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Gent Heating & Cooling

We Won’t Leave You in the Dark

How does Knoxville’s premier residential and commercial heating and cooling company become even better you might ask? Simple, actually. You combine two decades of Gent Heating & Cooling’s expertise, a passion for quality, and reputation for integrity with the latest technological advancements from Honeywell and its more than 125 year history to offer home and business owners alike the latest innovations in total building automation.

Gent Heating & Cooling not only provides you with state-of-the-art heating and cooling solutions for your home and office, including installation of both residential and commercial HVAC systems of all sizes, makes, and models, but they also now offer a wide selection of backup generators that will automatically detect a power outage and deliver backup power to your home or business within seconds. That means that you’ll have the peace of mind that Gent Heating & Cooling and Honeywell generators provide by keeping your power running for as long as the power is out – whether that’s for two hours or two weeks.

Powered by propane or natural gas, your Honeywell generator automatically turns on when it senses a utility power disruption, restoring power. And, as soon as utility power is restored, your generator returns to the standby mode.

Select from a variety of generator sizes to safeguard your home or business. Protect refrigerated items, provide lighting, and provide power to those other important systems you wish to maintain during a utility power outage. It’s just that simple.

Also, did you know that Gent Heating & Cooling can install the ultimate in home or business comfort control by delivering precise comfort levels to each room in your home or office? From Mitsubishi Electric, these state-of-the-art systems allow you to deliver a level of comfort that’s difficult to achieve with conventional HVAC systems. Totally ductless, this system is both versatile and energy efficient.

So whether you’re searching for a higher level of comfort control, a backup power source to protect your home or business from utility outages, new HVAC installation, maintenance, or repair, why not trust the name trusted by thousands of home and business owners for more than 20 years: Gent Heating & Cooling.

Gent Heating & Cooling
865.247.5092
www.gentheatandcool.com

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

Rediscover Old World Craftsmanship

It’s often said that the best compliment you can give a business is a referral. That’s true for every business, and European Fine Hardwood Floors is certainly no exception. Just read what Farragut homeowner, Chris F., has to say about work that was recently performed at his home by European Fine Hardwood Floors:

“The main floor of our home was a mix of red oak hardwood, tile, and carpet. Ever since we purchased this home, we knew that it deserved better, so we decided to have the existing tile and carpet replaced with hardwood with an up-to-date finish. When searching the ratings of ‘hardwood flooring installers and re-finishers,’ European Fine Hardwood Floors was consistently at the top. That meant a lot to me.

European Fine Hardwood Floors was absolutely fantastic. I am an avid do-it-yourselfer, and I am very picky about my work. I’ve installed more than 1,200 square feet of hardwood flooring myself at my previous home, but this time I decided to hire it out. I’m glad I did, because Valera, European Fine Hardwood Floors’ owner, did a great job. They seamlessly blended the new hardwood flooring in with the existing hardwood and finished it all to match beautifully. It all looks like a factory finish, except without the visible seams that prefinished hardwood floors have. It is one consistent, smooth surface, and the satin finish is perfect.

Another important detail for me was that since our entire downstairs was going to be hardwood, I wanted the hardwood to all lay in the same direction. European Fine Hardwood Floors did that, and all the rooms flow together. They gave excellent attention to detail, even on our staircase, which they refinished. Oh, and opt for the custom floor registers… they are a thing of beauty!

I can’t say it enough. Valera is very trustworthy. We were under some deadlines to have this project finished, and they finished ahead of schedule. They show up when they say they are going to and can absolutely be trusted in your home!”

Whether your project is to install new hardwood flooring or to refinish your existing hardwood flooring in your home, discover a new level excellence that only European Fine Hardwood Floors can offer. They have a passion for integrity, honesty, and fairness combined with a level of old world craftsmanship you might have thought no longer existed today. Don’t take our word for it, just check out their customer reviews for yourself.

