Wood You Like
natural wooden flooring
the Guardians of Quality
Who we are
Where we come from
Why we do what we do the way we do it
Wood You Like Ltd has two very 'hands-on' directors - both of Dutch origin:
Karin Hermans - Managing Director
Karin will welcome you when you call or email us, discuss the floor, wood and finish types that are suitable for your situation and will answer any of your enquiries and questions.
She also in charge of our marketing projects, from the informative website you are on now to writing specific wood flooring related articles and is co-author of the DIY-guide: "Wooden Floor Installation Manual" - everything you need to know about DIY wooden floors. (Available from Amazon.co.uk or direct)
Ton Slooven - Director of Operations
Ton is responsible for our quality control, professional practical advice - mediation - with Design Parquet as his specialty.
Co-author of the DIY-guide: "Wooden Floor Installation Manual" - everything you need to know about DIY wooden floors. (Available from Amazon.co.uk or direct)
Both directors originate from the historical (medieval) town of Bergen op Zoom in the South-West of The Netherlands close to the Belgium border. It's a traditional town filled with many historical buildings and treasures many historical traditions.
Bergen op Zoom also has many traditional industries: sugar refinery, cast iron, farming and fishery, but also wooden flooring
Bruynzeel flooring was founded beginning 1900, and another parquet factory in the early 60’s: Inpa parket, still going strong. The Bruynzeel factory closed down in the late 70’s, making many professionals redundant. A whole other type of industry was born: traditional wooden flooring retail shops and professional - independent - installers.
Both Ton and Karin have learned the ins and outs of the wooden flooring business from the most respected professionals there, including apprenticeship in installing design parquet floors.
Beginning 2000 they were employed by a new Dutch company that had plans to get a strong foothold in the domestic UK wood flooring market. However only two (rather large) retail showrooms were ever opened and within 3 years the mother company decided to close both shops and focus their attention solely on the wholesale market.
After being made redundant and strengthened by the ongoing support of their existing clients and business advisors Ton and Karin decided to 'go-it-alone' and launched Wood You Like Ltd. First from their home-office until in August 2005 the showroom in the lovely village of Charing opened and the company continued to grow from strength to strength.
In our showroom we not only welcomed many clients from the Kent area, natural wooden flooring fans from London and beyond looking for quality products and quality advice found their easy way to Charing village near Ashford. In Aug 2012 - based on the number of sales generated online - it was decided to turn Wood You Like Ltd into a true "one-stop-online-shop" and the showroom was closed.
We are passionate about quality and only source high quality products from ‘passionate about quality’ manufacturers. Manufacturers with own FSC certified forests, with own policies on reforestation and own quality control systems on producing quality products time after time after time, every time an order is placed. And we only work with 'passionate about quality' installers and other essential team players.
Time after time you will find special products and services at our company, special in the way the product is constructed or proven its quality and method. We will discuss these construction and installation/restoration methods with you if needed. Even standard products, like Solid floorboards, are treated as special, we know why a 180mm wide board only 15mm thick will cause problems and how wide is wide enough to prevent problems.
Wood You Like will personally deliver your wood floor if you live in the Kent area and if you - as DIY-er - require this we can tell you all the tips and tricks of the trade we know from personal experience to give you a head-start and trouble free installation/restoration of your wooden floor.
That's us and our three W's: who, where and why.
One more very important 'double u' you should know about:
Choosing Wood You Like as your dedicated wooden flooring supplier has its own benefits: Your unique circumstances, unique interior design style and budget ask for a quality wooden floor that is most suited for u (you). Not for someone else, not for what is suitable for the average customer, for u (you).
And that is in very simple words our aim: supplying u (you) the most suitable for u (you) high quality natural wooden flooring.
Wood You Like was voted "Best Flooring Retailer (1-2 shops)" by Interiors Monthly readers in 2010
We are looking forward to meet you, either by email or here online.