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MESSAGES FROM THE OWNERS It was with mixed emotions that Debby and I announced that we would be making a change to the ownership team at Holland Home Leisure at the end of 2012, as our business partner Brad Sweet had decided to get ready for the next chapter in his life, and concurrently, we welcomed our new business partners, Mark and Andrea Van Zoost. Brad became an owner in Holland Home Leisure seven years ago, as we expanded into our current New Minas location, taking on the marketing and enhancing the Holland Home Leisure brand. We are excited at the potential as we look forward, and add youth and enthusiasm to our ownership team. Both Mark and Andrea have a passion for backyard living, live by our concept of Vacation at Home, and have been customers of the Company for years. Andrea has owned and operated her own business for a number of years, while Mark comes to us from the world of finance.

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As we look forward to the future, Debby and I would like to welcome Mark & Andrea to the Holland Home Leisure team, and we invite all of you to stop in and meet the new members of our team. Mike vandenHof, Owner/Partner Holland Home Leisure

Andrea and I became Holland Home Leisure customer’s 5-years ago, and have been transforming our backyard into our own All-Inclusive, fully embracing the concept of Vacation-at-Home. Our passion for backyard living has taken both of our careers in a new direction, and we are thoroughly delighted to have joined the Holland Home Leisure team! In my previous career, I would generally get home around 6:45PM, and the summer months were always the best! My evenings generally seemed to go one of two ways….I would either come home to a pool full of kids, or I would come home to immediately hear “will you come swimming with us?” For those of you that have a pool, I expect you know exactly what I’m talking about…..for those that do not have a pool, I can assure you that it is an incredibly rewarding feeling! Bonding with your kids seems to go at a different speed when you’re in a pool, and the memories are ones that really will last a life time! Do you remember where you used to swim as a child? I do! What type of pool? What about the deck? Is a hot tub in the cards? All questions that come to mind when considering a new backyard. It can seem overwhelming, or like one of the most enjoyable puzzles you’ll ever complete! For me, what a great puzzle! When we began thinking about our new backyard, the consensus view from the spectators was that there was no way I would have enough room to put in a pool. The final result (of that phase) was that we installed a 15x30 above ground pool, with 20 feet of deck at one end of the pool. The puzzle pieces fit! Going into our 7th backyard season at our home, every year we take on new projects, and I’m pretty sure we’re almost done..... 25 years of annual projects left to go! As you start to think about what your dream backyard is, come into our store, share your vision, and we’ll do everything we can to help make it a reality. To our existing customers, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your business, and you have my commitment that we will continue to do everything we can to ensure you get the most out of your backyard, and I hope you have another wonderful season! Mark Van Zoost, Owner/Partner Holland Home Leisure

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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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Holland Home Leisure is excited to announce that to meet our customers’ requests, we are adding Hydropool Swim Spas to the suite of backyard products we are carrying. We’ve researched the products available, and have chosen a line of Swim Spas’ that provide the most superior swimming experience available in any Swim Spa. Hydropool Swim Spas install in two simple steps: connect the electrical, and fill with water. From there, water chemistry is a breeze with training and continual support from both of our retail locations, and did we mention that Hydropool Swim Spas are self-cleaning as well? Swim Spas are versatile, and can even be moved seasonally for maximum use. At home or at the cottage, and of course if you move, your Swim Spa can go with you. Although Hydropool Swim Spas can be used 12-months a year outdoors, in our climate the heating costs may be too much. A best of both worlds solution? If you have a heated garage, you can create your own indoor winter oasis by moving your Swim Spa into the garage for the winter, and maintain your exercise program all year. Exercising in your Swim Spa. 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 Available in 14, 17 and 19 foot models, Hydropool swim spas are constructed from fiberglass-reinforced acrylic, and can be installed indoors, outdoors, in-ground, above-ground, or anywhere in between. Come in this summer to try a Hydropool Swim Spa, and let us help you decide exactly which one will be perfect for you. 8 | Backyard escapes Spring/Summer 2013

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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.

