Real or fake, isn’t that really the question? The line between the two has ways of blurring itself significantly, so sometimes we don’t know what we’re really dealing with. This is a society obsessed with appearances though, it’s also a place that’s quite concerned about saving money or spending it in certain ways. There are ways to do things right and on the cheap, as they say, but it’s difficult to make that happen unless you’re the one actually doing the work. I’ve got a buddy who’s an electrician and when I need his help, it’s quite the blessing to know him. Otherwise I’d kill myself messing with some of the wiring I’ve encountered in my old house. Regarding home improvement, there’s all kinds of things that are better left to the professionals, but there are some things that seem a whole lot harder than they actually are.
We all like the look of stacked stone, when water trickles down the edgy face of it into a reservoir at it’s base, only to be pumped back to the top of the wall where it again, trickles back down. Or, when we have stone panels installed on the exterior of our home’s walls or include it in our landscaping plans. The fact is, it looks nice. But, is it real or fake? Well, stone panels and faux stone would indeed be considered fake, in fact I think that’s what the word “faux” kinda means. Whether something is real or not, is really quite relative because even the most disingenuous and fraudulent of figments can be made into real things inside one’s mind. All it takes is some imagination to make a dull world come alive, just ask Peter Pan.
Real, genuine building materials are often very expensive, especially if the home builder knows it looks nice. Even if it’s not expensive, they’ll charge you extra for it just because they know that their customers prefer it over other options. Is that really right? Well, I suppose that’s a matter of opinion, I guess everyone’s got the right to make a living and charge whatever people are willing to pay for whatever it is, we all have our free agency. So, that means that no matter what, you always have a choice in the matter. You can go with whatever look you want, but if there’s one in particular that you happen to fancy over all else, but the price tag seems a little steep, then perhaps you should look into some other avenues to accomplish what you want. Like I said earlier, you can always do the work yourself if that’s the only way to do something on the cheap when you could otherwise not afford it. Real or fake? Does it really matter when you’re getting what you want for the price you’re willing to pay? Some brick veneer faux can look just as good as the real thing, so if the house stands just as tall and strong as it would with real brick, then I don’t think it’s worth anyone’s time debating the matter.