I have a job at the beach in a couple weeks. The last guy did an awful stamped brick concrete job. The patio was destroyed anyway because of a pipe repair. I patched the areas with concrete and now im ready to go over top of the 500 sq ft area with something. I originally was going to do a pebble stone and epoxy mix with 1/4" jersey yellow stone pebbles. Then i read how the epoxy will yellow, and it has to be reapplied every 2-3 yrs. Conditions are very harsh only 1/2 block from the beach. But it is the highest point of the island in OC, NJ. Its just lots of work for me, an almost 50 yr old and a 60 yr old alcoholic. And i have my doubts regarding how long it will last. I was also thinking about applying a skim coat of concrete and just troweling it out. Im pretty sure just that would outlast the pebblestone patio. Then i had an idea about throwing the pebbles on top of the wet concrete. I guess i would tamp them down afterwards. Anyone ever do this one?