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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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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

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Rudy Burghardt and Sons is pleased to have provided Holland Home Leisure with clean, clear water for their pool installations for over 20 years. We also offer services such as: Top up water for swimming pools Hot tub fill ups We can deliver up to 6,000 gallons Bulk milk haulage of clean, clear water! Gravel 88 White Rock Rd, Kentville NS | phone: 902.678.2808 | fax: 902.678.3224

“I am always impressed with Garden of Weedin’s work ethic and the quality of the job that is done. The staff at Garden of Weedin are very polite, knowledgeable, and hardworking. They take the time to listen to your desires, provide appropriate input, and give you the outcome you desire. I would have no hesitation in recommending Garden of Weedin’ for any of your landscaping needs.” Dr. Trevor Archibald Services Available: Landscape Maintenance • Spring and Fall clean ups Complete Lawn Care Services • Hardscape installation

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Holland Home Leisure in New Minas offers some of the most respected high-end brands of outdoor furniture available with one thing in mind: customer satisfaction. Although it may represent a larger investment, customers have told staff at Holland Home Leisure time and again that the decision to invest in better quality patio furniture was one of the best they ever made for their backyard oasis. Quality is its own reward, and backyard furniture has come a long way from the molded resins of the 1980s. Fashion is a huge player when it comes to assembling an outdoor ensemble that provides durability, atmosphere and value that enhances the outdoor experience.

DEEP SEATING ALL THE RAGE Allan McElroy is an independent sales representative for Ebel, Homecrest and Designing Fire in Canada. He says the trend these days is more toward luxurious deep seating rather than outdoor dining furniture. In the 1980s and ‘90s, he says, outdoor furniture was all about dining. The concept of a sofa, loveseat and lounge simply wasn’t on the radar. Patio furniture was basically four chairs and a table. Now, however, the majority of top retailers offer myriad deep seating options that include woven resin furniture, otherwise known as wicker. Polypropalene resins are very durable outside and although you may pay more for top-level brands, they last longer and are much nicer, with cutting-edge technology and a stunning array of gorgeous, expensive fabrics to choose from that are made to live outdoors. Liana vandenHof-Rhodenizer and Katie Schofield are Holland Home Leisure’s furniture (and hot tub) specialists in New Minas. Katie says that more and more people are looking just to go out, relax and enjoy their backyards, and the trend is toward more seating/conversation sets than dining ensembles. Daybeds sold out last season and sofas, coffee tables and loveseats are popular right now. Customers want top-quality products that are durable, eye-catching and representative of a living room outdoors. Holland Home Leisure carries six different outdoor furniture brands: Ebel, OW Lee, Gensun, Homecrest, Seaside Casual, and Designing Fire. “We stock more Ebel than anything else,” Katie says. “Ebel is top of the line; there are more styles and more of it on our floors. All of our brands, however, offer quality. The furniture is tested rigorously and made to last in our climate.”

Cushions, for instance, now feature a waterproof membrane over the fill inside. McElroy says, “it’s uber comfortable. If it gets rained on, only the outside fabric gets wet and it dries out very quickly. It looks like a normal cushion, it’s really gorgeous and you’ll have it for as long as you want.”

Other new trends include a shift away from glass tabletops to aluminum slat tables and wicker tops. There are also stone and granite tops that often incorporate a mosaic; faux stone, made of an artificial, composite product; or cast aluminum tabletops.

GAS FIRE PITS A HOT PRODUCT Ed Joseph is the OW Lee representative for Holland Home Leisure. He says OW Lee has been in business for 64 years and, “our furniture offers a wide range of styles, from contemporary to transitional to traditional. Our furniture is meant to last generations, so the design needs to stand the test of time.“

