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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

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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

Screens of East Tennessee

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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.

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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 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.

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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

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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.

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Sticks 2 Stones Design

It’s Time to Do Something About That Kitchen

By Todd Thomas, Owner of Sticks 2 Stones Design

While you’ve been following the recommended “safe at home” and “social distancing” guidelines, you’ve likely discovered an even newer phenomenon – “spring cabin fever.” The symptoms are unmistakable. You find yourself streaming endlessly, and you’re becoming increasingly aware of that growing list of home projects that you’ve been conveniently postponing.

Be honest. Have you’ve been postponing that family kitchen makeover?

If it’s time to move forward with that new kitchen redesign, or perhaps a showcase kitchen for that new home you’ve been dreaming about, you’re in for a bit of a surprise. You’re about to discover that even custom kitchen cabinetry is, well, not exactly custom. Even so-called custom cabinets have design limitations. These limitations exist even with name brand cabinet manufacturers. Manufacturers design their custom cabinetry lines on standard component sizes. You will likely also have to select from limited hardware, color, and stain options. At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we’ve changed all that. That’s why we offer homeowners our proprietary Amish Select line of fully custom-built kitchen cabinetry.

Today’s kitchens should be bold and imaginative. Why should you have to settle for custom cabinets that are less than custom? Kitchens are no longer places just for the family meal. Kitchens should inspire future gourmets, become a social gathering and entertainment centers for guests, and even a cherished place for those romantic dinners. With Amish Select, you’re in complete control of your kitchen design because we hand-craft each and every cabinet to your exact specifications. Your cabinet size, door profile, accent trim, colors, stains, and hardware are not limited to what the so-called custom cabinet manufacturers offer. We are the manufacturer, and we offer you limitless options. So why downgrade your dream kitchen when you can choose Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry?

At Sticks 2 Stones Design, we specialize in inspiring homeowners to “go one step beyond” when imaging and designing their dream kitchen. Overwhelmed? Don’t be. We’ll assist you every step of the way with layout, flow, lighting, colors, appliances, flooring, décor, electronics, and, of course, truly custom kitchen cabinetry.

Surprisingly affordable, our proprietary Amish Select line of fine custom kitchen cabinetry was named to honor the master Amish craftsmen who individually hand-craft each and every cabinet. Amish Select Fine Handmade Cabinetry from Sticks 2 Stones Design offers today’s discriminating homeowners the quality and craftsmanship they deserve at a truly affordable price when compared to other existing custom cabinetry offerings. Our Amish Select cabinetry is the pride and joy of our custom cabinetry company and the crown jewel of so many of our clients’ homes that we have been privileged to design custom kitchens and baths for.

Reflecting the centuries-old traditions of our Amish craftsmen for high ethical and moral standards and a respect for nature, the time honored techniques of our Amish craftsmen deliver a level of quality that you might have thought no longer existed in today’s fast paced, offshore, assembly line world – and at prices lower than you might have thought possible. Like us, you will discover that Amish Select is not a style, but rather it defines a level of quality that is unsurpassed in today’s kitchen and bath cabinetry marketplace.

If you’re planning on building a new home or remodeling your home’s existing kitchen or bath, I would like to personally invite you to discover the Sticks 2 Stones Design and Amish Select difference. Let’s “go one step beyond” in imagining, planning, and designing your home’s new kitchen and baths with:

» Unlimited options
» Individually hand-crafted cabinetry
» Furniture grade craftsmanship
» 100% American made
» 100% American hardwoods

To discover the Amish Select difference today, call to set up a personal consultation. It’s free, and there’s no obligation. Bring your photos, blueprints, and favorite design magazine ideas and begin your journey to the truly custom kitchen of your dreams.

Sticks 2 Stones Design
8705 Unicorn Drive
Suite 114
Knoxville, TN 37923

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Garage Floor Coatings: They’re Not Created Equal

Do you cringe at the sight of your pitted and stained garage floor? Has it become unsafe with crumbling concrete, cracks, or slick spots caused by years of leaked oil?

The garage is the first part of your house you see when arriving home and is often the largest room in the house. So to make the garage a safe extension of the home’s living space, homeowners are investing in concrete coatings for the garage.

“There are options for garage flooring, but all are definitely not created equal,” explained Brian Falls, a co-owner of PremierGarage of Knoxville, the area’s most experienced garage flooring company. “The decision usually comes down to a choice between an epoxy or polyuera system. A polyurea flooring system, however, presents the most-advanced and durable coating in concrete flooring technology. It’s truly quality you can stand on.”

