Twin Brother Contractors

Develop versatile custom venture with CopeGrand Homes | Written By: Post and Courier

The neat two-story Poplar Grove house boasts front and rear porches with brick chimney, metal roof, interior hardwood floors and kitchen island and detached garage-cottage edging a curved driveway — all fitted on idyllic creek-side view in rural Ravenel. Yet the property on Carriage House Way cost well below $1 million, a bargain for a waterside custom built residence.

“We pride ourselves on (providing) clients the expertise they require in custom construction,” says Ben Copenhaver, who with twin Adam Copenhaver launched CopeGrand Homes custom builder just shy of two years ago. The siblings from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, specialize in home designs and construction in West Ashley and James, Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook islands.

The company title links “Cope,” a shortened version of the brothers’ last name; and “Grand,” for the grand experience they deliver as builders.

CopeGrand Homes designs and builds $300,000-$1 million-plus houses to be intrinsically unique to each customer, Adam says. The contractors work with clients who own their own lots or are looking to purchase a lot or land to build on. Too often the value custom home building is lost to picking a plan off the shelf and selecting a lot that seems to fit their needs,” he says.

The CopeGrand process incorporates site planning and design planning of the home to maximize the value of the custom experience.

“We spent our careers prior to CopeGrand learning from the best, and we always knew that we would bring those skills together and offer a better option through CopeGrand,” Ben Copenhaver says in explaining the brothers’ decision to team up to craft custom homes.

They want to introduce CopeGrand Homes to the local home-shopping audience, bringing a new take on the custom residential experience from educated professionals.

“We created our business not only to offer more to our clients but also have the opportunity to give more back to our local community,” Adam says. “Our business allows us the opportunity to have a greater impact on helping underprivileged families in the Lowcountry, and our impact is growing with each home we complete.”

The brothers, who are minutes apart in age, pursued similar careers over the past dozen years or so. “Ben and I were born into a construction family and that’s the path that’s always felt natural for us,” Adam says. They both attended Penn State University, from which Ben Copenhaver holds a degree in building construction and technology and Adam a civil engineering degree.

After college, Adam Copenhaver moved to Richmond, Virginia, and held a top-end position with an area builder and developer for more than a decade before choosing to relocate to Charleston. Ben after graduation was a builder in Pennsylvania and has been building in the Charleston market for more than 10 years. The partners add value to their work, such as recently determining how to maximize value by using the natural landscape to design a house on Wappoo Cut.

 

“That’s where the landscape, development and design (background) comes in,” Adam says. “I typically manage the front end of planning and design; Ben and his team build houses.”
The brothers organize projects online, while providing opportunities for in- or out-of-town clients to keep track of the entire project remotely if need be. CopeGrand’s software allows clients to have direct and real-time access to their construction documents, schedule, and progress photos via computer or smart phone. The pre-construction process usually takes five to 16 weeks, with construction usually lasting six months from start to finish.

CopeGrand Homes lends its skills to historic homes and is adept at incorporating eco-friendly building techniques such as high-strength structural insulated panels into home projects. “I’m glad they (SIPS) are coming back in popularity especially in hurricane areas, and we’re happy to be able to provide the option for a more sustainable and highly energy efficient structural alternative for construction,” Adam says.

The Copenhavers are also active in the Charleston Home Builders Association: Both Adam and Ben hold positions on the association’s board of directors. CopeGrand Homes, meanwhile, gets advice on financial matters from Tennessee-based Market Graphics Research.

Adam is a colleague of founder Edsel Charles and his daughter Paula A. Charles, who is president. He considers Edsel Charles a real estate market expert.

“Edsel and his team have always given me the best real estate data and answered some extremely tough questions for me over the years throughout my career, and this has proved extremely valuable when consulting with clients,” Adam says. “Although they are headquartered out of Nashville, they specifically study the Charleston metro market and very much have their finger on the pulse of activity and statistics,” he says.

The neat two-story Poplar Grove house boasts front and rear porches with brick chimney, metal roof, interior hardwood floors and kitchen island and detached garage-cottage edging a curved driveway — all fitted on idyllic creek-side view in rural Ravenel. Yet the property on Carriage House Way cost well below $1 million, a bargain for a waterside custom built residence.

“We pride ourselves on (providing) clients the expertise they want,” says Ben Copenhaver, who with twin Adam Copenhaver launched Cope Grand Homes custom builder a year ago. The siblings from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, specializes in home designs and construction in West Ashley and James, Johns, Kiawah and Seabrook islands.

The company title links “cope,” a shortened version of the brothers’ last name; and “grand,” for success as builders.

Cope Grand Homes designs $300,000-$1 million-plus houses to be specific to each customer, Adam says. The contractors work with “build on your own lot” clients who possess a piece of property for a home, then add value to the land and residence. The business also separately formed a partnership to build homes for a larger real estate company, the partners say.

 

 

“We saw the need and wanted to help people,” Ben Copenhaver says in explaining the brothers’ decision to team up to craft custom homes. They want to introduce Cope Grand Homes to the local home-shopping audience, bringing a new take on the custom residential experience from educated professionals. “We have a strong contractor base,” Adam says. “We are trying to get the highest value contractors.”

The brothers, who are about half an hour apart in age, pursued similar careers over the past dozen years or so. “Ben and I grew up in construction,” Adam says. They both attended Penn State, from which Ben Copenhaver holds a bachelor of science degree and Adam a civil engineering degree.

After college, Adam Copenhaver moved to Richmond, Virginia, and held a top-end position with an area builder and developer for more than a decade before choosing to relocate to Charleston. Ben after graduation was a builder in Pennsylvania and then in Charleston. The partners add value to their work, such as recently determining how to maximize value by using the natural landscape to design a house on Wappoo Cut.

“That’s where the landscape, development and design (background) comes in,” Adam says. “I take care of design; Ben and his team build houses.”

The brothers organize projects online, while providing opportunities to clients to make selections and follow the construction process via computer or smart phone. They land business via Facebook and other social media contacts, as well as the old school way by placing calls. The pre-construction process usually takes 5-7 weeks, with construction a few months from start to finish.

Cope Grand Homes lends its skills to historic homes and is adept at incorporating eco-friendly building techniques such as high-strength structural insulated panels into home projects. “I’m glad they (SIPS) are coming back especially in hurricane areas,” Adam says.

In recent months, the Copenhavers have grown active in the Charleston Home Builders Association: Adam is on the board of directors and Ben is involved on a committee.

Cope Grand Homes, meanwhile, gets advice on financial matters from Tennessee-based Market Graphics Research.

Adam is a colleague of founder Edsel Charles and his daughter Paula A. Charles, who is president. He considers Edsel Charles a real estate market expert.

“Edsel and his team have always given me the best real estate data and answered some extremely tough questions for me over the years throughout my career,” Adam says. “Although they are headquartered out of Nashville, they specifically study the Charleston metro market and very much have their finger on the pulse of activity and statistics,” he says.

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