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Closets by McKenry

Notes from the Closets Conference & Expo

By Carrie McConkey, www.carriemcconkey.com

Virtual conferences were a great way to keep industry professionals connected during the pandemic, but there’s nothing like the networking, education, and fresh ideas that spark from an in-person gathering. The 2021 Closets Conference & Expo, a national event for closet, garage, and organized storage professionals, gave hundreds of attendees from across the country the chance to meet face-to-face for three days in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Knoxville’s own Chris McKenry, President and Storage Design Specialist at Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages, was there.

Networking
“While we are a locally owned independent closet business, that doesn’t mean we’re isolated,” said McKenry. “These conferences bring us to a national level through networking with colleagues and exchanging ideas with some of the most successful leaders in the closet industry.”

McKenry established new relationships with major manufacturers in the closet and storage business and caught up with representatives from many of the current manufacturers of doors, garage cabinets, designer hardware, and accessories for Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages.

Education
Along with keynote speeches, panels, and workshops discussing storage design trends and best business practices, three plant tours of locally based manufacturers gave conference attendees an inside look at the products they bring to their clients every day. “The tours were the highlight of the first day,” said McKenry. “The Closets Company gave showroom tours, Ultrapan Modern Finishes showed their process for manufacturing high gloss panels for closets and cabinets, and Doormark shared their production of what goes into making door and drawer fronts.”

Fresh Ideas
Full-size displays of modern home offices, practical mudrooms, and LED-lit dream closets provided creative inspiration as the design professionals wandered through the exhibit hall of the conference. More than 80 companies were in attendance, showcasing hundreds of products and accessories that attendees could see, touch, and watch being demonstrated.

McKenry will be bringing many of these new innovations to Knoxville, such as pull-out wire pantry baskets for storing wine, spices, and dry goods; “smart” safes for your valuables that secure through your thumb print or cell phone; and a customizable carousel that quadruples your storage in a small footprint of space.

“We’ll also be offering the winner of ‘Most Innovative Product’: An angled shelf bracket that allows rods and shelving to be installed on sloped ceilings or slanted walls,” said McKenry, “as well as expanding our wine cellar options with an award-winning line from the show.”

Backstage tours, new and familiar faces, and innovative products all point toward a bright future in the world of storage and closet design.

“It has been a challenging year, and we are not back to ‘normal,’ but the mood is very positive in our industry,” reported McKenry. “I’m pleased to bring connections, knowledge, and products back to Knoxville, and I welcome folks to visit the Closets by McKenry and Designer Garages showrooms to see how they can bring these exciting new national closet and storage trends into their own homes.”

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

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Shelf Help

Celebrating 5 Years Serving Knoxville

Shelf Help would like to thank all our wonderful customers for allowing our business to grow! We continue to add new products and ideas to enhance function and convenience for every kitchen, pantry, and bathroom. Whether you’ve wished your home’s existing kitchen and bath storage were more efficient, or if you’ve experienced difficulty in reaching items due to a health or mobility issue, Shelf Help offers the perfect solution for your home.

At Shelf Help, we work with homeowners to evaluate, design, and install custom rollout shelving and organizers that fit right into your home’s existing kitchen and bath cabinets or pantries, providing you with 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 space.

With our built to order roll-out shelving, cabinet organizers, and pantry storage systems, tasks are made simpler with easier access to kitchen and bath items and with the added advantage of optimal usage of your
existing storage space – at last, creating 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 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

A Summertime of Family Fun Out-of-Doors

While many family events move outside for the summer, the professionals at Undercover Systems can actually offer you unlimited out-of-door events, free from rain and the searing summertime sun, that your entire family can enjoy all year-round.

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

“This is a great time to weatherproof all of your out-of-door family 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. And because your project will be completed this summer, your family can begin enjoying your new outdoor living spaces while this year’s barbeque season is in full swing.”

