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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3 Reasons Now Is the Time to Upgrade to a Smart Thermostat

Back in the 9-to-5 world, when people got up, went to work, and returned home at the same time every weekday, nobody wondered how to build something better than the typical programmable t...

French Drains 101

Things with "French" in the title are usually fancy, right? Poodles, perfume, pastries. But a French drain is nothing more than a ditch in the ground, inset with a perforated pi...

5 Ways to Make Homemade Rust Remover

Few things are more unsightly than a sudden smattering of rust spots plaguing your smooth metal surfaces. Whether on a garden tool or the kitchen sink, that dreaded orange color tends to ...

10 Natural Ways to Combat Summer Mosquitoes

There's nothing more annoying than having your summertime fun ruined by the buzzing and biting of the season's peskiest foes—mosquitoes. Before they breed, congregate, bite, and drive you...

JULY 27, 2018 | FRIDAY
The 5 Things to Know Before Buying a Battery Mower

The seemingly endless cycle of summer yard maintenance often motivates homeowners to think about buying a new lawn mower, one that will make the job faster and easier, and maybe even be g...

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...

JUNE 12, 2018 | TUESDAY
How To: Get Rid of Flies Outside

Landing on the food at your backyard barbecue. Buzzing around your face as you do yard work. Zipping through your front door as soon as you open it. They are Musca domestica, the common h...

MAY 5, 2018 | SATURDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Brush Up Your Paint Technique to Avoid This Problem

How can you avoid those bothersome blisters that sometimes appear on painted surfaces? Here are some pointers:CM_BVNOTES-1818-6Listen to BOB VILA ON BLISTERING PAINT or read below:Before ...

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...