A revolution in reality TV: Backyard Revolution

Best known for his hit HGTV Canada shows like Decked Out and Disaster Decks, Paul Lafrance has now embarked on a new adventure! This time, you will see what really goes on behind the scenes on one of his most challenging projects yet! Paul invites you to follow his new series called Backyard Revolution.

The first season of Backyard Revolution follows Paul Lafrance through the process of an iconic build for his clients, Sunjay Gandhi and Reshma Bhargava, in a way never before seen in lifestyle television. According to Lafrance, it is the most ambitious project he has taken on. In his words, “it is authentic, it breaks the fourth wall and it’s funny as hell.”

A Revolution in Reality TV: Backyard Revolution - Paul Lafrance Blog

This epic project includes a multi-level, curved composite deck, a curved outdoor kitchen, a putting green, a pond with waterfalls, and a revolutionary four-season room that boasts a state-of-the-art golf simulator. During this season, people will see the ups and downs of the job, as well as struggles on and off camera for Paul, the crew, and even the homeowners. “Designers and builders don’t normally like to broadcast their mistakes”, says Lafrance. “For me, that’s what people want to see: The nitty-gritty stuff that contractors, professionals, and homeowners go through; the arguments, miscalculations, and delays that often get glossed over in the reality tv world”, he says.

Watch the trailer:

Watch the first episode “All the world’s a stage” from Backyard Revolution online now!

Outdoor Living Space Ideas for the Summer 2020

We know that outdoor living and entertaining are important in modern life. A lot of people enjoy wildlife and to be surrounded by fresh air. For this reason, it’s a great idea to transform a bare backyard or sun-baked rooftop into a retreat where you and your guests will feel comfortable spending time and enjoying the nature. Transforming any space into a backyard oasis requires you to start designing it now, before the summer hits for you to enjoy!

If you are looking for outdoor living space ideas for the Summer 2020, here are some awesome design inspirations from works made by Paul Lafrance and his team that will spark your interest:

Outdoor televisions

How about sitting outside on a summer evening and feeling the breeze while you enjoy something on television? The Outdoor televisions provide a great way to relax while watching your favorite TV shows, movies or games. Adding a weather-proof outdoor TV lets you bring the feel of your indoor living room to your outdoor space! Check out the TV Deck from the “Decked Out”:

TV Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
TV Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
TV Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Outdoor fireplaces

The fireplace adds even more beauty and emotion to the space, and it is perfect for those summer nights outdoors. Check out the Fire Table Deck from “Decked out”:

Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Outdoor Fireplace - Fire Table Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Stones

It’s possible to incorporate stone into a modern outdoor living space! Let’s be honest: everyone likes the permanence of stone. Besides, it has an appeal which makes anything feel like it’s going to last for decades. It adds a good contrast to the composite which comprises most of the deck area. Check out the Stone Deck from “Decked Out”:

Stone Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Stone Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Stone Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Hot tub

The outdoor hot tub can be used by family and friends all year, which provides incredible utility for your investment. Check out the Hot Tub Deck from “Decked Out”:

Hot Tub Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Hot Tub Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas
Hot Tub Deck by Paul Lafrance - Outdoor Living Space Ideas

Are you ready to start your outdoor living space? So we are! We’ve got a handy form on our website to help you easily submit your photos and tell us about your backyard project.

Get your Outdoor Living Space ready for the Summer 2020 with Paul Lafrance and his team! Tell us about your project by visiting our backyards page.

Accura Glass

Paul Lafrance Design with Accura Glass®

Paul Lafrance and his team know that the glass in their projects turns out exactly how they have imagined it to be thanks to the amazing partnership with Accura Glass®. The combination of irreplaceable skills of dedicated glass artisans with the most advanced design and production technologies available delivers exactly what Paul Lafrance needs to make a breathtaking backyard or deck design.

About the company

Accura Glass® was founded in 2000 and is managed by the two founding partners, Brian Medinski and Grigorii Khizguiiaev. With over 40 years of glass fabrication experience behind them, Brian and Grigorii recognized a growing demand for specialty architectural glass products and developed proprietary new tools and technologies to produce cost-effective custom manufactured bent glass and laminated glass.

Working from a 35,000 square foot facility in the Greater Toronto Area, Accura Glass® has a full complement of state-of-the-industry equipment and employs 30 people full time and more on a part-time (as-needed) basis. Between its features projects there are Paul Lafrance, Marriott Houston and Argyle Street.

Top Quality Services:

Glass Bending

HD Digital Printing

Glass Laminating

U.V. Bonding

Back Painted Glass

CNC Capabilities

Digital Sandblasting

Why does Paul Lafrance Design love to incorporate Accura Glass® in projects?

