Retirees Paul and Anne desperately need help with their backyard deck they built thirty years ago. Once a source of pride, the decaying relic is covered in moss and they suspect it has become structurally unsound. Anne seeks out deck expert Paul Lafrance to help her husband build a brand new deck for their golden years.
Brent and Barb are avid sailors who live right on the waterfront, but their tiny, wonky deck spoils their amazing view of the water. Brent lacks the skills and the confidence to take on a rebuild, and his attempts at using boats to hide the deck’s flaws aren’t cutting it anymore. Barb needs Paul to help Brent turn their deck from shipwreck into shipshape.
Clint and Carrie’s deck is getting by on life support. Clint desperately continues to patch it up so they can still use it, but the time has come to pull the plug. The deck boards are rotting, the railing is flimsy, and it has become a graveyard for discarded pieces of wood used as quick fixes. With Paul and his crew’s guidance, Clint builds a brand new deck for Carrie to enjoy for years to come.
Alain and Denise are empty nesters looking to spend more time in their backyard, but their existing deck is a safety hazard. Held up by cement blocks and enclosed by terrible railings, the deck is beyond repair. Denise doesn’t trust Alain to do it alone, so she needs Paul to help Alain tackle the rebuild.
When Jessica and Jeff moved into their new home, replacing their dangerous deck was a top priority. Now that they’ve got a growing toddler on the move, the need for a new deck has become more immediate. Jeff’s naïve but well-meaning attempts at child proofing the deck are woefully lacking in skill, so Paul shows him how to build a deck that is child friendly.
Karen and Justin bought their house to accommodate their growing family, but now that their kids are old enough to play outside, it’s obvious the family deck is unsafe for three boisterous children. As a dentist, Justin works with his hands on a daily basis, but he has no experience using larger power tools. Paul and the crew help Justin master his carpentry skills and show him how to build a safe deck for entertaining the entire family.
Sam and Kathleen’s son Cole has cerebral palsy and, as he’s starting to become more mobile, they want to make sure their backyard deck can safely accommodate his newfound independence. Sam lacks the necessary skills to build a deck from scratch so Paul shows him the techniques to build a functioning deck suitable for this young family.
Lida, Asad and their three children live in a converted schoolhouse that’s over one hundred years old. Unfortunately their rotting deck looks like it’s been around even longer. The deck is full of holes, has a broken hot tub, and benches with makeshift railings. Lida is keen to replace it entirely so Asad swallows his pride and allows Paul to help him build Lida the deck of her dreams.
Tim and Lori are so busy renovating the interior of their house they’ve severely neglected the exterior, and their deck is suffering. Tim’s makeshift fixes include the use of zip ties and carefully placed plant pots to hide the deck’s imperfections. The time has come to enlist professionals to help Tim build a new one. Enter Paul and his crew, who help Tim expand his DIY skills to include deck building.
Mary and Iain bought their dream home for its rural surroundings and woodsy feel. The one drawback is the small deck that came with the house, and the fact that the septic tank access is right in the middle of the deck. Iain knows he lacks the skills to build a brand new deck, so Paul and his crew come by to show Iain the ropes.
M.C. and Dave love throwing huge outdoor parties. They’ve got a massive backyard with an in-ground pool, and Dave’s fun-loving demeanor makes him an entertaining host. The only problem is the deck Dave built. It’s become a gazebo-covered man cave with a sketchy foundation and no stairs to access the back door of the house. M.C. has had enough, and enlists Paul to help refocus Dave’s energy and enthusiasm into deck building knowledge.
Kevin and Melissa bought their house three years ago with the hopes of settling down to raise a family. Now with their first baby on the scene, their rotting deck has become a home for the neighbourhood raccoons and Kevin is unable to repair it to keep the critters out. Deciding to start with a clean slate, Kevin gets schooled by Paul on the proper way to build a deck.
A few years ago, Sean built a simple platform deck from a how-to manual, but skipped some of the instructions along the way. Now he and his wife Samantha have two young children, and she’s fed up of waiting for him to properly fix their deck. Paul comes to the rescue by showing Sean what he did wrong in the first place.
