College Avenue Renovation Project

College Avenue Renovation Project

Renovation & Design by Copper Dwelling + Design

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Copper Dwelling + Design’s recently completed project on College Ave was a big undertaking. This historic home, built in the early 1900s, was split into a duplex for many years. Our clients decided to take back their home and restore it for their own family. The tree-lined streets of College Ave are stunning and compliment this brick bungalow so well!

When we presented the project to our clients, there was one main decision that they needed to make; would they move out completely or were they going to live through the renovations? They chose to live through the renovations, so the most important step was to shore up any structurally compromised aspects of this 100 year old home. Addressing fundamental building repairs was important as it allowed us to create a level floor. If you’ve ever owned a historic home, you know just how hard it can be to level floors.

Next, we tore down the walls exposing some amazing, and previously hidden, brick features inside the home. The primary goal of opening the home up was to create a clear line of sight through the home from the front entryway to the new back door.

The original kitchen was small and dark. By closing off the existing back hallway, we were able to create an incredible gourmet kitchen that is triple the size of the old kitchen. The tudor-style window in the kitchen is probably my top 3 favorite things in the home. This window choice was bold, but strategic, in that it lets in so much light into the space.

To create more functional spaces, we added on to the house by creating a new bedroom and full bathroom, and powder room. To accommodate this newly constructed addition, the back door was relocated to the center back of the house. To complete the new back-entryway, we installed a 1920’s inspired encaustic tile floor. We chose a stately black paneled french door which allows light to pour over the gorgeous floors and brighten the kitchen. This area became my number one favorite feature of the home.

In the living room, we framed in a custom fireplace over an existing insert to resemble the brick flue that was exposed during demo. Our clients wanted a farmhouse chic vibe and they picked out an incredible slab of walnut for their mantle. The fireplace married the historic character of the house and tied the look in the living room together to make it feel much larger.

The final phase was turning the home from a duplex into a single family unit. We tore down the stairwell wall that was originally only accessible from the outside through a separate entrance and created a side-foyer which gave the main part of the house access to the stairwell.

The construction phase of the home took about 10 months to complete. Our incredible clients somehow managed to stay sane while living through it all day in and day out, but we’re happy to report that all of the renovations were worth it!

Before & After Photos College Avenue Renovation Project

7 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer

7 Tips and Tricks to Keep Your Home Cleaner Longer

Use humidity, a car product, and more wow ideas to save cleaning time from Houselogic.

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When cleaning your home, why not do it in such a way that’ll keep your home cleaner with less effort?

Here are 7 ways to keep your spring-clean fresh all year long:

#1 Use Humidity to Defy Dust

Low humidity levels cause static electricity. Not only does static attract dust, it makes it stick, so it’s difficult to remove. High humidity causes problems, too — it’s an ideal environment for dust mites. These microscopic critters are a double threat: They’re a common allergen, and they contribute to dust production. There are as many as 19,000 dust mites in half a teaspoon of house dust, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Yuck!

What to do: Keep your home’s humidity level between 40% and 50%. That’ll eliminate static while decreasing dust mite growth. 

Tip: About 80% of dirt in homes walks in from the outside. Stop dirt with a bristly doormat before it’s tracked inside.

#2 Apply a Car Product to Keep Shower Doors Scum-Free

You can eliminate soap scum build-up by coating your glass shower doors with a rain-repellent product made for car windshields. When applied to glass, products like these create an invisible barrier that causes water, oils, and debris (like soap suds) to bead and roll off.

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What to do: Find this product anywhere that sells basic auto supplies. You’ll know it’s time to reapply when water stops beading on shower doors. Keep in mind, windshield rain repellents were made to treat glass, not plastic, so only use on glass door.

Another option: Automatic shower cleaners claim to let you clean your shower and tub less frequently — like every 30 days. After you finish bathing, the gadget will douse your shower and tub with a cleanser that prevents soap scum build-up while combating mold and mildew. You can buy automatic shower cleaners at most big-brand retailers, like Target and Walmart.

#3 Seal Your Stone Countertops

Natural stone countertops, including granite and marble, are porous, so if they’re not sealed, liquids like red wine, juice, or soy sauce can stain them. A countertop sealer repels stains by causing spills to bead instead of getting absorbed. Most countertops are sealed when installed, but the sealant does wear down.