OW Lee uses the most durable possible outdoor materials and processes to ensure customers have furniture that they will enjoy for many years. Materials include high-carbon steel for ultimate strength, super-polyester powder coating paints that provide resistance to scratching as well as preventing dullness over time, and EZ-Dri brand cushion fill, so customers will get not only amazing comfort, but longer life than other manufacturers’ products. One of OW Lee’s hottest categories is in gas fire pits. “We originated the category back in 1992,” Joseph says, “but just in the last five years it has taken off. The appeal of gas fire pits is obvious. Everyone loves sitting round a campfire and with these products you get that mesmerizing fire with the ease of a quick light. In addition, you get the warmth of a fire on a cool night. All our fire pits are made with a surface around it so there is room to set a dinner plate or maybe just a glass of wine.” Schofield says fire tables from either OW Lee or Designing Fire are top sellers at Holland Home Leisure, and McElroy adds that fire pits have a communal, nostalgic sense to them. “They’re pretty sweet, and really extend the season in Canada.” For more on these and other outdoor furniture products at Holland Home Leisure, visit their Lifestyles Plaza in New Minas to view their extensive collection of outdoor furniture, or email us at




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Owning a pool from Holland Home Leisure in New Minas and Aylesford is the epitome of family fun any way you slice it, but if you really want to know who gets the biggest kick out of it, just ask the kids. Holland Home Leisure installed Rudy and Alice Vanhattem’s pool 26 years ago in Woodville, Nova Scotia. Their children and now their grandchildren enjoy the pool, which was renovated and given a new lease on life two years ago by Holland Home Leisure. They installed a new liner, cement deck and steps instead of a ladder, ensuring that the very same pool used by Alice and Rudy’s children will continue to delight their grandchildren for years to come. Keegan Cook, 10, for example, is one of the Vanhattem grandkids. When asked what the best thing is about a pool in summer, he says, “you can go swimming and get cooled off.” Of course! What’s different in his case is that he and his two sisters, Janna, 6, and Lainey, 2, go to grandma’s house. Keegan is a Level 6 swimmer primarily because Oma Alice runs a Red Cross swim program in her pool each summer. Keegan has been a participant since he was little, and says now he likes to have friends over to share in the fun. He also enjoys the family time a pool affords. He plays games in the water with his family and friends, and loves going to the pool at his grandmother’s place. His mom, Amy Cook, says her mother’s is only two houses down from where her family lives and it’s definitely a meeting place for Alice’s 14 grandchildren and their friends. Amy’s kids “took swimming lessons with Oma and Opa in that pool and also swam there for fun,” she says. “It’s really nice to do something that everyone enjoys. We probably spend more time there in the summer because we’ll go and swim, have a barbecue and then swim again. That’s how we do family time.”

SIMILAR STORY Jenny Sinclair tells a similar story. She and her husband Mike had Holland Home Leisure install an in-ground pool at their Kings County home in 2009. They had had a pool at their previous residence and loved it, and knew just where to go to get the new pool after their move. Jenny says the level of customer service she has enjoyed with Holland Home Leisure has been outstanding. “They are literally at your beck and call. They are very happy to help with all of your needs, and that’s huge. They’re great!” The Sinclairs have four boys – Mac; Sam; Jesse; and Amos, 2 – and Jenny says the pool offers not only fun, but convenience. “We’re homebodies, and want the boys to enjoy our house as they’re growing up and bring their friends here. Also, to pack up four children and take them to a public pool or a friend’s house is a huge ordeal. “I’m a runner, too,” Jenny says, “and I like to come home, take off the sneakers and just dive into the pool. We have one of Holland Home Leisure’s hot tubs as well, and it’s a huge asset for sore muscles.”

Amy was eight when the pool was installed and recalls that it was quite a draw for kids in the neighbourhood back then. “Everybody would be there. There’d be like 30 kids in the pool and it was really fun, especially for teenage girls. You know teenage girls,” she says. “We spent most of our days by the pool.”

Her kids spend hours in the pool and they’re sad each year when it comes time to close it in the fall. “We are in it every day; we live in it,” Jenny says. All of her boys are capable swimmers, very comfortable in the water, and Jenny says it’s a positive in their lives.

