dine-in theater in the woodlands

The experience of going to the movies will entirely change for Texans living in and around The Woodlands when a luxury dine-in-theater cuts the ribbon in early November. With the push of a button, they then will have their restaurant-worthy food delivered to their fully leather, reclining seats.

Mexican movie theater company Cinépolis Worldwide is opening the massive 42,000 square-feet (nearly 4,000 square-meters) establishment in Creekside Park West Village at 26543 Kuykendahl Road. It will include 833 seats and host all sorts of private events from business presentations to college reunions and birthdays as well as regular screenings.

Inside, the guests will be able to take advantage of a scratch menu and service-on-demand at each of 833 seats. From local brews to whole sorts of alcoholic and soft drinks, the list of beverages it will offer goes on and on. Families, worry not! The business is well aware that it is never a trip to the movies without a strawberry milkshake, either. You and your little ones will definitely get those ICEEs!

And for those who arrive early or want to linger a little longer after the movie ends, a spacious lounge with a full-service bar will provide a perfectly comfortable gathering place.


Special Discounts on Tuesdays


As the new cinema makes final preparations before the first day of business, it has already scheduled an entire program to have special screenings with special discounts, too. On Tuesdays from December on, the theater will offer Cinépolis Handpicked, as part of which it will feature favorite cult classics, nostalgic oldies, memorable concerts and documentaries.

Operating more than 700 cinema complexes with some 6 thousand screens, Cinépolis Worldwide entertains, on average, nearly 340 million moviegoers each year in 17 countries worldwide. To do that, it employs more than 43,000 people globally. The company acquired Moviehouse & Eatery’s six theaters in Texas last summer.

Creekside Park West, which, too, will open early November, will be The Woodlands’ newest retail hub. Once operational, it will also feature specialty fitness, dining and shopping options. Its developers are hopeful that the luxury cinema will be a major highlight of the center.

“We think it’ll be an amenity for not only the village but the rest of The Woodlands and the surrounding communities,” said Rip Reynolds, a vice president at The Howard Hughes Corporation, which is developing the retail center. “It will be the first dine-in theater in The Woodlands.”

A theatrics firm has ended a nearly 20 years presence in the Houston Heights area, Texas, to relocate to The Woodlands. The artists’ migration some 30 miles north also included a rebranding of their group, from UpStage to Points North.

In a brief announcement on its website, the company said its decision to relocate entailed “a new name, a new look, a new location… but the same heart and dedication to providing exceptional theatre” to its audience.

The group, officially Points North Theatre Company (PNTC), is now accessible inside the neighborhood’s Recreational Enrichment Center, a multipurpose entertainment and instructional venue on the grounds of Journey Church at 1540 Sawdust Road.



Emphasis on Local Community Acts


Sam Sigman, the president of PNTC board of directors, explained the motive for their decision to move with a desire to contribute to growth of theatre scene in The Woodlands.

“From a business, artistic, and community perspective, moving into The Woodlands area was the best choice we could have made,” With nearly 20 years’ worth of experience and hundreds of productions that entertained thousands of audience members under our belt, we knew we could fill a void that we felt was missing from the local community theatre scene,” he said.

Sam started working for UpStage as its technical director years ago and how worked his way up to where he now presides its top decision making body.


Inaugural Production Scheduled for December


The company is proud to have carefully considered all productions for artistic and cultural accessibility to the public since 2000. Not too long after the technicalities of relocation are over, its staff have already gone back to work and held the auditions for the first production in The Woodlands: A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol.


Originally a novella by famous British writer Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol recounts how an elderly scrooge is transformed into a better man upon encounters with the ghost of his later business partner and three Christmas spirits — past, present and yet to come. PNTC says its play will be a fun and unique twist on that classic holiday story.



The production will have six performances before the end of this year. On December 7th, 14th and 21st, the audience will have the chance to see the play at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.


PNTC invites “actors of all ages and demographics” to audition for relevant roles in its future productions. It says it will post announcements for future audition dates and times under news on its website. It also has an e-mail list with which it informs those who have subscribed to it for free on the latest from them.

Showers vs Tubs.

There are plenty of reasons to favor one over the other.

