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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NOVEMBER 1, 2011 | TUESDAY
Manage Noise in Your Workshop

Noise is an occupational hazard in any shop where power tools are used. Strategies must be employed to minimize the discomforts and risks it poses to you and to the peace of your househol...

OCTOBER 30, 2011 | SUNDAY
The Georgian Revival House

Some Georgian Revival Houses can, at least from afar, be confused with eighteenth-century precedents; others resemble later Federal Houses, but most are a mix of elements that allude to t...

OCTOBER 30, 2011 | SUNDAY
The Cape Cod House

The word snug comes to mind when I think of the Cape Cod House. These are efficient and economical houses, putting the one-story Basic House back in business. The main living spaces are o...

OCTOBER 30, 2011 | SUNDAY
The Dutch Revival House

You may be one of the many who believe Dutch houses have gambrel roofs (a variation on the gable roof in which the plane on each side of the ridge is broken roughly halfway down, and the ...

OCTOBER 27, 2011 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Setting Up a Workshop in Your Cellar

For most of us, the answer isn't a separate building, a closet, or even the garage. The single most popular alternative is right under your nose (and the rest of you, too, for that matter...

OCTOBER 27, 2011 | THURSDAY
Top Tips for Setting Up Your Garage Workshop

This is the classic garage work area. The bench is fixed on the end wall and your car is still comfortably situated in its bay. Maybe there's a little storage space on the side walls or i...

OCTOBER 26, 2011 | WEDNESDAY
General Colin L. Powell Apartments, South Bronx

The South Bronx The South Bronx’s reputation conjures up violent street life in the shadow of menacing apartment towers. Blue Sea Development Company, in cooperation with Habitat-NYC, is...

OCTOBER 25, 2011 | TUESDAY
How To: Use a Block Plane

Follow these simple guidelines for working with a wood plane and you are sure to have superior results: Assume the Position. One great virtue of the block plane is that it is used one-han...

OCTOBER 17, 2011 | MONDAY
How To: Save Energy at Home

Let’s list some good bets for greening your routine: Switch to Fluorescent Lighting:  Energy-saving fluorescent lighting has come a long way. There’s a fluorescent bulb to fit almost any...

OCTOBER 17, 2011 | MONDAY
How To: Cut Construction Costs

What if the sum your construction estimates total is greater than you had budgeted? Sit down with your designer, especially if he took part in the creation of that original budget. Review...