Broke ground on custom pool build in January 2016. Used Pool Studio to create design and now we are bringing it to life. 43' x 23' freeform gunite pool with spa and waterfall. I've attached some pics. #4 rebar 9"OC. 84 yards of gunite. I have purchased all the tile & stone material for coping, beach entry, spa and decking. Now I need to finalize a few other details that are more art than science .. specifically the plaster finish. I have attempted to search and read about the different options on this forum .. PT, WetEdge, NPT etc. This, in my opinion, is the most difficult decision of the 100's due to all the (unknown) variables (i.e. Pebble size, Quartz, glass, installers, live water, depth etc). So here is my question .. Can anyone provide me some clarity on which plaster finish (not considering color) is best for my pool? My original budget (based off of best guess) back in Sept 2015 had $10,000 dedicated for plaster .. I would be willing to spend a little more if I believe the value (better looking, last longer, smoother feel etc...) was there or less (obviously) if I could find what I need. What are the rough estimates of cost for each of these options (954 sqft)?
Second question ... I have 4 large (water) dogs (no kids). What filter would you recommend for this type of usage? I heard sand multiple times from other pool builders .. but DE seems to be the best. Due to the fact I have dogs would this sway people to believe sand is better for my situation vs DE?