Undercover’s patented underdecking system helps extend your outdoor season of enjoyment by protecting your family from August’s relentless sun, autumn rains, winter snow and ice, and next year’s springtime showers. You’ll also appreciate Undercover Systems’ 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. They use their own patented, fully customizable underdecking system designed specifically for your home and not the one-size-fits-all, big box store 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 gift they can enjoy all year long and rediscover a fun summertime with family and friends at home? Call Jim Conn at 423-267-0091, and start celebrating your home’s great out-of-doors.

Undercover Systems
423.267.0091
www.UndercoverSystems.com

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Tailored Living

Need a Custom Closet?

5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Are you always sorting through the never-ending amount of garments you have hanging in your closet just to put together the single outfit you had in mind? Can’t find the pants to match the shirt? Or the shoes to match the pants?

While life can be messy and disorganized, a closet should not be. Closets should make life easier. A custom closet that’s designed and organized based on your needs provides much more organization and maximizes storage space, which means less frustration.

Tailored Living of Knoxville professionals will meet with you in your home, listen to your specific needs, and work with you to design a space that fits your everyday lifestyle. Here are some preliminary questions to ask yourself before calling for your in-home consultation:

1. How much space do I have to work with?
This is the primary aspect to factor into your closet planning. Knowing how much space you have will help the professional Tailored Living designer determine the best organizational system for your closet. Also consider ceiling height when you take inventory of the closet space. Making use of every inch can be important if you’re working with a small space.

2. What is my budget?
While the cost really depends on the size of your closet, a basic system with hanging rod and shelves will cost less than including cabinets and drawers. Additionally, the finish color you choose will impact your budget. A white finish will always be less expensive than wood grains and darker finishes.

3. What types of clothing am I storing?

Some people only want to hang shirts, blouses, and pants in their closet and leave other items such as undergarments stored in a bedroom dresser. Think about what types of clothing and accessories you want to store inside your closet and it will help you put together a picture of your organizational needs.

4. Which accessories and organizers do I need?

Convenient accessories like jewelry drawers, fold-out ironing boards, tilt-out hampers, drawer organizers, and pullout belt racks are among the many options that bring more order to the closet and help you easily find items.

5. What do you want to display for convenience?

From ladies’ scarves to men’s ties, for multiple items of the same type of clothing there are closet organizers and designs that provide convenience and style.

These are just a few ideas to keep in mind when thinking about your custom closet design. Once you have considered your budget, what you need to store, and the space you have, Tailored Living of Knoxville will design a custom closet system with features built around you and your lifestyle!

Tailored Living featuring PremierGarage
865.947.8686
www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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Surface Doc

Reclaim Your Tile & Grout Floors

By Christina Fitzwilliam, Co-owner of Surface Doc, Inc.

If your floors are dingy no matter how much you clean them, we can help!

Did you know that the more often you clean your tile and grout floors, the dingier and dirtier they appear? Over time, dirt and contaminants are absorbed into the porous surfaces of your floor. Cleaning chemicals often have the same effect. Your floor acts as a sponge and absorbs all sorts of foreign matter and locks it deep within where no amount of scrubbing will help its appearance. The unsuspecting homeowner will often try all sorts of cleaning chemicals in hopes of success, all the while making it worse. Sadly, traditional cleaning methods simply are not able to extract the grime that is embedded in your surfaces. If you are wondering how dirty your floors really are, simply compare the grout in an unused corner to the rest of the floor. You may be shocked.

It takes a three-step process to extract the grime embedded below the surface. High heat opens the pores in your floor. Powerful suction draws the dirt out to be whisked away. High pressure and a quality emulsifier are also needed to complete the process of removing all the junk below the surface. ONLY the perfect combination of heat, extraction, and pressure will be effective.

Many homeowners opt to have their newly cleaned floors sealed. Surface Doc’s sealer provides the ultimate protection for most hard surfaces, including natural stone floors, tile and grout, and concrete. The sealer’s molecules penetrate deep within and bond permanently together, creating a deep barrier of protection.