European Fine Hardwood Floors
865.640.3680
www.knoxvillehardwoodrefinishing.com

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Tailored Living

It’s More Than a Mudroom

Mudroom: While some hate the label “mudroom,” it’s a good description of how we often use the space. It can be a messy catchall for daily items like shoes, coats, bags, dog leaches, and all the things we carry every day to and from work or school. It’s also the area of the home that sees the most traffic. So besides a place to sit as you take on and off your shoes, the mudroom area can be designed to do so much more.

» Include Hooks and Cubbies
Every member of the family needs their own coat hook and cubby space. Kids are more likely to hang their backpack and jackets on a hook, keeping them organized and saving time on school mornings when everything is in its place. Cubbies help everyone keep track of everyday items like a purse or cap. If you have the space, you can add more for guests.

» Add Cabinets
A mudroom is part of your home, so dress up the look of the space by adding cabinet doors over the cubbies. Doors make a mudroom look more stylish rather than a catchall zone. And, let’s be honest, a cabinet door hides any cluttered shelves.

» Put in a Hamper
With a hamper, clothes that are wet, soiled, or muddy have place to go. Otherwise those clothes end up dropped on the floor or left in a kid’s backpack. Nobody wants to discover a smelly, wet t-shirt days later in a backpack!

» Create a Communications Station
Since the mudroom sees daily traffic, make it a place for family communications. Include a chalk or corkboard for reminders such as grocery items or baseball practice. Now the refrigerator won’t be covered with notes, invitations, and pictures. Also, include USB ports to create a place to recharge family cell phones, tablets, and other electronic equipment.

» Install a Sink
A sink helps to cut down on the dirt. So if you have the space, install one to help keep everyone – and your house – clean.

Use the Garage
If you are renovating and you don’t have the space for a mudroom inside your house, many people are using the garage. Placed just outside the garage door, a mudroom serves the same purpose and keeps a lot of the dirt out of the house.

Want to create a mudroom for your house? Tailored Living of Knoxville will work with you to design, select materials that coordinate with the rest of your house, and install the space that best fits your family’s needs. You’ll love your new space and ask yourself, “Why didn’t we do this a long time ago?”

Tailored Living
865.947.8686
www.tailoredlivingknoxville.com

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Shae Design Studio Expands Showroom

Shae Design Studio is excited to announce that we have expanded our store! We have doubled our showroom space in order to provide even more home décor, in addition to the furniture pieces, lighting fixtures, and cabinetry displays that we already offer! We are eager to show you our new space and unique items that will fit perfectly in your home.

Our expanded showroom features dining rooms, living rooms, wall décor, chandeliers, bedroom displays, and more! We have a wide variety of curated pieces that can fit any style and vibe of a home such as rustic, modern, industrial, and transitional, to name a few. Whatever you are looking for in your space, we can help you find it. In addition to all of these new great finds, we also have an extensive amount of new artwork for you to check out!

Our interior stylists are always available to help you find the perfect piece for your space. They are eager to put the finishing touches on your home and customize your space to fit your needs. Our stylists work hard with a keen eye to find exactly what works for you. This is what makes Shae Design Studio so different from other home improvement and furnishing stores. We take the time to get to know you and your home to make sure that what we recommend for your space is actually what you need! We don’t work to sell you products; we work to improve your space. Our stylists’ expert advice and desire to collaborate with you makes the perfect formula for picking out exactly what is essential for your home!

With all of our new items, it will be hard to leave Shae Design Studio without finding a unique piece you will want to take with you to help make your house a home. Stop by Shae Design Studio today to see what everyone is talking about!

Shae Design Studio
10420 Kingston Pike, Suite C
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.313.2656
www.shaedesigns.com

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Custom Cabinets Without the Custom Cost

By Carleen Head, Owner of N-Hance Wood Renewal

We love our kitchens! No longer just a place to prepare meals, our kitchens have replaced other living spaces in our home to become a focal point and gathering place for friends and family. That’s why we place so much importance on the appearance of our home’s kitchen.


