We have a single storey brick house that doesn't have anything around the majority of the exterior – it is a "gravel" type of garden bed that the previous owners foolishly threw down directly onto soil with no weed mat or plastic.
We want to pour a concrete path all around to protect the slab from moisture, reduce the potential of pests/termites getting in, and give us an easier way to walk around the exterior without having to go into the garden etc.
At some point in the future, we would also like to put a deck on the side of the house.
Can anyone weigh in on the best way to proceed with the path / deck:
1) Should we just do the path all around to keep the house a little more isolated from the elements and then where we want the deck just start the deck on top of the path, all the way up to the external walls?
2) Should we do the path all around the do the deck only up to the edge of the path (1 m or so from the house)?
3) Should we only pour the path where there wouldn't be a deck, and have the deck go all the way to the wall without any path etc underneath (I assume with some type of underlay though?
Is there a standard practice for this type of thing? Thanks very much!