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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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 ...

FEBRUARY 19, 2019 | TUESDAY
3 Types of Hammers Every DIYer Should Know (and When to Use Them)

Head to the home improvement store, and you'll find a dozen or more different hammer designs manufactured by the usual suspects in the tool industry—so many that shopping for this toolbox...

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...

JANUARY 2, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Aprons 101

The driveway apron, also known as the approach, is the 8 to 15 feet of the hardscaping located closest to the road. It’s usually made from the same material as the rest of the driveway an...

DECEMBER 25, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Quick Tips Before You Install Recessed Lighting

Whether you need task lighting above a desk or countertop or accent lighting to brighten a dark corner, recessed lighting can deliver. But it’s not quite as simple as choosing a wattage a...

DECEMBER 24, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The One Place You Shouldn't Mount Your TV

Homebuilders often install electrical and cable outlets over the fireplace mantle to allow homeowners to set up a flat-screen television at the focal point of the room. But, depending on ...

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...