Mono Serra Group – Brands We Trust
With so many flooring options out there, it can be overwhelming to narrow down which brand is the best for you. A company that Paul highly recommends is Mono Serra Group.
Mono Serra Group is a Montreal based flooring company that specializes in the manufacturing, distribution and wholesale of quality floor coverings, including ceramic and porcelain tiles, laminates and hardwood flooring. Far from being limited to only one type of flooring, Mono Serra Group started out specializing in ceramics, but they have spent the last 20 years building and growing, and today they offer top quality products in all flooring categories–including a collaboration with Ceramiche Serra S.p.A., which enables Mono Serra Group to provide North American customers and business partners with quality Italian tiles at highly affordable prices.
Mono Serra Group have set themselves apart with their elegant and stylish designs and affordable prices. With a wide variety of tile patterns, wood grains, finishes and colours, Mono Serra Group has the perfect product for every room in your house, as well as some terrific tiles for outdoors. On three of our recent jobs we have had the pleasure of installing their laminate and hardwood flooring, and both had exceptional quality and great value.
So, when building your next design from the ground up, make sure to check out the Mono Serra Group website for inspiration, and look for their logo when picking out flooring at your local big-box store or independent retailer.
Curious about what other brands and companies we use in our designs and projects? Check our recommended page! Next week for ‘We <3 It!’ Wednesday we will be featuring another great company, so be sure to check back. In the meantime, if you have a product or service that you think we might like, get in touch and tell us all about it.
Phantom Screens – Brands We Trust
You want protection from sun and bugs when it’s needed, but when it’s not, you’re stuck staring at unnecessary screens that impede your view and hem you in. Not anymore. Welcome to the future! Phantom Screens is an amazing product that adds a subtle flair of space-age class while still being totally practical.
We like to use Phantom Screens on projects where the client wants the best of both worlds when it comes to the beauty of an unobstructed view & the protection that screens provide. And of course, there’s the style! You just can’t beat the coolness factor of a screen that retracts away right before your eyes. The variety of options available to customize your screens just sweeten the deal. They can be controlled with wall-mounted switches, hand-held remotes, or even environmental sensors to automatically save you from the sun or retract your screens to protect them from windy storms. We love that with a variety of mesh types to choose from, each optimized for different needs of privacy, bug, or UV protection, we can find the perfect solution for any client. A variety of colour options is the icing on the custom-crafted cake.
Retractable screens are not just perfect for the three-season room you’ve been dreaming of; Phantom Screens has solutions for doors and windows, too.
As always, Paul has high expectations when it comes to the quality of the products he relies on, and Phantom delivers in spades. Every installation is done to perfection, and the client is left with a smile on their face! This is a premium product that is worth the investment in your home, and while Phantom Screens has grown into a multi-national company, they haven’t forgotten their Canadian roots. Paul Lafrance Design is proud to work with this fantastic company & their innovative products!
Stanley Bostitch DeWalt – Brands We Trust
Tough! That’s the word we’d use to describe the tools that the Paul Lafrance Design build crews need. 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 and his build teams need tools that work as hard as they do. So who do they go to? Easy: The best in the industry.
For hand tools, Stanley has everything a carpenter needs, from tape measures to chisels, and everything in between. Even rolling storage bins that make transporting our tools on and off the job site quick and easy. What a lifesaver! When we’re working outside, we need tools that we know we can trust not to fail us, even in the worst weather conditions. The durability of Stanley tools is our favourite thing about them.
Bostitch nailers are some of the tools that we depend upon most. These tools aren’t just reliable, innovative, and time-saving. They can also take a beating and they just keep on going, through joist-hanging, finishing, and pranking Kate by nailing her belt to a post (we told you we like to have fun). Of course, we like to get down to business too, and Bostitch compressors & fasteners help us hit the ground running.
DeWalt – Guaranteed Tough Rounding off the trifecta are DeWalt power tools. Precise, powerful, state-of-the-art, and of course, dependable. They are everything a carpenter needs to get the job done! Our favourites are the 1/4″ impact driver, and their groundbreaking battery-powered nailer that saves us a huge amount of time. Technology has come a long way in making these tools lightweight, versatile and easy to use.
When building projects for “Disaster Decks” and “Decked Out“, these are the tools that Paul reaches for first. See you next week as we take a closer look at another of our favourites on “We <3 It!” Wednesday!