Showers are great in terms of accessibility and saving time. On the other hand, a bathtub is perfect for unwinding after a long and hectic week.


In 2019, there has been an unexpected shift in trends. People have started favoring the shower over the tub.  That doesn’t necessarily mean you should get rid of the bathtub right away, though. In fact, most of the experts would still say that a house without a tub would not sell.  A recent Houzz poll proved the claim correct when 58% of the respondents agreed that a home without a tub is not worth buying.


Families with young kids are one of the few demographics who still prefer a bathtub over a shower, but everywhere else the advantages of a walk-in shower are getting harder to ignore.


The easy way of skirting the dilemma is having a walk-in shower in your master bathroom and a tub in the guest/secondary bathroom.   On the other hand — if you cannot afford the space to have both a shower and a tub, there are a few things you should consider before making the choice.




Through this article, we will resolve any doubts you have regarding showers, their advantages, the factors that should influence your decision, and how to convert your tub to a shower once you have made the decision.



Why Should You Pick a Shower?


Choosing a shower or a tub will depend a lot on your personal preferences.  However, there are always a few factors that are common across the board.


Here are a few advantages of a walk-in shower over a bathtub that you should consider.


  • Compared to a tub, a shower increases the resale value of your house to a greater extent.
  • Showers are more comfortable for disabled or elderly people, as climbing over the tub apron can be hard for some.
  • A typical shower uses 20 gallons of water compared to the 30 gallons used by a standard tub.  Hence showers are a more economical and greener solution.
  • Showers are also incredibly efficient when it comes to time management.
  • When it comes to time spent, a shower is like a utility whereas a bathtub is a luxury. You can have a bathtub and rarely even use it. Showers are a far more pragmatic choice.
  • If you live in a market with a majority of young, working couples or single people — a shower will increase the chances of you getting a buyer easily.


Apart from these, there’s also the age-in-place movement which effectively talks about people growing old in their own homes rather than in assisted living facilities.  Since the shower is comparatively a more disabled-friendly option than the tub, it fits right in with the movement.



Factors to Consider Before 


Before you start the bathroom remodel, you should consider a few things and ask yourself a few questions.


  • If you have more than one tubs across bathrooms, do not replace all of them.  Convert the master bathroom’s tub into a shower and leave the guest bathroom untouched, thus letting you have the best of both worlds.
  • Showers are a great option for cramped bathrooms.  Not only does a shower take less space, but it also provides an illusion of extra space in your bathroom.  So if you have a cramped bathroom with a tub, go ahead and replace it with a shower.
  • Touching on something previously discussed, you should keep a tub in case you are planning to start a family in your house.  In any other case, showers are a better choice.
  • Building a walk-in shower can be considerably more expensive than installing a simple bathtub.  However, it can also increase the resale value by 20%.  It is also important to note that about 65% of potential buyers want showers.
  • Before finalizing the numbers, check if there is any damage (dry rot, water damage, etc.) around the tub area — especially if the tub is old.  Repairs might end up pushing your budget out of control if you don’t factor them in the beginning.
  • Make sure that you don’t build your shower around a window.  The privacy issues can be handled easily, but water seeping into the window frame can damage the wall and the frame severely.


Types of Walk-In Showers


A tub to shower conversion is definitely not an easy undertaking, and shouldn’t be done without expert supervision. A conversion such as this combines various aspects of bathroom remodeling including but not limited to plumbing, drywall fixing, demolition, etc.


  • Shower Kits are one of the cheapest options available out there.  They are not customizable but fit into most of the spaces previously occupied by a bathtub.  They come with a sliding glass door, panels, floor pan, drain hole, and even built-in shelves in case you need them.


  • Tiled Shower Curbs focus primarily on the curb that marks the boundary between the shower and the rest of the bathroom.  A tiled shower needs a curb to hold the water inside the shower and also hold the door.  They also need to be polished with round edges to reduce the risk of injury.


  • Curbless Showers simply do away with the curb discussed above, and hence are more user-friendly for the elderly and people with disabilities.



Steps to Replace Your Tub With a Shower


We would advise looking for professional help while installing a shower.  However, if you believe you have the right tools (both literally and figuratively) for a DIY project, here is how you can go about it.


