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2013 BACKYARD TRENDS Make your space picture perfect

ENTERTAINING WITH FLARE Try our tasty recipes and fun pool party ideas



WHY CHOOSE A LEISURESCAPES DEALER More than just craftsmanship, experience and expertise.

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BACKYARD AUTOMATION Work less, play more!


READY, SET, SWIM Dive into a healthy routine.


2013 BACKYARD TRENDS Make your space picture perfect.


POOL RETROFIT How to make what was old, new again.

WHY CHOOSE A LEISURESCAPES DEALER More than just craftsmanship, experience and expertise.


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25 YEARS OF “FUN TIME” Piscines FunTime Pools is pleased to introduce you to the Backyard Escapes Magazine. For over 25 years now FunTime Pools is known to offer your family fun with quality swimming pools & hot tubs products.

For more than 12 years, Yolande and Elie have been doing all they can to make your backyard look and feel like the oasis you are dreaming of. From your swimming pool installation to your Swim Spa or hot tub experience, we care more about quality than quantity, we give a personalized approach and we are committed to providing you and your family with the most enjoyable experience. Our success: Our 4000 LOYAL CUSTOMERS across the Maritimes who share their experience with their friends and neighbors. We owe our success to our loyal customers, with their support we have gained many new customers. Our values are simple and important, they are part of our business.

Yolande et Elie connaissent la croissance ; d’un petit garage résidentiel à la plus grande salle de montre de Spas du Nouveau Brunswick Piscines FunTime Pools s’est établi une réputation solide comme entreprise. Chez Piscines FunTime Pools il ne s’agit pas juste de vendre des produits de qualité mais d’assurer un service responsable après vente. Grâce a leur personnel dévoué, Yolande et Elie sont enthousiasmes et bien entouré pour débuter leur 12ième saison. Nos 4000 clients partout dans les Maritimes sauront vous convaincre de faire affaires avec nous!!

QUALITY, SAFETY, FUN, FREE WATER ANALYSIS, AFFORDABLE QUALITY PRODUCTS, RESPONSIBLE, HEALTHY PRACTICES AND GREAT SERVICES. We have the Largest Hot Tub inventory in New Brunswick for you to see and try before making a purchase.

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Take good care of your swimming pool Keep your swimming pool safe for your family Keep your swimming pool water crystal clear all summer long Keep your swimming pool equipment and liner for a long time Talk to experts on any questions about pool care

This seminar is good for new and veteran pool owners. Bring a friend/ pool owner. Come for the information, the fun, the fellowship, for great discounts on products, for prizes and refreshments. 2013 English Pool School Edition on May 1st at 7:00PM Seating is limited! Register Now, go to: or 506-384-4201

GRATUIT SÉMINAIRE SUR L’ENTRETIEN DE VOTRE PISCINE, APPRENEZ AVEC LES EXPERTS EN LA MATIÈRE COMMENT TRAVAILLER MOINS SUR L’ENTRETIEN ET PROFITER DAVANTAGE DE VOTRE PISCINE. Édition francophone 2013 École de la Piscine le 2 mai a 19 :00 Sièges limités, inscrivez-vous dès maintenant ! ou 506-384-4201


PARTS & SUPPLIES Over the years, Piscines FunTime Pools & Hot Tubs has become a great place to shop for pool and hot tub parts and supplies.

We have a warehouse where we stock and supply a vast range of swimming pool parts and products, ensuring you will find everything you would ever need to plumb your swimming pool and hot tub, all under one roof. We use these parts and plumbing to build our pools and aim to get the best plumbing supplies in the industry. You can get these same products for your plumbing project. If you are handy and need plumbing parts or fittings, come visit our warehouse at the store. | Over 25 Years In Business

Vous êtes en mesure de faire de menus travaux manuels ; et bien profiter de notre choix incomparable de pièces de plomberie pour piscine et spa. Notre entrepôt de pièce de plomberie est surement l’une des plus garnie dans la Grande Région de Moncton pour ce qui est de plomberie de piscines et spas. Nous avons de tout, en passant de tuyaux aux raccords, coudes, éléments chauffants, filtre à cartouche, colle et le très populaire boyau flexible pour plomberie. Alors, il vous manque une pièce, un embout, des raccords de plomberie, venez donc nous rendre visite pour trouver de tout sous un même toit. Spring/Summer 2013 Backyard escapes

