500,000 Older Homes Can't Be Wrong: Get the Lowdown on High-Velocity HVAC
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Weird or Wonderful? 22 Homes That Are Anything But Ordinary
Homebuyers and renters who dare to be different often put down roots in alternative dwellings that others eschew. Even if your inner compass tells you to steer cl...
11 Homes Built to Survive the End of the World
Harsh weather? Energy shortages? Nuclear fallout? These and other calamities would render most houses unlivable. Not these weird and wacky residences, though. Bui...
After Disaster: 8 U.S. Towns That Went from Ruin to Rebirth
Whether leveled by tornadoes, flooded by hurricanes, or scorched by fires, these great American cities have risen from the rubble to become revitalized burgs that...
The 18 Best Tiny Houses on Wheels
Bored of your surroundings? If you're willing to trade your stationary stick-built home for a permanently impermanent address in the great outdoors, snag the keys...
11 Crazy Colorful Homes We Love
Curb appeal takes on a whole new meaning when a house is painted in cheerful, unexpected hues! Whether you're considering a face-lift for your own address, or sim...
13 Amazing Floating Homes Around the World
Come summer, you can’t help but think: Wouldn’t it be amazing to live right ON the water? Well, if you lived in one of these homes, you could! We’ve rounded up so...
17 Log Cabins We Love
The rugged beauty and fuss-free style of log cabins made them one of the most beloved American home archetypes of all time. Today, the wooden retreats are croppin...
Video: America's Most Photographed Homes
American architecture might not be as old as the kinds you'll find on other continents, but it certainly is stunning....
Our 12 Favorite Farmhouses Across America
A well-built farmhouse will never go out of style. The rustic interior offers old-fashioned beauty, while the views of rolling hills and lush forests provide tran...
Living Remotely: 12 Stunning Homes in the Middle of Nowhere
Eager to escape the hustle and bustle of urban sprawl or the cookie-cutter homes of suburbia, some house hunters pack their bags and travel to remote reaches of t...
15 Tiny Beach Bungalows for Your Next Vacation
Baseball may still be America's pastime, but during the heat of summer, going to the beach probably comes in a close second. This popularity keeps beachfront prop...
You’ll Never Believe What These 6 Amazing Homes Used to Be
Why demolish an aging edifice when you can transform it into a dreamy dwelling designed for modern living? That adaptive spirit spurred the crafty conversion of t...
The 12 Most Infamous Goofs in Architecture History
What do you get when you bring together forward-thinking architects, exacting engineers, and tireless construction crews? In the case of these 12 iconic buildings...
No Place Like Dome: 14 Homes That Are Anything But Square
Boasting a compact yet durable construction and an energy-efficient curved shape, dome homes have made a memorable entrance into towns across America and beyond—a...
Take a Peek Inside 11 Charming Carriage Houses
While the days of the horse and buggy are far behind us, relics of that bygone age remain to this day in the form of carriage houses. Originally built to house ho...
The Most Expensive Trailer Parks in America
If you think mobile homes are low cost—and also low on style, space, and amenities—it's time to think again. In cities across the United States, these mobile home...
Straight and Narrow: 22 Shotgun Houses We Love
Shotgun houses, traditionally no wider than 12 feet, feature a cascaded floor plan, wherein each room is arranged behind the other. These popular residential arch...
Tour the 14 Most Expensive Airbnbs in the World
You already know you can find an apartment or get a room for the night on Airbnb, but you probably haven’t seen the coolest digs the online reservation company ha...
20 Beautiful Homes Hiding in America's Most Affordable Cities
From Pittsburgh to Kansas City, the most economical cities in America are also home to some of the most extravagant abodes standing today. For proof, take a grand...
21 Crazy But True Facts About the White House
Although the memorable speeches, grand state dinners, and other important events that have taken place at the White House have been well documented in history boo...
Island Living: 20 Tropical B&Bs That Are Only an Airplane Away
Has cabin fever set in at your landlocked lodgings? Fun, sun, pampering amenities, and tropical treats await when you hop a plane to any of these indulgent bed-an...
Built 270 Years Apart, 2 Homes Share 1 Big Thing in Common
Whether you live in a centuries-old charmer or a modern marvel, you share something in common with the owners of home...
The Best Tiny Homes of 2016
Bigger isn’t always better. For proof, look no further than these 23 tiny homes, situated all around the country, that serve as evidence that sometimes the most m...
15 100-Year-Old Houses That Haven't Aged a Day
Can’t find any centenarians on your street? Look again; the oldest resident in the neighborhood may well be a historic home. These ancient abodes around the count...
16 Iconic American Homes Torn Down Before Their Time
In desirable neighborhoods across the United States, the razing of a tear-down is a familiar sight. But this market-driven trend actually has a very long history....
17 Parts of Your Home You Never Knew Had Names
Your house is made up of walls, windows, floors, doors... and a bunch of other thingamajigs and whatsits. Here, a slew of architectural mysteries solved!
18 American Towns Every Old-House Lover Needs to See
For old house enthusiasts, the historic charm of a vintage home can outweigh even the most tempting of today's modern amenities. Whether you’re on the lookout for...
16 Weirdly Awesome Summer Vacation Rentals on Airbnb
Popular accommodation trading site Airbnb invites you to not only stay but “live” in the vacation destination of your choice—even if for just a few days. So, when...
5 Vintage Travel Trailers Transformed
The picture-perfect 4-bedroom house with the white picket fence is not everyone's ideal. If you’ve got a hankering to cut loose and see the country from the comfo...
This Company Turns Centuries-Old Barns into Contemporary Homes
As agriculture has morphed into big business and populations have shifted from the countryside to urban centers, timb...
7 Creative Guest Houses You Can Actually Afford
Having guests home to visit is often a reason to celebrate. But after a day or two, we might wish for a little more—well—personal space. It turns out that the ans...
