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There is a very expensive neighbourhood in the Lower Mainland filled with individual homes built using a combination of brick and stone.

When I drive around, I have yet to see a good example of a combination that works, or colours that were chosen well to coordinate with both the brick and stone.

I’m not exagerating when I say that most of these homes are so ugly, I start feeling bad for the homeowner. Also, it makes me wonder if I’m the only one who notices that the combination is not good. Surely there was a designer involved with some of them?

I have consulted with many homeowners who are not happy with the plans their Architect has drawn up. And many times, together, we have either eliminated the specified stone or brick or moved it around on the home so that it looks more balanced.

When we have eliminated it entirely, it’s because it makes no sense. It’s almost like it’s the Architects version of accent tile inside the home. They add it because they think it makes the home more interesting, even if it’s not necessary and certainly not timeless.

However, if you are committed to choosing a combination, here is my best advice:

1. Don’t try to find a combination that matches.

I would ONLY choose a matching combination if you found a house that you liked and could source the EXACT stone and brick on that house.

Going through image after image, I mostly find countless examples of homes where the final result looks like the they tried to match the stone and brick, but failed. This home (above) succeeded in a matched combination, but again, unless you could source exactly what was installed on this house, I would not try this at home, by yourself.

Plus when you think about it, if the stone and brick match this closely, why add stone at all? Better to just build the entire house with brick so you don’t run the risk of clashing with a close, but not close enough, look.

2. Choose a combination with contrast, but keep one of the choices pale grey, white or cream, like this house below.

Contemporary Landscape by Milieu Design

3. Match the brick to the colour found in the stone.
Here you’ll notice that there’s a nice contrast between the creamy/green stone. The green brick was chosen to coordinate with the green accent colour found in the stone.
Notice the stone here is not solid green but with green undertones or accents. It’s choosing two solid and patterned combinations that I’m saying you should avoid, as shown in step number one.
This house (below) is totally charming and built in the 30’s. I like the way the stone highlights the front door and draws you in. And miraculously, the brick works well with it.
4. Choose the correct type of stone that coordinates with the style of your home.
This european chateau would not work at all with more contemporary stacked stone.
5. Keep your colour combination classic and simple.
One solid (the stone) and one pattern (the brick). No need to introduce a third colour if it’s not necessary.
6. If your brick clashes with the stone, paint it.
The colour combination and painted brick on this house (below) looks intentional, and I love how the flagstone and cobblestone in the landscaping was carefully chosen to coordinate with the house.
7. Choose your roof to coordinate.
With a stone and brick facade that won’t ever change, a black roof is not the answer. This house is a typical example of a combination that in no way relates, however the black roof and black shutters were also a mistake here.

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