Many people think that brick veneer siding can only be used on the exterior of the home, but it actually has a ton of awesome decorative applications. For example, these homeowners created an awesome brick backsplash kitchen using sheets of veneer with some custom archways for decorative flare. To accomplish this look with real brick would have been quite costly and time consuming, so using the sheets to achieve the exact same look proved to be a design win for them. If you are in the market for brick tiles be sure to find an inspiration piece of the real thing then compare the coloring and texture to your veneer. That ensures that you achieve the exact look you are striving for.
Before we took on the mega large project of contracting the renovations on our own home, I really had no clue about building materials, project management, or even the scale of such undertakings. Boy have my wife and I learned a ton in the process -- especially about siding materials. Originally, we had thought that we wanted to cover the home in beautiful natural stone siding. Of course, that was before we realized the price for both material and labor. After eliminating that option to stay within our budget we started looking into brick varieties in a similar color palette to what we had been considering for stone. Again we were surprised by the astronomical cost of brick siding (call us beginners) so we decided to research our options before committing to one product.
As we were designing our new outdoor patio area to be built against the French doors of our living room, we were a bit stumped with what direction we wanted to go with both the architectural style and the materials. At first I thought we should stick to a primarily wood design that coordinated well with our existing house siding, but after seeing the plans that our architect drew up utilizing the same brick material, I knew it was the way we needed to go. We built a huge lofted covered entertaining area with an adjoining breezeway that connects to the full outdoor kitchen complete with built in grill and bar. The entire inside surface is composed of brick veneer wall to match the rest of the siding on our home.
Would you believe me if I told you that this stunning victorian home is actually covered in brick veneer siding -- probably not. Honestly I wouldn't believe me either if I had not ordered the materials myself. When our client requested that we install faux brick panels instead of the real thing, quite frankly, I thought they were out of their mind. To cover such a beautiful home in a "fake" material seemed like such a waste to me. However, it is actually a lot easier to work with in this application than traditional brick would be, plus it took a fraction of the time as usual. We were even able to cover their retaining wall blocks in the same product in order to elevate the look of their landscaping design and tie it in to the home's architecture.
I have heard several of my friends talking about how incredible they think that brick veneer siding is but, I'll be honest, until I went to the store and looked at it for myself I just couldn't understand how a "faux" product could be anywhere near as good as the real thing. Boy was I wrong. Let me be the first to tell you that if you have even remotely considered brick veneer run to the store and check it out. It looks and feels just like the real stuff but it is a fraction of the price and takes much less time to apply. It is sold in sheets of brick paneling that can be quickly and easily mounted to the side of your home in order to give that same classic colonial look.
As I was browsing through the pages of Architectural Digest a few months ago (around the time we were designing our kitchen remodel), I stumbled upon a gorgeous downtown apartment that featured a brick backsplash in the kitchen. Although we do not live in such an elegant downtown loft, I thought that it would be such a cool accent in our new kitchen. We are doing a fairly contemporary design that integrates a few traditional elements like an antique copper range hood and shaker style cabinetry, alongside more modern features like ashy grey flooring, granite countertops and industrial lighting. I thought that installing brick wall panels to mimic the look of real exposed brick would be an awesome (an inexpensive) way to add another really cool contemporary accent to the space.