House Envy: A Cantilevering Creekside Retreat
In California wine country, a house-hunting couple struck upon a cozy, cedar-shingled cabin. Encompassing 960 square ...
House Envy: Outpost in the Idaho Desert
In the Idaho desert, the Outpost sits at the end of a half-mile-long driveway. Designed by architect Tom Kundig, the ...
A Suburban House Like You've Never Seen
You wouldn't necessarily expect to find experimental architecture in McAllen, a small city on the southern tip of Tex...
House Tour: A Prototypical Suburban House, Reinvented
In southwestern Texas, a Chicago-trained architect challenged himself to create something new and exciting from an intensely familiar building type—the suburban r...
Check In: 10 Offbeat Hotels Worth a Special Trip
When setting out to plan a vacation, the first question you ask is this: "Where?" Whether geographical preferences or nearby activities determine your answer, we ...
Cabin of the Week: The Shack at Hinkle Farm
Perched on South Fork Mountain in West Virginia, deep within a 27-acre site you can only reach on foot or with an off...
Cabin of the Week: The Floating Farmhouse
In 2002, Tom Givone went out on a limb. The former advertising copywriter decided to purchase and resuscitate a 19th-...
8 Tiny Homes You Can Buy for the Price of a Luxury Car
If you know someone who's been especially good this year—and you're feeling very generous—you need to check out our roundup of prefab and DIY housing structures t...
House Tour: 1969 California A-Frame Updated for Today
As a fully trained and credentialed architect, Curtis Popp could have easily gut-renovated the 1969 A-frame where he and his family spend vacations. But he didn't...
In Lake Tahoe, a 1969 A-Frame Gets a Thoughtful Update
Curtis Popp believes in the power of editing. As partner in Sacramento-based Popp Littrell Architects & Interiors...
House Tour: The Art and Science of a Desert-Ready Home
The climate of Monument Valley—a famed desert region of the West—informed virtually all the design decisions leading up to the new Skow Residence, perhaps the mos...
This House in Navajo Nation Wears a Sombrero
Out in the blazing hot, red-tinted desert 15 miles southwest of Bluff, Utah, stands a house inspired by a wide sombre...
House Tour: Trailer Living, Reinvented
Architect Andrew Hinman builds a striking contemporary shelter around his client's prized possession—a 1954 Spartan Imperial Mansion. You've never seen trailer li...
In Texas, A Million-Dollar Home with a Trailer at Its Heart
Flash floods are a reality in Texas, at least near the Nueces River, which runs through the 10,000-acre ranch owned b...
House Tour: Go Inside a 100-Year-Old Craftsman, Recently Restored
In La Verne, CA, architectural preservation and restoration expert Ray Adamyk recently dispatched a half-dozen workers from his "artisan army" of 150 to restore a...
An Army of Artisans Descends on a California Craftsman
In La Verne, California, a small, sunny city roughly 30 miles east of Los Angeles, renovation expert Ray Adamyk recen...
10 Iconic Baseball Stadiums Worth a Roadtrip to See
There's nothing quite like a trip to the ballpark: the uniform-clad crowds, the salty peanuts, the 7th-inning stretch—and the all-important game, of course. Yet a...
Get Away! 10 Breathtaking Homes You Can Rent for a Weekend
Summer's a great time to get away from it all—school's out, work is slower (or at least feels that way), and nice weather makes for smoother travel. A hotel is th...
On the Waterfront: 10 Tiny Lake Houses
If you’ve set up home on a lake, chances are you're there because you love to be outside. Your days are most likely spent outdoors, so you don't need much as far ...
House Tour: Chicago's C3 Modular House
Jeffrey Sommers's C3 Prefab modular house is a landmark of new urban architecture—and the first of its kind in Chicago. Although the structure was quick to constr...
Ready-Made Residences: 14 Ultra Cool Prefab Homes
Prefabricated homes are increasingly popular for a variety of reasons, among them the relatively quick build time, the ecological advantages, and the flexibility ...
10 Cliffhanging Houses to Fall For
For centuries, home builders have been drawn to sites on mountaintops, craggy coastlines, and rock islands to take advantage of the climate, natural resources, an...
House Tour: ESCAPE Cabin-on-Wheels
Entrepreneur and hotelier Dan Dobrowolski has brought to market a tiny, movable cabin that feels as spacious as its natural habitat, the wide-open outdoors. The s...
The Great ESCAPE—A Prairie-Style Cabin on Wheels
Meticulous is the word that comes immediately to mind when you first see ESCAPE, the cabin-on-wheels designed by SALA...
Home Alone: 10 Beautiful Homes in the Middle of Nowhere
A home is a retreat—a place to escape the outside world, to be alone, to recharge, to relax with friends. For some, one apartment among many in a building wedged ...
Barn Again: Breathing New Life into 11 Old Barns
Converting an old barn into a home makes great use of the original structure's open space and guarantees a new house dripping with vintage country charm. Often, b...
Paper Thin: Incredible Inhabitable Spaces Made From Paper
We've all heard of construction paper—it's a staple of kids' crafts—but what about constructing actual livable houses from paper? The idea sounds unbelievable and...
House Tour: The 2014 New American Home
The National Association of Home Builders’ 2014 New American Home, in Henderson, Nevada, is a showcase for the most innovative trends in architecture, interior de...
Green and Gorgeous: Presenting the 2014 New American Home
The New American Home for 2014, nestled in the foothills of Henderson, Nevada, is an “idea house” showcasing new tren...
Solid as a Rock: 11 Unbelievable Concrete Homes
The versatility of concrete allows architects and engineers to be innovative in their home designs. While concrete has been around as a building material since th...
Home, Home on the Road: 10 Houses on Wheels
Do you dream about simplifying your life by downsizing to a house on wheels? You’re not alone. Mobile living is gaining popularity, attracting everyone from young...
