I'm currently getting designs and estimates for a new pool in the Houston, Texas area. One question that has come up is pool equipment placement. Our gas and electrical hook-ups are on the other side of the house with a double concrete driveway in between. So far we have had 3 PBs and 3 recommendations. One says bore under the driveway and put the equipment pad near the gas/electric hook ups. One says he can't bore, he needs to cut or demo/replace driveway because he doesn't bundle the pipes, he lays them flat (says this is the best way/ he's the most expensive and seems to be pushing quality). Third PB says just put the equipment pad next to the pool. It would be right next to the hot tub, but screened by standard wooden fencing. I'm worried about noise. He will still have to bore under driveway to connect to gas/electrical, but will save money since the pad is so close to pool. So my question is, who is right, or more right anyway.
Should also mention we lived in a master planned community with an iron fence on part of the back yard, so we may have to put the pad on the other side of the house like the first two recommend, if the HOA won't approve the pad in the yard, even with the fence hiding it.