What to do: To keep your countertops in tip-top shape, re-apply sealer twice a year. To see if you need a fresh coat, pour a tiny bit of water on your natural stone countertop. If the water doesn’t bead or doesn’t stay beaded for two to three minutes, it’s time to reseal.

Shopping for stone countertops? Slabs with lots of swirls or veins tend to be more porous, and, therefore harder to keep clean.

#4 Use Protectants on Furniture and Carpets

Protective furniture sprays and carpet sealants, like Scotchgard and Ultra-Guard, guard against inevitable spills by causing liquids to bead on the surface instead of being absorbed.

Some of these products also protect fabrics from fading and resist mold, mildew, and bacteria.

What to do: Apply the appropriate sealer once a year after a deep upholstery and carpet cleaning.

#5 Clean Your Oven the Old-Fashioned Way

Forget oven cleaners that promise an easy job. Most cleaners give off noxious fumes and make a horrible mess. The basic ingredient in many oven cleaners is lye, which can burn your eyes and your skin; it’s usually fatal if swallowed.

What to do: Use a wet pumice stone to scrape off dirt and grease. It’s faster than oven cleaner and toxin-free.

Tip: Need to wipe your range or anything else down? You can bust filth faster by heating up a clean, damp sponge or cloth in a microwave for 30 seconds before wiping with or without a cleaning product. Put on rubber gloves before you pick up that hot sponge.

#6 Do Quick Touch-Ups

Small cleaning projects prevent filth from building up. When you spot clean daily, you can prevent smudges from staining, banish dust bunnies, and even combat allergens.

What to do: Create a spot-cleaning kit so you can address small, dirty situations in minutes.

  • Cleaning pads are great for eradicating dirty fingerprints on walls and light switches. 

  • Damp micro-cloths can reduce airborne dander when used daily to wipe down pets.

  • Dry sweeper cloths can quickly pick up dust and dry dirt off floors, shelves, and electronics.

Tip: Keep stored items cleaner longer by shutting closets, cabinets, and drawers, so circulating dust and dirt can’t get in.

#7 Update Your Light Bulbs

Okay, It’s not really cleaning. But good lighting can make you and your home look and feel great — and help you spot that spill before it gets funky.

A room lit with low-wattage incandescent bulbs and compact fluorescents can look dark and dingy. “Daylight” bulbs brighten things up. These full-spectrum light bulbs mimic natural light, so they give better visual accuracy. Bonus: Like sunlight, these bulbs can boost your mood.

What to do: When shopping for bulbs, look for those marked “daylight” that have a range between 5,000 to 6,500 kelvins.

10 Most Expensive Houses For Sale in York County

10 Most Expensive Houses For Sale in York County

Curious to see what the most expensive houses in York County are selling for?! We’ve compiled a list of 10 homes you have to see!

902 Harvest Pointe Dr

6 Beds | 6/3 Baths

$2,300,000

903 Harvest Pointe Dr

5 Beds | 4/1 Baths

$1,900,000

2547 McConnells Hwy

4 Beds | 4/1 Baths

$1,835,000

430 Bramble Way

5 Beds | 4/1 Baths

$1,525,940

325 Ivy Arbor Cr

5 Beds | 5/2 Baths

$1,625,000

821 Cooks Cove Ridge

4 Beds | 6/1 Baths

$1,595,000

207 Riverview Tr

4Beds | 4/1Baths

$1,499,000

2763 Kingsburry Rd

81 Acres

$1,450,000

Looking to buy a home? Send our real estate team a message today, click here.

Monthly Events In Rock Hill: March 2019

Monthly Events In Rock Hill: March 2019

This month is jam-packed with tons of fun events!

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Stop by Slow Play Brewery on Saturday, March 1st at 7PM to here our friend Ephraim S. Sommers playing.

Ephraim Scott Sommers at Slowplay Brewing - Slow Play Brewing Sat. 3/1 at 7PM



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One of our favorite meetins for entrepreneurs happens every month. Join the 1 Million Cups of York County meeting happening on Wednesday.

