Contrast is king in this fireplace wall by Nathalie Tremblay of Atelier Cachet, post-renovation and re-design. Gone are the drab wall and white brick; in their place, a stone-veneer surround and black wall add plenty of drama, and a three-dimensional art piece adds the finishing touch.
The home draws inspiration from traditional Cape Cod architecture with a few twists of its own. The stacked stone veneer adds a rustic element to the facade, while decorative window trim makes up for the absence of shutters.
In spite of its extremely tall trey ceiling, this family room feels warm and intimate, thanks to the warmth of the reclaimed barnwood used in the ceiling, beams, and moldings throughout. A massive stone-veneer fireplace with barnwood trim dominates one end of the room, and a wall of French doors provides not only light but also a splendid view of the surrounding landscape.
A backyard patio/pool combination from Kane Landscapes features a fountain, entertainment areas and a raised patio of concrete, stone veneer, rectangular Penn and Bluestone. To maintain the natural beauty of your stone surfaces, do not use abrasive cleaners (like tub & tile products), vinegar or other acid cleaners. Instead use a recommended clearer from the manufacturer and you can also preserve the stone’s color with a stone sealer.
The front of the home was reimagined with steps leading to a more pronounced portico. A stacked stone veneer dresses up the singled facade, while the addition of a carriage style garage door adds extra charm.
Even though it’s less expensive, manufactured stone veneer no longer looks like the cheap cousin of the real thing. Modern versions are durable, beautiful and natural-looking. Adding veneer around the bottom third of your home’s exterior will return nearly your entire investment, and because it’s lightweight and easy to work with, you can even do it yourself.