Just a thought looking at your equipment pad. It is hard to see in the shadows of the picture but it appears you have about 2 ft between the pad and the house (where the gutter pipe comes down). That will be a real pain to manage with grass or bushes. Suggest you extend the pad about half of that space and then put in gravel/river stone in that remaining space and extend down with that gravel/stone where your gutter exits.Pictures of the pool pad -- Not much changed from 11/4.
Love the suggestions - I'll have hubby read them. He's been working in this part of the yard, tapping down the dirt after the plumbing trenches and putting bricks and gravel around the A/C (which is nearby). We've always had bricks or blocks around our house foundation to detour termites. No plants or flower beds near the foundation.Just a thought looking at your equipment pad.
Yes, it was thinking of all those grout lines and keeping them clean. Just because that step is out of the water doesn't mean it won't get splashed and need scrubbing. The original idea was a one piece 12" X 7' stone slab with no grout lines. But it'd be a nightmare with a salt water pool and eroding.I‘m pretty sure I’ve seen 1” unglazed. Or are you wanting bigger?
I was wondering what was on that wall - could not make it out due to the shadows. The extra pad length is optional - sometimes it is best to have some space between items to work on - so you may want to mention that to the plumber when he shows up if you do have extra pad length. OK to have the pad butt up against the foundation - they will have a piece of wood there anyway as part of the form. Just ensure there is a slight slope to drain water away for the house.The pad butts up to the house lengthwise but yes there is a gap - The dryer vent is there up high on the wall and the tankless water heater access is there along with the breaker box on the other side (in the garage). Everything is right in that one area. . . The only debate was weather to have the pad next to the house or a few inches away. We decided next to.
Great. Looks like a good slope to drain water away from house. Another idea - which I did at my house - I laid edger rails about 8-10inches from foundation, covered that area with weed cover then put river rocks on top of that. That way I have no grass next to foundation. In one section, we also planted some plants/bushes on outside of that edge rail so it made a garden area but no soil next to foundation to deter termites as you indicated.Here is another picture that shows the dryer vent as well as the water heater -- In the background. That black thing is our portable composter. Yes, we get questions on it. And our row of fruit trees -- Two figs, two pomegranates, and a nectarine. This is the side yard being torn up )