In the Showroom with… Dan Richens, Riviera Tiles

Jennie Cooper talks to Dan Richens at Riviera Tiles, Kitchens & Bathrooms in Torquay, about the quality service and products on offer

Interview

How long has Riviera Tiles, Kitchens & Bathrooms been running?
With over 20 years’ experience, we are a locally run business in Torbay. We pride ourselves on our quality, knowledge and service.

What services do you offer?
At Riviera, we design, supply and fit tiles, kitchens or bathrooms to suit your needs and style, and organise the installation from start to finish. We visit your home, free of charge, to discuss your needs, and advise you on what will work best in your space, before you buy any products. There’s also a free 3D-image design service from our trained designer, to enable us to show you your bathroom or kitchen before it’s fitted.

What can we find in your showroom?
There is a vast collection of tiles, sanitary ware and brassware in our Torquay showroom, along with a collection of kitchens. We are Torbay’s only supplier of Quantum and Express kitchens. There’s also a full range of NEFF appliances on display, alongside products from Roca, Ideal Standard, Grohe, Aqualisa and Clearwater, with tiles from British Ceramic Tile and flooring from Karndean. We update our displays and ranges to keep up with the latest trends.

What Devon-based projects are you currently involved with?
We have several projects that we currently working on around the Torbay and South Hams area, one in particular we recently completed near Dartmouth. This was a 220-year-old barn conversion, in which we installed a new main bathroom, an en-suite wet room and a new cloakroom along with a complete new high-pressure plumbing and heating system. The bespoke wet room had to be created from new as there wasn’t even a room there when we first looked at it. The whole project combined a traditional style with the latest technology, and the finished result is impressive.

What piece of advice can you give our readers when buying your products?
We will be there from design to finish, to ensure we achieve the best result. We only supply products that we would be happy to install ourselves, so you can be sure you’re getting the best quality at the best price.

Are there any current trends we should look out for? 
We recently travelled to Bologna to visit Cersaie, a renowned international tile exhibition, to get a feel for the latest trends in tiles and sanitary ware. We noticed a strong theme of wooden-effect tiles and bathroom furniture along with a lot of natural stone effects. The overall feel was really clean and organic – one of our favourite styles.

What’s new?
We are in the process of a big showroom refurbishment, creating a workshop area ready for new bespoke bathroom furniture designed and created by ourselves in-house. If you can’t find exactly what you’re looking for on display or in a catalogue, we hope to be able to offer you that exact product. We are aiming to be set up for this in spring/summer 2018.

"We will be there from design to finish, to ensure we achieve the best result"
Riviera Tiles, Kitchens & Bathrooms
Unit 10
Chatto Way
Torquay
Devon
TQ1 4UE
01803 327000
www.rivieratkb.co.uk

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