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 23, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Screwdrivers, Explained

In any renovation project, you need the right tools to achieve success. That's obvious. But of all the many screwdriver types that are out there, which is the right one for the task at ha...

JANUARY 14, 2018 | SUNDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Your Quickstart Guide to Patching Drywall

Need to fix a ding in your drywall? Here are a few quick pointers. CM_BVNOTES-1727-3Listen to BOB VILA ON PATCHING DRYWALL or read below:For holes or scratches less than a half inch acros...

JANUARY 12, 2018 | FRIDAY
4 Reasons Homeowners Choose Tile Roofs

An exotic sense of romance is associated with tile roofs, which commonly appear on Southwest-style and Mediterranean-inspired homes. Whether made of fired clay, concrete, or slate, though...

JANUARY 11, 2018 | THURSDAY
Bob Vila Radio: This Is When You'll Need to Replace Your Water Heater

‘Ever wonder how long your water heater will last? Well, that depends on quite a few factors. CM_BVNOTES-1802-4Listen to BOB VILA ON YOUR WATER HEATER'S LIFESPAN or read below:One is the ...

JANUARY 8, 2018 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Arm Yourself with the Right Type of Handsaw

Everyone knows the traditional handsaw, with its long, wide blade and sturdy handle. But not everyone knows there's more than one type of handsaw. In fact, there are dozens, each designed...

JANUARY 5, 2018 | FRIDAY
What's the Difference? Plywood vs. OSB

Though building codes treat both materials equally as "structural panels," plywood and oriented strand board (OSB) are quite different compositionally. Plywood is made from glue...

JANUARY 2, 2018 | TUESDAY
Bob Vila Radio: The 1 Thing You Shouldn't Pay for When Moving

Moving to new digs? Make sure your belongings are well packed, so they make the trip safely. Of course to do that, you’ll need cardboard boxes. Probably a bunch. Rather than paying top do...

DECEMBER 29, 2017 | FRIDAY
How To: Clean Granite Countertops

In many people's minds, granite means strength and resilience. But if you want to know how to clean granite countertops successfully, the watchword is caution. The stone can actually be d...

DECEMBER 29, 2017 | FRIDAY
Bob Vila Radio: What Does a Home Inspection Cover?

Home inspections are not cheap. But if you’re looking to purchase a home, having it thoroughly inspected before you close the deal can save you thousands in expensive surprises down the r...

DECEMBER 18, 2017 | MONDAY
Bob Vila Radio: Regulating the Refrigerator Temperature

When it comes to meal planning, you definitely want to keep bacteria off the guest list.  Maintaining your fridge at the proper temperature is a good way to do that.  CM_BVNOTES-1735-4Lis...