Things I Wish I’d Known About Kitchen Remodeling

Things I Wish I’d Known About Kitchen Remodeling

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What is it with everyone wanting a kitchen renovation? Well, I’m the first to tell you, any kitchen is the heart of a home, so it makes sense that everyone wants to update their kitchen. It’s where you gather for dinner with family, where homework is completed, where drinks are poured and stories with friends happen. And in my home, it’s where a party ends up, whether you want it to or not.

Twelve weeks after you utter those ten-infamous words, you have the most amazing kitchen. You’ve gotten rid of those awful laminate counters, you’ve utilized that wasted space in the corner. You no longer have a peninsula that juts out in the middle of the floor and divides the space up. You’re sitting at your new island staring into a phenomenal new backsplash and sipping on your pour over coffee made with your insta hot water system you installed. All is well in the world.

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What is the cost of a kitchen renovation?

More often than not, kitchen renovations start with 10 simple words and the unassuming belief that a kitchen renovation is an easy undertaking. “I want some new cabinets, counters and maybe re-configure the layout.” But what most clients don’t realize is that those 10 words can cost $35,000 before you know it.

I’m here to break down what you can expect when you utter those 10 words, and to explain how we come up with that kitchen renovation cost.

Flashback 12 weeks to the start of your kitchen remodel project… We’re excited--we’ve come up with a plan and it’s time to crunch numbers. We have setup a plan to carefully manage the design & installation process, timeline, and budget.

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The hidden kitchen renovation costs

It’s obvious that the new counters will cost you, the new cabinets, and maybe the new appliances but what about the hidden kitchen renovation costs that you were not expecting?

When reconfiguring a space, a good interior designer thinks ahead about moving electrical, plumbing, what the floor looks like underneath that cabinet that you moved, and the fact that now the layout of your lights in the ceiling makes no sense.

Next thing you know, you’re watching all the upgrades take place, and you think “Gosh, it sure would be nice to have some under cabinet lighting and a few extra can lights in here”. Or “I think we want to add a garbage disposal and an insta hot system to the sink”. And “Man, the trim in the rest of the house looks dirty compared to the new trim in the kitchen.” Before long, those items that you never once thought about, have upped your budget. It never fails.

As an interior designer, it’s my job to give you all the information that you need and manage your budget as wisely as possible. Our design team recommends a 20% buffer to our clients for those “extras & unknowns.” Nothing could be worse than having $30k for a project and running out of money because of the unknowns then having to make shortcuts to get the job done.

Learn more about the kitchen remodeling process and timeline in part 2 of this blog series.

7 Hot Home Listings in Rock Hill

7 Hot Home Listings in Rock Hill

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During our Monday sales meeting, we saw 7 hot home listings in Rock Hill that we’re sure will sell quickly! If you are looking to buy a home in the Rock Hill area, don’t wait.

Have questions about one of these 7 hot home listings? Click on the images to see other photos and read the listing agent’s notes to learn more. Contact Michael & the team today.


1588 Foxridge Road

4 Bedrooms/4 Full Baths - 2 Half Baths



Location is prime with this lake home on the Rock Hill side of Little Allison Creek. The left side of home is the original remodeled cabin with sitting area, kitchen, bedroom and bath and a half. It connects to the home through an office/sitting area. The remaining house was built in the 1990's and provides wonderful living space to enjoy the lake life. With 244 feet of water frontage on Little Allison Creek, you have a wonderful waterfront view facing North. This home has fantastic potential. The outdoor living areas provide both privacy and enjoyment of the lake. The dock has a small sitting/staging area and floating dock.

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1536 Crestdale Road

3 Bedrooms/1 Bath



3BR/2BA - SOLD AS-IS - Open and bright family room with vaulted ceiling and fireplace. Modernized kitchen boasts granite counters, pendant lighting over large kitchen island, stainless appliances and upgraded cabinets. Great for Investor or Owner Occupant looking for a neat project where you can add your personal touch! All Appliances convey.

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224 Pursley Street

2 Bedrooms/1 Bath



Great for first-time buyer, or investment home. The home is just off Cherry Rd. You can walk to downtown, or Winthrop and it's close to I-77. It's all electric and move-in ready. The stove/range and the refrigerator are NOT included, but are negotiable. The home has insulated glass windows and insulated doors. All information provided is deemed reliable, but not guaranteed. The buyer's agent shall verify all information, considered important by the buyer. The property is offered "AS-IS."

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1718 Baylor Dr

4 Bedrooms/2.5 Baths



Beautiful 4 bedroom home with a whirlpool tub in the master in the popular Bristol Park neighborhood.This home has a eat in kitchen and a formal dining area, Fire place in the living room. Oversized patio for entertaining and two french door in the rear! Fresh paint and new carpet. As-Is Seller will make no more repairs But willing to negotiate repair and place in escrow.

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4242 Rambling Rose Lane

3 Bedrooms/3 Baths



Impeccable brick home in desirable Laurel Creek! Freshly re-fin H/W floors spanning across 1st floor which features Formals, Grand 2 story GR w/ gas FP & Built-ins overlooking private fenced backyard w/ irrigation. Kit w/ lots of storage, granite, stainless appliances, under cabinet lighting, impressive mst suite w/ gas FP, custom closets & mst bath. Priv hm office w/full bath, laundry w/ folding table & exterior entrance, Bedrooms 2&3 up with lgr bonus room that could be used as a 4th BR, Jack & Jill Bath, fresh paint in many of the rooms along w/ some updated bath fixtures, lots of family space for entertaining, some shelving in garage. Comm features pool, clubhouse, tennis & sidewalks. New electric washer, dryer and refrigerator will convey.

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437 Plantation Rd

3 Bedrooms/2 Baths



Updated Brick Ranch!!! You do not want to miss this beauty! No detail in this home has been overlooked. As you walk through the large foyer you will be greeted by the large hearth in the formal Dining room. Kitchen has been completely updated. New cabinets, tile wood floors, granite countertops, Gas stove with a double oven, all stainless steel appliances and fridge with a pull out freezer drawer stays! Huge laundry room with tons of storage and an oversized tankless gas hot water heater. Master and hall bath look like a Pinterest picture. Hardwood floors throughout the house. Garage has a workshop that is perfect for motorcycles. RV parking at the side of the garage with a hookup in the workshop. New HVAC and windows in 2016, crawl space is immaculate and a new french drain system, all new PEX piping. Quiet neighborhood with no HOA or city taxes.

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1854 Frank Barnett Dr

2 Bedroom/1.5 Baths



Super cute home on 1+ acres. This home has great potential for another property behind it, investment property or home residence. Home is currently being rented and requires 24 hour notice. Property is also listed as commercial.

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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.


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


903 Harvest Pointe Dr

5 Beds | 4/1 Baths


2547 McConnells Hwy

4 Beds | 4/1 Baths


430 Bramble Way

5 Beds | 4/1 Baths


325 Ivy Arbor Cr

5 Beds | 5/2 Baths


821 Cooks Cove Ridge

4 Beds | 6/1 Baths


207 Riverview Tr

4Beds | 4/1Baths


2763 Kingsburry Rd

81 Acres


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Monthly Events In Rock Hill: March 2019

Monthly Events In Rock Hill: March 2019

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


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


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


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


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,
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.


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!