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. 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.

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JULY 16, 2018 | MONDAY
13 Simple Ways to Cut Your Home Cooling Costs

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...

APRIL 24, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Why Metal Roofs Are on the Rise

Curious about metal roofing? You're certainly not alone. Though at one time its use had been relegated to utility structures like barns and warehouses, metal roofing has rebounded in ...

APRIL 17, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Pros and Cons of Butcher-Block Kitchen Counters

Butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchens these days, but as with any countertop material, there are pros and cons to consider. CM_BVNOTES-1804-2Listen to BOB VILA ON BU...

APRIL 10, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Pros and Cons of Gel Stain

With traditional wood stain, you have a choice to make: do you choose a light finish that lets the wood grain shine through, or do you choose a darker stain, knowing that it would conceal...

Bob Vila Radio: Picking the Right Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

Want to update your kitchen but don't have the budget for a complete renovation? You're certainly not alone. Here's a middle ground to consider: why not give your cabinets a n...

MARCH 27, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Sod Success

Laying sod isn't a trivial, low-effort project, but careful preparation makes the job a whole lot easier and significantly increases your chances of success. CM_BVNOTES-1721-2Listen t...

MARCH 20, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Figuring Out When to Fertilize

When’s the best time to fertilize your lawn? Opinions do vary but generally speaking, most agree that it's best to fertilize grass during periods when it's actively growing. CM_BV...

MARCH 13, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Basement Flooding Damage Control

Basement flooding easily ranks among the top ten homeowner nightmares. Though recovering from a flood certainly isn't a cinch, the following tips and pointers may be helpful as you be...

Bob Vila Radio: Surveying Your Soil

Got your sights set on a major building project? Not so fast. First, you need to know more about how the site soil would affect the foundation—specifically, how well the soil drains, and ...

Bob Vila Radio: How to Protect Your Home When You're Not There

Heading out on vacation? Ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you're away. Here are some crucial items to put on your "out the door" checklist. CM_BVNOTES-1727...