Just as crown molding and chair rails can dress up a room inside your home, decorative brick or stone veneer can put a fancy finishing touch on the exterior of the house.
Adding architectural details like contrasting trim around windows and doors can add value and curb appeal to your home during a time when you might not be in the mood to spend a lot of money to completely change its look.
Veneer is thinner, half an inch to an inch thick compared with around four inches for standard brick, and lighter-weight than full brick or stone, so it can be easier for the do-it-yourselfer to work with.
You can add a thin brick or stone veneer on part of a wall for contrast, or on the outside of a chimney, or on the walls and fireplace around your outdoor kitchen. Stone veneer also is popular for building outdoor barbecues (use it on the outside of the fire pit only) and for landscape accents like walls and flower boxes.
Veneer also comes in special shapes so your remodeler (or you, if you’re handy) can use the thin pieces to fashion sills, quoins and other ornamental architectural details. And stone veneers sometimes show up around the bottom of stucco homes as decorative “aprons” that measure three feet or so up from the ground.