Heritage Investors

Successfully Navigating the Uncertainties in Wealth Management

If you have ever asked yourself the question “Who really requires the services of a financial planner?”, the answer might be “you do.”  Once believed to be the exclusive domain of the mega-wealthy, the truth is that each of us can potentially benefit from the services of a qualified and dedicated financial advisor.  The uncertainties in today’s financial marketplaces combined with the accounting, tax, and legal complexities facing Americans of even modest wealth present a daunting task for most of us.

In response to the need to plan for both the present and the future, many of us turn to online financial calculators, books, seminars, and a host of other tools that often create a feeling of uneasiness that results from this piecemeal approach. Others seek the professional advice of a financial planner, but selecting an advisor can be as challenging as creating a financial plan itself.  There seems to be an endless line of professionals, most of who offer an à la carte menu of services that may address a particular client’s needs but ignores the necessity of a more comprehensive approach which recognizes the correlation that one important decision may have on other, seemingly unrelated areas of the client’s life.

Heritage Investors, an independent wealth management firm based in Knoxville who was recently featured in Forbes magazine, has distinguished itself among its many clients as a trusted financial concierge company that provides the comprehensive approach to planning that is often neglected when creating a financial roadmap for the future.  In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are pleased to feature this interview our staff writer, Michael Filut, conducted with Heritage Investors founders Justin Goodbread and Jim DeTar.

EK: Justin, how is Heritage Investors different from the numerous financial planning companies already in existence?

Justin: When we started our company in 2009, during the height of the financial crisis, we were determined to be different.  We decided early on that we did not want to be all things to all people, but rather all things to a few.  In the financial world, many advisors seek to just gather assets, sell products, or pitch their idea. These approaches often result in confused, angry, and disappointed clients. We recently listened to a new client state, “I’m just another number to my advisor.” How unfortunate. At Heritage Investors, we intentionally keep our client/advisor ratio small, allowing us to create true, comprehensive wealth planning.  We have built a network of trusted attorneys, CPAs, bankers, insurance agents, realtors, brokers, etc. who work with us to offer a comprehensive wealth management approach to our clients.  Many of our clients are busy business owners or retirees.  And while our clients are well educated, they choose to focus on business or recreational pursuits rather than trying to keep up with current interest rates, market trends, estate planning laws, tax reduction strategies, insurance changes, etc. We truly act as our clients’ “private CFO.” We work on behalf of our clients with our team of experts with the goal of building net worth for each of them.

EK: You favor a more comprehensive approach to planning rather than the à la carte selection of services typically offered by many advisors.  Why do you feel this is important?

Jim: The world of finance has drastically changed in the last 15 years.  There are many products, players, laws, regulations, etc. to contend with. Ignoring these complexities can be an extremely costly reality.  We often see the effects of people who utilize this à la carte approach in some areas which can result in unintended consequences in other areas.  We recently welcomed a new client into the Heritage Investors family that had been so focused on fees that they ignored the impact of higher taxation and lower interest rates in the other areas of their financial life, which cost them far more than the small amount of fees they were focused on. By introducing this holistic approach to our clients, we are able to demonstrate the larger picture so often ignored, including business profitability, business succession, buying and selling a business, taxation, estate, debt restructuring, debt elimination, and other critical areas of concern.

EK: Describe your current client mix.

Justin: We currently work with about 50% business owners and 50% retirees.  Many of our clients are retired small business owners, including CPAs, attorneys, dentists, teachers, nurses, chiropractors, optometrists, veterinarians, CFOs, CEOs, financial advisors, bankers, law enforcement professionals, and trades people.  We also advise current business owners, including pool contractors, sales professionals, retired coal miners, and building contractors.

EK: You are both CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERS™.  Help our readers to differentiate between CFPs® and other financial advisors.

Justin: The CFP® is one of the most recognized and sought after financial designations an advisor can earn.  In all of East Tennessee, there are fewer than 100 CFPs®.  This comes as a surprise to many. Clients should exercise caution when selecting a financial advisor who may lack the prerequisite knowledge and training.

EK: Many people are unaware that making a change, say to an investment or trust, can have a significant impact on, let’s say, their taxes.  They are often unaware of the correlation that exists between these different areas of their lives when making these important decisions.  How does your approach to planning help to avoid these unintended mistakes?

