How to set custom featured area with visual builder
First of all, enable custom home page
Then, enable visual composer for this page and enable “Page for visual layout builder” in page attributes.
For first row, add Featured Section module and choose which of posts you want to show in this part.
For second row, if you want to have Sidebar, make row as 2/3+1/3 layout and in Row settings Type of row tab – enable Container with sidebar? checkbox.