We'll show you how to install stone facing on your house. This do-it-yourself alternative to real brick and stone doesn't require a brick ledge.
DIY: How To Install Stone Veneers - excellent tutorial shows every step + tips from a pro when creating a rustic fireplace, walls, etc. using authentic looking faux stones. Via Family Handyman
Clair Ledge Stone, Natural Stone Veneer More - Modern Fireplace
This could look great for the new kitchen, but I don't know if it will go with the paint scheme I have in mind >> stone veneer for fireplace surround > NVSI stacked ledgestone