Jim: Estate planning, investment planning, protection planning, business planning, retirement planning, education planning, and tax planning are all affected by a few factors. Because none of us can predict the future, planning must be nimble enough to adapt to future uncertainties.  When we develop a wealth plan, the plan may incorporate many of the areas of planning mentioned or just a few and include multiple contingency plans. An area of great interest for business owners looking to retire or launch a new business in the future is the development of a “10 and Out” plan.  This permits the business owner to accumulate enough wealth during the 10 year period to sell or transfer their business while providing for their retirement while minimizing their tax liability.

EK: You recently provided guidance to a physician that saved him a significant (six digit) amount of money.  Explain.

Justin: Entrepreneurial physicians are savvy, kind, and intelligent and value the expertise of other professionals.  However, they often seek the advice of their peers who themselves are not trained in business. This client worked hard to produce the necessary revenue required to meet his expenses, but he recognized that his approach to financial planning was piecemeal at best.  We noticed that he could drastically reduce the interest on his loans by repositioning assets, so we sought offers from reputable lenders that significantly reduced his interest expense.  In addition, we also discovered several other areas where improvements could be made, including a plan to increase his net income while working fewer hours, the discovery of an important error in his company’s retirement plan, gaps in both his business and personal insurance coverage, and creative financing resulting in a virtual interest-free loan.  This client is now on a 10 year debt-free plan with a projected net worth in the millions.

EK: Would you say that the savings or increased returns on investments that your clients experience generally offset the fees that a client will pay?

Justin: We take the approach that a fee must be fair.  We work closely with our clients to create a wealth management plan designed to maximize the return to our clients. When a client retains us, we enter into a relationship with one principle objective in mind, which is to help our clients achieve their quantifiable dreams.  If we feel that our fee is an obstacle to achieving their goals, then the relationship is likely to fail.  We are proud to state that we maintain a 100% client retention rate.

EK: How have your self-employment experiences helped you in assisting your self-employed clients?

Jim: Both Justin and I love being self-employed.  In fact, Justin, who has never received a W-2 form in his entire working career, has successfully launched and sold three businesses. Our experiences allow us to show our many self-employed clients how to grow and maximize their businesses.  Because most business owners do not view their business as their largest asset, we guide the owner in maximizing the net profit of their business.

EK: Is it true that you offer prospective clients complimentary consultations?

Justin: Absolutely. Many of your readers probably think that a CFP® or Wealth Manager is only for the uber-wealthy. Nothing could be further from the truth. We routinely meet with prospective clients in our relaxed and non-sales charged environment, and we are grateful to our existing clients who routinely refer friends and family. We also appreciate the area CPAs and attorneys who refer their clients to us that can benefit from our comprehensive approach to wealth management.

EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add?

Jim: We look forward to the opportunity to serve those individuals who desire to create a comprehensive wealth management plan that will allow them to experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing that their financial house is in order. Heritage Investors offers the type of high touch and high trust relationship that produces results with our customized service and our low client to planner ratio of 27 to 1. If you truly desire the benefits of the one-to-one custom private CFO approach to your financial life, then we invite you to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation introductory meeting with Heritage Investors.

Heritage Investors

11470 Parkside Drive, Suite 201

Knoxville, TN 37934




Heritage Investors is an independent firm with securities offered through Summit Brokerage Services, Inc., Member FINRA, SIPC. Advisory services offered through Summit Financial Group, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Opinions expressed are that of the author and are not endorsed by the named broker dealer or its affiliates. Although the opinions expressed are based upon assumptions believed to be reliable, there is no guarantee they will come to pass. The information may change at any time due to market or other conditions. Past performance is not an indication of future results.

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Turner Orthodontics

Making Smiles Happen

 As the father of four young children, Dr. Andy Turner understands the importance of a beautiful, balanced, and healthy smile.

“Our smile is often the first impression we leave with others,” said Dr. Turner.  “A great smile also plays an important role in how we view ourselves, and our self-esteem – particularly with younger children – can impact just about every area of our lives.”Turner Orthodontics-1

 A life-long resident of Knoxville and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Dr. Turner went on to earn his dental degree and complete orthodontic training at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

 Everything Knoxville is excited to be able to feature this recent interview with Dr. Turner.

 EK: Dr. Turner, many people probably share a rather generic view of the field of orthodontics, yet there have been major advancements in this area that benefit your patients.  Describe some of these advancements for our readers.