Additional benefits of using a polyuera system for your garage floor include:

Surface That Withstands Practically Everything

From extreme pressure, heavy impacts, and spills, polyuera is strong and durable. It provides better protection than epoxy against chemicals commonly found in garages, like gasoline, auto fluids, and paint thinner. Its chemistry makes it more flexible and up to 20 times stronger than epoxy flooring. It is also UV resistant and contains no harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Most importantly, unlike epoxy, it can withstand extremely high temperatures, making it resistant to hot tires lifting and peeling the coating.

Makes Your Garage a Safer Place

Used in combination with full coverage of polymer, paint flakes adds safety to your space. The combination creates a slip-resistant surface, reducing the chances of accidents when the floor is wet. The coating is also antibacterial, stain-resistant, and nontoxic.

Fast-Curing and Long-Lasting

This kind of garage floor coating takes only a few hours to harden and one day to be ready for use. Standard epoxy coating systems take three to five days to harden completely. PremierGarage’s polyuera floor coating, which retains it color and finish integrity, has a 10-year warranty.

Easy Maintenance

Spills clean up easily with a paper towel, but an occasional cleaning with just water and a small amount of vinegar will keep the floor looking brand new.

Bottom line, a polyurea garage floor is definitely worth the investment and increases the value of your home. Yes, a garage floor can be both beautiful and strong!

PremierGarage powered by Tailored Living

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Tailored Living

Designing the Ideal Home Office

For many of us who are or have worked from home to help slow the spread of COVID-19, it’s been a new experience.  And as we continue striving to find a new normal in our daily lives, many find themselves continuing to work from home indefinitely.

For those who don’t have a dedicated home office, the dining table or a corner of the bedroom have become makeshift workspaces with the family pet or child as your new officemate.  However, an improvised space wreaks havoc on concentration and productivity, as well as personal comfort.

According to Tailored Living of Knoxville, there are some key considerations and solutions for a new home office:

Identify a Space

Not everyone is fortunate to have a separate room for a home office, but try to find an area you can dedicate to work. If the space in your home is limited, get creative. Even a walk-in closet can serve as a functional office space by removing the clothes rod, installing electrical connections, and having a desk custom-designed for the space.

Don’t Sacrifice Form for Function

Your desk, shelves, and storage should serve you, not the other way around. Consider your workflow and what items you need at your fingertips before investing in a home office from Tailored Living.  The style and finish you choose doesn’t have to be expensive, but it should complement other rooms in your house instead of screaming “soulless cubicle.”

Organize Vertically and Horizontally

Most home office spaces aren’t huge, so use space efficiently. Vertical shelving, base cabinets, or overhead cabinets will get papers and office equipment off valuable desk space.  Are you a stacker or a filer? If you tend to make piles, get a nice basket to tame your mail, notes, and papers. If you prefer a clean desktop, add file drawers for important papers.

Let There Be Light

Make sure your office has plenty of light to cut down on eye strain and headaches. Put a lamp on the desk for task lighting or incorporate lighting into overhead cabinets. If possible, choose a home office space with a nearby window.  Studies have shown that daylight helps improves productivity and alertness. Exposure to daylight also impacts your physical and mental well-being.

Whether you have an existing home office or are creating a new one, a Tailored Living designer can help you create a workspace that’s tailored to your needs.  As many of us work from home, remember we’re in this together, and together we will emerge stronger and more productive than ever before.

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Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting

Showcase Your Home’s Exterior Architecture & Landscaping

By Holly Hill

As an artist uses a vast palette of colors to accentuate the beauty of a painting, the Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting team of Knoxville will use the artistry of light to enhance and illuminate your home and your home’s landscaping. Our lighting designers can highlight the architecture of your home and shine a light on featured focal points throughout your landscape.

While many landscape lighting businesses are fixated on the installation process, we are dedicated to bringing the night to life with our award-winning designs. By employing architectural and landscape lighting designers that are trained, certified, and highly qualified consultants, our team is ready to help you with any question you may have. From choosing the ideal fixtures with the optimal light beam spread to selecting wattage, color, and color temperature, Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting of Knoxville will bring out the architectural features and landscaping details of your home.

Our lighting fixtures are customizable and created to stand the test of time. In fact, they are backed with a lifetime warranty so you never have to worry. The fixtures we utilize are made of cast brass and finished with a warm bronze patina. This makes for a rustic yet refined lighting element that works for any style home.

As artists of outdoor lighting, our team will walk you through the entire process, from project conception to final installations. We want to collaborate with you to ensure that the design we create meets your needs for safety, security, and aesthetic appeal.

Call 865-484-4011 today to learn how illuminating your home with the artistry of light can turn your dark and empty nighttime appearance into a beautiful work of art.

Lighthouse Outdoor Lighting

11519 Kingston Pike

Knoxville, TN 37934


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