There's something so homey about a stone fireplace, bringing to mind cozy nights spent with loved ones in front of a blazing hearth. Think using real stone is the only way to get this look? Think again. Today's cast-stone veneer looks a lot like the real thing, with styles ranging from stacked stone to river rock.
And if its nicer price tag makes it an option that's hard to pass up, the DIY-friendly installation will seal the deal. For full step-by-step instructions, see How to Build a Stone-Veneer Fireplace Surround