Dr. Turner: That’s very true. Most people, especially adults, think of orthodontics as the bulky metal braces of the past. But the orthodontic industry has definitely come a long way since our “metal mouth” time period. The braces we use today are much smaller and much more comfortable for our patients. We use special self-ligating Damon® brackets that move teeth even faster and require fewer adjustments than your traditional brackets. They also come in clear, which is a popular option among our teen and adult patients.  In addition to the self-ligating brackets, we offer a completely “wireless” option called Invisalign®, which uses clear, removable aligners to straighten your teeth over time. As you can imagine, this is a top choice for adults.

 EK: The father of four children, how has the patience and understanding you’ve learned at home benefited you with your younger patients and their parents?

 Dr. Turner: Both at home and in the practice, we have a lot of fun. I can easily relate to my patients and their parents.  I understand the struggles that parents have of getting their kids to brush properly, so it’s important that we work as a team.  At the end of the day, I know as well as they do that kids will be kids. But as a team, we can work together to make sure those smiles are cared for in the best way possible.

 EK: I think while many of our readers associate orthodontics with younger people, the truth is that a growing number of adults are seeking your professional services.  Explain.

 Dr. Turner: Yes, that is very true.  More adults today are choosing to get braces.

The only regret they have is that they didn’t do it sooner.  Braces today aren’t what they used to be.  Treatment length is shorter, and if you opt for Invisalign®, no one will even know you are wearing them.  Adults also benefit from improved self-confidence, which can lead to improvements in their professional and personal lives.  

 EK: How important is the communication that both you and your associates have with all of your patients and the parents of your younger patients?

 Dr. Turner: As I mentioned, it’s important that we tackle treatment as a team.  I want my patients and parents to understand what’s happening every step along the way and encourage them to ask questions.  If my patients understand what we are doing and why, I find they are more compliant. And it definitely puts parents at ease having that open communication.

 EK: You were recently honored by Invisalign®  as Knoxville’s Preferred Provider.  Tell us first about Invisalign® and this honor.

 Dr. Turner: Invisalign® is a way to straighten your teeth without braces.  Instead, we use clear aligners that are essentially invisible and can be removed.  The aligners are custom made for each patient, and as you work through a series of aligners, your teeth visibly improve as you progress through treatment.  This option is better suited for some people’s lifestyle and can simplify treatment. We have successfully treated a number of patients throughout the years with Invisalign® and received the designation by Invisalign® as a Preferred Provider.

EK: What words of encouragement can you offer parents whose children might require your services, or adults for that matter?

Dr. Turner: Getting started with braces is extremely easy, and it’s not a decision you will regret. I have seen first-hand how braces can change a person.  It’s amazing watching timid kids covering their mouths when they laugh transform into confident, outgoing teens during just a short period of time. It makes what we do that much more rewarding.  My advice to any parent is to come in for a free evaluation. You can see first-hand our office atmosphere, get to know my staff and me, and better understand the whole process. When you’re ready, we’re here.

 EK: Could you tell us a little bit about your newest location in Hardin Valley?

 Dr Turner: We are extremely excited about our new location in Hardin Valley.  We had the opportunity to design this location from scratch with our patients in mind.  We wanted to create an environment that patients didn’t mind coming to for their appointments. Our team makes every effort to make the experience a fun one for patients, with cool t-shirts, our popular selfie wall, and you never know when “Sweet Ride,” our ice cream truck, might show up. There’s never a dull moment, I can tell you that!

EK: How can people learn more about Turner Orthodontics?

Dr. Turner: Visit us online at www.knoxbraces.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/knoxvilleorthodontist.

Turner Orthodontics
120 Capital Drive, Suite 104
Knoxville, TN 37922

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Solid Hardwood Furniture: The Classic and Timeless Choice

At Amish Excellence, discover an unlimited selection of authentic, hand-crafted Amish furniture that will complement any décor and design preferences in your home.  In addition to shaker, mission, or craftsman style furniture, we also offer a large selection of exceptional hardwood furniture in modern, contemporary, and Asian-inspired styles.  And as more American furniture manufactures turn to offshore sources, the design, comfort, and unparalleled quality craftsmanship of Amish furniture is more highly sought after than ever before.

For centuries, cherry, oak, maple, walnut, and other American hardwoods have been the preferred selection in fine furniture. Design trends have come and gone, but solid hardwood furniture continues to be the classic choice.