Living Like Shakespeare: A Tudor Tutorial
Tudor architecture is a style of building that originated in England more than 500 years ago. This style's popularity coincided with the reign of the Tudors, an e...
Surf's Up: 8 Beach Houses to Cure Your Polar Vortex Funk
There's no place like home, and there's no home like a beach house, where you can wake up with the sun, stroll along the sand, and relax by the water on a beautif...
Bob Vila's Architecture Bucket List: 10 Must-See Wonders
Take an architectural tour to see some of the incredible buildings that have inspired Bob Vila. Ranging from classical to modern, these landmark structures will p...
12 Amazing Ice Castles & Igloos from Around the World
For some, a day full of flurries means a day spent outdoors making snowballs, snow angels, and snowmen. For others, however, frosty weather inspires the construct...
House Tour: Spring Residence Rebuild
A Raleigh, North Carolina, couple’s desire for dappled sunlight—thwarted by poorly placed windows in their 1990s house—spurred them to build a new, contemporary h...
Deconstruction and Smart Planning Brings New Light (and Life) to a Raleigh, N.C., Home
A Raleigh, N. C. , couple’s desire for dappled sunlight—thwarted by poorly placed windows in their 1990s house, which...
See 10 Public Buildings That Became Private Homes
With the ever-growing trend towards sustainability and conservation, it’s no wonder homeowners are transforming formerly public buildings into unique, private abo...
9 Warm and Cozy Ski Chalets for the 21st Century
While they still afford glorious mountain views and a toasty respite by the fire, these contemporary ski chalets bring winter getaways into the modern age.
House Tour: Mountain Re-Shack
Rather than tear down a derelict mountain shack, the owner solicited the help of North Carolina architect Chad Everhart to re-imagine it for modern-day living.
Mountain Re-Shack: An Abandoned Outbuilding Becomes Home
“Brutal” is the word architect Chad Everhart uses to describe his first encounter with a home he now calls the Mounta...
11 "Real" Haunted Houses to Visit—If You Dare!
Creaking doors, cold spots, moving objects—be afraid, be very afraid of these famed ghostly retreats.
Living Like The Flintstones: 10 Modern "Stone Age" Dwellings
People have lived in caves since time began, but today's rock dwellings are anything but a hole in the wall.
10 "See Worthy" Boathouses Around the World
Boathouses exist to keep pleasure craft safely out of the elements, but they also can also be beautiful, architecturally arresting structures, havens for boats an...
Harbor Homes: 6 Lighthouses You Can Live In
If you live in a lighthouse, you never have to leave the beach. Just imagine residing in one of these 7 tower-equipped properties recently listed for sale on Zillow.
10 Must-Follow Instagram Accounts for Architecture Lovers
If you love architecture as much as we do, check out the 10 Instagram accounts that have been distracting us recently.
House Tour: Old Hill House
See how architect Ann Sellars Lathrop transformed a simple Cape into an extraordinary home filled with an abundance of light, space and comfort.
New Look (and Life) for a 1950s Cape
It’s a classic challenge in an older neighborhood: How can a growing family increase their living space without expan...
10 A-Frame Homes That Deserve A+
First popularized for their simple design and affordable cost, today's A-frame homes are gaining renewed popularity thanks to design modifications that expand the...
Treehouse Envy: 12 Lofty Designs
Taking backyard play to new heights, these tree houses just might inspire you to create one to delight the kids—or your inner child.
10 National Trust Properties to Visit This Summer
Gain some architectural insight—and a renewed sense of American pride—by visiting one of these 10 National Trust Historic Sites.
Earthbound: 5 "All Natural" House Styles
This is nothing new: For thousands of years, people have been living in shelters made from earth-based building mater...
The Dutch Colonial House
Most houses that survive from the Colonial era—such as early Capes, Saltboxes, and Georgians—are descendants of Engli...
An 18th-Century Stone Farmhouse Reborn
Over the past 20 years, Jeffery Wyant and Maria Keares Wyant of Wyant Architecture in Philadelphia have become known ...
Chicago’s First Prefab Modular House
One unusually warm and sunny November day, a giant 225-ton crane deposited five prefab house modules onto a 25’ x 125...
Hudson Passive Project
For Dennis Wedlick, the conservation-minded architect who masterminded the Hudson Passive Project—New York State’s fi...
The name is Indian, adapted by the British in India to describe a one-story house with a porch. The Bungalow may have...
The Twentieth-Century House
Looking back a hundred years, we can see the magnitude of the changes that occurred in the opening decades of the twe...
The Shingle Style House
As an owner of a Shingle Style House, I obviously have a great affection for the style. While they never attained the...
The Stick Style House
The origins of the Stick Style are European Gothic, but an American architect named Richard Morris Hunt actually deve...
The Second Empire House
A single characteristic distinguishes the Second Empire house: its dual-pitched hipped roof. From the eaves, the roof...
The Octagon House
Octagons are not the most common Victorian style, although following the publication of A House for All in 1848, as m...
The Italianate House
Alexander Jackson Davis and Andrew Jackson Downing, the men who helped launch the Gothic Revival, also did their bit ...
The Gothic Revival House
The Gothic Revival began in England and was the result of new investigations of antique buildings. The Gothic had bee...
The Greek Revival House
The Greek Revival captured the American spirit as no other style had done. To visit an unspoiled town that prospered ...
The Victorian House
The name comes from the English queen who assumed the throne in 1837 and remained in power until 1901. Victoria wasn'...
The Basic House
The generic, early American house is known by many names, among them the English Medieval House, the Cape Cod, the sa...
The Queen Anne House
Many Octagon, Second Empire, and Stick Style houses survive, but it was the Queen Anne House that inherited the mantl...
Miami Beach's Newest Green Home Goes For Platinum
Almost everyone by now should be familiar with the phrase LEED-certified—a program developed by the U. S. Green Build...