John and his crew are experts at cleaning inside and out. They can tackle the biggest jobs, from kitchens and bathrooms to the driveway, pool, and deck. Surface Doc has become the leader in this area for hard surface restoration, as well as carpet restoration. The estimate is free, and the service is affordable and effective. Visit www.surfacedoc.com to see before and after photos, as well as streaming videos of John’s cleaning tools in action. Give Surface Doc a call today to request a free, no hassle home demonstration.

Surface Doc
865.567.1986
www.SurfaceDoc.com

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

“There Was Absolutely No Dust!”

When Tellico Village resident Robert Ericson was asked about his experience using European Fine Hardwood Floors, he responded that he was totally satisfied with the refinishing work that they had performed in his home. His house was built in 2000 and originally had laminate flooring installed. Years later, Robert had the laminate replaced with pre-finished oak hardwood flooring. Unfortunately, the new flooring developed “cupping,” which was not covered by the flooring manufacture’s warranty. Robert was left with the choice of replacing the existing oak flooring or refinishing the flooring. In 2016, Robert decided to refinish, and he selected European Fine Hardwood Floors to perform the work.

European Fine Hardwood Floors offers area homeowners a totally unique experience in hardwood floor refinishing. By combining the skills learned from European craftsmen with the latest technological advances available in the refinishing marketplace, they can easily restore your home’s hardwood floors to their original showroom quality look. If your home’s hardwood floors are faded, cupped, scratched, dented, and gouged, then European Fine Hardwood Floors can help.

The first step for Robert was to contact European Fine Hardwood Floors to request his no-cost, no-obligation, in-home consultation. Robert also decided to change the stain color of his flooring, and the work was performed to his complete satisfaction. European Fine Hardwood Floors’ fully insured and bonded craftsmen also efficiently removed the dust resulting from the refinishing process out-of-doors using high-volume hoses attached to high-capacity vacuums with HEPA filters, which remained outside Robert’s home.

When asked if he was happy with the minimal amount of dust resulting from the refinishing project, Robert was quick to point out that the floor refinishing project resulted in zero dust. “I wiped my hand across our dining room table adjacent to where the floors had been refinished,” said Robert. “There was absolutely no dust!”

Recipient of the much-coveted Bona Certified Craftsman designation, this is your assurance that all work performed by European Fine Hardwood Floors is compliant with the standards set by the number one name and leader in the world’s refinishing marketplace: Bona.

“I’m often hesitant to recommend contractors to friends and neighbors, but I’m not the least bit reluctant to recommend European Fine Hardwood Floors,” said Robert. “In fact, we just recommended them to friends who recently had worked performed by them and that are just as pleased as we were with their finished work.”

Although the floors were refinished five years ago, they look as if they were refinished only yesterday.

European Fine Hardwood Floors
865.640.3680
www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

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Cabry Design & Cabinetry

You Have Our Attention

We want to be the best at what we do. Our main goal is to meet the needs of our customers with top-quality cabinetry and functional, innovative designs. By striving to be on the cutting edge of the custom cabinetry industry, Cabry Design & Cabinetry is known for our high level of attention to detail in our designs while providing a quality product and exceptional service.

Cabry Design & Cabinetry has been designing and remodeling kitchens in the Knoxville area for more than 15 years. Think of us as your personal cabinet company – we approach each project with the emphasis on developing a long lasting relationship with our clients. We are passionate about providing a smooth, personal approach to each project by offering one of the most experienced staff in custom cabinetry design.

With every project beginning with our Client Focused Design Process, we ensure the end result will be the vision you have for your space. The experience and knowledge of our custom cabinetry designers can help ease any stress and anxiety you might be feeling about one of your most important purchases. Our firm is not about developing a signature style. We take our cues from you, ask questions to help guide the process, and take the lead with suggestions and direction when appropriate.