Every piece of our furniture is unique. While many customers prefer a natural hardwood look, others are in search of more dramatic effects that can be produced by our Amish artisans using a variety of special techniques. But a word of caution: Industry terms such as “oak finish” or “cherry finish” often used to describe manufactures’ furniture may refer to a finish or wood tone and not the wood used.  At Amish Excellence, all of our furniture is made from 100% solid hardwood.

American cherry is the most popular hardwood used in bedroom, dining room, and home office furniture and entertainment cabinets.  Walnut, maple, red, and white oak with satin finishes are also popular.

Hardwoods, while elegant, are meant for daily use. Households with small children and pets are no problem for quality solid hardwood furniture. Aristovar Catalyzed Varnish, used on every piece of furniture sold at Amish Excellence, is a state-of-the-art varnish with excellent resistance to water, alcohol, scratching, yellowing, common household spills, and marring. You can keep your furniture looking new by cleaning surfaces with a soft, damp cloth and then wipe dry.  A mild detergent can be used, but avoid cleaners containing ammonia. For added protection, apply a quality furniture polish, without silicone or wax, with a clean, soft cloth.

I invite you to discover the large selection of our hand-crafted, 100% hardwood, Amish made furniture on display at Amish Excellence. Our designers will help you design your new piece and select the hardwood, stain, and finish. You’ll be amazed when you discover that you can purchase custom, hand-crafted, 100% American made hardwood furniture for less than stock furniture found in area showrooms.

Amish Excellence

613 N. Campbell Station Road

Knoxville, TN 37934



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Capturing an American Icon in Stained Glass

By Laura Goff Parham

Never in my 30 years as a professional stained glass artist did I ever envision creating a stained glass art piece featuring the iconic Harley Davidson.  Churches, landscapes, wildlife, you name it – but Harley Davidson?  You had to be kidding.

But as I drove daily to my studio off Lovell Road and past the Harley Davidson showroom and service center, I couldn’t help but notice the ongoing construction behind the Harley dealership.  After a little investigation on my part, I learned that area entrepreneur, James Copeland, with the cooperation of  Harley Davidson of Knoxville, was constructing a state-of-the-art outdoor concert theatre that would feature the best in musical entertainment, from today’s headliners to the best local and regional artists. Laura Goff Designs

When I learned that concert-goers would have to walk past my studio to attend the concerts, my own entrepreneurial instincts kicked in.  I decided to place large light boxes in my existing exterior display windows that would allow me to feature my first ever Harley Davidson stained glass art.

My research of Harley Davidson was a real eye opener.  Instead of meeting the stereotypical bikers I had imagined, I met some of the kindest and most generous individuals from just about every walk of life that I have ever had the privilege of working with.

I hope the stained glass art that I have created, which could not have been possible without the creative talents of my assistant, Louise Fry, will amaze you as it has the Back Porch on the Creek concert-goers.  These individual creations feature incredible detail that describes the Harley Davidson culture, from the large number of riders with military backgrounds to the ever-popular U.S. Highway 129 and the famed “Dragon.”

Of course stained glass art encompasses a great many areas of interest beyond these famed Harley Davidson related images, but this art will help you appreciate what the full potential the stained glass may represent for your home or office.  To learn more, I invite you to visit my studio or website, or like us on Facebook.  Discover how stained glass can color your life.

Laura Goff Designs
519 Lovell Road, Suite 306
Knoxville, TN 37932

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The Importance of Layering Lighting

It is all too common for the standard home to have a single, dim fixture in the middle of the ceiling attempting to illuminate an entire room. When we have our initial design consultations, one of the top must-have changes we hear from clients is the strong desire to make the space brighter. The best way to create a beautifully lit space is to utilize multiple types of lighting in your home. What are the different types of light? Natural, accent, and task.

Lighting is one of the most influential aspects of design. It is the final determining factor that can make or break a space. When planning a renovation, our designers always bring up the need to create a lighting plan. A lighting plan includes careful consideration of all layers of lighting and placement to accommodate tasks throughout the day. Natural light proves to have the most positive effects on mood and overall atmosphere of the space. In order to get the most out of your natural light, you need to maximize the amount of space the light from every window touches. Removing walls that divide smaller rooms is a great way to brighten the interior of your home.

