We are a month into our build and we are facing a dilemma. We want to stay more natural feel here in Houston and are avoiding tropical. So we choose pea gravel decking as the concrete top layer on 1000 sq ft of decking around the pool. We were supposed to have the decking poured today and when they didn't show our PB called and talked to my wife a bit about the build. In the conversation he mentioned he hates his pea gravel decking! We had KoolDeck at our last house around the pool but it always looked dirty and stained easy. Plus we thought it looked abit plain for what we have going in the new pool materials. But now we are second guessing.
PB has offered unlimited options that we narrowed down and the costs are as follows...
1) Pea Gravel already priced in
2) Upgrade to Kool Deck at $1.50 per sq ft added costs so $1500
3) Upgrade to stamped concrete at $4.00 - $4.50 per sq ft added costs so $4500 more
We are spending a lot so we don't want to skimp but I also don't want to pay another $4k but will if it completes the look. I figured I would get some feedback from folks on the feel and look of pea gravel vs Kool Deck vs Stamped. I know it varies by individual but we could use some help ASAP. We are going to tour some more pool with the PB tomorrow to see what looks best and to look at Pebble Sheen color in installed pool so we can wrap this baby up next week.
Here are some pictures of progress and materials... Glass tile, bullnose tarvertine coping, split face travertine on facing, pebble sheen surface (color TBD).