Brad Pitt's MAKE IT RIGHT Homes
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, bringing category-3 winds and tidal surges that de...
The Handmade House
In architectural history, there is one major dividing line that separates the handmade house from all those that cam...
The Language of Design
We’ll begin by considering a handful of words that are especially useful when the talk turns to buildings. SYMMETRYIn...
The Federal House
After the Revolution, Americans wanted cultural as well as political independence, and they began to change the styl...
The Georgian House
If the ups and downs of architectural history were to be represented by a line graph, there'd be a tall spike at the ...
Downsizing Your Home
New PhilosophyThe average American house has more than doubled in size since the 1950s, standing at more than 2,300 s...
Selecting Modular Home Builders and Manufacturers
Modular homes are constructed in a factory and assembled on site. Since modular homes are factory-built to exacting s...
Modular Homes Go Greener
Modular homes are built to the same local and state codes as traditional stick-built homes. The way they differ is ho...
Modular Homes: A Rising Industry
Whether it’s called a modular home, a systems-built home, or a factory-built home, the modular home is a misunderstoo...
Taking Modular Homes to a Higher Level
If you are looking for a good quality, super-insulated and super-strong house, a modular home using structural insul...
Should You Consider a Concrete House?
Don't miss Solid as a Rock: 11 Unbelievable Concrete HomesFar from the misconceptions of dark, damp, musty-smelling s...
Know Your House Styles
Today, we choose from house plans that have the same basic house forms. Preservation specialist Mary O’Neil has outli...
Who wants to live in one, big room? You might be surprised. The market for loft apartments remains steady and strong,...
Gingerbread House Decoration of Old and Today
‘Tis the season for cookie swapping and decorating Gingerbread houses. Everyone gets involved in the baking frenzy, f...
House Styles: Cape Cods and Dutch Colonials
Look Up at the RoofThe roof says it all when it comes to Cape Cod and Dutch Colonial houses. The Cape Cod house has a...
How To: Speak the Language of Design
Let’s consider a handful of architectural terms that are especially useful when talking about the forms of buildings....
What’s Your House Style?
You want to live someplace special that conveys a sense of the past. But before you take the plunge, here are some po...
House Styles: Shingle Style
How and Where to Spot a Shingle Style House The Shingle Style flourished in the last quarter of the 19th century. ...
House Tour: 1885 NYC Townhouse Goes Green
This renovated Manhattan townhouse proves once and for all that beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
A Green Dream Townhouse
Back in 2005, when Paul Gleicher and his wife Lisa Sharkey began to gut-renovate their 1885 Manhattan townhouse, the ...
10 Cool Shipping Container Homes
Innovative shipping container homes show just how good sustainable architecture can look.
12 Unconventional Homes Inspired by Nature
In recent years, architecture has seen a flurry of offbeat yet beautiful abodes with designs based on the world around us.
22 Tiny Houses We Love
Eschewing excess space and making the most of every inch, these functional but tiny houses prove that bigger is not always better.
Contemporary Cachet: Exhibition Celebrates Michael Graves
Iconic contemporary architect and designer Michael Graves is in the spotlight once again: The Virginia Center for Arc...
12 Hobbit Houses to Make You Consider Moving Underground
Cool in the summer, warm in the winter, and protected from the elements, earthen shelters—or hobbit houses—aren't just for Bilbo in the Shire.
Architect Stefano Boeri's Vertical Forest in Milan
In Milan, Italian apartment dwellers will soon have the chance to live in the middle of a forest, 20 floors up. After...
Bark If You Love Architecture!
Man’s best friend gets the royal treatment at Barkitecture Houston. Being in the doghouse isn’t such a bad thing whe...
Bob Vila Radio: Universal Design
You may not be one of the rising wave of aging baby boomers, but if you’re building or renovating your house, the pri...
Bob Vila Radio: Building Smaller
Did you know that the best insulation there is can’t save you as much on heating and cooling costs as you’d save if y...
House Tour: Stone Farmhouse Addition
While striving to honor the provenance of the original stone farmhouse, Wyant Architecture created a spacious and contemporary new family home.
7 Great Places to Bunk at America's National Parks
From rustic log lodges to mountaintop cabins, these properties offer a good night's sleep as well as easy access to some of the nation's most beautiful parks.
House Envy: A Glimpse of the Spencertown Residence
Spencertown, NY, is a church and a post office and a general store. It's actually not even a town; it's a hamlet. New...
House Tour: Hudson Passive Project
For the conservation-minded architect Dennis Wedlick, the Hudson Passive Project is nothing short of revolutionary.
2020 Alton Road: Anatomy of a LEED Home
The luxurious super-green house underway at 2020 Alton Road in Miami Beach is moving right along on its way toward LE...
House Tour: Redondo Beach Container House
California architect Peter DeMaria transforms eight shipping containers into an award-winning family residence.
The Spanish Colonial House
Homes from early Spanish settlements are found in St. Augustine, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; Sante Fe, New Mexico; ...
Shipping Container Homes
[bobsays_inset]Shipping container homes, also called storage container homes, offer a fast, green, and sustainable ap...
House Tour: The New American Home
The New American Home, showcased at the 2012 International Builders' Show, is a modern classic in its own right.
The New American Home
Take the classic white box architecture popularized by Richard Meier and others in the 1960s and 70s and add the late...
2020 Alton Road: Prime "Green" in Colorful Miami Beach
At 2020 Alton Road, a home on track to be Miami Beach's first LEED Platinum residence is steadfastly taking shape. Mu...
Quick Tip: LEED-Certified Means Green Building
What is LEED Certification? As green building hits the mainstream, you’ll continue to hear many new terms. One of the...
Architectural Styles of Classical Columns
The Greeks borrowed the column from the Egyptians and synthesized it into an architectural style that was characteris...