Accent lighting is a helpful addition to our layered lighting plan and is also a fun way to decorate a space! Older homes tend to have one single light in the foyer that is mounted directly to the ceiling. This type of installation often only lights the ceiling around the fixture and leaves your foyer looking dim. An easy way to fix this is to hang a large pendant light in the foyer that illuminates the walls, floor, and ceiling. Other examples of accent lighting include table lamps, floor lights, and wall sconces.

The final type of lighting needed to round out a layered lighting plan is task lighting. Task lighting provides a well lit surface for activities that require close attention such as reading, food prep, and makeup application. Examples of task lighting include recessed lighting, under cabinet lighting, and makeup mirrors.

A kitchen is an excellent platform to utilize all types of lighting. Be sure to use recessed lighting in areas of traffic, under cabinet lighting to help with food prep, and pendant lighting above the island to add visual appeal. Also consider adding a window if the space only has one. All of your lighting types can combine to create a perfect space, and Shae Designs can help make that happen.

Shae Design Studio
10420 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Knoxville, TN 37922

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What’s New at Consign To Design?  Plenty!

During the first six months of this year, Consign To Design’s all-new 28,000 square foot mega-showroom and our amazing customers and consignors have all combined to smash all of our previous sales records with record-breaking sales.  But even more important are the record-breaking savings that our customers have taken advantage of by shopping at Consign To Design, where shoppers can save up to 75% off full retail prices on name brand furniture, décor, art, Oriental rugs, and more. 

In fact, sales have been so brisk that we would like to encourage our 3,500+ consignors and would-be consignors to bring us their gently used, name brand furniture, décor, art, and Oriental rugs for resale.  Consignors can visit our website, www.consigntodesignstore.com, to view our consignment policies.  All consignments are by appointment only.

And as if things couldn’t get any better for our consignors, Consign To Design can now offer you an even wider selection of furniture than ever before.  We have already taken delivery on brand new furniture pieces, some of which has already been displayed on our showroom floor.  But this isn’t just any furniture.  These are brand new pieces that were previously on display at furniture manufacturers’ showrooms that we have been able to purchase at incredible savings, which we will continue to pass on to you.

What’s been the response?  Incredible!  In fact, a large number of these pieces sold in just a few days.  So in response to this demand, we will be bringing in more than 100 new pieces in July.

Consign To Design is as good as it gets: Brand names at incredible savings!

Consign To Design
9329 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

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N-Hance Wood Renewal Introduces Lightspeed Plus™

N-Hance, the nation’s leader in wood cabinetry and flooring refinishing using their patented Lightspeed Instant-Cure system, is excited to announce new, groundbreaking technology with their first of its kind, Lightspeed Plus™ anti-microbial Ultra Violet (UV) finish system for wood cabinets and floors, which is designed to help keep homes healthy.

The new Lightspeed Plus™ anti-microbial finish will keep homes safer and healthier after a home improvement project by reducing bacteria growth by 99% and effectively eliminating dangerous microbes such as E. coli and staph. The finish will be effective as long as it remains intact, as it is not water-soluble and cannot be wiped off with normal cleaning. In addition, by encapsulating the seams of the wood, the finished product is less likely to trap harmful germs and is easier to clean. In addition, the wood finish builds up the factory wear layer for added protection from foot traffic and other stains.

“The new anti-microbial wood finish is different than anything we have offered before, because it allows us to give the customer a surface that inhibits the growth of bacteria, ensuring a healthier home,” said Carleen Head, N-Hance franchise owner in Knoxville. “Very few refinishers have adopted this groundbreaking technology, and even fewer offer the product in an Instant-Cure method. We expect this state-of-the-art service to have a very positive impact on our customers and the industry.”

To learn more about this new technological breakthrough and just how N-Hance can save you up to 70% by refinishing your home’s wood cabinets and floors over the cost of replacing them, call Carleen today at 865-806-7766.

N-Hance Wood Renewal of Knoxville

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Customer Centered

By Tom Irmen

Because your customers will ultimately determine whether your small business will succeed or not, it remains a mystery to me why so many entrepreneurs appear fixated on other, more traditional areas of concern.  Your entire business, if it is to achieve its full potential for success, must be totally customer focused.  Your website, marketing efforts, hours of operation, promotions, and different client payment options are just a few of the many areas where a customer centered business owner will allocate the largest portion of their company’s resources.

Far too many small business owners obsess over their competition, pricing strategies, and product and service mixes.  Not that these areas aren’t important, but if they become a greater priority than knowing and understanding your customer inside out, you may just have become your company’s largest obstacle to success.

