Has anybody used cultured stone in or around their pool? We are trying to bring down the cost since we have a lot of facing to cover. The pool will be 24 inches elevated in the front and a 3 foot bond beam in the back (acting as a retaining wall) to help offset the slope of our yard. One pool builder discouraged cultured stone saying it doesn't last and looks "cheap".
We are on rock and have a 3-1 slope so we already know that the cost in excavation is going to be horrendous. So, we are trying to cut back wherever possible but not in quality. Basically, it will be a pretty simple pool without a lot of extra features but I don't want to skimp on what matters/quality (if that makes sense). Thanks for any opinions, Janine