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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APRIL 17, 2018 | TUESDAY
Solved! Which Comes First: Painting the Wall or Trim?

Q: We're gearing up to repaint my living room, but it’s been awhile since I’ve picked up a brush. Friends and family have given me conflicting advice about the best order for painting the...

APRIL 17, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Pros and Cons of Butcher-Block Kitchen Counters

Butcher block countertops are a popular choice for kitchens these days, but as with any countertop material, there are pros and cons to consider. CM_BVNOTES-1804-2Listen to BOB VILA ON BU...

APRIL 10, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The Pros and Cons of Gel Stain

With traditional wood stain, you have a choice to make: do you choose a light finish that lets the wood grain shine through, or do you choose a darker stain, knowing that it would conceal...

APRIL 6, 2018 | FRIDAY
How To: Remove Grout Haze

If you notice a cloudiness suddenly appear across your tiled surfaces only days after a bathroom renovation, it's probably not a thick layer of soap scum that has accumulated in the very ...

Bob Vila Radio: Picking the Right Paint for Kitchen Cabinets

Want to update your kitchen but don't have the budget for a complete renovation? You're certainly not alone. Here's a middle ground to consider: why not give your cabinets a new look, on ...

MARCH 27, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Sod Success

Laying sod isn't a trivial, low-effort project, but careful preparation makes the job a whole lot easier and significantly increases your chances of success. CM_BVNOTES-1721-2Listen to BO...

MARCH 20, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Figuring Out When to Fertilize

When’s the best time to fertilize your lawn? Opinions do vary but generally speaking, most agree that it's best to fertilize grass during periods when it's actively growing. CM_BVNOTES-17...

MARCH 13, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Basement Flooding Damage Control

Basement flooding easily ranks among the top ten homeowner nightmares. Though recovering from a flood certainly isn't a cinch, the following tips and pointers may be helpful as you begin ...

Bob Vila Radio: Surveying Your Soil

Got your sights set on a major building project? Not so fast. First, you need to know more about how the site soil would affect the foundation—specifically, how well the soil drains, and ...

Bob Vila Radio: How to Protect Your Home When You're Not There

Heading out on vacation? Ensure that your home remains safe and sound while you're away. Here are some crucial items to put on your "out the door" checklist. CM_BVNOTES-1727-6Li...