When Bryan and Sarah removed their above-ground pool, they quickly realized they were in over their heads when it came to sprucing up the surrounding deck. Bryan stoically repairs and fixes what he can, but the deck remains an eyesore. Hoping to celebrate their wedding nuptials in their backyard, Bryan and Sarah enlist Paul’s help to build them a deck fit for a marriage celebration.
Brenda and Scott run a prop building business out of their home, and the noisy work often spills onto their deck outdoors. Brenda is desperate for a quiet backyard retreat, and wants Scott to fix up the temporary deck he built in an afternoon – 5 years ago! Scott is stubborn and thinks the deck is adequate, but Brenda’s enlisted Paul and his team show Scott what he did wrong with his deck build and how to fix it properly.
Anthony and Cristina have an awesome backyard swimming pool that they can’t see from their aging overgrown deck. Anthony grew up on a farm but never acquired any carpentry skills, and he’s clueless when it comes to fixing decks. Cristina’s had enough of nagging Anthony without success, and needs Paul to help Anthony tackle the rebuild.
Fatima has been asking David to build them a new deck for the last 20 years, but he manages to talk his way out of doing any real work. Tired of David’s procrastination and stopgap fixes, Fatima calls Paul to come in and kick-start David’s work ethic into gear. With Paul and his crew’s guidance, David can finally give Fatima the deck she has always wanted.
Jessica and Gabe bought a house 3 years ago that has a large yard, but the deck that came with the house is literally disintegrating. Jessica is 8 1/2 months pregnant, so Gabe urgently needs to baby-proof the deck. Gabe’s patchwork maintenance is barely holding the deck together, so Paul and the team show him how to build a deck that’s safe for the whole family.
Jeremy and Lisa are remodeling their lakeside cottage into their dream house, but the bland, boring deck that’s currently in their backyard is preventing that dream from becoming a reality. Jeremy is the star drummer for alt-rockers ‘Our Lady Peace’ and when he’s not on tour, Jeremy admits he lacks the skills to build a proper deck. It’s time for our star deck builder Paul to drop by and show Jeremy how to construct a deck to make Lisa proud.
Michelle and Courtney have 4 lively kids, but their postage stamp sized deck can’t fit a table on it big enough for the whole family. Courtney manages to charm his way out of expanding the deck properly, and Michelle’s just about given up hope he’ll ever change. Paul and his crew must get Courtney to own up to his promise to build a deck the entire family can enjoy together.
Don and Pam are close to retiring and want to be able to enjoy the next 20 years together in their beautiful backyard. But their 25-year-old deck is so unsafe it needs a complete teardown and rebuild. Don is completely intimidated by even the simplest repair, so Pam needs Paul to come in and help Don build a deck to keep her safe and sound for her golden years.
‘Chef’ Paul built his wife Shirley a makeshift deck 10 years ago, but he used cheap materials and the deck is ready for a complete teardown. Shirley is usually the one wearing the tool belt in this family, but wants her husband to fix the mess he created. Enter Paul Lafrance, who is going to help ‘Chef’ Paul get the ingredients right this time and cook up a proper deck.
Matt and Stephanie have a 7-month-old baby and want to enjoy the summer outdoors with their little one. But their unsafe, rotting deck is keeping them trapped indoors. Matt has all the tools to fix the deck but none of the know-how, so Paul must show Matt the techniques to build a functioning deck for this young family.
Matt and Tanya have lived through years of renovations on their house, but the DIY deck Matt built as a gift for Tanya is a disaster waiting to happen. Matt put it up over a weekend with a few buddies, and let’s just say they might have been a little distracted during the construction. Now Matt and Tanya have a newborn baby girl, Paul teaches Matt a few lessons about deck building and being a responsible father.
Mickey and Alica are newlyweds whose future happiness is being marred by their horrible deck. Mickey has made attempts to fix the deck, but was a little too optimistic about the marvels of duct tape. Alicia decided they needed an intervention. Paul comes to the rescue in this hilarious episode where he takes away a homeowner’s tape and empowers him with power tools. This deck is soon a space where Alicia and Mickey can spend future evenings safe and splinter-free.