Step 1:  Pick a style


If you’re tackling this as a DIY project, chances are you won’t be going for tile or stone showers which are built up from scratch and can take months to finish.  The logical approach is using a shower kit.

Within the world of shower kits, you will have plenty of options.  But the biggest choice you will face is between a curbed and a curbless shower kit.

Apart from the pros and cons mentioned above, it is important to know that curbless showers are generally pricier and take longer to install.


Step 2:  Determine the measurements and placement


Following are the minimum measurements you should aim to achieve with a shower:


  • Height to ceiling – 80 inches
  • Distance between the shower wall and side of the toilet – 15 inches
  • Distance between the shower wall and front of the toilet – 21 inches
  • Area – 30×30 squared inches


Last, but not least, the best-case scenario is adding the shower where the tub used to sit.  That way you won’t have to adjust the plumbing too much.

Step 3:  Remove the tub


It shouldn’t be too hard to remove a regular tub, but the heavier ones might need a little muscle behind them. Take care of the faucets and other paraphernalia before you mess with the tub.

Once the tub has been removed, make sure that there is no rot or other damage on the floor or surrounding walls.  If there is damage, consult a professional and resolve the issues before adding the shower.


Step 4:  Install the shower

Installing the shower kit would be an exercise in following written instructions to the letter.

Install the shower base first and repair the walls left open after removing the tub.

For a curbless walk-in shower, the pan needs to sit at level with the rest of the bathroom floor. You might have to lower the floor of the shower area if that’s not the case.


Final Word


Choosing a shower over a tub in terms of utility is a no brainer. Showers save water, provide a broader use, are elderly & disabled friendly, and bump up the resale value on your home considerably.

The most idealistic scenario is obviously having both a shower and a tub.  If you absolutely have to choose between the two, showers are a more practical choice. Once you have decided you want the renovation, plan it out well and make sure you have all your ducks in a row.

And at the end of it all, enjoy your brand new shower!

More often than not, a small bathroom lies anywhere between amazingly cute to extremely cluttered.


No one really wants their bathroom to be a mess, but it is fairly easy to descend into a world of nightmarish chaos when you don’t have the luxury of space.  Unlike most other corners of the house, apart from the kitchen perhaps, a bathroom has to balance too many different elements and items too.

But let’s make it very clear: It’s not about how much space you have in your powder room; it’s about how you use it.


You are not the only one facing a space crunch in your bathroom.  In fact, the problem has led to many innovative ideas for decluttering the space and keeping it that way. From wall-mounted caddies to floating racks — a small bathroom can be an opportunity in disguise to show off your creative side.

Sometimes, the additional consideration of making sure materials used are not prone to water damage can be a challenge. But no matter how difficult it is to transform your small bathroom into a utilitarian paradise, it will always be worth the trouble.


Related: How to Design a Bathroom Layout that Works


Don’t know what to do or even where to start?  Here are a few things you can use to make sure you get the most out of your small bathroom when it comes to space management.



1. Mounting Shelves


If you have no floor space to spare, you should definitely invest in mounting shelves that can sit above the flush. With different sections for different items, a mounting shelf gives you a three-dimensional storage solution without occupying any floor space.

Even if you do have floor space, having a mounting shelf is a really great idea.  You can use it to store towels, shampoo, soap, toilet paper, or even potted plants.


2. Free Standing Cabinets


In most cases, a bathroom has storage issues rather than space issues. No matter how small, you will always have space for a shower, a toilet, and a mirror with an aptly sized vanity. A bathroom won’t really be a bathroom without those elements, am I right?  The major concern is where to store all of the essentials that come with the room.

This is where freestanding cabinets come in handy.  They provide you a concealed space to store all your toiletries and backup products, while being easy to move around if needed.


3. Wall Mounted Cabinets


If you prefer your cabinets to be mounted on the wall, to save floor space, wall-mounted cabinets can be perfect for your bathroom. You can also have multiple cabinets fixed around your walls, designating a particular storage use to each of them.