House Style: Garrison Colonial
Origins and Early 20th Century Adaptations of the Garrison House Colonial is one of the most adaptable styles. The ga...
2020 Alton Road: Setting Sights on Greenest Home in America
The construction of 2020 Alton Road, a 3,200 square foot, single-family residence in Miami Beach pursuing a LEED Plat...
The Georgian Revival House
Some Georgian Revival Houses can, at least from afar, be confused with eighteenth-century precedents; others resemble...
The Cape Cod House
The word snug comes to mind when I think of the Cape Cod House. These are efficient and economical houses, putting th...
The Dutch Revival House
You may be one of the many who believe Dutch houses have gambrel roofs (a variation on the gable roof in which the pl...
Modern House Styles
After World War II, other new house styles evolved that were adapted to the desires of people moving from the streets...
General Colin L. Powell Apartments, South Bronx
The South Bronx The South Bronx’s reputation conjures up violent street life in the shadow of menacing apartment tow...
Get Jet: The 747 Wing House
There is a new residence in the Malibu hills constructed mostly from an old airplane. Consisting of a main house and ...
Make It Right: Six Years After Katrina
Brad Pitt's MAKE IT RIGHT Foundation continues to rebuild homes and community in New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward.
Downsizing with Style
With rising energy costs and the lingering effects of the mortgage crisis, demand for smaller houses has never been g...
House Style: Foursquare
How to Recognize a Foursquare HouseIt’s easy to tell if you’re in a Foursquare house, if you can count to four. Fou...
House Style: Georgian Colonial
Early Colonial Revival HousesThe Colonial Revival was inspired by patriotism, nostalgia for the pre-industrial past, ...
What Is a Zero-Energy House?
A zero-energy home (ZEH) produces as much energy as it consumes over a year's time. The only way to achieve this is t...
Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York
Bob visits with architect Alan Shope who has built a unique earth-bermed house at his farm in Upstate New York.
Second-Floor Plans, Door Demolition, and Staircase Disassembly
Bob goes over plans for the second floor with architect Gregory Rochlin and then joins carpenter Bob Ryley for meticulous demolition and disassembly work.
Touring Historic Homes in Cambridge, MA
Bob and architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer tour the neighborhood's historic homes.
Architectural Plans, Demolition, and Door Discovery
Work gets started as Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin discuss first-floor plans, demolition begins, and a surprising discovery is made.
Touring the Home Interior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the interior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
Installing Wood Shingle Siding
Bob works with contractor Bob Ryley and carpenter Chris Clark installing new wood-shingle siding.
Redesigning the Third Floor
Bob meets with architect Gregory Rochlin to discuss the third-floor structural redesign.
Touring the Completed Home Interior, Entryway, and Dining Room
Bob tours the front vestibule, highlighting the beautiful stencil work done by artist Kim Sweet. He explains how small touches can bring back the feel of an 1890s...
Reviewing the Front Porch, and Installing Interior Columns and a Vanity
Bob reviews the Victorian design elements of his front-corner porch and the interior columns that echo the exterior ones, and then watches the turn-of-the-century...
Touring the Isaac Bell Historic House
Bob takes a tour of the Isaac Bell historic house in Newport, RI, exploring one of the finest examples of the Shingle Style to be found anywhere.
Painting with Historically Accurate Colors
Architectural conservator Brian Powell helps Bob do some detective work to discover the original exterior paint color scheme. They then look at historically appro...
Touring the Naumkeag Historic House Gardens
Bob takes a break from putting his own landscape in order to tour the elaborate gardens at the Naumkeag historic house in Stockbridge, MA.
Touring the Shingle Style Naumkeag Historic House
Bob takes us to Stockbridge, MA, to tour Naumkeag, a wonderful example of the grand Shingle Style by architect Stanford White.
Restoration of the Brooklyn Academy of Music
Karen Brooks Hopkins, president of the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), gives Bob a peek at the restoration of the main building.
Building a Modular Home
Bob meets with Pat Fricchione from Simplex Industries to discuss the process of constructing a modular home and the reasons why prefab is an attractive building m...
A Visit to the Berkshires
Bob meets with Bill Wilson of the Berkshire Visitors Bureau to discuss the beautiful region and the many famous turn-of-the-century mansions dotting the lovely Be...
Site Work Preparing for Precast Foundation
Bob teams up with Michael Shiels, the project's general contractor, to discuss the foundation prep work that is underway.
Pre-cast Concrete Foundation Installation
Bob meets with Jim Costello from Superior Walls of America to discuss the difference between a pre-cast and a traditional poured-concrete foundation.
Building a Custom Modular Staircase
Bob meets with Thomas "Doc" Dougherty, the stair builder at Simplex Industries, to confer about the custom staircase Doc is building for the modular home.
Prefinished Wood Floors in the Modular Home
Bob continues his tour of the Simplex Industries factory and observes the installation of prefinished Bellawood floors in the project home.
Tying Together a Modular Home
As workers join together the different sections of the modular home, Bob walks through the basement and first floor, discussing the marriage wall and how the piec...
Installation of the Modular Home's Second Floor
Installation of the second floor sections begins as Bob points out the complexity of the pre-fabricated pieces.
Preparing the Site for Modular Home Delivery
Bob reviews the site preparation process with the on-site contractor, Michael Sheils.
Modular Home Delivery Day Overview
The first day of assembling the modular home ends on a high note-- the addition of a roof.
Cultured Stone and Façade
Bob talks with Mark Murphy (Owens-Corning) about a new man-made stone product for the exterior of the modular home.
Touring the Master Bedroom in the Modular Home
Bob and contractor Michael Sheils discuss the use of gusset plates to tie in the walls. They then tour through the master bedroom and bathroom.
Reviewing the Modular Home's Exterior
Bob surveys the modular home project in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts, paying special attention to the products used on the exterior of the house.