Tim and Amber moved into their home a few years ago. Along with the house, they inherited a horrible deck that Tim said he would get around to fixing. After living through several years of electrical tape solutions Amber called in the professionals. Paul arrived just in time to teach Tim how to put down the tape and build the deck he always wanted to give Amber.
Leo and Anne have a beautiful house and a terrible deck. Leo built the deck 25 years ago, and it’s the epitome of disaster. Leo has tried to patch the deck here and there, but for Anne’s piece of mind it’s time to call in the professionals. Paul and the team have a fantastic time helping this DIY builder start over and create a new dream deck that’s built to last.
Michael and Carolyn have a house they love but a deck they’re embarrassed about. Michael is a busy teacher and hasn’t had much time to learn how to fix his disastrous deck. When Michael’s fixes include roping off a portion of the deck instead of fixing the railings, Carolyn decides it’s time for a few lessons. Paul and his crew arrive just in time to teach this teacher how to throw down the rope and build a deck he can be proud of.
Carrie and Mike moved into their dream home a few years ago. The house is perfect… except for their nightmarish deck. The home is located close to family and Mike is always the one people call when they need help. Carrie decided it was time Mike needed help and called in Paul and the gang to rescue their deck and help make their home complete.
Cherie and Corey love to entertain. They have a house with a party-sized deck and a beautiful pool. Unfortunately, the deck has seen one too many parties and isn’t holding up. Corey has tried to fix the deck but his motto is “if it doesn’t fit, kick it.” Cherie thinks it’s time for a new motto and called Paul for help. Paul and the team help this DIY builder bring his deck back into shape.
Jenn and Dave are newlyweds that have lived together for two years. Their house holds huge sentimental value for the couple since Dave proposed to Jenn on the front step the day they moved in. What Jenn is not sentimentally attached to is their deck. With Paul’s help Dave learns the skills he needs to impress his new bride and make this deck a modern masterpiece.
Jess and Fred bought their house a few years ago and along with it came someone else’s DIY deck. Fred is a self-proclaimed “non-handyman” and doesn’t know where to start. Fred has tried to do some basic “fixes” on the deck but it was time to call for help. Paul and the gang take this would-be-builder to school and show him how to create an outdoor space his wife loves.
Lucie and Darren have a heritage property they love, but a deck that Lucie can’t stand. Darren built the deck with some friends 20 years ago, but hasn’t been able to maintain it. After one of their friends put their foot through a “soft” spot in the deck last summer, Lucie decided she needed to call in some help. Through some tough love, and a lot of laughs, Paul and his crew help Darren take his deck from disaster to dream.
Megan and Tim love their house and gorgeous backyard. The only aspect that isn’t gorgeous about their home is the elevated deck Tim built 10 years ago. Tim has tried his best at fixes over the years but this deck is now past its due date. Paul and his crew arrive on the scene and save this DIY builder’s pride and his deck.
Melene and Laurence have a house they love and a deck that’s seen better days. Laurence and Melene’s family built the deck 10 years ago, but Laurence hasn’t been able to maintain the deck and frankly, doesn’t know where to start. Melene decides it’s time to call in Paul to guide Laurence in the right direction and show him how to finish what he starts.
Matt and Natalie are both firefighters. One part of their home that Natalie would gladly destroy is their decrepit deck. Matt has tried to “repair” parts of the deck over the years but now he needs to call in the professionals. Paul and his crew arrive just in time to save Matt from his decking mistakes and turn his deck into a point of pride.
Roslyn loves Grant, but isn’t thrilled with his deck fixing ideas. This homeowner has some skills, but would rather hang out then deal with his decrepit deck. Paul rescues this DIYer and keeps him on task while re-building his entire deck. The episode has a lot of solid deck building tips…and some mud baseball too. This procrastinators deck soon goes from an embarrassing space to a place his wife absolutely loves.