Now is the time when homeowners are beginning to open their pools, Kris Holland at Black River Landscape Management, and elite outdoor living service, wants to make sure people don’t make mistakes this summer.
Below are his tips.
- Underbudgeting. If you’re planning to build or upgrade your current pool, always have money reserved in your contingency folder. You never know what can go wrong or need some extra attention.
- Creating a Deep End. Unless you love to dive, having a deep end that’s higher than 6’ is a waste of space. Most of the time, people occupy the middle part of the pool (4’-6’). By eliminating a deep end, you just created more space. You can still swim laps in a shallower pool.
- Choose Vinyl. Typically, you have two choices, vinyl or granite. While granite might look nicer, Vinyl is way easier to fix and repair, especially if you live in an area that receives cold months.
- Fence. A fence surrounding your pool is for your personal safety, and the safety of children. Nowadays, there are fences that are easy to pull out, and put back in when you’re not using the pool.
- Lighting. Another great safety feature is to add lighting so that the perimeter of the pool glows at night. It also adds great ambiance.
- Water. Saltwater requires more TLC and cost, but it might be a better option as it has lower chlorine levels and is better for sensitive skin.
Owner Black River Landscape Management
Kris Holland is the founder and driving force behind Black River Landscape Management, an elite outdoor living service that provides ground maintenance, landscape construction and snow removal services. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Kris is seen among his peers as the leader in his innovative custom designs and attention to detail. Kris is a certified Cambridge Pavingstones installer.
With a motto, “if it doesn’t scare you, it’s not big enough,” Kris’ inspiration to become an entrepreneur began at an early age by watching his own father build a successful business. With a team of 25 dedicated employees, Kris founded Black River Landscape Management in 2011 with a goal to bring people outside by creating functional outdoor living spaces.
Black River Landscape Management has been recognized by The Daily Record as Morris County’s best landscaper four consecutive years in a roll (including: 2014, 2015 2016, and 2017), and was selected as one of the top three home improvement contractors for 2016. Additionally, Black River Landscape Management has been featured in publications such as Good Housekeeeping, DIY Network, US News & World Report, The Star-Ledger, Total Landscape Care, Landscape and Irrigation Magazine, The Plain Dealer, and NJBIZ.
When he is not transforming backyards into an outdoor oasis, Kris is also snowboard instructor, caregiver to his three rescue Pit Bulls, weightlifting enthusiast, dedicated father of two, and loyal husband.
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