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Plan the Perfect Pantry
An Essential in Any Kitchen

As we spend less time eating out and more time at home due to the pandemic, the coronavirus has reintroduced many of us to our kitchen. As many local homeowners have discovered, their pantry wasn’t designed to maximize the storage they need.

“While newer houses often have a larger pantry space, the size of your pantry doesn’t matter as much as organization,” said Kathryn Norton, co-owner of Tailored Living of Knoxville. “A well-designed small pantry often provides better, more convenient, and functional storage than a poorly designed larger pantry.”

No matter its size, today’s pantry should be:
» Convenient – Located at or near the area where food is prepared.
» Visible – Everything in the pantry can be seen at a glance.
» Accessible – Every item can be easily reached and removed without having to move anything else out of the way. Heaviest items, like a mixer, should be close to the floor and least-used items at the highest point.

When designing the layout of your pantry, Tailored Living believes what works best for the homeowner is a design that fits their lifestyle. Tailored Living design consultants will discuss with you how you want to utilize your pantry. Some of the questions a designer may ask are:
» What will be in the pantry besides food? Do you want to store dishes, serve ware, table linens, grilling items, or cleaning supplies in the space?
» Do you entertain a lot and need to store party supplies?
» Do you have a specific design style in mind?
» If you have the space, do you want a countertop – often called a landing area – to put bags of groceries on or, if there’s an outlet in the pantry, everyday items like a coffee maker?

Other pantry elements to consider are drawers or pull-out baskets. Incorporating baskets makes it easy for kids to see and get the food they like to eat or to store large-bulk items like onions or potatoes. Drawers are perfect for linens, grilling utensils, napkins, or any smaller items. Slide-out spice and wine racks add convenience. How much you’re able to customize depends on the size of your pantry.

Whether your pantry provides a walk-in space or is a reach-in, Tailored Living of Knoxville listens to your individual or family’s needs to design a space that works well for your lifestyle. Their job is to design and install a well-organized pantry that brings order to chaos.

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage
865.947.8686
www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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Shelf Help

Increase Your Home’s Storage Efficiency and Love Your Kitchen Again   

Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution.

At Shelf Help, we work with homeowners to plan, design, and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers that can be placed directly into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with much easier access, better organization, and maximum use of your available storage space.

And for those who may experience challenges reaching cabinets that are too low, too high, or too deep, Shelf Help allows you to make full – and far more efficient – use of your storage spaces.

Here’s how we’ve helped a few recent clients:

» Rather than having to awkwardly bend and stretch to access your lower cabinets, Shelf Help can install roll-out drawers that fully extend and bring your items to you, providing easier and safer access.

» We custom-build roll-out drawers that maximize storage and access in bathroom vanities, vertical dividers to make reaching and storing heavy glass cookware or sheet pans far easier, and offer solutions for those nearly impossible to reach corner kitchen cabinets.

» For fixed-shelving pantries where it’s not possible to reach or see all your items, we convert to easy access roll-out drawers that hold 100 lbs. per shelf and bring everything to you!

With our built for you roll-out shelving, organizers, and pantry storage systems, everyday tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items. And with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its’ place!

Homeowners also appreciate how affordable Shelf Help is, saving 50% or more when compared to national brands. Our clients are so pleased with the results that they say, “We should have done this years ago!” 

As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath design consultants and as a locally-owned business, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and professionally install solutions tailored to your needs – and budget.

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase.

Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

Shelf Help

865.675.5098

www.ShelfHelpTN.com

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Undercover Systems

Create Four Full Seasons of Out-of-Door Staycation Family Fun

Set course for 12 full months of family staycation fun out-of-doors with the professionals at Undercover Systems, who can provide you with unlimited events that the entire family can enjoy all year-round, regardless of the weather.

Now is the perfect time to install the totally unique and patented underdeck ceiling system from Undercover Systems under your home’s existing raised decks. This underdeck system will ensure all of this year’s staycation events will be protected from unexpected and unwanted rain and the searing summertime sun.

“Now is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door events,” said Jim Conn, owner of Undercover Systems. “Throughout the entire process, our skilled craftsmen work with you, each step of the way, until your project is completed to your satisfaction.”

Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family year-round from the sun’s potentially harmful rays and unexpected rain. You’ll also appreciate their attention to detail, which comes from years of experience, as they help you craft a seamless transition from your home’s interior to your new out-of-door living spaces using their custom made components designed to fit your home and not the generic off-the-shelf, one-size-fits-all components used by the competition.