1 Million Cups: March Meeting, Wed. 3/6 at 8PM


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Cousins Maine Lobster back at Dust Off Brewing in March - Dust Off Brewing Co., Fri. 3/8 at 5PM


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Shop Small Saturday in Old Town, Sat. 3/9 OFFERS:

Knowledge Perk: Any latte (hot or iced, size or add ins) $4.
Overhead Station: 20% off w/receipt from other participating Shop Small Saturday store.
• Synergy Yoga & Wellness & Rock Hill Brewing Company: Bend & Brew, 11 am-12pm, at Rock Hill Brewing taught by Synergy Yoga "buy one mat space and get one half off". Price is $8/$4 in advance and $10/$5 at the door. Yoga class and a drink coupon included. Bring your own yoga mat. Call or book through Synergy to secure your spot 803-366-9642, www.synergyyogawellness.com
Black Crow Pottery: Buy a Black Crow Pottery bud vase by Katherine Petke from Downtown Artistry and take the bud vase over to The Mercantile by Copper Dwelling & Design for a free anemone or cremone flower to go in your vase!
The Mercantile by Copper Dwelling & Design: Bring your receipt from another participating business and receive $2 off any purchase.
Amélie's French Bakery & Café: For breakfast: 1/2 price cup of brewed coffee with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich. For lunch/dinner: Free cup of soup OR a free brownie with the purchase of an Al a Carte (full sandwich) sandwich.
Friends of the York County Library: Buy one, get one regularly priced James Patterson book.
RoCo - Roasting Company Rock Hill: Bring in a Bike Town receipt for free chips and queso.
Legal Remedy Brewing: Free brewery tour Saturday at 2pm.
Joes Video Games: ALL of arcade games will be FREE for everyone to play.
Bike Town: Free Bike Town water bottle with every purchase of in stock merchandise. Free Bike Town t-shirt with every purchase of $50 or more of in stock merchandise and (an additional) 10% off all in stock Electra beach bikes.
Nailed It DIY Studio Rock Hill: Bring your receipt from another participating business and receive $5 off any DIY project.
Jimmy John's will be partnering with Main Street Bottle Shop and offering a 10% discount with the purchase of a classic sub (#1-6 & BLT) and pint of beer. Customer must purchase both items to receive discount, and provide proof of first transaction from either vendor on the same day.


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St. Patrick's Day On Main, Sat. 3/16 at 4PM

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

Do You Know How Much Your Home Has Increased in Value?

Last year we saw headlines about a possible housing market bubble, and many wondered if Americans still felt confident about the value of their homes. Recently, the 2018 Houzz & Home Study revealed:

Homeowners with mortgages have seen their home equity more than double since 2011, increasing to a record-setting $8.3 trillion in 2017.”

The average homeowner gained $16,200 in home equity between Q2 2017 and Q2 2018 according to the latest release of CoreLogic’s Home Equity Report.

Since 2011 home values have increased significantly throughout the country, with prices rising by 5.1% in 2018 alone. When surveyed, homeowners revealed the top four reasons why they felt their homes had increased in value.

  1. Desirable Location

  2. Improved National Economy

  3. Improved Local Economy

  4. Low Home Inventory in My Area

As we can see, not only does the data show that the homes have appreciated, but homeowners also believe they know why. Many have taken advantage of the opportunity to use their newly found equity to sell their current house and move up to their dream home!

2019 will be a good year for the homeowners that still want to take advantage of their home equity! CoreLogic forecasts that home prices will increase by 4.8% by the end of the year.

If you are a homeowner who would like to find out your current home value, let’s get together to discuss the hidden opportunities in your home!


The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

The True Cost of NOT Owning Your Home

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Owning a home has great financial benefits, yet many continue to rent! Today, let’s look at the financial reasons why owning a home of your own has been a part of the American Dream for as long as America has existed.

Zillow recently reported that:

“In reality, buying or renting a home is an intensely personal decision, with emotional and even financial considerations that go beyond whether to invest in this one (admittedly large) asset. Looking strictly at housing market numbers, there is a concrete point at which buying a home makes more financial sense than renting it.”

Here are 4 Reasons Why Owning Is A Better Financial Decision Than Renting

1. We recently highlighted the top 5 financial benefits of homeownership:

  • Homeownership is a form of forced savings.

  • Homeownership provides tax savings.