Success in business is not merely achieved by duplicating the efforts of a successful competitor.  While the success of a competitor’s business may provide helpful insights that can guide you, whether launching a new enterprise or enhancing an existing business model, the wise entrepreneur will invest considerable resources to ensure that they outmaneuver their competition by becoming even more customer centered than their competition.

Outdated or difficult to navigate websites, business hours that serve your own personal lifestyle and not that of your customers, inconvenient payment terms, and marketing efforts focused on what you do instead of how your customers benefit from the features that your products or services provide can be a bigger deterrent to your success than the competition.

If you have the greatest products and services in the world but communicate a message to your customers of insensitivity or detachment, you may have to settle for a level of success in business that is far less than what you might have originally envisioned.  If you can remember that it’s all about the customer, you will have overcome perhaps the single greatest barrier to success that most small business owners will encounter.

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Luxe Homes & Design

Luxe Homes & Design

Dream Homes Designed and Created for Each Season of Your Life

thumbnail-1In this issue of Everything Knoxville, we are excited to feature Luxe Homes & Design founder and president, Jenny Blalock. Jenny has successfully combined the entrepreneurial skills she developed early in her life while working alongside her father, Jim Blalock, in his plumbing supply business with both her skills as a general contractor and talents as an interior designer. A highly recognized and award-winning company, Luxe Homes & Design offers its clients a truly unique, one-of-a-kind experience in new home construction. They design and create a new home that not only meets the existing needs of each and every family member, but also the future needs of these same family members as they experience the changing seasons of their lives.

We will also introduce you to Plantation Reclaimed, a new company launched by Jenny dedicated to the preservation of our nation’s remaining old growth forests by promoting the environmentally responsible practice of recycling antique lumber that might otherwise have been discarded.

In this interview, it is also hoped that in addition to introducing or reintroducing you, whichever the case, to Luxe Homes & Design and Plantation Reclaimed, that the entrepreneurial spirits that exist within so many of our readers might be reawakened by this interview.

EK: To complete the narrative we began, please tell our readers about the very special father and daughter team that you have with your father, Jim, and how you benefitted personally from working with him at an early age in his company.

Jenny: I worked for my dad while attending the University of Tennessee. During those years, I watched how dad interacted with his employees and customers. He treated them all with great respect and always went out of his way to help any of them. It wasn’t just business with my dad; he took it personal. As a result of this, I also take pride in our work not only on a business level, but also a very personal level.
EK: How do you feel that your clients benefit from your expertise as both a general contractor and interior designer?

Jenny: I believe that it offers my clients a sense of comfort undertaking a project knowing that I possess the necessary skills and experience required to guide them through the progress of designing a home that fits their unique lifestyle. Most homeowners need help combining all of their ideas and designs together, and as a design builder, I help them achieve the desired end result.

EK: Why is it important to thoroughly understand a homeowner’s lifestyle prior to the design phase of new home construction?

Jenny: This is one of the most important aspects to building a custom home. I make it a point to get to know my clients on a personal level to understand what things are important to them, what their lifestyle is, and what styles they like. This helps me design a home for them that is completely customized for them.

EK: You encourage a homeowner to visualize not only how they plan to use their new home today, but also 10 or 20 years in the future. How does this benefit the homeowner?

Jenny: Although trends and styles change throughout the years, I try to encourage my clients to incorporate designs that are more timeless. More importantly, you do need to build looking into the future as the family grows and as lifestyles change. Incorporating in-law suites is popular with many of my clients as they think about their parents getting older. One-story living is popular for all age groups as well. Also, building a home that requires less maintenance and is as energy efficient as possible is important for my clients as well.

EK: Describe your hands-on approach to construction.

Jenny: I’m very hands-on as all of my previous homeowners know. I’m not your typical “cell phone” contractor. Not only do I do all of the design work, but I am on the jobsite doing whatever it takes to keep the construction process going smoothly. I also build many of the kitchen hoods in my homes and install the custom clay tile backsplashes. I enjoy building unique features and incorporating them into each home. I feel that it’s a way of putting a part of “me” into their home. Also, because communication is so very important, I try to be available as much possible for my clients.

EK: Like so many of our readers who are considering building a new home, you share their cost-conscious approach, yet your homes include unique features often offered only as options elsewhere. How is that possible?