Your kitchen, which features the latest styles and trends, say, from a decade or more ago, however, may be due for an update. But have you seen the costs of replacing a kitchen today? That’s why I launched N-Hance Wood Refinishing here in East Tennessee.

Did you know that N-Hance can help you update your kitchen into the showcase home look that you’ve been hoping for? And what you’ll appreciate even more is that you can update your kitchen for far less than you might have imagined.

Cabinet refacing is a popular alternative to replacing your home’s cabinets. N-Hance can help you renew and refinish your existing kitchen cabinets for two-thirds less than the cost of refacing. Also, our proprietary process offers you hundreds of color options to choose from, offering a near endless array of options. Our design consultants will help you select the finish that perfectly suits your individual styles and tastes, and they can help you further customize your look with a variety of finishing techniques, including glaze, an antique look, or other accenting.

An affordable and innovative option for refinishing your cabinets, why choose the expensive alternative that often requires a week or more to complete, not to mention the dust? N-Hance can transform your existing kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams in just a matter of days, and for 80% less than replacement and 65% less than resurfacing. Hmm… maybe there’s enough savings to update the master bathroom?

N-Hance Wood Renewal
865.806.7766
www.nhance.com/knoxville

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Granite Transformations

A Truly Transformational Experience

By Buddy Baker, Co-Owner of Granite Transformations

When my wife, Patti, and I left our lives in corporate America 11 years ago to launch Granite Transformations, little did we recognize just how transformational our decision would become for our family. Clearly at the onset, our focus was on our product, as it should be. We were selling the highest quality granite surfaces available anywhere in the world. No slab granite could match its superior characteristics for either strength and, more importantly, safety. In fact, our granite surfaces are so safe that they are the only surfaces certified by the National Safety Foundation as safe for food preparation in commercial restaurants.

Soon after launching Granite Transformations, we came to understand that we were doing far more than just installing granite countertops. We were touching the lives of families just like ours, and the kitchens we were helping to remodel were far more than just food preparation areas. They were gathering places where families gather daily to share the events of the day, as well as a gathering place for graduations, birthdays, anniversaries, and holidays. These experiences have truly transformed the way we approach our business today. We would like to think of it as more of a “family-to-family” experience. Our mission statement is to provide the best products, the best process, and best experience available in today’s remodeling marketplace. Our lifetime complaint-free, A+ rating from the BBB is an achievement that we have worked very hard to earn and is something that we are very proud of. Eleven-plus complaint-free years is virtually an unheard accomplishment in our industry.

I believe that it is because of our approach that during the last decade, we have become one of the area’s most trusted turnkey kitchen and bathroom remodelers in the Greater Knoxville area. From our Trascenda and Diamond collections of quartz, recycled glass, and granite countertops to our hand-crafted glass mosaic tiles and cabinet refacing process, we offer homeowners like you the perfect turnkey experience, in addition to all of the latest trend-setting products you’ll need to transform your existing kitchen or bath into that showcase quality kitchen or bath that you’ve been hoping for – all while remaining on budget.

As our special way of thanking you for both your support and encouragement during the past 11 years, Patti and I would like to offer you a special “family-to-family” incentive of up to $1,000 off your next kitchen or bath remodeling project to help you get started; a special thank you from my family to yours. Whether you are already part of our family of thousands of satisfied customers or new to the Granite Transformations experience, I would like to personally invite you to give me a call. Discover the Granite Transformations difference and take advantage of our special “family-to-family” savings offer. Let us help you add some extra happiness to each and every day.

Granite Transformations
10539 Lexington Drive
Knoxville, TN 37932
865.622.2381
www.granitetransformations.com/knoxville

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Exact Tile Inc.

Designed to Inspire

Designer-inspired tile and stone can transform any home, creating a visual panorama of color, shapes, sizes, and texture. Your only limitation is your own creativity, and if you require a little extra inspiration, you are invited to visit Exact Tile Inc.