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For centuries, people have flocked to natural springs to take advantage of the ‘curative’ properties of bathing in its hot water. Today, people around the world continue to agree that nothing seems to soothe the aches and pains of a hard day’s work like a hot soak. While natural hot springs are tough to find, modern homeowners can easily bring this experience to their backyards with a hot tub. Buying one, however, can be overwhelming. But if you do your homework, you can ensure you’ll buy the hot tub that best suits your needs. There are five basic things to consider when buying a hot tub: 1. Comfort and Design 2. Reputation 3. Insulation 4. Massage Capabilities 5. Ease of Maintenance

COMFORT AND DESIGN Above all else, you want your hot tub to be comfortable. Check to see if the hot tub seats are ergonomically designed to fit your body’s natural curves. You need to make sure you fit comfortably into the seats in order to get the best possible soaking and massage experience. Don’t be afraid to climb in and test out the seats. If a seat is not comfortable when it’s dry, odds are it won’t be any more comfortable when it is wet. You should also take a close look at other design features of the hot tub. For example, is there multi-level seating, does the hot tub have a large enough foot well to accommodate multiple bathers and are there safety steps to enter the hot tub? Even minor features should be studied. For instance, if the hot tub comes with pillows, ensure they are comfortable and easy to remove and clean. Check to see if there is a place to put an ice bucket or place drinks. No detail is too insignificant. 6 | Backyard escapes Spring/Summer 2013

REPUTATION Look for hot tub manufacturers that have been in business for a while and have a proven record of reliability. Visiting your local LeisureScapes dealer for advise is a good place to start. You can also ask friends or family members with hot tubs about their experiences with particular brands. Also, investigate whether the products they offer are covered by a reasonable warranty. A good warranty would consist of a 10 year structural warranty, 5 year acrylic surface and 3 year parts and labour warranty.

INSULATION This factor is significant because of its link to energy efficiency, an important consideration for any home-owner. First and foremost, look for a hot tub that is approved by the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC). Investigate how long it takes for the hot tub to pump out and filter 100 percent of its water. The less time this takes the more energy-efficient the hot tub will be. Look for models that use lowamperage filtration pumps. A good hardcover can also provide added insulation and energy efficiency. MASSAGE CAPABILITIES Likely the most appealing element of a hot tub is its massage capabilities. When added to the soothing feel of hot water, it can truly make or break your hot tub experience. Though it may be tempting to go for the model with the most jets, more is not always better. Instead, look for jets that are strategically placed in the most optimal spots. For example, foot jets are often overlooked, even though they can provide one of best possible massages. Customization is also a much sought-after feature when it comes to jets. A model with optimized hydraulics will ensure an even flow of water is sent to each jet for a smooth, comfortable massage. EASE OF MAINTENANCE No matter what hot tub you choose, you need to make sure it is easy to service. When it comes to hot tub maintenance, there are two primary factors you need to address - filtration and disinfection. Filtration. In a hot tub, dirt can only do two things. It is either light enough to float on the surface or heavy enough to drop to the bottom. When assessing a hot tub’s filtration capabilities, but sure to ask how long it takes to filter 100 percent of the water. Also check to ensure the skimmer is sufficient. Does it provide enough filtration to remove debris and does it have a floating door to skim the surface of the water? Also ask the salesperson whether the hot tub has a suction side filter or pressure side filter. The suction side filter offers less expensive filtration, but is not as effective; it will only filter 50 percent of the hot tub water. Conversely, pressure side filters are more expensive, but since 100 percent of the water passes through the filter, all of it can be cleaned. Disinfection. To keep your hot tub safe and pleasant to use, you will also need to disinfect the water regularly. Ideally, look for a hot tub that has an in-line chemical feeder as opposed to a floating dispenser. If you choose to use an ozone system, which is designed to reduce your overall chemical requirements, look for a model that uses an injection system. If you opt for a saltwater bromine system ask your local dealer to help you set it up properly to best suit your needs. Once you understand the system, it will be easy to use and makes a for a very pleasant soaking experience. GO FORTH AND SHOP Although looking for a hot tub can be confusing at times, you can make the process less complicated by narrowing down your search criteria to the five areas above. With a little preparation ahead of time, your hot tub buying experience will be a stress-free, enjoyable experience...the way it should be.