Shingle Style Architecture at Elm Court
Bob tours the Elm Court mansion, which was built in 1886 by William Douglas Sloane and Emily Vanderbilt Sloane.
Elm Court's Library and Architectural Detailing
Bob meets with Sonya and Bob Berle in the library of Elm Court to discuss the interior design and preservation of this magnificent home.
Cape Cod-Style Architecture and Royal Barry Wills
Bob visits Cape Cod with Dick Wills, who is carrying on the work of his father, architect Royal Barry Wills. Beginning in the 1920s, the senior Wills popularized ...
Architectural Possibilties in a Modern Cape
Dick Wills takes Bob on a tour of the interior of his Cape-style home.
Tour of the Julia Wood House in Falmouth, MA
Bob visits the Julia Wood House, home of the Falmouth, Massachusetts Historical Society, and takes a tour with Carolyn Power, the society's executive director.
Touring the Heat-N-Glo Showroom
Bob learns about Heat-N-Glo gas fireplace technology.
Installing a Home Back-Up Generator
Ron Ford from Kohler Power Systems joins Bob to talk about the 22-kilowatt backup generator that has been installed.
Tour of the Jackson Homestead in Newton, MA
Bob takes a tour of the Jackson Homestead in Newton, MA.
Recreating a Colonial Garden
Bob and landscape designer Ruth Foster tour Mahoney's Garden Center to discuss landscape elements for the project house.
Building Wooden Stairs in the Front Hall Continued
Interior carpenter John Kiley continues to build the staircase in the front hall of the modern Colonial.
Kitchen Cabinet Design
Darcie Miller from Wellborn Cabinets is on the site of the modern Colonial project house to talk about the kitchen's design.
Decorator Leslie Curtis joins Bob in the modern Colonial project house parlor to discuss the room's wall treatments.
Wall Stenciling, Continued
Artisan Ken Forcier are applying the second "layer" of the stencil he's using to decorate in the parlor of the modern Colonial.
New York Brownstone Development & Design
Bob introduces an 1890s Brownstone on New York City's Upper West Side.
Reviewing the Architectural Floor Plans for the Brownstone Remodel
Reviewing the architectural floor plans for the Brownstone remodel, salvaging the vintage sink, and removing asbestos tile uncovered at the start of demolition.
Discussing Community Planning at Mashpee Commons and Affordable Housing Problems on Cape Cod
Bob visits with Jim Vaccaro and Tom Ferontie of Mashpee Commons, in Mashpee, Massachusetts and talks with Pat Fiero of the Housing Assistance Corporation about th...
Discussing the Plot Plan for Affordable Housing on Cape Cod
Bob meets with Joe Valle, the developer and general contractor for the River Hill development in Mashpee, Massachusetts on Cape Cod.
Preparing the Site for the Construction of Eleven Homes
Bob meets Bob Bevilacqua at the River Hill site in Mashpee, Massachusetts, where Bevilacqua and his crew have undertaken a mammoth job of earth moving as they cle...
Touring the Calvin Coolidge House and the Burtch-Udall House
Bob meets University of Vermont professor Tom Visser in Plymouth Notch to visit the birthplace of President Calvin Coolidge. They then go to see the Burtch-Udall ...
Fitting Custom Countertops
John Spellman of Cape Cod Counter Works shows Bob the installation of the shop-made laminate counters in one of the Mashpee, Massachusetts, homes.
Tour of Medford, MA
Bob introduces Medford, MA, a city five miles north of Boston. Settled in 1630, Medford once flourished with industry, including the shipbuilding building. Today,...
Discussing Architectural Plans for the Victorian Restoration
Bob walks with the owner and architect through different rooms on the first floor of the Victorian. Looking over the floor plans, they discuss the changes that w...
Relocating the Front Door
Bob works with the general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski to move the Medford project home's original front door, so they will be able to frame up a new foyer.
Restructuring the First Floor and Kitchen Design
General contractor Charlie Tomaszewski completes the restructuring of the kitchen/family room, having replaced a rabbit warren of rooms with a 35-foot wide-open s...
Skylight and Gable Window Installation
Bob goes up to the attic of the Victorian project house, where an ODL tubular skylight is being installed. Also, Bob looks back at the installation of windows on ...
Garage Door Installation
Bob helps install the new six-panel garage door at the Victorian restoration project house.
Review of the Project Plans
Bob visits a Habitat community in Phoenix, Arizona, then heads back to New York, where he meets Jim Kilorian, President of Habitat for Humanity in Westchester Cou...
Tour of Low Country Architecture in South Carolina
Located in Mt. Pleasant, the neighborhood of I'On values community living to puts an emphasis on nurturing a traditional small-town feeling.
Installing the Tongue-and-Groove Plywood Subfloor System
Bob talks with carpenter Bob Ryley and general contractor Kevin Kalman, as they lay down the subflooring.
Tour of I'On Architecture
The neighborhood of I'On is built around myriad architectural styles and designs. Bob takes a look at, and remarks upon, some of these variations throughout the n...
Tour of Middleburgh Plantation
Bob takes a tour of the historic Middleburgh Plantation, the oldest surviving wooden house in South Carolina.
Cherry Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Bob observes, and assists with, the installation of Cherry cabinets, a Northland refrigerator, and a wine storage system.
Home Expansion Principles
Architect and town planner Andres Duany explains how the project house in Mount Pleasant, SC may be expanded if necessary.
Tour of Agecroft Hall
Bob tours Agecroft Hall and its luxurious gardens. The property overlooks the James River.
Tour of Wickham House
Bob takes a tour of Wickham House, a high-style museum designed by Alexander Parris, the architect of the Virginia governor's mansion.
Progress Report on the Restoration
Architect John Paul Hanbury brings Bob up to date on the progress that's been made on the restoration of the Virginia governor's mansion.