Why spend hours touring model homes, reading custom home magazines, or visiting the big-box stores? The solution is simple. Visit the design and installation experts at Exact Tile Inc. Why? They have the largest selections of tile and stone products in Knoxville, and since 1999, they have transformed the tile and stone marketplace into a true craft.

Exact Tile Inc. offers homeowners a complete turnkey experience, starting with an extensive selection of tile and stone from all around the world, including:

» Casamood’s Vetro Mosaic, which uses sparkling interplays of light and the splendor of mosaics to show a refined transparency. Vetro Mosaic is available in 12 colors and two finishes.

» The newest creations from Erin Adams, one of the most celebrated mosaic tile designers in the United States. Currently she is collaborating with Tempesta to design an exclusive, inspired collection of tiles that represent a seamless fusion of exquisite stone and handmade ceramics. This exciting collection is offered in a variety of formats and 21 beautiful colors.

» Another Exact Tile Inc. exclusive is a ceramic Stretched Hexagon. This unique five-color option is a high-gloss mosaic that comes in three distinct facial styles. The stretched hexagon shape and ability to mix bevels and flats in the same installation creates limitless possibilities.

» From Italy, Exact Tile Inc. is pleased to present from Emil, the Viva 300 series featuring the Cersaie Collection, which is an original series based on three variants of salvaged wood and a Tangram.

Selection, inspiration, and quality installation are all combined at Exact Tile Inc. to offer you the unique opportunity to transform your next tile or stone project from an ordinary experience into an extraordinary experience, creating the custom, show house quality look that you have been hoping to achieve.

Exact Tile Inc.
108 Hayfield Road
Knoxville, TN 37922
865.693.1298
www.exacttile.com

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The Design Makes the Difference

The right landscape lighting design can turn your house into a showcase just as quickly as poor lighting design will reduce it to little more than an eyesore. Curb appeal isn’t just for daylight hours. If you spend your entire landscaping budget on plants and flowers, you only have curb appeal for half the time! Good landscape lighting design should draw attention to the architectural details you fell in love with when you purchased your home and highlight features in your landscape design, bringing beauty and drama to your yard, all while increasing the value of your home.

Think of your home’s lighting as a nightscape. A nightscape is like painting with light to show the beauty of your home. Quite often this could show off features that aren’t as prominent during the day but are captivating at night – as if revealing your home’s secrets. Lighting your home correctly will create two separate and beautiful landscapes – one a dayscape and the other your nightscape, each with their own character.

Every home has its own personality and unique features. A landscape lighting designer can show you how to highlight and help you decide which approach to take in your landscape lighting design. A minimalist design uses landscape lights to highlight your house and walkways in an understated way, whereas a statement approach uses more lights to highlight features with a dramatic effect. A balanced approach shows off the symmetry in the house or plantings. If you are mainly concerned with safety, you could take a safety approach and focus only on landscape lights for security. Many people choose a more natural approach that uses landscape lighting to emulate the way the moonlight dances through the trees. A professional landscape lighting designer can help you see which approach would work best for your nightscape.

If you’re considering outdoor lighting, I invite you to discover why Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting is East Tennessee’s first choice in exterior lighting. Call 865-484-4011 today or visit us at www.lighthouse-lights.com.

Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting

865.484.4011

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European Fine Hardwood Floors

A Customer’s Perspective

There’s really no better way to learn about a company than to speak with their customers. Recently Everything Knoxville had the opportunity to interview recent European Fine Hardwood Floors customer, Rebecca A. of Knoxville.

EK: Describe the previous condition of your home’s hardwood floors.

Rebecca: Our 10-year-old home includes two active children and three dogs. Our hardwood floors had several years of high traffic, were sun faded, and damaged with canine scratches, but water damage from a dishwasher leak made refinishing a necessity. Although I didn’t think a dustless refinishing option was within our budget, I contacted Valera, owner of European Fine Hardwood Floors, because of their reputation for quality and affordability. Much to my surprise, Valera’s bid was very competitive.