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LARGEST HOT TUB INVENTORY IN NEW BRUNSWICK Let’s face it, life gets busier and more demanding each day… • Start your Day off Right • Relieve Stress and Relax • Soothe those Tired and Aching Muscles • Sleep better. We offer you the largest inventory of hot tubs on display in New Brunswick. For small spaces and small families, we offer hot tubs for four or less. For larger families or those who like to entertain, we have models that seat anywhere from five to ten people comfortably.

Thinking about purchasing a hot tub? Come see us and experience the feeling of ownership. Book for a wet test at Pourquoi choisir votre spa chez Piscines Fun Time Pools : • Une entreprise de confiance avec garantie fiable

• Rendement énergétique Thermal Sheild à double bouclier thermique

• Système Auto-nettoyant

• Confort et conception pour vos besoins

• Système au Sel disponible sur nos spas

• Engagement Evergreen avec produits respectueux de l’environnement

ON SITE SERVICE For your complete swimming pool and hot tub repair and service, think of us for TROUBLE FREE SERVICE. Let us do the work, our professionals can diagnose and fix your swimming pool and hot tub, no problem. We are members of the Pool and Hot Tub Council of Canada and believe our customers should be served the way we would like to get served! Email : or call 506-384-4201

Pour tout ce qui concerne le service ou la réparation de votre piscine ou spa, appelez nous pour un service, notre équipe de professionnels saura vous aider avec le plus grand soin. Nous sommes d’avis que vous méritez un service de qualité. Nous sommes membre accrédité du Conseil Canadien des Piscines et Spa ; vous pouvez nous rejoindre par courriel ou téléphone au 506-384-4201. Au plaisir de vous servir!!!

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It’s amazing what a little automation can do to enhance your backyard experience! With today’s technology we have automated virtually everything from building cars and packaging food, to having our morning coffee ready to start the day. Why not bring the luxury of automation to your backyard retreat? If you are a proud swimming pool or hot tub owner, or have owned one in the past, you know that it’s a great place to have fun and enjoy time with family and friends. However, owning one is not a task to be taken lightly.

Automating tasks like adding an energy-efficient variable speed pump can save you up to 75% on energy costs every year. It will also reduce your chemical usage and can even be timed to operate on off-peak hydro hours.

From scooping out leaves and vacuuming, to water tests, chemical balancing, and keeping the equipment in good shape, your LeisureScapes dealer can automate these features in your backyard. They will reduce the time you spend looking after your pool and increase the time you spend enjoying it. Create the perfect backyard environment with the simple touch of a button. As your LeisureScapes dealer will tell you, there are all sorts of tasks that can be automated. You can control the temperature, water level, lighting and filtering of your pool and spa as well as turn on or off of your automatic sprinklers and decorative fountains. Before you head home from work, turn up the heat and fire up the jets on your hot tub for a relaxing evening. Warm up your pool for a last minute pool party after soccer practice or set the mood and dim the lighting for a romantic evening with your spouse. You can control these features from inside your home, from your cell phone or from any web-enabled device. Simply program your desired settings and watch the magic happen.

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Robotic pool cleaners have become a favorite among pool owners. Many options on the market will calculate the size of the pool and program itself for the most time and energy efficient cleaning path. Several have suction technology that allows them to climb and clean the walls and the stairs of your pool without losing suction and cleaning the filter is as simple as a quick shake and rinse with your garden hose.