Put a mirror on the front and you have yourself a wall-mounted mini vanity.  You can also use a traditional medicine cabinet as an alternative. They are stylish, sleek, and serve their purpose to perfection.  Do make sure that you buy one with multiple shelves to maximize the usage of all the vertical space.


4. Shower Caddies


Shower caddies are a must if you are dealing with a small bathroom. They can lend you some extra storage space while also keeping your bathing products within easy access. If for some reason your shower is unable to take the weight of a caddy, you can have it fixed on the wall right underneath it.

We recommend not going for solid shelves though. They can be quite difficult to clean. Instead, use the ones with a mesh/bar design, preferably made of plastic or other water-resistant material.


5. Storage Vanities


Instead of nesting your sink on a pedestal and losing all the potential space, go for a single vanity with cabinets and drawers to maximize the storage space.

Within the vanity, you can have hooks on the back of the cabinet doors, rods within the cabinets to utilize the vertical space, tiered storage, magnetic strips, and a whole lot more to give you that extra boost.  You can also have a dedicated area for your electricals like hair dryers, straighteners, trimmers, etc. to make sure they stay dry and safe.

Related: The 10 Most Popular Materials for Bathroom Vanity


6. Laundry Hamper


No one likes dirty laundry lying around…but even worse is dirty laundry stored randomly in buckets and bins with other stuff.

That is why a laundry hamper can a brilliant addition to your small bathroom. It keeps your dirty laundry out of sight and neatly stored in a single place. You can either go for the stylish cabinet-style hampers or the foldable ones.

A cabinet style hamper will add a sense of style to your bathroom, especially if it’s done as a part of an overall theme. On the other hand. a foldable laundry hamper will give you the flexibility of extra floor space when you have no laundry to store — just fold it and store in a corner until needed.


7. Bins and Baskets


A prudent small bathroom storage strategy can theoretically be made up entirely of bins and baskets. While we don’t recommend that as it can look rather odd, you can still utilize some of them in your powder bathroom.

Just pace a few bins or stylish baskets to store different items. You can also hang them on the walls to serve the same purpose.

If you opt for a floating vanity and still need some storage space, you can also store some wicker baskets beneath it. This is a better option than having a floor-mounted vanity, since it affords you greater flexibility on how you want to use your bathroom floor space.


8. Plastic Containers


This is a really useful DIY solution in case you find yourself lacking in racks and shelves within the cabinets that are available.

Get a few plastic containers and label them according to your needs.  There can be separate containers for medicines, shaving products, soaps, hair products, tissues, oil, makeup, etc.  Stack these on top of each other in the cabinet under your sink or in your vanity.

Being stacked on top of each other, they are an efficient use of the vertical space.  Separate containers with clear labels will also save you the time that is spent looking for items such as hair clips or earbuds.



Other Tips to Declutter Your Small Bathroom


Apart from the items mentioned above, there’s plenty you can do to declutter your bathroom.


Here are some additional tips and tricks:


  1. Have multiple hooks behind the bathroom door, which can be used to hang towels or even shower organizers with multiple pockets.
  2. Take advantage of the narrow spaces between your toilet and the vanity, or your shower and your toilet.
  3. Corded items like hairdryers, curlers, etc. tend to make your bathroom look messier if left out in the open.  Have a dedicated space for them where the cords can be tucked out of sight.
  4. Keep only the essentials in the bathroom. You can keep extra toiletries, toilet paper, towels, etc. somewhere else in the house.
  5. Use rotating racks to store your makeup.  They make the items more accessible while simultaneously taking less space than their traditional counterparts.
  6. Avoid using dark colors or themes which might give your bathroom. Instead, choose a white motif with a few windows if possible as it gives your bathroom an illusion of being more spacious than it actually is.
  7. If you have children, make sure that the cleaning supplies and other harmful chemicals are stored out of their reach.
  8. Wall niches are a great way of increasing your space while also lending character to the wall. Make sure to plan them out BEFORE the actual remodel.
  9. Do not be afraid to put in a tall-wardrobe style cabinet if you have space for it.



Final Words of Advice:


As is evident, there are plenty of generic items you can use to maximize your bathroom space.  For every type of thing mentioned above, there are hundreds of different versions available for you to buy.  Don’t be afraid if you think any of these items are not for you…because chances are there is a version of the same thing out there that will fit your needs perfectly.