Tour of Shirley Plantation
Bob takes a tour of Shirley Plantation, the oldest operating family farm in America, located right on the James River.
Tour of the Royal Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg
Bob tours colonial Williamsburg, VA, stopping at the Royal Governor's Palace, where facilities manager Mark Winger gives a tour.
Tour of Colonial Williamsburg
In Colonial Williamsburg, Bob visits a cabinetmakers' shop, where traditional methods of building furniture are still in practice.
Tour of Boston's Leather District
Bob takes a walking tour of some of Boston's best-preserved antique commercial buildings in the Leather District with architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer.
Converting an Industrial Building to Housing and Office Space
Bob tours the home and office of world-renowned landscape architect Martha Schwartz.
Modeling the Loft Project
The architect and interior designer of the loft conversion project have modeled some intriguing ideas for Bob.
Tour of Historic Roxbury Architecture
Bob tours some of the grand old houses that remain from Roxbury's heyday at the turn of the century.
House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871.
Flooring, Plumbing, and Plastering
The old flooring in the Gothic Carpenter-style home in Elmwood has been removed. Bob outlines the process of installing the new floor and discusses the new suppor...
Pat and Roger Simons, the owners of the second house in the Elmwood project, review the goals of their bathroom remodel.
Plumbing Installation and Creating a Tile Mural
In the second Elmwood project house, a Colonial Revival, a new Kohler tub is installed, while homeowner Pat Simons, a ceramic artists, creates a tile mural.
Final Tour of the Completed Second Home in the Project
The second home in the Elmwood project, a Colonial Revival, is complete, after the second-floor bathroom gets a new vanity, new doors for the laundry closet, and ...
Home Three: Roof Deck and Hot Tub Installation Project
Bob tours the third Elmwood project house, an eclectic Queen Anne sometimes known as the "Castle of Elmwood". The goal is to reinforce an old sundeck, so that it ...
Hot Tub Installation
Bob drops by the third Elmwood project house to watch as the deck is covered with rubber and the hot tub is installed.
House Five: Queen Anne Victorian Porch Restoration
Bob meets with Judy Lee, the owner of the fifth Elmwood project house. The front porch, built in 1892, must be replaced.
House Six: Portico Restoration, Hardscaping, and Landscaping
Bob meets the owners of the sixth Elmwood neighborhod project house and reviews the proposed portico plans. Built in 1892, the Victorian home needs a new front po...
House Seven: Shingle-Style Renovation
The seventh Elmwood neighborhood project house has rotting sidewall and old asphalt roof shingles in need of replacement.
House Ten: Attic Conversion
Owners of the tenth Elmwood neighborhood project house, Peter Haraty and Brent Bachelder, want to create one large space on the attic level, a change requiring wa...
House Eleven: Renovating Attic Space
Homeowner Don DeSantis is transforming the attic level into an exercise space. The floor structure is being shored up in order to hold the wieght of excercise equ...
Shoreline House Tour of Miami
Bob takes a shoreline tour of Miami, his hometown, to introduce the new project.
Tour of William Randolph Hearst's Spanish Monestary
Bob takes a tour of a William Randolph Hearst treasure: the ancient Spanish monastery that he Hearst had transported stone-by-stone from Spain to Miami.
Project Plans and Tour of the Sears Kit House
Bob meets Gavin and Michelle Langley, owners of a vintage Sears kit house, who plan to preserve both the historic and sentimental values of the house. Bob review ...
Tour of the Sears Kit House, Continued
Bob continues his tour of a Craftsman bungalow, located in Studio City, CA.
Building an Interior Soffit
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton and cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux on the milling and construction of an interior soffit for the bungalow.
Installing Clapboard Siding on the Front Porch
Bob and carpenter Cortney Lofton install clapboard siding on the front porch of the bungalow. In addition, they reinforce the gable to correct an existing sag, th...
Project Plans for the Porch and Pool Deck
Bob outlines the building plans for the new back porch and pool deck at the Studio City, CA project house.
Building a Pergola and Gate
Bob confers with contractor and carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he builds a pergola at the Studio City bungalow, which will serve as a gate to the backyard.
Installing Porcelain Mosaic Tile in the Bathroom
Bob meets with contractor Cortney Lofton, who is installing porcelain mosaic tiles with acrylic mastic over an existing bathroom mortar bed.
Making Stained Glass Windows
Bob learns the process of creating stained glass windows. Designs begin on paper before they are traced onto glass using a light table. A variety of glass types a...
Custom-Building a Cabinet
Bob helps cabinetmaker Brian Comeaux custom-build a cabinet for the dining room.
Installing a China Cabinet
The newly built china cabinet is installed. The unit was constructed in several peices, so it would fit through the front door. Several final cuts and adjustments...
Tour of the Home's Remodeled Exterior
Bob tours the home's exterior, noting that the crowned gates are complete and that a locking latch has been added to secure the pool. Bob also remarks on the land...
Discussing the Zen Garden Design
Bob meets with Donald Young for a tour of the home's Zen garden. Donald discusses the plant choices and lighting requirements in a garden of this size. Slate tile...
Tour of the Craftsman-Style Interior Decor
Bob joins homeowners Gavin and Michelle to review the Craftsman-style decor.
Neighborhood Tour of Newton, MA
Bob takes a tour of Newton, MA. "The Garden City" boasts a wide variety of American architectural styles and is one of the most desirable communities in the Bosto...
Tour of the Colonial Revival Home
Bob meets homeowners Tracy and Linda Gallagher at their 1930s Colonial Revival home. Bob also meets the architect and contractor, whom the Gallaghers have enliste...
Foundation Excavation and Formwork
Bob and contractor Paul Morse review the excavations and formwork for the foundation.
Architects Tour the Newton, MA Project
Bob meets with the architects, Mark and Geoffrey, who visit the project site every two weeks in order to check on progress, and to make sure their plans are being...