Properly sanitized and balanced water is important for swimmer comfort and safety. It also dramatically extends the life of your pool, its materials and your equipment. Controlling your chlorinating system with an automatic sanitizer can keep your water perfectly balanced at all times and bring you softer, silkier and sparkling water. Evaporation can be one of the largest sources of energy loss in any pool or hot tub. Adding an automatic cover will help reduce evaporation and loss of heat and will keep debris to a minimum when your pool is not in use. As well as controlling heat loss, your automatic cover will save you the hassle of winterizing your pool and keep it clean for spring. Whether you opt for a single remote control unit or even units that operate independently of one another, your LeisureScapes dealer can walk you through the benefits, set up and installation. You can also get an app for your smart phone, which gives you complete control of your backyard with the touch of a button. How do you know which automation package is right for you? Your best bet is to visit your local LeisureScapes dealer. They will help to determine which types of automation will best suit your lifestyle and your needs. LeisureScapes dealers want to give you more time to enjoy what matters most - your backyard retreat, and spending time with your family.

Spend more time enjoying your pool and less time working on it!

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Save up to $540* per year

Saving money haS never been So peaceful.

With the IntelliFlo® Variable Speed Pump you can now enjoy near silence and ultra energy-efficiency. With energy savings of up to 90 percent, it can also save you up to $540* compared to traditional units. Get superior performance from the pump that started it all—IntelliFlo. Find a dealer at Savings based on variable speed pump compared to a single-speed pump running 12 hours per day at an average of $0.16 per kWh in a 20,000 gallon pool. Actual savings may vary based on local utility rates, pool size, pump run time, pump horsepower, pump rpm, plumbing size and length, pump model, service factor and other hydraulic factors. © 2013 Pentair Aquatic Systems. All rights reserved. *


READY, SET, SWIM! by Dr. Greg Gannon, PhD Founder & Head Coach, S2 Training Systems

THE MAGIC OF WATER Water has a density greater than our bodies. Water literally “pushes” back against us, providing buoyancy (we float) and a natural resistance to movement. These special properties of water create a perfect environment for practicing non-weight bearing (low-impact) exercise that is also resistive in nature. Swimming is the most obvious form of low-impact waterbased exercise, but shallow and deep water walking/running, dynamic movement exercises, yoga, stretching, etc. can also be practiced in water. Your pool is your personal gym - start your membership today! DO MORE WITH LESS Swimming offers something that most land-based activities don’t - the ability to work your body without the harsh impact on joints, ligaments and connective tissues associated with typical land-based movement. The low-impact environment of water is thus ideal for those who are managing osteoporosis or arthritis, rehabilitating injuries, recovering lost functional capacity or in need of recovery from high-impact exercise training.

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Water-based movement is a great way to increase muscular tone and strength. Every kick and every arm movement in the water becomes a resistance exercise. However, unlike the weight room - where the load is equal to the amount of weight you hold - the load in the water is equivalent to the number of reps you perform. Therefore, the longer you move in the water the more you benefit! Aim for 30 minutes per day!

When it comes to preventing and managing diabetes, there are few prescriptions as powerful as aerobic exercise. According to the Canadian Diabetes Association, diabetics should strive for a minimum of 150 minutes or aerobic activity per week to improve and maintain healthy glycemic control. Swimming and other water-based movements are an essential component of any long-term aerobic fitness plan.



Swimming puts the body through a broad range of motion, especially at the shoulders. The act of moving a joint through its full range of motion helps to increase and maintain the mobility and strength of the joint. Any joint of the body can be exercised in the water in a safe non-weight bearing way. Try taking some of your favorite stretches to the water! A HEALTHIER HEART

A release of natural endorphins is one of the most pleasant side effects of swimming. In addition to the endorphin high, swimming can also evoke a relaxation response. This is similar to the way yoga works on the body through rhythmic contraction and stretching of your muscles underpinned by deep rhythmic breathing. Swimming is also a meditative exercise supported through the rhythmic sound of your own breathing and the splash of water as a mantra of sorts.

Because swimming is an aerobic exercise, it serves to strengthen the heart and to make it a more efficient pump - which leads to better blood flow throughout your body.

Aside from the metaphysical benefits of swimming, research shows that it can change the brain for the better through a process known as hippocampal neurogenesis, whereby the brain replaces cells lost through stress.



Swimming is an immense calorie burner. To boost the calorie-burning effect of swimming, consider using intervals in which you work to increase your intensity for short bursts and then recover with slower swimming or rest and then repeat.

