Established in 2002 and based in South Yorkshire, Abode sell their products through retailers across the UK. Independent retailers have the freedom to choose the products they display in their showrooms and offer to their customers, so it’s always a great compliment when they choose to display and sell Abode products.
At Abode we want to highlight the benefits of this independent market and ask that you continue to support them so that they can prosper after the current pandemic. This month we visited JANUS INTERIORS in Bingley.
Janus Interiors is a retailer of Bathrooms, Kitchens, Bedrooms and Home office furniture and is based in Bingley in West Yorkshire. As a family run independent business, they took the opportunity during lock down to do a kitchen showroom refurbishment, which is now complete, full of inspiration and ready for visitors to see once more.
Janus Interiors is located on the corner of Leonard street and Leonard Place in the market town of Bingley. The exterior of the building hides what can only be described as a stunning showroom and design hub. A place where visitors can relax and view numerous room displays featuring the very latest kitchen, bedroom and bathroom products. There are also private areas for customers to discuss their own room requirements and as you’d expect from a family run business, they offer a truly personal service at every stage of the process from design through to installation.
Janus Interiors customer focussed team L-R: Becky Hart, Michele Wood-Tonks, Rick Tonks, Adam Reay
The business started out as Simply Bathrooms just up the road in Eldwick in 2008, by husband-and-wife team, Rick Tonks, a qualified plumbing and heating engineer (to advanced craft level qualification) and his wife Michele. They moved to larger premises in Bingley in 2011 and rebranded as Janus Interiors in 2013 when they also expanded their offer to include kitchens and bedrooms. The name Janus comes from the Roman God of transition and new beginnings and at the time it was just that, a new stage in the growth of their operation. Now, the core team includes showroom manager, Adam Reay and Becky Hart handling the administration, plus an experienced fitting team.
The showroom is split into defined areas of kitchens, bathrooms, bedrooms and home office furniture. The home office furniture being a particularly buoyant area since the Covid-19 pandemic started, with many more people working from home and wanting to create a nicer office environment. Each area of the showroom shows a selection of the latest products available for each of these rooms and is full of inspirational ideas for people interested in a new room design. Janus Interiors then add to this their advice and experience in what works well together, whether that be the latest on trend tap finish to match the lighting or appliances or the best sink material for the way a customer uses their kitchen. There are new innovations coming out all the time, especially in kitchen appliances and bathroom equipment and the team are best placed to talk through the benefits they can bring, like a steaming hot water tap, a filter water tap, a hob that doubles as an extractor or an anti-slip shower tray. Rick and his fitting team personally measure up the customers room and ultimately handle the fit out too, all controlled by this local team.
Whilst they have been closed to general shopping over the past 12 months, Janus Interiors has experienced a particularly busy period with people wanting to do home renovations. Their clientele has placed money saved from refunded holidays into improving the three key rooms in the home, so whilst they have had to set up the necessary safety precautions, work has continued for much of the year.
Laura Ashley cabinets with Abode ceramic Belfast sink & Gosford tap in Antique brass
“People have spent more time in their homes and have as a result wanted to improve them.” Said Michele and she believes that will continue, hopefully assisted by the new TV show ’Dream Kitchen and Bathroom with Mark Miller’ which started recently on channel 5 which she points out demonstrates a realistic view and price of buying products for these key rooms. The show certainly demonstrates the plethora of product choice a customer must consider when looking at a new kitchen or bathroom. It’s a minefield that the customer has to navigate and Janus has lots of experience of what works and what doesn’t.
“One of the key benefits of an independent business-like Janus is that we choose our product suppliers very carefully.” Said Michele. “We like to buy local if we can and many of the products we choose to sell are designed or made in Yorkshire. Like Abode for example, a Barnsley based business that designs taps and sinks specifically for the UK market. We chose to sell their bathroom taps back in 2008 and now sell their full range of kitchen taps and sinks too and have done since 2013. They offer a wide choice of designs with lots of different functionality at great prices and they are reliable in terms of quality and supply. Having a long relationship with a supplier means we can judge their value and we offer our loyalty to a supplier providing that service and reliability of product continues. That is one great advantage of coming to a business like ours, we choose what we sell.”
Janus Interiors offer a full CAD design and installation service for kitchens, bedrooms and bathrooms. If you’re in their area, check out their website at www.janusinteriors.co.uk and book an appointment to see their new showroom.
Abode Hex industrial styled tap in matt black on an Xcite black metallic granite 1.5 bowl sink
Abode: Studio Compact sink in stainless steel | Ludlow tap in chrome on an Acton Ceramic sink | Bayenne tap in Pewter - Above
Abode Fluid monobloc tap in chrome on a Ceramic single bowl Belfast sink | Althia tap in urban copper on a Matrix undermounted bowl in Grey Metallic granite