Before everything else, you need to figure out your storage needs. Whatever you do, make sure you do not put in more storage units than required. Not only is it an inefficient way of using your money, it can also add to the space problem rather than solve it.


Once you have that part covered, everything else becomes super easy and convenient.  Having a small bathroom is by no means an unsolvable problem — just make sure that your overall decor and the items you use match each other. It’s really that simple, we promise!

Ask 10 people about bathroom renovation, and chances are 9 would say they want one. But out of those 9, probably 8 will also never do it because it is, without doubt, one of the most challenging home renovation projects. And if that is the only bathroom they have, the mere fear’ of being without a bathroom for a few months is scary enough for some people to forget about it.


But is it that difficult? No! A bit of planning and a few smart decisions go a long way in ensuring that the process of bathroom remodeling goes very seamlessly.


Related: How to Design a Bathroom Layout that Works


Here are some tips to keep in mind to ensure you have a worry-free experience.



  • Shop before you start:

Yes, this applies for all renovation projects but even more so when it comes to a bathroom renovation. In this case, timing is the most important thing to factor. Shopping in advance will help you in multiple ways. You can get the best deals and take your time to decide what exactly needs replacement. You can also discuss and fix the dates the professionals will arrive and most importantly finalize the time it will take to complete the project. A delay will not only increase costs, but it will also increase the gestation period and that is never a good sign. Any delay in providing parts might result in professionals canceling due to other commitments.This will surely increase your costs.  

Shopping in advance will also help you decide on crucial matters like whether you merely want to change the fittings alone or you would like to change the plumbing too. The latter will increase costs and time substantially so decide accordingly. The professional designers also can help you navigate through various deals and purchases if you have enough time at hand and give them sufficient notice. Remember, just because you have the material ready doesn’t mean the designers are ready too. However, it’s better to have delays before you start the project than after it begins.

Be mindful that a bathroom renovation can only be done in a certain order; so do not try to pressurize the designers into rushing things or wrapping up things quickly. Keep a deadline, but arrive at it with mutual consent. The last thing you want is a project done under pressure and not of the best quality.

Related: Picking the Right Accessories for Your Renovated Bathroom


  • Deal with the dust, not suffer from it:

Construction 101 equals dust and a bathroom renovation is no different. You already have a lot of things to worry about, so let dust not be another concern. Cutting, removing fittings and hardware will all create dust issues. A way to combat that is to put a fan in the window and create a backdraft to the bathroom to draw the dust-filled air and pump it outside. Also, make sure you cover the floors from the exit to your bathroom.


  • Count your options and use them:

If you have another bathroom, you have more options to play around with. Move products from one bathroom to the other and turn your ‘other’ bathroom into the one to use for the duration of the renovation.

But what if you only have one and it is to be renovated? Worry not!


If you have neighbors who you know well, this would be a good time to discuss your situation with them and ask them for help. Of course, this will mean that you extend them the same courtesy as and when (and if) they undergo a similar renovation. Make sure they know that you will need to use their bathroom for a certain number of days and worry them only when it is absolutely necessary.

If asking a neighbor seems too much of a hassle, ask your designer to help you set up a basement bathroom and/or a shower. You can do this by setting up a temporary fiberglass shower unit in the basement. This is a slightly more expensive option but at least this way you do not have to depend on anyone else for your daily activities.


  • Office, gym and the public spaces:

Did you know all these places had perfectly usable bathrooms? Of course, you do, but now, you can use them for your own benefit. If you are a member of a gym, use the locker provided to store your clothes and take a shower there for a few days. Else, use your office shower just before heading back home to ensure you don’t feel the urge to shower again after work. And last, do not forget public toilets. In case of emergencies, use them whenever needed. There are now apps to tell you where they are located and while this is not ideal, they are a much better option than asking a neighbor for a favor.