Amy, who now owns a daycare, says a detour to the pool at the end of a busy day is a wonderful way to unwind. “I have the kids with me when I come home from work and we just go to mom’s place for a swim. It’s second nature; pool time is pretty much all we do in the summer.”

“They’re all active in soccer in the summer,” she says, “and when they come home they jump in the pool right before bedtime and then get into their jammies. There’s nothing negative about the pool, except when it’s covered in snow.”

Jesse, 5, says he gets into the pool most days during the summer, “and we have a hot tub, too. When we get cold in the pool we go into the hot tub and when we get hot in the hot tub, we go back into the pool. It’s fun!” Mac, 8, says the best thing about having a pool is the party. “Every summer, it’s my birthday and I invite all my friends over. We get to go in the pool and the hot tub.” He adds that he exercises and plays in the pool, and that he’s one of the best swimmers in his family. Sam, 7, likes to invite friends over to swim. “We have a big floatie and squirt guns and all that. I swim sometimes with my mom and dad, too, but mom usually only goes in for a couple of minutes. She likes the hot tub more.” He adds finally that he will likely have a big pool when he grows up because there will be more room and stuff for swimming. Homespun wisdom with a kids’-eye view. If you’d like to learn more about how Holland Home Leisure can make family time quality time and create a vacation at home, please visit:


HOLLAND HOME LEISURE CHRIS & TAMARA SWEET Even though we have a summer cottage the idea of putting in an a pool appealed to us because it would allow us to enjoy a refreshing swim without the long drive. In 2008 we finally decided to put an above ground pool in and are very happy with the decision. We have 2 active kids that really enjoy being able to just jump in at any time. We were very happy with the installation and the service at Holland Home Leisure. The kids are growing and the thoughts of considering a hot tub are starting to cross our minds and Holland Home Leisure would be our first choice

RICHARD KARDSEN AND JULIA COCHRANE In the fall of 2011 we came into an inheritance and at the same time the land beside us came up for sale. Richard grew up with a pool but I did not, although I always wanted one, hence the perfect opportunity presented itself. We initially contacted Holland Home Leisure via email to Mike and Brad and they responded quickly. After we met and were satisfied they could do the job, construction began in September. It went very smoothly and on time, they even did the patio stones around the entire pool area and the finished backyard is amazing. We are very happy customers of Holland Home Leisure.

NANCY ACKER It all began with a hot tub purchase 13 years ago, a purchase everyone in the family thoroughly enjoyed. My relationship with the Holland Home Leisure team grew to a level where going for routine water tests and supplies became more like a visit with good friends. I eventually became curious about the technology becoming available on the newer hot tubs. Casual discussions took place about the newer lines displayed in their showrooms, but never evolved into a high pressure sales pitch. It was a process that Holland allowed to evolve naturally and one I felt was very respectful. Finally, I decided it was time to take the plunge. The staff suggested I come in and take a wet test. I was pampered with robes and towels in a private enclosed area while they took the time to explain all the new features. The idea that I was able to customize my new hot tub really appealed to me. As a result, I am thrilled to admit my new hot tub is outstanding and I am enjoying it immensely. The folks at Holland Home Leisure provide truly exceptional service.

TROY AND KAREN DAVIDSON Karen and I decided to buy a hot tub for year round use. We are both athletes and coach hockey, soccer and gymnastics, plus we have three very active children. We felt a hot tub would be fitting on many levels, to soothe aching muscles, relax and entertain friends and family. We took the kids to Holland Home Leisure and walked around the store until they noticed one of the hot tubs said the Davidson Family. They were very excited. From the sale, delivery, installation and maintenance we had no issues at all. You never know what the future holds for our back yard as our kids grow up, but one thing is for certain, if a pool is to be installed, Holland Home Leisure will be the company we will choose without hesitation.

