Bob Vila


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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What Would Bob Do? Hanging a Heavy Mirror

Q: What would be the best way to hang a 40-pound framed mirror? Should I find the studs in the wall or use a picture hook without finding the stud?A: Your mirror is too heavy for picture ...

How To: Whitewash Wood

In contrast to a regular paint job, whitewashing brightens the look of wood surfaces while allowing their natural grain to show through. The light color and pleasingly imperfect aesthetic...

4 Things to Know About the Iconic American Foursquare

Beginning in the 1890s, the Foursquare was a popular American house for its budget-friendliness and simple style. But there’s still a lot to appreciate about the buildings that have laste...

7 Keys for Shuttering Your Summer Home

By the beginning of fall, once the warm weather comes to end, second-homeowners around the country begin the process of closing up their summer abodes. When leaving your vacation home for...

JULY 2, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint Over Wallpaper

Looking to redo a wall that has been papered? If you weren't the one to put up the existing layer wallpaper, any number of imperfections—from nail holes to degraded plaster—may lurk under...

JULY 2, 2019 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Cleaning Up Corroded Batteries

All batteries—particularly the alkaline variety—leak over time, whether drawing a current or not. So even if you heed the expiration date listed on the package, you can end finding your b...

JUNE 27, 2019 | THURSDAY
The 25 Easiest Ways to Save Energy This Summer

Staying comfortable through the summer often comes at a price (after all, air conditioning ain't cheap). If your energy bills have your blood pressure rising faster than the mercury in th...

JUNE 9, 2019 | SUNDAY
Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" June Projects

June marks the official start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than outside? These coming warm, sunny days are the perfect time to take stock of your outdoor space. Set yoursel...

3 Smart Ways to Upgrade Your Entry Door in a Weekend

Inspired by the budding greenery and aided by the warmer temperatures, homeowners inevitably get the urge to spruce things up outdoors at the first signs of spring. Well, you don't need t...

MARCH 26, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint a Ceiling

Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particularly since it requires a bit of elevation and contortion. Here are some ...