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R’s Of Construction: Renew, Reuse, Repurpose

Renew, reuse, repurpose. Just add in rest and relaxation to the mix and it equals the excitement behind all the construction happening on the northwest corner of the Square in Cooper. Local Delta County couple Paul and Jennifer Dwyer are taking what was an old, abandoned building and making it new again all while preserving its history.

“We were not sure what we were going to do with the building when we purchased it,” said Jennifer Dwyer. “We decided this was a service that was clearly underrepresented in Delta County. We really want it to be a destination.”

Looking for a staycation or a getaway in a charming community? This inn will feature five uniquely-decorated bedrooms created for single travelers, couples, and families in mind. Built in 1900, the vintage building is being restored with the original flooring and ceilings being refinished and reinstalled. Jennifer has been very hands-on in the project from jack hammering concrete for additional plumbing to have en suite bathrooms to selecting designs for the iron staircase. The couple is honoring the historical value of the structure.

They are incorporating local artisans and contract laborers into the mix while working with contractor Trevor Jagger. Jagger is excited with the progress and enjoys seeing new life in an old building. They plan to pay homage to the period the building was first built looking to restore the front façade back to how it originally looked.

The owners also plan to have the new inn certified by the Green Hotels Association, a group of environmentally-friendly properties dedicated to saving water, conserving energy, and reducing waste. The inn, which will be able to sleep 20 guests, will open in June, with the name being revealed at the grand opening ceremony.

With Cooper Lake State Park, large community festivals – like the annual Cotton Harvest Festival in October, and the Charleston Sky Event Venue, there are many visitors to Cooper, Texas each year, and not enough lodging to accommodate everyone. The owners have a passion for Delta County, and are proud to be residents of the area. They combined their love of restoring buildings and their desire to make Delta County the “place to be” with this new venture.

“We saw a need in Delta County to reinvigorate the downtown square, and with the opening of the Charleston Sky event venue, we knew we wanted to create something for everyone,” said Jennifer Dwyer. “We are overwhelmed by the positive support of the community with the new inn and can’t wait to welcome our first guest!”

For more information on the new inn, contact Jennifer Dwyer by e-mail: jennifer@bftranch.com.

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