Veneer refers to decorative masonry placed on the facade of buildings, walls and pilasters. Materials used are generally brick or stone which may cover CMU block. Sometimes brick and stone are combined to create decorative facades, and the use of mortar also affects the finished result. Brick can be laid in a variety of bonds or patterns, and stone may be natural field placed randomly or cut stone laid in an Ashlar bond.
In general, paving is laid using brick or stone that is set in either sand or cement. A variety of patterns can be used for walkways, stairs, courtyards and terraces, as well as patios with pools. Interlocking pavers are commonly laid for driveways and courtyards.
Walls are usually built with CMU block. They may be functional such as retaining walls, or they may be for architectural effect, such as boundary or fence walls which include buttressed walls, gates and arches. Block walls can be covered with a veneer such as stucco or stucco stone or they may be decorated with decorative wall caps such as fancy brick caps along the top of the wall. Sometimes brick walls have decorative bonds.