In a previous post we looked at cordwood/log end detailing. Along similar lines, stone detailing also adds excellent value and beauty. With stone, a little goes a long way. Just a little stone around the front entrance, for example, makes a big difference. And, of course, you can gather local stone and build it yourself at very low cost.
One of the most practical uses of stone is around a wood stove. The stone creates a fireproof barrier and stores heat. Building a stone wall like this can be an interesting experience, as you can read about on the High Mountain Musing blog.