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Travertine Pool Deck

See how to use travertine to design an elegant pool deck.

A video transcript featuring Scott Cohen, The Green Scene

On this project, I used authentic travertine stone pavers for my hardscape materials. These are nice and thick and actually quite heavy, and a nice upgrade over a standard concrete paver. When we want to coordinate with the travertine coping, travertine caps here, we've got travertine one by ones surrounding this, and I've got a trim tile around my fire/water feature here that has a laser-cut inlay of a dark walnut travertine with a lighter vanilla travertine.

Advantages of travertine
Travertine has come down in cost over the past few years and it's actually a pretty viable option on a lot of projects. Consider spending just a few dollars more upgrading to real stone for your patios.

These travertine pavers are set on a gravel and sand base, just like any other concrete paver would be. When we're on expansive clay soils, where they're going to shift and move depending upon the amount of moisture that's in the soil, kind of like building on top of a sponge, it's a good idea to have a material that can move with it and not crack and heave. I like these pavers for that purpose.

This travertine patio is set in a Versailles pattern, and it's got some larger and smaller sized pieces mixed throughout. It makes for a nice look.

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