  • Wrapping up the right way:

Keeping an eye on the work is one thing, but wrapping up smartly will make sure there is no gap between the day your designers wrap up and the day you can start using the bathroom. Also, remember that even the best designers make mistakes or try shortcuts. So, addressing them at the earliest would greatly avoid any delays. For example, leftover pipes are often bundled up and left in a corner. The last thing you want is for someone to trip on the same. Have a list of your concerns and discuss with designers to make sure that you’re on the same page. Issues like plumbing are specialized jobs and need an expert so it is best to make sure you get everything answered.

Once the project is done, take a day or two to clean up the area and the whole house. Watch out for any shards, leftover nails, and any other hardware material. Make sure that everything is dry and absolutely ready to use. If you have pets, make sure they remain away from the restoration too.


We wish you luck with your bathroom renovation!

Also Read: Why Full Shower Slabs and Invisible Drains are Buzzwords of 2019 Shower Designs


The Woodlands, Texas, has allocated some $700 thousand for the 2020 fiscal year on lifesaving improvements to its firefighting procedures.


Since the funding proposals have received approval at a recent township board meeting, The Woodlands Fire Department now awaits major upgrades. With the new funding, each of the town’s 140 firefighters will have a second set of bunker gear. There will also be two additional high-water, heavy-duty trucks at their disposal. It will also be possible for them to change traffic signals faster and from farther away when they are on the road, moving at top speed to respond to a disaster.


Currently, the firefighters have only a single set of protective uniform. And in the case of two incidents happening one after another with only little time between them, the firefighting staff might remain without a usable uniform since theirs would still be in the process of decontamination, cleaning or drying.


Extra Gear to Reduce Cancer Risk

For Interim Fire Chief Doug Adams, those extra gears will allow them to respond to more incidents more safely and effectively.


“We are trying to reduce cancer risk due to exposure from fire incidents. Once we get back to the station, they clean their gear, which can take several hours. [And if there is a second fire] They borrow another firefighter’s set of gear but not everyone is the same size. We think [a second set of gear] is much safer for the firefighters and will allow for seamless service,” he said. They will cost the town a total of $448,000.


New Technology to Also Ensure Road Safety    

Firefighters‘ quick arrival to the scene is undoubtedly of vital importance. And to change traffic signals in the process, they heavily rely on an old system. With the technological upgrade thanks to the new funding, an advanced system that is currently available at just about 30 intersections will replace the old one at every intersection in town. The firefighting personnel will then be able to change traffic signals from 6,000 feet away, instead of 2,000 feet that is possible with the old system. The result, according to Adams, will be safer roads for residents and drivers as well as less injuries and property damage in fire incidents. The town will pay an annual $190,000 for the expansion of the new system.


With the funding, the fire department will also double its number of high-water, heavy-duty trucks at a total cost of $40,000. They will strengthen the staff’s response to save lives in the case of floods.


In 2017, Hurricane Harvey primarily hit HoustonThe Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area in southeast Texas, costing more than 100 lives and $125 billion damage.

We all know how important it is to have a dedicated space in the bathroom for doing makeup or hair styling. In modern times, wherein a typical day starts with getting ready for the office, the importance of a vanity top can’t be undermined in a bathroom for its convenience and aesthetic.

If you have made the crucial decision of renovating your bathroom or changing your old vanity top, there are a few things you should consider before buying the material. It is important to know the upsides and the downsides of each material available in the market to make a pragmatic choice.

While there are budget constraints to regard; style, durability, colors, polishing, and cuts are also vital considerations. Because a vanity top can be a substantial investment for the resale value and the general aesthetic of your house, you can’t afford to go wrong with your choices. This is why we have put together a complete list of materials along with their downsides so that you can make an informed decision.



1. Marble

As one of the most riveting materials known to mankind, marble is a perfect choice for those looking for a touch of class in their bathroom. Available in various tones of white and gray, its use symbolizes royalty (as can be seen throughout history).

It is also available in different patterns and styles and can be polished in many ways to suit the style of a bathroom. Because it has considerable strength and is not very prone to heat damage, it is a good companion for those looking to use hot curling irons in the bathroom with a little caution.


Downsides: It is one of the most expensive options out there, despite being prone to scratching and water porosity. It also requires sealing from time to time. The good news, however, is that the damage can be easily buffed out with special cleaning products.