Jenny: I think that is one of the things that make me unique. I think that is one of the qualities I’m known for. I want people to walk into one of our homes and think, “Wow, I’ve never seen that before, and I love it.”

EK: Does Luxe Homes & Design also offer renovation or remodeling services?

Jenny: New construction keeps our team quite busy, but if time permits, we occasionally take on remodeling projects for homeowners.

EK: Tell us how Luxe Homes & Design gave rise to Plantation Reclaimed.

Jenny: I have always loved to incorporate antiques or reclaimed materials into our homes. Several years ago I fell in love with reclaimed wood flooring. After extensive research, I found that the price for this type of flooring was beyond many of my clients’ budgets. But because of the growing popularity of this flooring, and because I actually love the process of reclaiming antique wood, we began milling it ourselves. Today we’re selling our reclaimed wood nationwide. I’m very proud of the success of Plantation Reclaimed and look forward to its continued success in the future.

EK: Plantation Reclaimed actually harvests antique lumber as much as 200 years old, correct?

Jenny: Yes, correct. Our barn wood comes from local barns, most with a history and story behind it. A lot of clients love to hear the story behind their floors. It’s exciting to see some old wood that you would normally strike a match to turn into such beautiful and unique flooring. I like to say it’s like reclaiming history one floor at time.

EK: What type of projects has Plantation Reclaimed been involved in recently?

Jenny: We obviously incorporate our flooring into all our homes. We do not just mill reclaimed wood; we also offer an old growth series as well. We mill a lot of black walnut, hickory, oak, maple, etc. We have designers in L.A. that love using our original face barn siding. Our clientele list ranges from California to New York. The great thing about our product lines is that it can be used in both a rustic and even modern design. It’s very versatile.

EK: Your websites are packed with useful information and galleries. What is the best way for our readers to reach you?

Jenny: The best way to reach me is either by email or phone. I’ve discovered that most people prefer to email.

EK: In closing, is there anything you would like to add? Perhaps a Father’s Day wish?

Jenny: Yes, I would love to take the time to tell my dad how much I love and appreciate him. Not many people can say they can work with their parents or any family member for that matter and get along. The fact is we work very well together. He taught me at a young age to be independent and to work hard for things that I wanted. Being self-employed isn’t easy. It’s like being on a roller coaster at times, going through the good times as well as the bad. I’m just glad I’ve had the opportunity to experience all of it with him. I can’t imagine it any other way. Thank you for being supportive of me throughout the years, all your hard work, and your love for me, and here’s to many more years ahead. Happy Father’s Day!

Luxe Homes & Design

Plantation Reclaimed

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Spa 9700

Spa 9700 Didn’t Forget Dad

With its fabulous reputation as a place for women to relax and rejuvenate, West Knoxville’s Spa 9700 often gets overlooked as a day spa that is also very popular with men. Indeed, Spa 9700 is a place where anyone, man or woman, can feel comfortable, but with Father’s Day coming soon, let’s talk about him.

Rather than a hair salon that also has spa services, Spa 9700 offers an environment where men can comfortably and privately enjoy relaxing and therapeutic treatments. The high energy, sounds, and smells of the typical hair salon have been eliminated.

Among the services that appeal to men are an array of gentlemen’s facials, including sport, anti-aging, sun damage repair, and back facials. Waxing, especially in the summer, is also very popular with male clients.

Men also enjoy special treatment for their hands, feet, and nails. That’s right men – hand, feet, and nail treatment. But not to worry, the treatment is done in a private men’s nail room where you can sit and relax while getting a nail service.

And let’s not forget every man’s favorite: Massage. Spa 9700 specializes in custom full or upper body massage. There is no better stress reducer than a Swedish relaxation massage, and for a treat he won’t forget, indulge him with the hot stone massage.

The spa also has a custom built hydrotherapy shower, which a lot of men enjoy. The 12-minute Hydrotherapy Shower Massage has 12 body jets, an overhead rain shower and cold water douse, and it puts forth 100 gallons of water per minute, creating a wonderful pre-treatment relaxation therapy.

There are great options in the retail shop too such as Jack Black skincare and body care, lavender neck wraps, shea butter bar soaps, masculine scented candles, and more. Also, wait until you see the selection of sunscreens guaranteed not to wreck his golf game or fishing trip.

So shop Spa 9700 for the special, deserving man in your life this Father’s Day. He will love it!

Spa 9700
9700 Kingston Pike
Knoxville, TN 37922

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