the entire bottom of the house has a border on it, an extra layer of mortar or stucco over the brick that was painted gray. we liked the overall look but had planned to repaint a less blue gray sometime in the future. then while the brick people were here working on the windows & doors they suggested re-doing the border with a new layer of stucco for a smooth, continuous look, and with a slight edge for a more polished finish. (the border was a bit rough and uneven) they gave us a couldn’t-beat-it price so we went for it. they didn’t do it at the same time because of scheduling, instead, they just recently came back and did the whole job in an afternoon. the finish is so much nicer than we had imagined, well worth the little extra cash over just repainting. in fact we love the color of the stucco so much, we aren’t even going to paint it. less maintenance and less work for us, yes, please!