EK: Aside from their competitive pricing, what was your major reason for selecting them?

Rebecca: The major reason I chose them was because it was a dust-free option. Valera was also very knowledgeable about hardwood flooring. His approach was more about his workmanship and details. He took great pride in his work and was extremely warm and trusting.

EK: Describe your experience, including your opinion of European Fine Hardwood Floors’ owners and husband and wife team, Valera and Svetlana Tomescu.

Rebecca: Overall my opinion of European Floors was exactly as it was presented to me. My floors are gorgeous. In fact, my hardwood floors are better now than the first day I moved into our new home. European Fine Hardwood Floors offers a truly dust-free option. Valera arrived promptly daily for our agreed upon work schedule. He completed our project ahead of schedule and kept me informed of his progress throughout the entire process. He and Svetlana were a pleasure to interact with and took complete pride in making sure I was comfortable and happy with every aspect of the project. European Fine Hardwood Floors is what I would describe as a true family owed business that understands the importance of relationships. They want their customers to be happy, and they made every effort to ensure our satisfaction.

EK: Would you like to offer your recommendation to other homeowners who might be considering refinishing their own hardwood floors?

Rebecca: I was extremely happy with European Fine Hardwood Floors. I have never been more satisfied with any other renovation company I have dealt with in the past. While they exceeded our expectations, the warm character of Valera and Svetlana made the experience beyond exceptional. I highly recommend this family run, family driven service.

Are you ready to refinish your home’s hardwood floors? Discover the European Fine Hardwood Floors dust-free difference for yourself.

European Fine Hardwood Floors

865.640.3680

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Amish Excellence

Heirloom Furniture

By Angie Carroll

For generations, our parents, grandparents, and even great grandparents purchased (and sometimes custom crafted) furniture that would be passed on to children and grandchildren. So unique, hand-crafted, and possessing a level of character uncommon in today’s offshore production line systems of furniture manufacturing, this furniture was destined to become heirloom quality pieces that would be treasured by future generations of family members.

Gone are our nation’s finest furniture manufacturers whose factories once housed skilled artisans who produced some of the highest quality furniture in the world. Today even those furniture brands touted as producing the finest quality furniture in the world now produce their furniture on assembly lines in countries like Vietnam.

Fortunately, Americans who still seek quality furnishings have rediscovered quality, hand-crafted Amish furniture. Buyers are surprised to discover that genuine Amish furnishings are available in a wide variety of styles, often upholstered, and not just the shaker or mission style for which Amish craftsmen are so well known. But even Amish furniture buyers need to exercise caution, as occasionally assembly line manufacturers employing Amish workers have been known to brand the furniture they sell as genuine Amish made.

All of the furniture we sell at Amish Excellence, located in nearby and convenient Farragut, is produced one piece at a time in woodworking shops located on individual Amish family farms just as it has been for generations. I personally visit the home of each of the nearly three dozen craftsmen whose furniture I have chosen to market, and I communicate with them directly to ensure that each and every piece they hand craft is made to your exact specifications. As a result of this simple but unique business model, our customers can purchase quality, custom made, hand-crafted furniture, often at prices below what they might expect to pay for similar, lower quality furniture elsewhere.

Now celebrating our first year in Knoxville, Amish Excellence has become an overwhelming success thanks entirely to all of our wonderful customers who have encouraged and supported us. We are proud to announce that in order to meet the growing demand for our genuine Amish hand-crafted furniture, we will be more than doubling the size of our present showroom in early May. I would like to take this opportunity to invite the readers of Everything Knoxville to visit our newly expanded showroom to discover all of the possibilities that exist with genuine Amish furniture and to rediscover the lost tradition of creating heirloom quality furniture for future generations.

Amish Excellence
613 N. Campbell Station Road
Knoxville, TN 37934
865.392.6000
www.amishexcellence.com

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