This is Option 3.
Note the animation at the top of this sample - such a feature could be used with any other design; your final decision could incorporate elements from all three of these samples. Note also the different font used for the text on this page. Again, you are looking at a page which is optimised for smaller monitors. The final page will be more flexible and the table will float much more (so that the appearance will be similar regardless of monitor size). The highlighted button on the left could be used as an indicator of the page you are on, or as an effect when you move your mouse over the button.
The background color would be a solid color on the finished site. It appears grainy here because this is a large picture file; we were trying to strike a balance between the quality of the image and the length of time it takes to download on your computer.