About Bob Vila
Hi, I’m Bob Vila.
I’ve spent my career helping people upgrade their homes and improve their lives.
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. Oh, and let’s not forget my cameo appearances on Tim Allen’s sit com, Home Improvement, where I got to star as myself. That was something else!
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 built our family home by hand. I’ve written a dozen books about remodeling, 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 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.
Come on over and say hello,