2. Granite

It is one of the most coveted materials for both vanity tops and worktops–and not without sound reason. It is one of the hardest natural stones available in the market and comes with many patterns and color options. Ranging from white to dazzling blue, the options are huge. Most of its patterns have a tinge of boldness–adding to its dramatic appeal. Just like most natural stones, every granite slab harbors a unique pattern of streaks and veins, unlike any other. Contrary to its cousin marble, granite is much more resistant to scratches and heat too. Its durability is unmatchable as a granite slab has long-lasting written all over it.


Downsides: Although not as expensive as a few other options like Lava and Marble, it is still an expensive choice. Its desirability and durability contribute to both its popularity and price. It is not a easy material for DIY installation either as it is quite heavy to handle.



3. Quartz

Quartz is a man-made or “engineered” stone–which means that its patterns are seamlessly uniform and color options are exceptionally abundant. It is one of the most durable stones available for vanity tops and is highly water-resistant. Because it is not porous, unlike natural materials, it doesn’t require sealing. Its smooth surface makes it resistant against the growth of bacteria and smudging as well.


Downsides: Possibly the only thing that you need to be wary of is the price. It is almost as expensive as granite, although it requires very little maintenance in comparison. We recommend cutting its edges round to prevent chipping.


4. Laminate

Made of plastic or particleboard, laminate is a widely used material for bathrooms. Most people opt for it due to the variety it offers in terms of designs and colors. As it is very customizable, homeowners with an eccentric sense of style often go for this material. It is also one of the most affordable materials for the bathroom and its lightweight also makes it perfect for a DIY installation.


Downsides: Although Laminate can help save costs, it is not as entrancing in its looks like the others. In fact, there is a chance that its colors will fade over time. Its strength is also questionable as it can be prone to damage.


5. Solid Surface

Made of synthetic materials, solid surface can often mimic the style of natural stones with similar veining patterns. For those looking for bold color schemes, it has many available options too. Its clean lines make it a good choice for those looking to experiment with a contemporary vibe in the bathroom. As it is a factory-made material, it is also not prone to water damage and can be a good choice for that reason alone.


Downsides: Although it is relatively cheaper than Granite or Quartz, it is quite prone to heat damage and scratches. In fact, scratches on this surface tend to be more visible than on others. One may be able to buff those out, but it is still considerably high maintenance.


6. Recycled Glass

One of the most trending materials of 2019, a Recycled Glass vanity top is riveting for the way its surface balances color infusion with a subtle background so smoothly. For that reason, it is a hit with those looking to unleash their creativity and experiment with bold contemporary designs.

It is available in many colors and patterns and can be customized on request. As shards can either be large or ground, you can choose a vanity top based on your preference. Because it uses recyclable material, you can contribute to the environment with its use too. Unlike stones, it is quite heat-resistant and hardly gets any scratches. It is considered to be a sanitary choice as it doesn’t promote the growth of bacteria. It is impenetrable by water too.


Downsides: Just like anything made of glass, a Recycled Glass vanity top is prone to chipping and cracking too.


7. Concrete

Because it can be poured into any mold, it is one of the most customizable options available for modern-day bathrooms. Its clean lines and custom fabrication process make it a sophisticated choice for any bathroom. Many patterns, tints, textures, and variants are available simply because concrete is very easy to fabricate. Some homeowners also opt for glass and stone chips to mystify its look.


Downsides: Despite the strength that concrete is known for, it lacks the alluring looks of a natural stone. Even if you can find one that imitates the style of marble or granite, it might still lack the “wow” factor. Due to its shape-shifting capabilities, it is not an easy material to install by yourself and needs the touch of a professional. It can be hard to maintain too as it requires regular application of wax and sealants.



8. Resin

Similar to Solid Surface, Resin is also made of synthetic materials like polyester and acrylic. Its biggest advantage is its low price point despite its stunning looks. A supplier may even be able to customize a Resin vanity top upon request to meet your exact requirements as it is an easy material to work with.

It is popular among homeowners and remodelers alike for its extraordinary strength and durability. Despite consisting of synthetic components, it is not prone to heat damage–which makes it a great choice for those who style their hair a lot as they can easily use hot appliances without damaging its surface. It is not prone to scratches or water damage either. This makes Resin the best choice for those looking for great quality at an affordable price. Resin can also be obtained in many styles and colors and complements most styles of bathrooms.


