May 2018
Dear Friend,

Are you curious as to how much extra value a renovation will add to your home on the average in 2018? Remodeling magazine completes a survey each year to discover the current trends on a national, regional and city basis. Keep reading for some thought-provoking statistics.

After cooking a meal, is your kitchen sink too small for you to scrub those large pots and pans? Below we are describing all the benefits of a farmhouse sink—first of all its splendid size. You may want to plan on installing a farmhouse sink during your upcoming kitchen remodel.

And keep in mind that May is a great month to contact Vision Design Build Remodel about that special project you’ve been thinking about. Are you interested in a new deck for the summer months? How about a screened porch? “The world's favorite season is the spring. All things seem possible in May.”—Edwin Way Teale

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

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Did You Know?

Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs Value Report continues to set the standard as one of the most reliable sources of information regarding the value of home renovations. Did you know that the top 5 best return remodeling projects for 2018 are:

  • Garage Door Replacement
  • Deck Addition - Wood
  • Manufactured Stone Veneer
  • Bathroom Addition
  • Universal Design Bathroom

See more remodeling project types from the 2018 Cost vs Value Report here.

Teaching Eco-Friendliness to Your Kids

We’d like to introduce you and your family to the Sustainability Squad who are featured in this brand new Activity Book called “The Eco-Home Adventure.” Published in 2017 by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), the purpose of this book is to get your kids interested and inspired to help protect the natural resources in your home. This book teaches kids about the importance of saving electricity, conserving water, recycling, and many other Green practices.

Please feel free to click the photo to view the book and print a copy for each of your children to read and color. Who knows…you may even learn a few new aspects of sustainability from them!
(Note: This book is not to be reproduced for sale.)

Cody Byrd, Owner of Vision Design Build Remodel, has always placed high importance on Green. His Certified Green Professional (CGP) certification means he knows all the ins and outs of completing construction projects by using sustainable materials and practices.

Stainless steel sink with interchangeable apron front

Farmhouse Kitchen Sinks

Farmhouse sinks, also known as apron-front sinks, are making a huge comeback in kitchens. This trend is partly due to the current popularity of farmhouse style interiors, where both vintage charm and functional design are treasured. Yet farmhouse sinks are crafted from a wide variety of materials and designs that fit in with just about every style of kitchen imaginable—whatever your heart desires—from mid-century modern to industrial chic.

The farmhouse sink originated in late 17th century Ireland and Britain when there was no running water. Since water had to be transported by hand from nearby wells, lakes and rivers, the farmhouse sink was valued for providing a basin that could hold large amounts of water.
Contemporary style fireclay sink
Today you will appreciate farmhouse sinks for providing a variety of other benefits. For one, these sinks tend to be considerably deeper than the typical undermount kitchen sinks and usually are designed with one large bowl. This offers plenty of room for washing baking sheets, large pots and pans, as well as oven trays—items that are a challenge to wash in a standard two-bowl sink. If you spend a lot of time cooking and doing clean up, you will be very grateful for this style of sink. Farmhouse sinks are also available in two-bowl designs, if you prefer.

Ergonomically, the farmhouse sink will cause you less back strain because of the front-forward design—the exposed front of the sink extends beyond the cabinetry. You will be able to stand directly against the basin without needing to lean over several inches of cabinet and counter space to wash your dishes. Plus the sink’s overhanging front eliminates those sharp countertop edges that can be uncomfortable. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the bottom of that deep sink may be inaccessible for someone who is seated.

Left: Quartz sink with carbon fiber apron front. Right: Papiro Cream Marble workstation sink with basket-weave pattern

A farmhouse sink is usually installed as an undermount sink, which allows water to drain back into the sink rather than sitting on your countertop. Certain styles of farmhouse sinks include drainage channels on the side that allow dishes to dry on your countertop without water puddling up. Make sure that when your farmhouse sink is installed, it overhangs the cabinets in the front to prevent water damage to the cabinets. Generally farmhouse sinks will not have a built-in location for the faucet, so the faucet needs to be mounted behind the sink, either in the countertop or in the wall.

The materials used to create farmhouse sinks range from fireclay, porcelain, stainless steel and copper, to cast iron, stone, quartz and concrete. Fireclay and porcelain are both heavily favored selections due to their beautiful classic look, though fireclay in general is more durable. Stainless steel farmhouse sinks are also quite durable, relatively inexpensive, and offer a modern twist that fits in well with contemporary kitchen styles. No matter which material you choose, your farmhouse sink will become an attractive focal point, adding delightful charm to your kitchen.

Right: Enameled cast iron sink—wall-mount with legs or top-mount with custom cabinetry
Double bowl fireclay sink with sink racks, strainers, cutting board and colander
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Lenoir, NC 28645



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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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