all-new season, which means spring is here at last! Season 3 premiered last night at 9pm e/p with two all-new episodes, followed by the finale of Custom Built at 10pm.
First up, David and M.C. had a rotting, incomplete deck/outdoor man cave. With no deck on the second floor of the home, the couple was forced to block the door with furniture to keep anyone from falling out! Fortunately, Paul & the crew came to the rescue.
Next, Alain and Denise were in serious need of a rebuild for their disintegrating deck. Rather than waiting around for a guest to fall through, they called in Paul Lafrance. Now, they have a classy private retreat they’ll enjoy for years to come!
Moving indoors, Paul & the crew tackled a unique challenge; bringing together and harmonizing the passions of a zen-loving yoga enthusiast, and a hunter who loves serving up fresh game! Result? The Hunter Yoga Kitchen!
Finally, Custom Built wraps up the season with The Swivel Television Room, in which Paul livens up a tired and disorganized living room with a show-stopping new centerpiece! A swiveling jumbo TV mount that can be viewed from either the kitchen or the living room, above a beautiful eco-friendly two way fireplace.
Next Tuesday, join us on Twitter starting at 9pm e/p, and watch for @PaulLafranceDES and hashtag #DisasterDecks!
- The Hunter Yoga Kitchen
- The Swivel Television Room
- Music Stand
- Community Table
- David and MC’s Deck
- Denise and Alain’s Deck
Tiki Escapes Tropical – Brands We Trust
Lazy vacation days, sweet summer sunlight, cool drinks, and a tropical breeze rustling through thatch roofing overhead. To get there, usually you need to deal with frenetic airports, crowded flights and last-minute vacation complications! Wouldn’t it be great to leave the stress out of the equation, and take that tropical destination paradise home with you? Paul thinks so, and that’s why he loves working with Tiki Escapes Tropical!
Founded and operated locally in Ontario by talented and passionate craftspeople, Tiki Escapes Tropical works with a fine eye for design and sturdy materials. Every detail is covered, from thatch tiki huts, tropical palapa umbrella kits, and even a variety of faux palm trees with hidden features! With a variety of customization options, they’ll help you achieve your dreams of a unique at-home vacation right in your own yard (or even home!). When the weekend begins, just step into your personal tropical paradise and let it all go. Who needs a long, stressful trip?
Your new at-home tropical vacation won’t fall apart on you, either. Tiki Escapes Tropical is very familiar with the rigors of Canadian weather, and create their products with pride to endure the craziest wind and rain! Each product is crafted with dedication and love, from the sturdy solid cedar support poles to the hand-woven palm fronds that create cooling shelter overhead. Rain or shine, your investment will be built to last for years to come.
For your next tropical-themed expansion, be sure to check out Tiki Escapes Tropical for the perfect accent features and customized structures. 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. Between his shows “Custom Built” and “Disaster Decks”, Paul is on the lookout for materials for every type of project!
We can’t wait to hear from you.
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.
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 – 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!