Bob Vila

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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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FEBRUARY 6, 2012 | MONDAY
Quick Tip: Installing Crown Molding

The Merits of Crown MoldingIf your home doesn’t have the style you wish it had, adding crown molding can help. It can mask any imperfections between the wall and ceiling and add formality...

FEBRUARY 2, 2012 | THURSDAY
What Makes a Room a "Bedroom"?

Defining the bedroom space is important for two main reasons: home value and safety. The value of a home increases with bedroom number, so it is always in the best interest of the home se...

JANUARY 26, 2012 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila's Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

Gifts for the DIY Dad | Gifts for the DIY Mom | Gifts for the DIY Kid If you are shopping for the DIYer in your life and still looking for gift inspiration (and we hope you are), you've ...

JANUARY 25, 2012 | WEDNESDAY
DIYers Best/Worst Remodeling Discoveries

That's what I asked my Twitter followers a couple of weeks ago. It's natural to expect that your renovation's happiest surprise will arrive upon the project's completion; at the moment wh...

JANUARY 13, 2012 | FRIDAY
Quick Tip: Master Bathroom Remodeling on a Budget

The master bathroom is quickly becoming one of the most popular getaway rooms in the house. People are incorporating high-tech options like mirror-mounted mini televisions mounted and MP3...

JANUARY 12, 2012 | THURSDAY
Carpeting

When considering putting carpets on your floors, there are some things you should know:How they're made.  Carpets are made in one of three ways. Woven carpets are made with the tufts wove...

JANUARY 12, 2012 | THURSDAY
Kitchen Cabinet Doors

Whether you're buying new or upgrading the kitchen cabinet doors you already have, there are a few things to consider before you start your project. New or Re-facedPerhaps the least expen...

JANUARY 10, 2012 | TUESDAY
Add a Decorative Touch to Your Woodworking Shop

There's no reason why your woodworking shop can't be easy on the eyes, outside and in. The one pictured above was created in order to write and research my book Bob Vila's Workshop. We tr...

JANUARY 6, 2012 | FRIDAY
Talking with Celerie Kemble

[Editors Note: We caught up with designer Celerie Kemble the week of Christmas at her family home in Palm Beach. Bob, too, was in Florida and, being long-time family friends of Celerie's ...

JANUARY 6, 2012 | FRIDAY
Outtakes: My Interview with Celerie Kemble

The week before the holidays, I had the chance to talk *color* with Celerie Kemble, the New York and Palm Beach interior designer whose most recent book, Black & White (and a bit ...