Paul LaFrance knows that small details make the difference in a successful project. Every piece of glass incorporated into his projects is an essential element for a gorgeous and harmonious backyard or deck decoration. Accura Glass® is an innovative glass fabricator with an enviable reputation for producing quality glass products to customer’s specifications on-time and on-budget. These features make Paul and his team to continue to reach for Accura Glass® when they need superb quality, precision and reliability.

Learn more about the custom architectural glass for residential, retail and corporate environments by visiting Accura Glass website.

Barrisol

Brands We Trust – Barrisol


Paul Lafrance and his team know that Barrisol provides innovative interior design solutions that are required on every project by balancing advanced technology with aesthetic beauty. Barrisol® is the world leader of stretched ceiling and a reliable partner.


About Barrisol


Barrisol® is a manufacturer of stretch ceilings, walls, organic and 3D Forms, indoor and outdoor. With more than 50 years of experience and a network of 1,200 partners worldwide, the company offers a complete line of products for design professionals (e.g architects, decorators & interior designers) and for end users. Its international experience and local presence help to ensure a quality application for your project.
Barrisol® stretch ceiling complete range of products and ceilings:

3D Form
Acoustic Light®
Acoustics®
B-Skin®
Castiglioni
Clim®
GTs®
Illuminated light boxes®
Layer®
Light
Light Color
Light Lines®
Lighting
Lovegrove
Lumigon®
Mirror®
PLUS® Lamp
Print your Mind®
Recycled Membrane
Star®
The bio-based
Tradition®
Trempo Acoustic®
Trempo®
TrempoVision®
Brick Effect
Butterfly Lamp by Chantal Thomass
Ceiling tiles
Chair by vallon®
Clean room
Concrete Effect
Creadesign
ELT3D®
Les effets matières
Lighting 3D form
Lighting wall
Lumière color wall
Marble Effect
MICROSORBER®
Modular
Mural
Perfodesign
Projection and lighting
Sign
Stand
Wood Effect

Why does Paul Lafrance Design love to incorporate Barrisol® in projects? The Barrisol® Universe offers endless possibilities for Paul Lafrance and his team to create unique designs with a combination of vibrant colors and complex shapes for backyard or deck decoration projects. From organic shapes or waves, to spheres or more conventional forms, Barrisol® enables Paul’s team to create all types of stretch ceilings and panels for renovation or new buildings construction.


Enjoy a diverse palette of more than 230 unique colors! Choose a texture, finish, printed image, translucent element and your Barrisol® ceiling can provide you with almost any look or feel you desire.


Bring a new style to your home! Get inspired at: https://barrisol.com/en-ca

Bostitch Tools

Brands We TrustBOSTITCH and Paul Lafrance Designs

When it comes to making thousands of cuts on a big building project, Paul Lafrance Designs’ build teams know that BOSTITCH will never let them down. Power, speed, and reliability are on their side from the beginning to the end.

About BOSTITCH

BOSTITCH is an American company that specializes in design and manufacture top-quality and innovative power tools such as air compressors, pneumatic staplers and nailers for industrial, construction, and home-improvement applications.

With a history dating back more than 100 years, BOSTITCH is a reliable partner for Paul Lafrance and his custom deck building team.

BOSTITCH PRODUCTS

Here’s an overview of the BOSTITCH product lines:

Construction tools

BOSTITCH® Construction tools are available in kits or bare

– Nailers

– Staplers

– Tackers and Pliers

– Combo Kits

– Power Tools

Hand Tools

BOSTITCH® Hand Tools are made strong, durable and built to last

– Demolition Tools

– Fastening Tools

– Cutting Tools

– Measuring & Layout

– Hammers

– Wrenches

– Screwdrivers

– Storage

Automotive Tools

BOSTITCH automotive tools are made strong and durable with chrome-vanadium steel to withstand harsh conditions

– Air Tools

– Wrenches

– Mechanics Tools

– Ratchets

– Socket Sets

Industrial Tools

– Industrial Nailers

– Industrial Staplers

– Industrial Fasteners

Fasteners

– Nails

– Staples

– Flooring Fasteners

– Industrial Fasteners

Air Compressors

– Air hoses

– Combo kits

– Hand carry and wheeled

– Lubricants and oils

Accessories

– Air hoses

– Airline Fittings and Accessories

– Lubricants and Oils

– Power Tool Accessories

Learn more about BOSTITCH products at: https://www.bostitch.com/

Why does Paul LaFrance choose BOSTITCH tools?

Durability, reliability and versatility are essential for Paul Lafrance and his team to design and create the coolest backyards and decks that you have ever seen! Therefore, BOSTITCH tools match their needs and make the difference during the amazing renovation process.

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.

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