An equipment access panel couldn’t stick out like a sore
thumb against subtle materials like the “Tea &
Cream” decking and earth-tone tiles used by Dave McKibben,
retail/spa manager of Patio Pools & Spas in Tucson, Ariz. So he
created a handy step over the access area, emphasizing the
importance of form and function.
“The step is actually a steel-framed, tile-covered removable
section, so a service guy can pick it up and have straight access
down to the bottom,” McKibben says. There, he pitched the
equipment pad with proper drainage, though the spa is installed so
snugly that it would be difficult for water to seep through.
To make it appear even more seamless, McKibben matched the stucco
on the outside of the raised area not only to the house, but also
to the color of the spa siding within.