Given all these wonderful benefits of swimming, along with the fact that better health leads to a longer life, why not dive in and get started to a lifetime of good living? Start slowly, have fun and enjoy the magic of water by swimming as part of your healthy lifestyle today.

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3. Polaris™ P94 Robotic Cleaner 1. Solar Eclipse by DEL Ozone 2. Natural Chemistry Residential Pool Sanitation in the Chemical-free, natural solutions takes Polaris robotic cleaners to for your Backyard Oasis 21st Century! the next level. Pool Perfect + PHOSfree is a weekly maintenance product that reduces phosphates and non-living organic waste in pool water. Use it to make your water feel soft and silky while preventing problems such as; waterline rings, non-living organic staining, surface oils, and phosphate build Solar Eclipse is an innovative, powerful and practical design. It will substantially alter and up. improve residential pool sanitation programs, The breakthrough Solar Eclipse from DEL Ozone builds on the capabilities of ozone and germicidal UV technologies. Taken separately, both of these approaches to sanitation are powerful, but taken together they produce

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• Pool water disinfection will become more covering the broadest spectrum of contaminants of any system to date. • With correct installation and operation, the system can operate

Pool First Aid combines powerful broad spectrum natural enzyme

Can a pool cleaner be sexy? This is as close as it comes... Features: • 4-Wheel Drive tackles any pool terrain including steep slopes & safety ledges) • Climbs over obstacles and won’t get stuck. • Aggressively cleans tile line, wall, steps

• Patented Vortex vacuum technology problems fast... guaranteed! Pool First Aid • ActivMotion Sensor™ automatically will clean water of dead algae, pollen, oil/fuel senses position and adapts leaks, spills, anti-freeze residue, paint, cleaning path for optimized cleaning and vandalism, and other forms of non-living prevents cord from getting tangled. organic water contamination. • Delivers a perfectly clean pool in as little as 1.5 hours. • Clean & Perfect is a unique blend of natural • Comes with alloy caddy enzymes and surfactants making it the perfect indoor/outdoor cleaner. It cleans Very excited about this cleaner - fast, light, even the toughest grease, dirt, and grime and easy to maneuver in and out of the pool. with ease, yet won’t harm any surface. Great This cleaner also comes with a $150 mail-in for liners, covers, and even BBQ’s!! consumer rebate. Find out more at Natural Chemistry has a full line of Pool & Spa Bring on the dirt! care products - we just picked some of our favourites. Find out more at

chlorine than most products on the market. sanitation programs, improving both water quality and quality of life. uses approximately the same energy as a 100 watt light bulb. A clean, easily-maintained pool improves owner satisfaction. Find out more at We are REALLY excited about this product! Available March 2013.

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A neutral planting of ferns and greenery can define a space just like the interior walls of your home. Bring in planters to place colourful flowers in just the right place and they can be used effectively to direct traffic around an area.

2013 BACKYARD TRENDS Planning your outdoor retreat should have the same architectural and design considerations as the interior spaces of your home. A well planned outdoor room can extend your family living space with exciting new trends in outdoor furniture and decorating options. Well chosen architectural elements give outdoor rooms presence and can be defined with an array of options from covered gazebos and wrought iron fences to archways and water features. Explore your backyard and accent the landscape that already exists. 16 | Backyard escapes Spring/Summer 2013

DECK OR PATIO UMBRELLAS Shade is an important consideration when spending a day in the sun. Explore your options for size and color to match any style or budget.

Accent pillows are a great way to pull in colour and patterns while adding design elements to existing outdoor seating that can be grouped on a patio or tucked away for intimate conversation. Don’t be afraid to mix colours, just keep them in the same family for cohesive design.

It’s easy to create a casual comfortable space with a relaxing resort feel. Start by updating your patio furniture with wicker resin, it has the charm of traditional wicker without the maintenance. Then add a selection of easy care colourful and weather resistant decorative pieces to personalize your outdoor space.

Mixing bright summer colours with the calm soothing colours of the Caribbean can evoke the feeling of a private retreat. Cool things down with lush tropical greenery and carve out a slightly secluded conversation area. Lantern lighting and torches illuminate the evening under summer stars.

