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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MAY 15, 2012 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Recycle Building Materials

Think Before You TossDeconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole shebang to a landfill, more and more contractors and homeowners are getting s...

MAY 10, 2012 | THURSDAY
Home from Havana: Finca Vigía & Caritas

My February trip to Havana with the Finca Vigía technical team was a short, three-day visit focused on paper conservation and the planning of a new laboratory. Ernest Hemingway's home out...

MAY 10, 2012 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila's 5 "Must-Do" Projects for May

May is that in-between month—that time of year when we adjust to the unpredictable nature of spring and get ready to welcome summer with its longer days, warmer temperatures, and unlimite...

Bob Vila's Guide to Historic House Styles

In the United States, a dizzying number and array of house styles are to be found, each one unique.

APRIL 24, 2012 | TUESDAY
Bathroom Renovation: The Hammonds' House, A Case Study

In 1742, when Thomas Gray wrote, “where ignorance is bliss, ‘tis folly to be wise,” he couldn’t have been referring to building a house.  As we have seen throughout the construction of th...

APRIL 17, 2012 | TUESDAY
15 Ways to Make a Small Bathroom Big

If you are saddled with a small bathroom, consider one or more of these space-enhancing products.

APRIL 15, 2012 | SUNDAY
Workshop Planning Checklist

In laying out your workshop, have you considered the following?  Taking these factors into account will help make building your workshop a smooth process. Existing Utilities. What about t...

APRIL 13, 2012 | FRIDAY
The Dutch Colonial House

Most houses that survive from the Colonial era—such as early Capes, Saltboxes, and Georgians—are descendants of English styles. But in some regions of the country, settlers originating in...

APRIL 13, 2012 | FRIDAY
The Spanish Colonial House

Homes from early Spanish settlements are found in St. Augustine, Florida; San Anto­nio, Texas; Sante Fe, New Mexico; Tucson, Arizona; and along the California coast. Relatively few surviv...

Options for Kitchen Cabinets

In-Stock and Semi-Stock Kitchen Cabinet OptionsReady-to-assemble open-frame and pre-assembled kitchen cabinets are easy and convenient to purchase and install. Available in-stock at most ...