A complaint-free member of the Better Business Bureau, Undercover Systems offers homeowners the peace of mind that they deserve in a building contractor.

Why not surprise your family with a special out-of-doors staycation gift that the entire family can enjoy all year long, and start creating a lifetime of memories today? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091 today and let the fun begin.

Undercover Systems

423.267.0091

www.UndercoverSystems.com

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Closets for Mckenry

Prepping for the School Year with Organization
By Carrie McConkey, www.carriemcconkey.com

“Getting organized” is something we all know we should do, but often the activity gets pushed aside to make room for more pressing priorities. Perhaps we need to move the endeavor up the list. Clearing clutter, creating systems, and developing routines can reduce stress and ward off depression – useful benefits in times such as these. And for children experiencing a very different academic school year, getting organized can be a lifesaver.

Room to Think
An environment freed of clutter allows a child to focus on the task at hand – be it schoolwork or renewing playtime. Having the space to spread out with a project creates feelings of safety, security, and clarity. And family schedules can progress smoother when storage zones are designated and regularly maintained, allowing everyone to find what they need, when they need it. Establish fun incentives for your child to regularly go through their room, backpack, etc., putting things back where they belong and discarding or donating items they no longer need or use.

All Systems Go
Creating systems is another form of organization that teaches children how to streamline regularly occurring activities. Closet organization makes it easier to get dressed in the morning, and using a calendar to keep track of assignments and special school events prevents those dreaded “day of” surprises. A whiteboard can list reminders, reachable goals, and to-dos. And encouraging your child to proactively add needed supplies, food, or other items to the family shopping list can teach them how to anticipate and plan ahead.

Step One, Two, Three
In times of uncertainty and distraction, established routines can offer a sense of peace, normalcy, and direction. Routines teach organization through a set of established steps, calming children through repetition and giving them the triggers they need to perform a task. A designated quiet place to study can ready him or her to begin their homework, just as washing their hands can prepare them for a meal. A 10-minute evening routine of tidying, making sure lunch ingredients are on hand, and laying out any needed school supplies and homework can give everyone a head start on the following day.

In this climate of upheaval and change, the simple concept of organization can provide a school year advantage for children and equip them with skills that will last a lifetime. Call Closets by McKenry for imaginative organization solutions that will benefit the entire family.

Closets by McKenry
201 Center Park Drive, #1070
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.249.6382
www.ClosetsByMcKenry.com

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Showcase Quality Looking Replacement Windows from OKNA & Window Works

When asked to describe the major features and benefits of OKNA replacement windows, Knoxville-based Window Works co-owner, Chris Moon, responded, “OKNA windows have earned a well-deserved reputation for their innovation, quality, and performance with their award-winning designs. They have invested considerable time and money in perfecting the engineering of this line of windows. Their elegant design offers homeowners a variety of custom shapes, styles, and colors, providing both beauty and energy efficiency.”

OKNA windows will add value to your home by improving its curb appeal and by saving on heating and cooling costs. OKNA’s vinyl and composite window series provide a maintenance-free, custom look – all backed up with one of the best lifetime transferable warranties available in the industry. 
  
“Glass is one of the most important components in the creation of a great replacement window,” said Chris. “The glass unit comprises approximately 90% of the entire window. OKNA has designed a proprietary 11-layered, high-performance reflective coating made up of microscopically thin layers that act as a filter, reducing damaging UV rays by up to 80% while helping to lower heating and cooling bills.”
  
Because your windows and doors are the most significant source of heat transfer in your home, regardless of climate or season, OKNA has designed and engineered their windows to exceed Energy Star energy efficiency guidelines. They have created one of the lowest air infiltration rated windows in the U.S. That is 1,000% better than the industry average, and that’s a lot of energy savings.
 
“From windows and siding to patio doors and gutters, our team at Window Works does its very best to make every homeowner’s project as simple, affordable, and easy as possible,” said Chris. “As homeowners ourselves, we fully appreciate the benefit of hiring a knowledgeable and reputable company. Our installation teams are made up of highly qualified and trained installers and crew members with 25 to 40 years experience.” 
  
Family owned and operated, Window Works is committed to providing quality replacement windows, in addition to a large selection of home products at an affordable price.