PATIO HEATERS Extend the use of your patio, deck, or dining area during those cooler evenings with a patio heater. Available in a variety of styles and colours to match any decor.

GALVANIZED WATERING CANS These are great accent pieces that are available everywhere. They can add colour and playfulness to your backyard, while being a very useful tool in your garden.

AREA RUGS A palette of neutral colors can make the greenery of your yard the perfect frame for a conversation area. Add personality with an area rug with bold patterns.

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LeisureScapes dealers are your neighborhood backyard specialists. Our commitment is to bring to you the best value and customer service in the industry. LeisureScapes also offers a comprehensive product line including chemicals, cleaning devices, equipment, parts, recreational and safety products as well as many unique items for your backyard and patio. With many locations across Canada, click on the dealers tab to find a LeisureScapes dealer near you. THE LEISURESCAPES NAME Your home is one of the single most important assets you have, not only financially but as a place to create lasting memories with family and friends. LeisureScapes is a member-owned organization of backyard professionals with hundreds of combined years of industry experience. You can trust our high standards and dependability to deliver a premium product that will serve your family for years to come. In fact, you can count on us to help you get the most out of your backyard oasis! LEISURESCAPES MEMBER SELECTION PROCESS LeisureScapes prides itself on inviting only the most experienced and knowledgeable pool building, retailing and servicing professionals to be part of our organization. As a LeisureScapes dealer, we demand continuous training, proven performance, and the highest quality of work from our members. LOCAL PROFESSIONAL BUILDERS LeisureScapes is not a franchise or a chain of big box stores. We are independent business professionals that are committed to each and every customer with exceptional service and quality. We are your neighborhood swimming pool specialists, providing excellence in backyard escapes. Each LeisureScapes dealer is a community minded professional giving time and resources to support their community. 18 | Backyard escapes Spring/Summer 2013

CARE What sets a LeisureScapes builder apart from the rest? WE CARE. We are committed to providing you with the highest level of customer service and the highest quality products on the market. We are dedicated to fulfilling your design and building project expectations with personal attention through every step of the installation. CRAFTSMANSHIP Our members hold each other accountable to the highest level of work ethics and ongoing professional training. Your backyard pool or leisure project will not only meet all of your expectations, it will exceed them! That’s because our builders have the ability and expertise to customize any challenging landscape and push design elements to create a backyard oasis you will be proud of. ENDLESS CHOICES Everyone has their own personal ideas and design thoughts. Our builders have been in the industry for many years and you can draw on their experience and expertise to make your backyard dreams become a reality. They can help you decide the shape and size, amenities and features that accent your lifestyle and family needs. With a wealth of knowledge, you’re in good hands with a LeisureScapes dealer. VALUE As with any purchase, value is important when considering your pool or backyard project. We guarantee you’ll receive the best value possible when you choose one of our reputable dealers. At LeisureScapes, we stand behind our products, recommending only the finest materials that provide you with competitive pricing and peace of mind knowing you have chosen an industry leader. THE ULTIMATE BACKYARD OASIS Getting the perfect pool, spa and backyard oasis involves many factors, the most important of which is whom you choose to build it. LeisureScapes dealers have proven themselves in your community. Let them prove themselves to you.

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Introducing the strongest seams you’ll NEVER see!

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Floor seams are visible on standard liners

No visible floor seams

Standard pool liners present visible lines on the pool floor at the seams, which ultimately detract from the beauty of your pool. Our innovative technology elevates our liners to an entirely new category. This exclusive process makes floor seams stronger and virtually invisible, so there’s nothing that gets in the way of the picture perfect beauty of your pool! Now standard on every Latham liner. For more information, ask your dealer about

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POOL RETROFIT Each year as spring approaches we are inundated with advertisements and flyers that entice us to explore the latest trends in home improvement and interior design. But don’t forget about your outdoor living space. There are many things you can do to upgrade your swimming pool area to create your own backyard retreat that won’t break the bank.

TURN UP THE HEAT Many pool owners allow the sun to heat their pool, but if you are interested in extending your swim time then perhaps a heating system is something to consider. There are many options such as heat pumps or solar heating set ups that are very effective for the energy conscious consumer.

