Paul Lafrance, most commonly known as the “Deck Guy” both in the Reality TV megacosm as well as in the average North American home, is also a musician, the CEO and founder of the international design company, Paul Lafrance Design, and the father of four daughters. He plans to one day complete his self-help book for men, which is a life-long project: a study into the intricacies of the female mind. So far, he’s got the title page done.
Paul is the host of HGTV’s Decked Out, Disaster Decks, and Deck Wars as well as one of the judges on Canada’s Handyman Challenge, and moonlights as the head designer at Paul Lafrance Design. Since 1997, he’s been designing and installing everything from groundbreaking backyard retreats, unique interior transformations, and commercial outdoor spaces, to custom built homes. He is known for his infectious energy, quick wit, and unapologetic rock star style.
Although it would be an understatement to say his plate is full, Paul remains passionate about sharing his zeal for designing unique residential and corporate havens for people all over the world. His constant mission is to provide a place of rest for people caught up in the stressful breakneck speed of today’s culture. When commonly asked how he comes up with his designs, Paul’s typical reply is, “I do my very best not to think like an adult!”
Most of the designers, carpenters, and administrative staff who work with Paul are also family and lifelong friends, which makes the dynamics of coming up with new innovative ideas all that much more fun. It also makes it more tolerable when Paul insists on repeating his mantra, to go where no one has gone before, at the beginning of every staff meeting.
Over the next year, while continuing to film Disaster Decks and heading up the Paul Lafrance Design team, Paul will also be filming a brand new HGTV series, Custom Built, which will feature innovative interior designs and home makeovers, done Paul Lafrance Style. The show will, of course, host the usual Decked Out team, along with their constant and expected shenanigans.
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