“We take pride in what we do and the relationships we have made throughout the years with all of our customers,” said Chris. “We strive to be a professional, non-pressure company who values integrity and takes the time to educate our customers on the products we offer. Ultimately, we want to earn your trust on whatever project you may have, no matter how big or small.”

Window Works
10909 Murdock Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932
865.560.3044
www.WindowWorksUS.com

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Enjoy Your Home’s Outdoor Living Spaces – Without the Bugs!

If your home isn’t equipped with retractable screens, you’re likely not enjoying your outdoor living spaces to their fullest. Why? Because the hot summer sun and biting insects, in larger numbers than ever due to abundant rain and humidity, are probably keeping you indoors. But there’s a solution.

Homeowners across the country are increasingly creating popular outdoor “rooms” such as porches and lanais with kitchens complete with large, permanently-installed grills, refrigerators and work areas, luxurious fireplaces, beautiful lighting, and even artwork specially made to be weather-proof. Unfortunately, hot afternoon sun and biting insects often keep homeowners from using their new outdoor living spaces as often as they might have hoped.

Retractable screens provide the perfect solutions to these problems. By combining indoor and outdoor spaces, these innovative screen solutions enhance and promote the outdoor living experience. They provide shade and allow people to enjoy the out-of-doors during hot summer days, extending the time spent on patios while keeping annoying, biting insects at bay.

Large, motorized screens are a perfect example of how to blend function with comfort. These screens can be recessed into the beams or walls of a building, thereby staying truly hidden when fully retracted. One of the best features of retractable screens is that these screening solutions don’t diminish your views or your home’s aesthetics, as the screens are in place only when needed.

For the ultimate in elegance, many of the retractable screen solutions can be blended into virtually any architectural style. These retractable screens are available in a variety of custom colors and wood grain finishes to complement your home’s interior or exterior color schemes. The screens can also be programmed to come down and retract with sun and wind sensors and can be connected to your home’s automation system to have the screens come down at a specific time of day when extra shade or insect protection are called for.

Start enjoying your home’s great out-of-door living spaces. For more information about retractable screen options, visit www.phantomscreens.com.

Screens of East Tennessee
865.919.1615
www.tennesseescreens.com
www.phantomscreens.com

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

“They Did Exactly What They Said They Were Going to Do”

“When we decided to update our house, we asked a few neighbors who they used, and a couple of them said European Fine Hardwood Floors,” said Joann Brown, co-owner of Knoxville-based CertaPro Painters. “I had also seen their ad in Everything Knoxville, so I gave them a call.

“I was very impressed when Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, European Fine Hardwood Floors owners and husband and wife team, came to do the estimate.  They took their time taking measurements and answering our questions. They explained the process to us and offered suggestions on things I hadn’t even thought about.

“It was a very large project. Our floors were the old shiny hardwoods, and they stripped both our upstairs and main floor, including our staircase and railings. They replaced all of our air vents with vents that are flush with the floor. We changed the flooring color to a more neutral tone and used a matte finish.

“I would definitely rate them a 10. My biggest concern was the dust from sanding. They assured me that there would be minimal residual dust. I have to say that I had my doubts, but it was amazing how little dust there was. They cleaned up at the end of each day.

“I recommend them all the time. We are a painting contractor and customers always ask for recommendations on different projects. We tell our staff to not be afraid to recommend European Fine Hardwood Floors.  They do what they say they are going to, and they show up when they say they are going to. 

“Remodeling projects are never easy and can be very stressful. We had several different contractors at our home, and working with European Fine Hardwood Floors was, by far, the easiest part of the project. They explained what would be happening each day and did exactly what they said they were going to.”

To learn more about new hardwood floor installation and refinishing, do what Joann Brown did and call European Fine Hardwood Floors today at 865-640-3680.

European Fine Hardwood Floors
865.640.3680
www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

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Superior Carpet

Discover the Superior Oriental Rug Washing Advantage

By Kerry McDuffie, Owner of Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning</em.

If spending more time at home means that you’re cleaning your home more often, don’t neglect your Oriental rugs. They experience a great deal of use over the course of a year, and no, simple vacuuming will not thoroughly remove all accumulated dirt and other contaminants. In fact, dirt and abrasive contaminants can actually damage your rug’s natural fibers and organic dyes. Genuine, Oriental rug washing is the only proven way to thoroughly clean your home’s valuable rugs, and if you’re a pet owner, rug washing is an absolute necessity.

