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January 2018
Dear Friend,

The New Year has arrived! Have you resolved to remodel your home in 2018? We are sharing below how window placement is a vital consideration during the design phase. Once your project is finished, you’ll be pleased that the location of your windows allows just the right amount of natural light into your home to help make it a cheerful, welcoming place.

Cody Byrd, AMB, AR, CGR, CAPS, CGP
NC Accredited Master Builder and Remodeler

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Design Studio Opening in Early March


We have rapidly moved along on our new design studio. We are expected to be opening in early March this year! Be on the look out for our Grand Opening! We hope you can set an appointment to come by and plan your project with us soon!
 
We will have our Homecrest Cabinet Displays up and running to pick out your new kitchen! We have some new appliances as well. The kitchen is up to date with a Docking Drawer to plug in your electronics, a pop-up power tower, and under cabinet lighting! We have several styles of interior doors and windows that we installed to showcase some of the different products that are available. We have installed tile flooring in the bathroom, Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) flooring in the main area, prefinished hardwood flooring in the conference room, and onsite sanded oak flooring as well. Our office features LED lighting and a smart HVAC thermostat to utilize energy. We will be gathering lots of product info so we can make many selections 'in-house'.
 
The exterior of the building has custom fiber cement siding, cedar piedmonts in the gables, and extensive custom rock and masonry work. The rock tapered columns are topped with real stone slabs cut to our specs. Cedar posts and bracing hold up the front porch. The front porch has a cathedral tongue and groove beaded pine ceiling. We have new seamless aluminum guttering and an architectural shingle roof. The lap and shake siding was finished with Sherwin Williams paint and Superdeck stain for durability. Do you like our color choices on the paint? Black trim is very popular right now! We have installed a Fiberon deck featuring some of their superior composite decking and railing products. We have a mahogany entrance door to invite you in with a craftsman-style cast iron door handle. We installed a custom 'made to order' wrought iron railing system on the front entry. Don't miss our lighted sign post with the cedar pergola surrounding it. With the new sidewalks and accessible ramp, you can park on either side of the building!
 
See you soon!
Cody Byrd
NC Accredited Master Builder and Remodeler
NAHB Certified Graduate Remodeler
 


NO CONTRACTOR? WRONG CONTRACTOR?

Why it's important to choose the right contractor

The Case of "I'll Be My Own Contractor": We often hear about homeowners who coordinated their own remodeling or construction projects. This has been on the rise as do-it-yourself home-improvement shows become more and more popular, with Pinterest boards and HOUZZ pages showing "DIY" ideas with picture-pretty results (often achieved with professional help). And Hey! who doesn't want to save a little money; why not be your own general contractor?

More often than not, this decision ends up creating a disaster and we get the call to clean up the mess. If you don't work with trade contractors all the time, it's difficult to know their work ethics. When you're in the business, you know which subcontractors (such as plumbers, electricians and excavators) are reliable, dependable and capable of establishing a good working relationship. A good contractor knows who to trust and who will do a top notch job for you.

The Case of "Choose the Cheap One": While we'd never buy a cheap pair of shoes and expect them to hold up over time, or allow our children to drive a vehicle without a valid license, it's amazing how many folks will hire the cheapest contractor they can find and—too often—one without a license and insurance.

Keep reading to see why these options can end in not-so-pleasant ways.
 


Effective Window Placement


Consider all the advantages of a window—it provides natural light; it connects you with views of your outside surroundings; it brings in fresh air; and it enhances the appearance of your home’s interior and exterior. Windows are an important element of any home, yet are often overlooked during the design phase. Many times the decision of where to position a window is based solely on keeping a home’s facade symmetrical, rather than optimizing how the window serves the room in which it is placed.

Before a floor plan is developed, it is important to analyze the site. Based on each room’s orientation and considering the climate, you will want to maximize both daylighting and energy efficiency through careful window placement. In addition, give thought to the magnificent outdoor scenery you wish to capture and bring inside via an expanse of windows or a folding glass wall. Conversely, you may want to mask an unattractive view with a solid wall while bringing in fresh air and light with clerestory windows.

The standard way to position a window in a room is to center it in the exterior wall. Instead, envision the window relocated to one side or adjacent to the ceiling so that daylight reflects off the wall and ceiling surfaces into the space. This significantly brightens the room, diminishing the need for additional electric lights. A skylight or roof window adds even more light and visual drama to a room, and can be particularly useful where wall space for windows is unavailable.

Successfully using windows for fresh air ventilation also relies on strategic planning. Placing windows on a single wall in a room will rarely be enough to develop air circulation. Through ventilation depends on air currents that are created by opening windows on opposing walls or in nearby spaces. Roof windows, in combination with wall windows, produce updrafts that convey warm air outdoors, away from living areas.

Windows are available in a myriad of sizes, shapes, styles and materials and can be used in a variety of combinations to personalize the look of your home. Don’t be afraid to use windows to add a little whimsy or excitement here and there. While it is essential to complement your home’s architectural style, within those bounds be creative and express your individuality.

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2318 Morganton Blvd SW
Lenoir, NC 28645

828.292.0615

 

About Us


Owner of Vision Design Build Remodel, Cody Byrd comes from a family with many generations working in the construction industry. He loves giving back to our great community and helping its residents enjoy better living. At Vision DBR, we take your home building project from start to finish—including all design and construction. Through years of experience and staying up to date with industry certifications—we make sure your home project will meet your needs for many years to come.
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