CUSTOMER TESTIMONIALS MICHELLE AND JULIAN RYAN We decided to install our pool in 2010. We looked around but once I met Mike I was sold. He did more than just sell me a product. With his knowledge and expertise, he was there at every step of the way, even answering all my emails and calls within the hour. If I had a problem he had the solution. Even when I purchased the Polaris 9300, Mike took the time to involve Julian, who happens to love the robo cleaner.. “My favorite part of having the pool is swimming with my grandmother everyday and setting up the robot cleaner to help my mom with the pool cleaning”

DAN & CONNIE KELLY Quality, comfort, durability and maintenance were very important factors when we chose Holland Home Leisure for one of our most important purchases of our life, our swimming pool. Their extensive showroom and knowledgable and wonderful staff made our purchase a pleasurable experience from choosing and purchasing right down to delivery. The installation crew were courteous and patient with our contiuous questions. Even a follow-up telephone call asking if we were happy or if we had any concerns, confirmed to us the professionalism of a reputable business. The folks at Holland Home Leisure stand by their name and go beyond simply selling their products. We would highly recommend Holland Home Leisure for the best in quality service..

KEVIN AND CINDY DICKIE We had been Beachcomber customers when we lived in Saskatoon and knew the craftsmanship of their product. After our move to Wolfville, we sought out a Beachcomber dealer and went straight to Holland Home Leisure, who came with the highest recommendation. We installed our new hot tub in May of 2012 as an antidote to our busy lifestyle. We are an athletic family with busy, stressful lives and enjoy the benefits a hot tub affords us with better sleep, improved circulation and quality relaxation time. After the installation we noticed a small leak and true to the reputation of Holland Home Leisure a new hot tub was installed without hesitation. We are truly pleased with the exceptional service from the staff and the continued friendly and knowledgeable service we receive each time we visit the store.

SHELLEY & MARTIN FLECKENSTEIN Holland Home Leisure created a backyard resort in our downtown Wolfville home. We broke ground in September of 2009 with two very excited children. Ben and Clare had both taken swimming lessons and the discussion to put a pool into our rarely used backyard began with much enthusiasm. It proved to be an incredible investment in our family life. We set a budget and Holland Home Leisure kept us within the bounds of it while offering us many suggestions to make our dream backyard a reality. They planned every step from the seating and entertaining area to keeping a green space for kids play. The Holland crew even did all the stone work and we couldn’t be happier with the final results.

THE HOLLAND HOME LEISURE TEAM Mike vandenHof Co-owner/partner Years with the company: 32

Debby vandenHof Co-owner/partner; Aylesford Store Manager Years with the company: 20

What do you enjoy most about what you do? The two things I enjoy most are: interacting with our consumers; and designing and building backyard projects and seeing them come to fruition. We’re constantly looking at new things to do.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Helping customers enjoy their time at home with their families. I like providing relaxation and stress reduction, time at home for parents with their kids and building memories.

Mark Van Zoost Co-owner/partner Years with the company: 1

Andrea Van Zoost Co-owner/partner Years with the company: 1

What do you enjoy most about what you do? We truly enjoy our backyard because it provides a lot of great family time. I’m looking forward to helping others get the most out of their backyards as well.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? I enjoy working with people. I’m looking forward to getting to know our customers and building the perfect backyard vacation-at-home for them.

Anne Hale General Manager Years with the company: 1

Kristi Huestis Service Advisor Years with the company: 5

What do you enjoy most about what you do? It’s a fun industry to be in. We have great customers and I enjoy working in a happy, fun atmosphere.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? I do the schedule for servicing. I really enjoy hearing feedback from our customers which I share with store employees and the service team.

Jennifer Kendall McGrath Chemistry Manager Years with the company: 12

Liana Rhodenizer Retail manager, hot tub & patio furniture division Years with the company: 7

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Problem-solving. I like when someone comes in with an issue and I can fix it. If their pool or hot tub isn’t quite right, I want to help them enjoy it again.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? My favourite parts are sales and meeting new people. Our customers are always a fun group, and they’re excited about coming into the store.

THE HOLLAND HOME LEISURE TEAM Katie Schofield Furniture and Hot Tub Specialist Years with the company: 6

Megan Banman Assistant store manager, Aylesford Years with the company: 4

What do you enjoy most about what you do? My favourite part is selling. I like being able to find exactly what someone is looking for and what works perfectly for them.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? I love doing water chemistry and warranty because you get to work with customers all the time.