We know it sounds simple, but there is a difference. Many designers underestimate the value of listening, hearing, and then acting on behalf of a client’s needs. Some of our projects are driven by a collection of images, some by a single “big-picture” idea. Some clients know exactly what they want, while others need help bringing their goals into focus. Since the process yields the result, we remain flexible, and we tailor our creative tools and leadership methods to the unique conditions of each project.

What sets Cabry Design & Cabinetry apart is not only the level of design, but the attention to ALL of the details necessary to ensure your dream kitchen comes true. In collaboration with our interior design partners, we provide comprehensive plans to ensure there are no unknowns or surprises, providing our contractors and installers with the “roadmap” they need to ensure the outcome as you intended.

We are here to make your dream kitchen a reality.

Cabry Design & Cabinetry
8705 Unicorn Drive, Suite 114
Knoxville, TN 37923
865.556.9419
www.CabryDesign.com
#WeAreCabryDesign

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Designer Garages

Step Into Style On Your Garage Floor

By Carrie McConkey, www.carriemcconkey.com

Who would have thought your garage could make a fashion statement? Now more than ever, garages are sporting their own style with designer upgrades that are attractive, durable, and add value to your home. Make your garage one-of-a-kind by installing a custom, hand-laid modular or epoxy floor. With endless color and pattern combinations available, in just a matter of hours, you’ll have a long-lasting floor that you – and your car – will love.

Epoxy Floors
Create a gorgeous garage from the ground up with a stain and chemical-resistant epoxy floor. Preparation is key to create a stable foundation and includes a professional moisture test, degreasing, crack fill and repair, and grinding. A colored epoxy base coat is applied, using a proprietary formula that wicks deep into the concrete for a bond three times stronger than ordinary epoxy. Hand-tossed vinyl flakes provide the granite-like appearance, and a long-wearing, UV-resistant Polyurea top coat seals with a high-gloss touch. Installation takes just one to two days, and your new, smooth, and attractive floor has its own 10-year limited warranty.

Swisstrax Modular Tiles
Swiss engineered and manufactured in the USA, the unique and versatile Swisstrax has earned a reputation as “The World’s Finest Modular Flooring.” Used everywhere from airplane hangars to health clubs, the durable and colorful floors can give your garage sharp and functional style in less than a day. The tiles are resistant to slips, fading, and stains and feature a channeled design which keeps the surface dry by allowing dirt, debris, and liquids to flow through. Quick tidying is a snap with a shop vac or pressure washer, or use a mop and degreaser for deeper cleanings. In the rare case that a tile may become damaged, it can simply be replaced, and if you decide to move, pop them apart and take them along!

Creative Possibilities
Let your imagination run wild when it comes to customizing your epoxy or Swisstrax floor, and take your garage to the next level. Swisstrax tiles come in 18 different colors that can be mixed and matched to create designs, monograms, borders, or checkered floors that match your home’s décor or represent your favorite sports team. The epoxy floor base coat is available in a variety of colors, along with the flakes that mimic beautiful natural finishes such as quartz and marble, and come in a range of sizes from a chunky 1″ to a tiny 1/16″.

Just like a designer accessory or piece of clothing can dress up an outfit, a beautiful floor can make your entire garage appear clean and attractive. Chris McKenry and his team at Designer Garages in West Knoxville are ready to help you choose the right flooring for your needs and make the most of the endless design options. Visit their showroom to see the full variety of epoxy and Swisstrax modular tile colors, and touch and walk on the floors themselves. Then, get your car ready for the red carpet!

Designer Garages
201 Center Park Drive #1070
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.268.4868
www.DesignerGarages.com

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PremierGarage

The First Step in Garage Renovation?

The Floor

We’ve all seen it: The house that is the epitome of curbside appeal – until the garage door opens, revealing a disorganized mess.

