Texas pool designers Pool Environments gut the pool and replace the aggregate concrete with travertine paver in a Versailles pattern. They build a raised spa, one-foot wall and sheer descent waterfalls. The space is opened up by removing a portion of the driveway and adding an outdoor fireplace and seating area.
This exciting and majestic negative edge pool is truly an extension of the interior of this residence. The wide, see through, horizontal family room fireplace is enjoyed by all pool visitors. The pool and built in spa is surrounded by an expansive, self-draining, 2 foot by 2 foot, exposed aggregate patio. Fire pots frame each side of the pool and descending steps.
Shifting soils will cause concrete patios, steps and driveways to crack. Luckily, most surface defects and hairline cracks can be repaired with a thin overlay of cement stucco or mall-aggregate concrete, says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com. For concrete that's severely cracked, missing chunks or at different heights, he recommends replacing with steel-reinforced concrete that's a minimum of 4,000 PSI strength.