Bob Vila


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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Quick Tip: Choosing Child Safety Gates

Important Safety Tool If you’re a parent, one of your many important jobs is making your home safe for your child. As your child grows, safety means different things. But of all the gadge...

JUNE 26, 2012 | TUESDAY
30 Days of Easy Summer DIY

This month, return daily to see what new, simple, do-it-yourself project to tackle this summer.

JUNE 25, 2012 | MONDAY
How To: Quiet Loud Pipes

What Causes the Clanging?Water hammer is a common cause of banging pipes. In plumbing where water pressure is high, shutting off the tap can cause the pressure to back up and jolt the pip...

JUNE 21, 2012 | THURSDAY
How To: Build a Dry Stone Retaining Wall

Depending on the size and weight of the stones used to construct the retaining wall, the tools and materials for the project will vary. Landscape fabric and a crushed stone or gravel are ...

JUNE 19, 2012 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Windows Can Beat the Summer Heat

Weather Stripping: Not Just for Winter Before you add to your electric bill trying to keep cool this summer, add something to your windows instead. The first principle of passive cooling ...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
How To: Use a Saw Properly

PreparationPreparation is the most important ingredient for making clean, accurate, safe cuts. To properly prepare for a cut, you must follow a strict regimen of steps: Determine and set...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
How To: Determine If Your Carpenter's Square Is True

To determine whether a carpenter's square is true, all you need is a straight line. Sound too simple? First you lay the square to be tested flat, its blade tight to the line. Then draw a ...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
How To: Save Money and Electricity with Fluorescent Light

Give Fluorescent Lighting Another ChanceWe all know that switching to fluorescent lighting saves energy and money. But if it’s such a good deal, why aren’t we all doing it? One reason is ...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Protecting Your Landscape

If you’re planning on adding to your house, great care must be taken to protect the trees and their root systems from the heavy equipment that is used to excavate, pour concrete, and deli...

MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
DIY Wallpapering

Sizing the Walls Sizing allows you to maneuver the paper into position on the wall without tearing. Sizing also makes later removal of the paper easier. Sizing is a watery consistency and...