I notice the materials builders use on their projects.  This particular builder, Absolute Construction, used a combination of brick and Board and Batten.

The concept of Board and Batten is a system of gapped wide vertial siding boards with narrow overlaying vertical battens to cover the gaps.  It allows for the natural expansion and contraction of the material but is easy to repair.  It gives a timeless ‘farmhouse’ look.

Next time you are walking in your own neighborhood, take a look at the pairing of different siding materials, you will be surprised how many combinations there are!