A NEW LINER VARIABLE SPEED PUMPS In-ground pools offer many benefits, but if they're poorly maintained they may not last as long as you'd expect. You can retrofit your pool with a new liner or cover existing steel steps to look like new without having to sink an enormous amount of money into the project. SWITCH TO SALT WATER Perhaps you want to change your traditional water to salt water. This can be achieved with the installation of a specially-designed converter connected to the control unit by a simple plug-in cord, and plumbed into the filter pump’s return line to the pool. As water is pushed through the cell, an extremely safe low-voltage electrical charge turns the salt previously added to the water into fresh, sanitizing chlorine which is then dispersed evenly throughout the pool via the return jets.

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These are the most important energy-saving innovations in the last few years. With a variable speed pump you are now able to customize your pool to turn over only the amount of water necessary yet still have your heater and chlorine generator activate. The end result is not using any more energy than is absolutely necessary. For most pools a variable speed pump will cut operating costs by 80%! WATER AND LIGHTING FEATURES Water features can be a show stopper and add a focal point to any backyard. And don’t forget about lighting. With the proper balance of lighting, both in the pool and out, you can transform your wide open space to a tranquil relaxing nighttime retreat.

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Custom Galvanized Steel Panels - No pool is standard, we build the panels to the pool size & shape you are looking for. Invisiseal Vinyl Liners - Virtually undetectable welds, a smooth, refined look to finish your backyard masterpiece. Coping - Including ProForm cantilevered concrete coping, we have a profile to suit any need. In-Wall Stairs - Available in an extensive variety of sizes, shapes, and colours.

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BACKYARD ENTERTAINING WITH FLARE Entertaining poolside is always enjoyable, but there is a special appreciation for the quiet conversation with good friends and great wine. Few things are more intimate than a warm summer evening gathered around your pool with the perfect balance of friends and food. Backyard entertaining can be simple and elegant. But you don’t have to stress over the preparations. Remember, you should be able to enjoy the evening as well. Here are a few tips to make your backyard entertaining extra special. 22 | Backyard escapes Spring/Summer 2013

Adding some white linen to your everyday décor adds elegance without a lot of fuss. Cover a few tables with white pressed linen tablecloths. Add some tall vases with limes or pears for added greenery and place a candle in each for subdued lighting. Melamine is back in fashion with colours to match any décor, but white is always a winner. Let your food be the inspiration for the infusion of summer fresh yellows, vibrant reds and luscious pinks. And if you plan your menu right, cutlery is unnecessary.

A shot of Red Velvet Cupcakes - easy to make and everyone loves them. Here is an elegant twist that makes guests think you had a private caterer. Use a red velvet cake mix and bake the cake on 2 deep sided cookie sheets so it doesn’t over flow and that the final baked layer is about 1 inch thick. It will bake faster, about half the time, so toothpick test it often. Once cooled remove from pan onto parchment paper and put a layer of frosting over the entire surface of one. Trim the second layer so its even thickness and place the second cake layer, bottom side up, on top of the frosting. Take a shot glass size cutter and cut your the cake into individual servings, add small dot of frosting to the top to complete your dessert. Serve on a paper doily for bite size elegance, add shaved chocolate on top for added brilliance. Water cooler chicken You can never go wrong with chicken being a party favorite and it’s an easy dish to make but it can be cumbersome to eat on a stick. Prepare your favorite chicken dish, just cut it in cubes rather than long strips and serve it in paper water cooler cups for easy finger food.

Fruit, always in season and ready to serve. Meatloaf has never been more sophisticated Watermelon and apple, pear or melon cut into rectangles sprinkled with sweet toasted coconut and chopped pistachios and drizzled with a really good balsamic vinegar blended with a bit of honey make for a very tasty and elegant fruit salad that you can eat without a fork.

Using a pound of extra lean ground pork and a box of stove top stuffing, rolled to a fine crumb, mix together and add finely chopped baby spinach. Bake at 350° for 30-40 minutes in shallow pan with meatloaf no deeper than 2 inch depth. Cut in 1 inch round shapes with cookie cutter and served on a bed of baby spinach leaf with a slice of cherry tomato. Arrange on white platter and sprinkle with fresh basil for colour and aroma.