  • Homeownership allows you to lock in your monthly housing cost.

  • Buying a home is cheaper than renting.

  • No other investment lets you live inside of it.

2. Studies have shown that a homeowner’s net worth is 44x greater than that of a renter.

3. Just a few months ago, we explained that a family that purchased an average-priced home at the beginning of 2017 could build more than $48,000 in family wealth over the next five years.

4. Some argue that renting eliminates the cost of taxes and home repairs, but every potential renter must realize that all the expenses the landlord incurs are already baked into the rent paymentalong with a profit margin!!

Owning a home has always been, and will always be, better from a financial standpoint than renting.

Valentine's Day Events - Rock Hill

Valentine's Day Events - Rock Hill

If you’re looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day/date activity, Rock Hill has got a lot of great options!


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Join us on Monday, February 11th at 6:30pm for a four course beer dinner. Hear from the farmers, chefs and brewers as they walk you through this incredible locally sourced dinner paired with LRB beers!

This is a private event, (brewpub is closed on Mondays), so you'll get the chance to ask questions, visit with the brewing team and local farmers, and encourage the chefs to share their culinary secrets.

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online (ticket link below) or in person at the brewpub.

Please note: due to the nature of this special event, we will not be able to offer dietary accommodations and menu be revealed upon arrival. 21+only.


Valentine's Day Carriage Rides

Valentine's Day Carriage Rides offered in Rock Hill!! Enjoy a beautiful horse-drawn carriage ride down the gorgeous streets of Old Town Rock Hill. These evening excursions are perfect for any lovebird!

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Thursday February 14th 5 to 10 pm


Friday February 15th 5 to 10 pm


Saturday February 16th 3 to 9 pm

$80 for private 40 minute carriage rides. Bring your beverages and chocolate and enjoy on your own private ride (up to 4 riders).

Under 3 years old can sit on laps for free. Over 4 years old must sit in a seat and have a ticket.

 

Pick up will be at:

The Getty’s Center
201 E. Main Street
Rock Hill, SC

 

Drop off will be at:
Fountain Park
300 E. Main Street
Rock Hill, SC


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York County Animal Shelter is partnering with Dust Off Brewing Co. to present Meet Your Match on February 13th 6-8 PM.

Come to Dust Off and meet sweet fur babies who are also looking for true love. Spend time with each pet and talk to their escort about their likes and dislikes. Who knows? You might just find your true love in a furry package.


Couples Night Out at The Warehouses on White Street

Join us this Valentines day for an delectable journey through each of the Warehouses on White street! Events start at 4pm, 5:15pm, and 6:30pm.

Spots are limited. Tickets are just $50 per couple. Register through the links below, or in-store.

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--- 4PM REGISTRATION
https://www.knowledgeperk.com/events/valentines-day-couple-night-out
--- 5:15PM REGISTRATION
https://www.knowledgeperk.com/events/valentines-day-couples-night-out-5-15pm
--- 6:30PM REGISTRATION
https://www.knowledgeperk.com/events/valentines-day-couples-night-out-6-30pm

We'll start with a professional tasting of 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee - one of the most expensive, sought-after coffees in the world - hosted by Knowledge Perk. You'll even leave with an eight-ounce bag of Disrupt, KP's very own certified Jamaica Blue Mountain Blend.

Then, head to the The Mercantile by Copper Dwelling & Design to shop and explore, and pick up your complimentary fresh, custom-made bouquet.

Finally, top off the experience with two Red Velvet craft beers from Dust Off Brewing Co.

Come join us for a fantastic evening!



Wednesday Night Ride

Wednesday nights have never been better! Join us for a social group bike ride around Fort Mill every Wednesday evening at 7pm.

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-We will be doing a 10 mile loop at a social pace.
-This ride has hills but can be dominated with a single speed cruiser.
-Meet up behind the brewery at 6:45pm and roll out at 7pm.
-All paces welcome, no rider will be left behind!
-Helmets and lights are required.
-There will be beer and house wine specials for bikers post ride.

We'll see everyone there!


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Main Street Bottle Shop is welcoming Slow Play Brewing to the tap lineup on Tuesday, February 12th.

We will be featuring 7 of their brews so come out and support local! #SCBeer