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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JULY 2, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint Over Wallpaper

Looking to redo a wall that has been papered? If you weren't the one to put up the existing layer wallpaper, any number of imperfections—from nail holes to degraded plaster—may lurk under...

JULY 2, 2019 | TUESDAY
Quick Tip: Cleaning Up Corroded Batteries

All batteries—particularly the alkaline variety—leak over time, whether drawing a current or not. So even if you heed the expiration date listed on the package, you can end finding your b...

JUNE 27, 2019 | THURSDAY
The 25 Easiest Ways to Save Energy (and Dollars) This Summer

Staying comfortable through the summer often comes at a price (after all, air conditioning ain't cheap). If your energy bills have your blood pressure rising faster than the mercury in th...

JUNE 9, 2019 | SUNDAY
Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" June Projects

June marks the official start of summer, and what better way to celebrate than outside? These coming warm, sunny days are the perfect time to take stock of your outdoor space. Set yoursel...

3 Smart Ways to Upgrade Your Entry Door in a Weekend

Inspired by the budding greenery and aided by the warmer temperatures, homeowners inevitably get the urge to spruce things up outdoors at the first signs of spring. Well, you don't need t...

MARCH 26, 2019 | TUESDAY
How To: Paint a Ceiling

Painting is perhaps the easiest of DIY home upgrades, but tackling the ceiling can be a daunting endeavor, particularly since it requires a bit of elevation and contortion. Here are some ...

3 Types of Hammers Every DIYer Should Know (and When to Use Them)

Head to the home improvement store, and you'll find a dozen or more different hammer designs manufactured by the usual suspects in the tool industry—so many that shopping for this toolbox...

How To: Clean Paint Brushes

An investment in high-quality paint brushes is wasted if they are not properly cleaned and stored after use. Indeed, rushing through the end of a paint job can leave you with flecks of pa...

A "Charged" Debate: Portable vs. Standby Generators

Major storms in recent years have spurred many homeowners to consider whether it might be wise to purchase a generator. If your area witnesses only brief, infrequent electrical outages, t...

Bob Vila's 14 Best Tips for Drilling

Every homeowner encounters a bit of drilling sooner or later in their list of projects—whether that's installing curtain rods, building a fence, or mounting shelves to your wall. Fortunat...