Bob Vila

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

You probably know me from TV, where for nearly 30 years I hosted a variety of shows—This Old House, Bob Vila’s Home Again, Bob Vila, and Restore America with Bob Vila. (You can now watch my full TV episodes online!) But I’ve spent my career helping people upgrade their homes and improve their lives. Before my life in broadcasting, I launched my own residential remodeling and design business. Earlier still, I served as a Peace Corps volunteer, building houses and communities in Panama. I learned first-hand about home building from my father, who hand-built our family home. I’ve written 12 books about remodeling your home, buying your dream home, and visiting historic homes across America. It’s fair to say that buildings, especially homes, are my life’s work. Over the years I've also supported many causes dealing with housing and architectural preservation. I've been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity and helped them blitz build a house in Yonkers, NY, which we put on TV. I worked for years with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, supporting the work of many organizations throughout the country. In the last several years I've been helping out with the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s home and collections at Finca Vigía near Havana, Cuba. This place was his home from 1939 until his death and he left it to the Cuban people to be run as a museum. This project has allowed me to visit my parents' homeland several times. Now it's this website that I am passionate about and the chance to share my projects, discoveries, tips, advice, and experiences with all of you. I’ve always believed that a little sweat equity goes a long way toward making a house a home, and that's exactly what my website helps homeowners do. You can connect with me on my own site and on Twitter. I look forward to the conversation and to getting to know you.

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FEBRUARY 4, 2019 | MONDAY
How To: Clean an Area Rug

For many of us, area rugs are a significant investment in decor. They warm up and add color to our rooms. They provide soft places for game playing, movie watching, and slumber partying. ...

JANUARY 31, 2019 | THURSDAY
How To: Clean Paint Brushes

An investment in high-quality paint brushes is wasted if they are not properly cleaned and stored after use. Indeed, rushing through the end of a paint job can leave you with flecks of pa...

JANUARY 18, 2019 | FRIDAY
A "Charged" Debate: Portable vs. Standby Generators

Major storms in recent years have spurred many homeowners to consider whether it might be wise to purchase a generator. If your area witnesses only brief, infrequent electrical outages, t...

JANUARY 4, 2019 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila's 14 Best Tips for Drilling

Every homeowner encounters a bit of drilling sooner or later in their list of projects—whether that's installing curtain rods, building a fence, or mounting shelves to your wall. Fortunat...

DECEMBER 19, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: How to Identify a Queen Anne House

There’s nothing quite like the Revival Queen Anne style of homes that swept through America at the turn of the 19th Century. In fact, their abundantly ornamental exteriors are the exact o...

DECEMBER 11, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Kitchen Layout You're Overlooking

To improve flow and add structure to a home’s open floor plan, consider the kitchen peninsula. This connected half-wall adds counter space, storage, and seating while also dividing the sp...

DECEMBER 10, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The One Detail You Don't Want to Forget in Your Bathroom Renovation

When upgrading your bathroom, don’t forget to think beyond backsplashes and vanities to consider what lighting elements would best assist in your morning routine. Listen to BOB VILA ON BA...

DECEMBER 5, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Key Differences Between These Popular Roofing Materials

Asphalt shingles have long been known for their cost-effectiveness and ease of maintenance. But now there’s a variety of roofing options that deserve consideration, especially metal. Both...

DECEMBER 3, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Rules and Risks You Need to Know About This Landscaping Hack

Just when you think you’re done raking leaves, one gust of wind can scatter your piles, shake your trees, and make more work. Burning these leaves might be less back-breaking work than ba...

NOVEMBER 21, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Picking the Right Poly: Polycrylic vs Polyurethane

Don’t let their names confuse you: Though polycrylic and polyurethane may sit on the same shelf at the store, they aren’t one and the same. Sure, these two sealers will both save wood fro...