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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JANUARY 3, 2012 | TUESDAY
My Workbench Today

Although I used to have a pretty big workshop back in Cambridge, things changed once we sold the place and became snowbirds. I'm not into any major projects down here in Florida, like bui...

DECEMBER 28, 2011 | WEDNESDAY
Remembering Vizcaya

While visitors to Miami primarily come for sun and fun, the city offers a wealth of artistic, cultural and architectural wonders, among them Vizcaya—the former winter residence of America...

DECEMBER 28, 2011 | WEDNESDAY
Quick Tip: Snow Blower Safety

 'Tis the season for snowblowing, and it’s no joke that hundreds of emergency room visits each winter are caused by unsafe snowblowing practices, so before you fire yours up, remember the...

DECEMBER 23, 2011 | FRIDAY
Quick Tip: LEED-Certified Means Green Building

What is LEED Certification? As green building hits the mainstream, you’ll continue to hear many new terms. One of them is LEED certification. L-E-E-D, or Leadership in Energy and Environm...

DECEMBER 15, 2011 | THURSDAY
How To: Choose Tile

Evaluate Your NeedsChoosing tile is not as easy as walking into a showroom and picking the right color or pattern. First, you have to consider how it will be used. For wet areas like bath...

DECEMBER 15, 2011 | THURSDAY
Quick Tip: Tree Care

Contrary to what we used to believe, we now know that the vast majority of tree roots are in the top foot of soil. Also, they grow far beyond the drip line of the outermost leaves, grabbi...

DECEMBER 15, 2011 | THURSDAY
How To: Cut Tile

A little patience, along with a little practice and a score and a snap, and you're a tile cutter. While the task can seem daunting at first glance, the execution is not as difficult as yo...

DECEMBER 15, 2011 | THURSDAY
All You Need to Know About Adding a Basement Bathroom

Adding a basement bathroom adds value to the home, but installing toilets and sinks in a belowgrade environment takes more than a basic knowledge of drainpipes and sewer lines. Transporti...

DECEMBER 12, 2011 | MONDAY
Multi-Plane

The multi-plane is truly the muscle-driven equivalent of the router. Its handle is of wood, but that's where its resemblance to traditional hand planes ends. It is a highly machined, comp...

DECEMBER 12, 2011 | MONDAY
Quick Tip: Tool Maintenance

Tool Maintenance. Whatever your storage arrangements, keep your tools clean. After use, remove any sap or resins from cutting tools (kerosene or ammo­nia will do the job). A tack rag is h...