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 2, 2019 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Driveway Aprons 101

The driveway apron, also known as the approach, is the 8 to 15 feet of the hardscaping located closest to the road. It’s usually made from the same material as the rest of the driveway an...

DECEMBER 25, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Quick Tips Before You Install Recessed Lighting

Whether you need task lighting above a desk or countertop or accent lighting to brighten a dark corner, recessed lighting can deliver. But it’s not quite as simple as choosing a wattage a...

DECEMBER 24, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The One Place You Shouldn't Mount Your TV

Homebuilders often install electrical and cable outlets over the fireplace mantle to allow homeowners to set up a flat-screen television at the focal point of the room. But, depending on ...

DECEMBER 19, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: How to Identify a Queen Anne House

There’s nothing quite like the Revival Queen Anne style of homes that swept through America at the turn of the 19th Century. In fact, their abundantly ornamental exteriors are the exact o...

DECEMBER 11, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Kitchen Layout You're Overlooking

To improve flow and add structure to a home’s open floor plan, consider the kitchen peninsula. This connected half-wall adds counter space, storage, and seating while also dividing the sp...

DECEMBER 10, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The One Detail You Don't Want to Forget in Your Bathroom Renovation

When upgrading your bathroom, don’t forget to think beyond backsplashes and vanities to consider what lighting elements would best assist in your morning routine. Listen to BOB VILA ON BA...

DECEMBER 5, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Key Differences Between These Popular Roofing Materials

Asphalt shingles have long been known for their cost-effectiveness and ease of maintenance. But now there’s a variety of roofing options that deserve consideration, especially metal. Both...

DECEMBER 3, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Rules and Risks You Need to Know About This Landscaping Hack

Just when you think you’re done raking leaves, one gust of wind can scatter your piles, shake your trees, and make more work. Burning these leaves might be less back-breaking work than ba...

NOVEMBER 21, 2018 | WEDNESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Picking the Right Poly: Polycrylic vs Polyurethane

Don’t let their names confuse you: Though polycrylic and polyurethane may sit on the same shelf at the store, they aren’t one and the same. Sure, these two sealers will both save wood fro...

NOVEMBER 18, 2018 | SUNDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Best Sandpaper Type for Your Next DIY

If you’ve ever worked with wood, you’re likely familiar with instructions to sand all edges after cutting, before applying a finish, between coats of paint, and so on. Not all sandpaper i...