If your garage’s main purpose is random storage, maybe it’s time to repurpose all that valuable space. PremierGarage of Knoxville can help you transform your overlooked and underused garage into a functional living space, starting with a custom garage floor to take your garage from frantic to fabulous.

Why consider anything beyond your standard-issue concrete garage floor?

• Protect concrete from the harsh chemicals and liquids that leak from your automobile. Even the water, salt, and snow your car brings into the garage promote deterioration and cracking.
• Cleaning is easier. Untreated concrete gives off dust, but a flooring system significantly reduces dirt and dust. It prevents materials – from cars and your other garage-based activities (gardening, building, painting) – from soaking into the porous concrete.
• Fill and cover up existing cracks for looks, safety, and protection.
• Open up new activities in your garage. It could double as a workout room, gardening center, or children’s play area.
• Increase the resale value of your home.

For a striking and durable garage floor coating that is easy to maintain, Knoxville’s PremierGarage can transform an oil-stained, pitted, and peeling epoxy-coated garage floor into a showroom quality look. PremierGarage, serving East Tennessee for more than 10 years, combines its proprietary hybrid polymer flooring system technology with their extensive industry knowledge and experience to provide a high-quality finish that is chemical, stain, and slip resistant.

The two-day process starts with technicians who diamond grind the floor to the ideal surface condition to achieve a permanent chemical bond that substantially outlives traditional epoxies. The polyurea topcoat, which cures two times harder than epoxy, provides a continuous, non-porous coating surface that naturally resists various liquids that may leak from your automobile’s engine. It’s like armor for your concrete floor. Your garage will look more “finished,” and cleanup requires only a hose or mop.

Available in dozens of various chip and color combinations, you can customize your garage flooring to fit your home and style. PremierGarage’s flooring solutions are also suitable for commercial and light industrial applications.

Discover the affordability and beauty of transforming your garage floor. Home really does begin in the garage!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living
865.947.8686
www.TailoredLivingKnoxville.com

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Quality Workmanship, Attention to Detail, and Another Very Satisfied Customer!

When lifelong Knox County residents and husband and wife of 48 years, Jerry and Cheryl Hickman, retired, it was time to make some needed repairs and updates to their home.

“We first learned about the quality work of European Fine Hardwood Floors when our son and his wife purchased an existing home three years ago,” said Cheryl. “They decided to pull out some carpet to add more wood flooring. The rest of the main level flooring was already wood. They sanded and refinished the existing wood floors, then stained and finished the new flooring. The completed work was beautiful!

“When it was time to replace the flooring in our 27-year-old family home, we knew who to call!” continued Cheryl. “We met with European Fine Hardwood Floors owners and husband and wife team, Valera and Svetlana Tomescu, and discussed a variety of options. They provided us with an estimate, the timeline to complete the work, the costs, the products they would use, and answered all of our questions. We were at ease knowing what to expect as the job progressed and found they did exactly what they said they would do.”

European Fine Hardwood Floors removed the existing wood floors and carpeting in Jerry and Cheryl’s home, removed the existing trim work, installed 1,900 square feet of new hardwood flooring, stained and finished the new flooring, and installed all new trim throughout.

“Valera prides himself on his work,” said Cheryl. “He pays attention to the smallest detail, and he wants the finished product to meet his high standards. He was willing to work long hours to complete any particular task. I also appreciated the fact that he never left a mess anywhere! The finished product is beautiful and exactly what we wanted for our home.

“Since our floors have been finished, we have had friends, painters, movers, and others into our home. ALL have commented on the beautiful floors. The quality and details are evident in Valera’s work, and we couldn’t be more pleased! My husband and I were impressed with Valera’s and Svetlana’s character – in addition to being hard workers, we also found them to be honest, trustworthy, and polite. Those qualities are hard to find.

“In this day and age, it is difficult to find workmanship of this quality. We have already recommended them to several others.”

To discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors difference for your yourself, call them at 865-640-3680 today.

European Fine Hardwood Floors
865.640.3680
www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

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