Downsides: Less of a negative downside of Resin and more of a downside of the industry is that the quality of your Resin purchase depends entirely on the supplier. That makes consistency a big problem when one considers Resin. Different suppliers generally use different components to manufacture it–which can alter its properties. If you do opt for it, we recommend buying from a reputable supplier and choosing a high-quality Resin vanity top over cheap ones.



9. Porcelain

Think complementing sink, backsplash and vanity top. With porcelain vanity top, one can achieve a very modern unified look in the sink area. Thanks to our European counterparts, Americans are opting for porcelain more and more for the stunning effect the whole space creates. Its various colors, patterns, and finishes make for an exciting shopping spree too. Unlike most materials, it is also very easy to maintain as it is not prone to scratches, cracking or chipping. In fact, its strength is remarkable and can withstand heat as well. Some creative homeowners layer their existing vanity tops with porcelain slabs to make the top sturdier.


Downsides: Porcelain is a stunning material and one pays for what one gets. Its price and the installation cost is the only deterrent when comes to its purchase.


10. Reclaimed Wood

Made of recycled wood, reclaimed wood takes rustic to the next level. Unlike most new woods, its age magnifies its allure and gives it a warm look. Its weathered appearance makes for a very exotic, beachy look. Many prefer it for its Eco-friendliness and strength too.


Downsides: As it is not as common as sourced wood, it can be quite expensive. In fact, there are instances of suppliers selling sourced wood as reclaimed wood to make good money. Therefore, due diligence is required when purchasing this material. We recommend buying only from a reputed supplier. Heat and water damage can be quite an issue with reclaimed wood too, so be prepared for some serious maintenance.


Final Words:

There is no material that comes without its own pros and cons. Since vanity tops are not items one chooses every day, proper research must be done before purchase. Consider things like budget, your style, maintenance factors etc before you make the final call. We highly recommend that you consult a professional supplier before the final purchase.

Also Read: Picking the Right Accessories for Your Renovated Bathroom


Houston-based private tutoring center, At-Home Tutoring Services (AHTS) provide many students with personalized attention and professional guidance needed to achieve greater academic success.

AHTS first identifies any learning differences then helps its students learn the way they learn best. This happens at the comfort of each student’s home for a fairly reasonable price making it a service conveniently accessible to all.

Since 1999, hundreds of students of all ages with various needs in one or multiple subjects have been matched with their private tutors.


Expansion into The Woodlands, TX

About two years ago, the company expanded into The Woodlands, thanks to the efforts of Eva Bisso, a mother of three, one of whose kids needed special attention to progress academically.

When her older son was diagnosed with dyslexia – a learning disorder that primarily manifests itself with difficulty in reading – in first grade, Bisso looked out for exactly what she helps provide children in similar situations and their parents today.

“I wanted to provide the same level of quality I expected for my own kids,” Bisso told Woodlands Online, “when people reach out to AHTS, they are getting a tutor I would have in my own home working with my own children.”


Successfully Boosting Quiz and Test Scores!

Without such assistance, many students with learning differences lose self-confidence and start to suffer from learned helplessness. They no longer believe they can be academically successful. AHTS is there to convince them otherwise!

“We never want to hear, ‘I can’t.’ Students with learning differences are amazing; we tell them over and over that a learning difference only means their brain works a little differently,” she said in the same report.

And when these students achieve what they once thought is impossible, Bisso and her team of educators could not be happier. “It’s so rewarding to hear success stories from our students – how they started out with negative vocabulary but successfully boosted their quiz and test scores after a few months with us. That negative vocabulary is now positive.”

Her tutors are former teachers and business executives who, she says, are equally passionate about and committed to each student’s success. Aside from those with learning differences, they also help students whose parents request a more focused, private guidance ahead of some standardized tests such as Independent School Entrance Examination (ISEE), American College Testing (ACT) and Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

Appointments for each tutoring session are designed to meet the needs of the students and their parents. So, they can be in the morning, afternoon or evening any day and time of the week.

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