Jim Sproule Service technician Years with the company: 20

Scott Saunders Above-ground pool installation supervisor Years with the company: 10

What do you enjoy most about what you do? I like outdoor work, getting out and meeting people.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Meeting different people. I like the customer interaction and getting the job done.

Tim Fisher Construction foreman Years with the company: 27

Rick Rooseboom Construction/service manager Years with the company: 21

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Satisfying the customer and doing high-end work.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? I enjoy a satisfied customer, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

Wayne Hill Warehouse manager Years with the company: 5

Matt Robicheau Service technician Years with the company: 11

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Meeting new customers. I also work a lot with the store staff and it’s like a little family.

What do you enjoy most about what you do? Interacting with the customers. I like to help them solve any issues that might come up.

THE HOLLAND HOME LEISURE TEAM Cathy Crocker Sweet Accounts payable, purchasing agent/inventory control Years with the company: 10 What do you enjoy most about what you do? I enjoy working with our suppliers and vendors. They’re an awesome group of people.

Francis Currie Years with the company: 6 What do you enjoy most about what you do? The camaraderie and the management. Holland Home Leisure is a good place to work.

Mike Hirtle Service technician Years with the company: 22 What do you enjoy most about what you do? I’ve been with the company long enough that I really know what I’m working on. I enjoy the variety of the work, doing different things in different places rather than sitting in a warehouse.




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By FRED SGAMBATI Get ready to fall in love with your hot tub … all over again. How? By adding Mineraluxe, an advanced hot tub water care system that surrounds your skin with softness and ensures you’ll have greater and more lasting enjoyment of your hot tub. Holland Home Leisure in New Minas and Aylesford debuted the Mineraluxe products, by Backyard Brands, in September 2012 as a simple, more natural approach to hot tub care that makes water simply luxurious. The response was tremendous, and Holland Home Leisure is proud to once again provide its trademarked quality, and the best hot tub experience possible to customers this season. Mineraluxe balances the difficult task of keeping hot tub care simple with the performance and results that hot tub owners are looking for. With just two primary additions made once a week, the system fits well with hot tub owners looking to reduce the overall complexity of maintaining their hot tub water. Jennifer McGrath is the Chemistry Manager at Holland Home Leisure, and she says the Mineraluxe System’s simplicity is its most attractive feature. “The star of the Mineraluxe System is a cube with a blend of different minerals that replaces five different products that people use in a traditional system. Added weekly, it’s one cube that you put in the water, so there is less product to manage or hang onto.” With the weekly addition of the Mineraluxe Cube and Mineraluxe Oxygen, applied at the same time, Mineraluxe keeps things simple. The only additional steps are to maintain an effective sanitizer residual, and to continue to maintain pH in an acceptable range, both of which are standard practice with any hot tub system. Mineraluxe, with its focus on Fusion Science, provides superior performance against the most common problems that affect hot tub enjoyment. The unique fusion of the all-natural mineral technologies in the Mineraluxe Cube and its unique R&R (release and remove) technology controls and removes scale and biofilm better than any other system. The first thing the Mineraluxe System does is release any biofilm, stains or scaling that has occurred in the piping, equipment or other hot tub surfaces, with the filter then removing the particles from the water. Traditional chemistry attracts those things, but Mineraluxe has intense biofilm and scaling properties, and repels them. The net result is a cleaner hot tub environment that is easier to maintain, sanitize and enjoy.

