Thought I would document my process/progress on my equipment install and relocation project. Feel free to add advise and comments to help make the project a success.
For background, my wife and I purchased the house as a foreclouse back in November 08. The last owner took the pool equipment before they left. Leaving me with only stumps of plumming at the equipment pad. I have decided to move the equipment away from the master bedroom wall.
The first thing we did when we moved in was remove all of the dead landscaping (the house had sat empty for almost a year). We knew we weren't going to work on the pool equipment until the spring of '09 due to the work we wanted to do inside the house first, but we wanted to plant new landscaping right away to give it an additional 5-6 months of growth.
I don't have a picture with all the dead landscaping, but here is a picture before we did any demo work after the new landscaping was planted.
Once we completed work indoors (is really ever complete?), we started on getting the pool up to speed. One of the first things I did was remove the pool fence (we have self closing doors to the patio and side gate). I also have plans for additional Kool decking and a BBQ island. The existing concrete walkway was removed to make way for a new pour.