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Don’t forget the simplicity of a cutting board. Use it as your serving platter for cheese, vegetables and cured meats. It will look great and keep you moving among your guests.



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In a punch bowl, dissolve the sugar in the pomegranate juice, stirring vigorously. Add the sparkling wine and late-harvest white wine, then add the orange slices, diced pineapple, and pomegranate seeds. Serve the sparkling pomegranate punch over ice cubes.

20-30 fresh mint leaves 2 lemons 2 tbsp sugar 400 ml of Sprite/Soda (If using Soda, double the amount of sugar) • Chop up the fresh mint leaves. • Slice the lemons down into thin wedges, removing all the seeds. • Drop the mint leaves and wedges into your jar/ glass. • Add in the sugar. • Using a spoon/muddler, mash up everything. Ensure if everything is combined. • Pour in the Sprite/Soda. • Pour yourself a glass and enjoy! leisure landscape_Mise en page 1 13-02-19 13:29 Page1

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3 tablespoon(s) sugar 1 cup(s) pomegranate juice 2 bottle(s) (750-milliliter) sparkling wine, chilled 3/4 cup(s) late-harvest white wine, such as lateharvest Riesling chilled 2 oranges, thinly sliced crosswise 1 cup(s) diced fresh pineapple, 1/2 inch dice 1/4 cup(s) pomegranate seeds Ice cubes, for serving

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Swim Spas are gaining in popularity with Piscines FunTime Pools customers. A lot of times people are planning on building a pool or thinking ahead about it, but with the swim spa, it is faster, less work in your back yard and the ability to use your pool for more than 3-4 months is very appealing. Swim Spas have all of the benefits of a full size pool with less cost, less space, less maintenance. The Swim Spa is of interest to customers who want to stay or become fit. Exercise products such as aqua rowing kit, exercise bar, aqua fitness friendly items, basketball net and volleyball net are available.

The EZ Ultra Pure Salt Water Bromine System provides unsurpassed ease and convenience in Swim Spa water sanitation. The system results in automatic crystal clean water allowing your filter and water balancing products to do their job without adding chlorine or bromine. The salt water bromine system reduces the amount of work required to maintain your swim spa! At Piscines FunTime Pools, we have a 17’ Aqua Sport in our showroom filled with water ready for you to try. We will be pleased to assist you to wet test our Swim Spa at your convenience… try it and you will love it…

Water-based exercise offers tremendous benefits over land-based exercise: Water supports your body, making it possible to do movements that you may not otherwise be able to do; with water’s buoyancy, there is less impact on your joints; the resistance of the water offers a gentle but more intensive workout; the massaging effect of the water can help you release more stress and tension as you exercise; water exercise suits the needs of people of all ages and all fitness levels. BUT … the biggest use of the Swim Spa is having fun with family and friends. So if you think you want a pool to work out at home, relax, have fun and not have to have a pool built, the Swim Spa is your solution. All Swim Spas at Piscines FunTime Pools are Self Cleaning; they clean 100% of the water every 45 minutes allowing you to spend more time with family & friends and less time cleaning. Swim Spas come in three different sizes ( 14’, 17’ or 19’ ) with many options. The most popular option is the EZ Ultra Pure Salt Water Bromine System.

BASSIN DE NAGE L’AQUAGYM ET LA RELAXATION Les bassins de nage sont de plus en plus populaires auprès de notre clientèle chez Piscines FunTime Pools et Hot tubs. Le Bassin de nage sur place, vous offre en version mini tous les plaisirs de la piscine conventionnelle et plus encore. Vous pouvez nager sur place contre un courant ajustable selon votre rythme de nage, il est idéal pour les endroits restreints ou petites cours arrières, permet aussi de prolonger votre saison de natation grâce a son couvert isolant.

variété d’option. Une des options les plus en demande est celle du système de Sel à base de Brome. Ce système au sel facilite l’assainissement de l’eau et vous donne une eau cristalline et limpide sans avoir a ajouter du chlore ou du brome synthétique. Ce système au sel a été testé et approuvé par des dermatologues.

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