Many people choose to add stone veneer to cover a bare concrete foundation when building a new home. This detail adds a traditional and more finished appearance to a home’s exterior. At Houses & Barns by John Libby we design many homes and barns with this added feature. Two types of veneer that we have successfully constructed into our Maine homes and barns are natural stone and engineered stone. Both choices have benefits and significantly add to the curb appeal of your home or barn. Below are some pros and cons of each option.
Natural stone veneer characteristics
♦ Has a more rugged look.
♦ Can be more expensive – but is a more traditional design.
♦ Stones need to be cut to fill each space.
♦ Generates more waste.
Engineered stone veneer characteristics
♦ Can be less expensive.
♦ Faster to install.
♦ Easily tailored to the design of the home.
♦ More choice in colors and pattern variations.
Installing a natural stone foundation may involve modifying the foundation to include a shelf so it’s important to consider this detail early in the design process. Additional foundation work is usually necessary to accommodate the thicker stones as they are placed against the concrete wall.
It’s always best to talk to your home designer or contractor in detail before choosing a veneer feature. Your contractor can help you determine the best option for your home or barn.