I am a total newbie getting ready to pull the trigger on a pool build, and I am a bit lost as to what type of decking to use around the pool.
The house is brick, and the pool will be off the back of a screened in porch with white columns and a dark-colored slate-look green ceramic tile floor. The house is about 2-3 months away from completion, so there is no existing hardscape to worry about. The lot slopes, but not too drastically, and it slopes from left to right, so I assume this may help some with going from shallow to deep end. I am looking at a 12' x 46' or a 14' x 40' gunite lap pool with very few bells and whistles above a ledge seat, heater, and SWG. (No water features, spa, etc.) The house is on the edge of a deep woods.
I have attempted to add a copy of the hardscape design to this, so you can get a better idea of the layout. I really like the way he has done it, but I don't think I am going to be able to afford the infinity edge, so I would like ideas for decking all the way around.
It has been all I can do to get my husband to agree to adding a pool to the build because he does not think he will use it, but I will be able to get his OK if I keep the costs for everything relatively reasonable.
I would LOVE some suggestions on what type of decking to use around the pool. Because we have so much outdoor seating already - screened porch, deck and patio - I don't need a whole lot of decking. There are also only the two of us (no kids), and we entertain minimally. So, maybe just enough around each edge to access for cleaning, and some deck space between the screened porch and pool for a couple of loungers would be good.
Please let me know what you think would be a good choice. I don't really like "busy" patterns of different colors. I do like pavers, and I was wondering about integrating brick somehow too without making the whole thing brick. Maybe concrete with some brick dividers? Maybe pavers with some brick? Are pavers really expensive?
This may sound kind of silly, but I am wanting a calming "Zen" kind of space with a resort-type of feel to it.
Thank you all SO much for any advice.