PRISTINE WATER QUALITY Each kit contains cubes and pouches of oxygen that, when used correctly, produce pristine water quality that feels like a velvet glove. The key to the exceptional comfort is the built-in moisturizers in the system. Mineraluxe

has been found to significantly reduce or eliminate the harsh, dry effects of soaking in a hot tub. The result is a mineral bath of unparalleled comfort. Mineraluxe says, “our approach to water care boils down to this: finding ways to make your hot tub water look, feel and smell better by removing stuff from the water, instead of adding more and more scary things in. The funny thing is, when you design products to be healthier and more natural, they turn out to be better for the environment as well. Go figure!” Holland Home Leisure is known for its ability to enable consumers to spend more time enjoying rather than maintaining leisure products, and Mineraluxe delivers big-time. “People love it, and we love it because they love it,” McGrath says. “We did a promotion with Backyard Brands when we launched. If customers bought a three-month kit, we would give them a two-week trial. If they weren’t happy they could bring it back, but we had zero returns, and that speaks volumes about the product.” The different minerals in the cube act as a water softener that helps to keep skin silky smooth in and out of the water. “With Mineraluxe,” McGrath adds, “people can soak in the water longer, they feel better and it’s an enhanced experience.” She says customers have told her the feeling is like switching from cotton to silk sheets on your bed. It’s that good! “People are looking for alternatives,” McGrath says, “and Mineraluxe covers the three major things: simplicity; it’s healthy; and it provides great feeling water.” After all, a hot tub is meant to be a special indulgence. Mineraluxe is a simple, easy to follow system that delivers incredible comfort and amazing water clarity. The absence of problems and costly fixes really takes the stress and added cost out of ownership and maximizes the experience. The Mineraluxe System and its unique benefits are available to a typical hot tub owner for less than the cost of a daily large coffee from Tim Horton’s! For more, contact Jennifer McGrath at , by phone at 902-681-3030, or visit

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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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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.

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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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WHAT’S NEW FOR 2013 ELIMINATOR ABOVE GROUND POOL COVER The Arctic Blue Eliminator winter pool cover saves time, money and hard work. It eliminates the dread of opening your pool, cover parachuting, leaves and debris on your cover, pumping off water at opening, and the need for huge volumes of water to refill the pool. Lightweight and easy to store, the Arctic Blue Eliminator pool cover features an elastic tie-down system that keeps the cover taut, and a blue mesh strip filters melting snow so the cover slowly rises, keeping the cover stretched tight across the pool. Best of all, it has a seven-year limited warranty!

BIG GREEN EGG If you’re looking for The Ultimate Cooking Experience, get the Big Green Egg. The only outdoor cooker you’ll ever need, the Big Green Egg stands as the most versatile barbecue or outdoor cooking product on the market, with more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From pizza to ribs, Thanksgiving dinner to desserts, the Big Green Egg will exceed all your expectations for culinary perfection, and with five convenient sizes to choose from, there’s one to fit every lifestyle!

ANGRY EGG Need to clear a cloudy pool? Angry Egg by Biolab is the easy way to clear water and makes your pool treatment simple with its exclusive sink-to-float technology. Gone are the days of interpreting back panels, calculating doses and then measuring and pouring those messy chemicals. The Angry Egg sinks to the bottom of the pool for the deepest clean, bubbles like mad when it’s working and floats to the top when it’s done! The Angry Egg clears your pool from bottom to top and everywhere in-between. Simply toss the Angry Egg in the pool and it does the rest!


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GOODBYE DRY! Goodbye DRY! by Silky Swim provides water treatment for chlorine and salt pools. Enjoy softer feeling water and experience the sensational comfort of Silky Swim Goodbye DRY! Ideal for use in both above-ground and in-ground pools, Goodbye DRY! is an exclusive pool water softener designed to greatly enhance swimmer comfort during and long after pool use. It’s the ideal solution for pool users that fight the drying effects of pool water on a regular basis. It makes water silky smooth, eliminates tangled hair and prevents dry, itchy skin!

