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.
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!
Kate Campbell Defies Stereotypes
It can be hard to be a woman in the construction industry, but Paul Lafrance Design build crew member Kate Campbell defies the stereotypes and is a fantastic role model for young women interested in doing the same. Check out this article by The Globe and Mail about her challenges and experiences making it in the industry:
The Globe and Mail – Defying stereotypes, HGTV star finds her calling in carpentry – April 22nd, 2014
Marquis Gardens – Brands We Trust
So you’ve hired a pro to plan and design your perfect deck. But that’s not all there is to your yard! At Paul Lafrance Design, we believe that your deck should harmonize with your yard and welcome you down to ground level. Landscaping is what will make your deck part of your yard, and not just sitting on top of it. So when our landscaper-of-choice Jeff Sarty introduced Paul to Marquis Gardens, he knew it was a match made in Heaven.
Ponds and water features are Marquis Gardens‘ specialty, and is where their services really shine. When a project is just begging for a water element, Paul’s unique deck designs call for equally unique water features. When he takes his ideas to Marquis Gardens, he can trust them to come up with the perfect solution.
We also love that Marquis Gardens doesn’t compromise on the quality of their products. From plants to fountains to pond kits, you can trust that you’re getting a product that you can rely on. If you’re new to pond ownership and maintenance, they’ll also be with you every step of the way to learn what you need to know to keep your new water feature well-maintained and looking great for years to come!
When it comes to supplying landscaping products for our deck & yard projects, Marquis Gardens just can’t be beat. Located just north of Toronto, this Canadian supplier is centrally located, making it a good choice for a variety of projects in and around the Greater Toronto Area. Visit them online, today!
Join us next week for a look at a cool new wood decking product!