Most Oriental rug customers think that the first goal of Oriental rug washing is to “clean” their rugs. The first goal should be to “safely” wash their rugs. Let me explain.

Oriental rugs are far different from their wall-to-wall cousins. Oriental rugs are hand-woven using natural fibers and organic dyes, including, believe it or not, tea and vegetable dyes. While beautiful to admire, Oriental rugs cannot be safely cleaned using today’s conventional carpet cleaning methods. These conventional cleaning systems can actually permanently damage your valuable rugs.

At Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning’s West Knoxville-based Oriental rug washing boutique, we pamper your rugs by using our proprietary 11-step Oriental rug washing process, which assures you of both a thoroughly and safely cleaned rug. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to visit us online at www.superiorofknoxville.com and view our informative video to discover for yourself the Superior of Knoxville Oriental rug washing difference.

For all of your Oriental rug washing needs, along with your upholstery and carpet cleaning projects this year, trust the one company that has put “superior” back into cleaning since 1985: Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning.

Superior Carpet & Rug Cleaning
865.691.5686
www.superiorofknoxville.com
info@superiorofknoxville.com

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Personal Space Construction

Staycation Your Home This Summer

Today homeowners are remaining at home more than ever in response to the COVID-19 virus. But Americans are responding to the virus and its impact on our daily lives in a variety of ways, including creating great out-of-door staycation places in their home’s backyard designed to supplant curtailed or canceled family vacations.

Many families have chosen to reallocate the dollars that they had planned to spend on cruises and road trips this year to new or expanded decks and patios, pools, landscaping, pergolas, screened porches – you name it. Exciting new staycation places in your very own great American backyard provides your family safety, entertainment, and the opportunity to create an abundance of memories that will last a lifetime.

At Personal Space, we’re experts at creating staycation places. Screened porches, three and four season rooms, pergolas, new or expanded decks, or refurbishing your home’s existing deck are just a few of the projects you might be considering when creating or enhancing your family’s staycation place.

As both general contractors and architects, we possess the necessary skills and experience needed to create your home’s staycation places. We can help you design a stunning new deck for your home or give your home’s existing deck a much needed face lift. How about a pergola in a new garden area or screening in your porch to help keep the insects away? Your staycation place potential is limited only by your imagination, and we’re here to inspire you.

Let Personal Space help you provide unlimited staycation memories for your family this year and for many years to come. Your great American staycation experiences await you. Call us at 865-271-7998 today.

Personal Space Construction
865.271.7998
www.personalspaceconstruction.com

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Shelf Help

Easily See, Reach, and Store Everything in Your Kitchen

Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution.

At Shelf Help, we work with homeowners to plan, design, and install custom roll-out shelving and organizers that can be placed directly into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with much easier access, better organization, and maximum use of your available storage space.

And for those who may experience challenges reaching cabinets that are too low, too high, or too deep, Shelf Help allows you to make full – and far more efficient – use of your storage spaces.

Here’s how we’ve helped a few recent clients:

» Rather than having to awkwardly bend and stretch to access your lower cabinets, Shelf Help can install roll-out drawers that fully extend and bring your items to you, providing easier and safer access.

» We custom-build roll-out drawers that maximize storage and access in bathroom vanities, vertical dividers to make reaching and storing heavy glass cookware or sheet pans far easier, and offer solutions for those nearly impossible to reach corner kitchen cabinets.

» For fixed-shelving pantries where it’s not possible to reach or see all your items, we convert to easy access roll-out drawers that hold 100 lbs. per shelf and bring everything to you!

With our built for you roll-out shelving, organizers, and pantry storage systems, everyday tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items. And with the added advantage of optimal usage of storage space – a place for everything and everything in its’ place!

Homeowners also appreciate how affordable Shelf Help is, saving 50% or more when compared to national brands.

Our clients are so pleased with the results, they say, “We should have done this years ago!”

As experienced Knoxville-area kitchen and bath design consultants and as a locally-owned business, Shelf Help has the understanding and know-how to evaluate, design, measure, and professionally install solutions tailored to your needs – and budget.

To learn how you can better organize your kitchen, bath, or pantry, call today to request your free, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Mention this article and receive up to $250 off with a minimum purchase. Locally owned and operated, let Shelf Help make the most of your home’s kitchen, bath, or pantry storage space.

Shelf Help
865.675.5098
www.ShelfHelpTN.com

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