POOL AND BACKYARD AUTOMATION One of the newest product lines to gain traction in backyard pool and spa design category is automation, with the latest systems operated from your existing Apple or Android devices through a free app. These systems can be put into new pools, but more importantly, can be an affordable upgrade to most existing systems. By leveraging your existing handheld device, the newest systems offer more functionality than ever before, and with the free app, these systems are now available at the lowest cost the industry has ever been able to offer. iAquaLink™ is one of the leaders in the field, allowing you to control your pool from anywhere in the world (internet or cellular service required). If you’ve ever wanted to turn your pool temperature down while you are away, or turn it up before you get home, with iAquaLink™, now you can. We have installed the iAquaLink™ on our pool at our Life Styles Plaza in New Minas, and we invite you to come in and try it out! 28 | Backyard escapes Spring/Summer 2013

PERFORMANCE SAFETY COVER Protect your family and your investment with the Performance Safety Cover. HHL’s most popular is the Bio-Shade Mesh style. Performance Safety Pool Covers are manufactured to your specific pool size and shape. They use only the highest quality raw materials and their state-of-the-art production method guarantees their strongest cover yet. In addition to its exceptional strength, their covers not only allow for a good-looking, clean outline of your pool, but more importantly, when properly installed, the Performance Safety Cover will help prevent accidental intrusion by children, pets and other unsuspected intruders. We put safety first – Performance Pool Products!

POLARIS ROBOTIC CLEANERS Polaris Robotic Pool Cleaners are the driving force in clean when it comes to your pool. Their premium cleaners feature Vortex Vacuuming Technology that enables cleaning power without losing suction; simple debris removal with easy top access and a large filter canister; fewer filter cleanings by efficiently collecting and depositing debris for reduced maintenance time; a rear water propulsion system that blows debris off stairs and out of tight corners; and highly efficient operation. Polaris Robotic Pool Cleaners cost just pennies a day to operate. Want to save time and money when cleaning your pool? Check out our Polaris Robotic Pool Cleaners.

COVERFREE Coverfree is a patent-pending technology that is a revolutionary liquid swimming pool cover. Coverfree creates an invisible barrier on the surface of the water that works even when swimmers are in the pool. It is an advanced mono-layer product that helps save water, heat and money by decreasing evaporation and heat loss.

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CLEARDECK IN-GROUND SOLAR BLANKET ROLLER If you’ve ever used a conventional solar blanket roller, you probably know what a hassle they are to operate – especially for one person. But with the ClearDeck In-Ground Solar Blanket Roller, covering and uncovering your pool couldn’t be easier! Designed for convenient one-person operation, ClearDeck’s patented design requires minimal effort and your solar blanket can be extended or retracted in less than a minute, so you can spend less time working and more time playing! You’re saving money, too, because a solar blanket prevents heat loss from your pool so you won’t have to run your heater as often, drastically reducing the cost of heating while maintaining your pool at the perfect temperature. The choice is clear – ClearDeck!

ECOSTAR EcoStar pumps are the ideal choice for energy savings. With EcoStar’s family of pumps, money flows back into pool owners’ pockets because EcoStar is the industry’s most energy efficient variable speed pump, thanks to a super-efficient permanent magnet, totally enclosed fan-cooled (TEFC) motor and industry-leading hydraulic design. Quiet by design, EcoStar pumps install easily and work with a wide variety of equipment. They are user and environmentally friendly with a next-generation digital control interface that’s intuitive to operate. For the most energy efficient pumps at any speed, it’s EcoStar!

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KETTLER FURNITURE Kettler wrought iron furniture incorporates the finest materials, careful craftsmanship and clean, versatile designs with exemplary comfort. Specially designed for the harshest outdoor elements, Kettler’s four-layer Electrotherm coating provides an exceptional corrosion barrier that reliably seals and protects the high quality steel frame, even in coastal areas. The Electrotherm Advantage includes: uniform coating thickness with excellent edge coverage; higher powder adhesion rate; maximum weather and corrosion resistance; superior colour retention and resistant to blistering or peeling; easy to clean and maintain with soap and water; and a five-year anti-rust guarantee. If you’re looking for advancement in wrought iron coating, look for Kettler.

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Holland Home Leisure's Backyard Escapes 2013  

Out annual pool, hot tub and backyard magazine.

Holland Home Leisure's Backyard Escapes 2013  

Out annual pool, hot tub and backyard magazine.