Discussing the Design
Bob is on site to discuss the design of the completed addition with the project architects.
Tour of Charleston, SC
Bob sets out on a carriage tour of historic Charleston, SC to get a feel for the elegant and well-preserved architecture of one of the most beautiful cities in th...
Restoration contractor Richard Marks shows Bob around the elegant, though quite run-down, Federal-style project house.
Tour of a Restored Federal-Style Carriage House
Bob meets Betsy Johnson, owner of an 1805 Federal-style home in Charleston, the carriage house of which he now tours.
Federal-Style Home Layout
Bob visits a Federal-style home undergoing reconstruction, and having an addition put on, in Charleston, SC. Restoration contractor Richard Marks guides Bob throu...
Federal-Style Home Restoration Update
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks, who explains the distinction between restoration and reconstruction. He and Bob also discuss the relocation o...
William Gibbes House Tour
Bob tours the William Gibbes House, one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in America.
Bob meets with restoration contractor Richard Marks and roofer Joe Wells to go over the proper techniques for installing slate roofing.
William Gibbes House Garden Tour
Bob returns to the William Gibbes House in Charleston, SC for a tour of the one-acre garden of this grand Georgian mansion, one of the nation's best examples of G...
Decorative Woodwork Restoration
Bob assists Patty Hettich in stripping paint from decorative woodwork, then making rubber molds to create new details in the Federal-style home.
Tour of Millford Plantation
Bob takes a field trip to Millford Plantation, a spectacular Greek Revival governor's mansion with echoes of the Civil War still ringing through its halls.
Prepping the Home's Exterior
Alongside restoration specialist Richard Marks at the Federal-style home in Charleston, Bob watches painter David Snyder scrape and sand old wood siding.
Robert Barnwell Rhett House Tour
Bob tours a Georgian architectural beauty with twin octagonal parlors a few blocks away from the project house in Charleston, SC.
Guillard-Bennet House Tour
Bob takes a tour of the elegantly appointed Guillard-Bennet House, one of the jewels in Charleston's crown.
Interior Paint Selection
Bob chats with painter Rick Snyder in the dining room of the Federal-style home, while Rick experiments with color on intricate wood detail.
Interior Decorating the Federal-Style Home
Finishes are completed on the 1800s Federal-style home in Charleston, SC, and the interior design is underway as the owners finally move back in from the carriage...
Plans for the Greenhouse
Bob, the architect, and the homeowner discuss plans for the new greenhouse. The exact position of the greenhouse in relation to the existing house is chosen so as...
Cold Weather Brick Laying
With the bricklayers on hand, Bob discusses the techniques being used, and explains the "anti-freeze" that has been added to the concrete to retard the cold weath...
Visiting the Yestermorrow Design Build School
Bob visits the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren, VT, which espouses a unique philosophy on architecture. Bob meets with students and discusses their pro...
Do-It-Yourself Modular Home Construction System
Bob tours a home that was designed to affordable, flexible, and easy to build with a do-it-yourself, low-cost construction system.
Adamson Estate Museum Tour
Bob tours the Adamson Estate Museum, just down the beach from the project house, where he gets a look at authentic California-Spanish architecture.
The Architects Present Plans
The architects present their plans for transforming the run-down Malibu beach house into a showcase home of California-Spanish architecture.
Bob reviews the newly completed caissons with the architects, and demolition continues with the removal of a tree from the courtyard.
The Unusual Home of TV Star Max Gail
Bob visits the unusual home of TV star Max Gail in hopes of gathering design ideas.
Hip Roof Framing
The framing of an authentic California-Spanish hip roof begins over the master bedroom of the beach house in Malibu.
Exterior Stucco Finish
Contractors explain their methodology as they apply stucco finish to the Malibu beach house in a multiple-step process.
Installing the Cantera Stone Columns
The Malibu beach house gets a pair of Cantera stone columns in the entry foyer. The pieces are fit together and Bob learns what to odo when they don't come togeth...
Touring Los Angeles Real Estate
Real estate agent Lois Bostic shows Bob some interesting properties in the area representing a variety of styles-- cottage, Spanish, contemporary, and ranch.
Osterville, MA & Nauticus Marina
Bob tours the town of Osterville, MA, which has a deep background in fishing and maritime activity. And he meets with Bill Koch, one-time America's Cup champion, ...
Finishing the Interior and Exterior
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install southern yellow pine plywood on the interior of the garage. On the exterior, Bob talks with Greg Binford about adding a stain...
Landscape designer Ruth Foster explains a few techniques for promoting drainage and keeping weeds under control, respectively. She also discusses the plants she h...
Bob Visits Oak Bluffs in Martha's Vineyard
Bob takes the ferry to the island of Martha's Vineyard, MA, where he tours Oak Bluffs and soaks in the town's Victorian history.
Touring Homes on Martha's Vineyard
Bob and realtor Alan Schwikert visit a 1930s Shingle-style home just outside of Vineyard Haven and then a smaller 'in-town' Victorian. Neither project fits Bob's ...
Touring the Exterior of Chateau-sur-Mer
To prepare for the Victorian remodel, Bob takes an inspirational tour of the striking Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport, RI.
Lyndhurst Mansion Tour
Bob tours Lyndhurst mansion, a testament to high living during the Victoria era in New York's Hudson River Valley. The 40-odd rooms include a Gothic dining room w...
Bob and contractor John Clancy discuss creating the new concrete chimney at the Victorian-style project house in Martha's Vineyard.
Building a Victorian-Style Breezeway
Contractor Bob Ryley is creating a Victorian-style breezeway using modern materials, which will bridge the old and new wings of the home.
Victorian Architectural Style
Bob meets with an expert in Victorian design to look at homes with scalloped, diamond, and straight shingles. Gingerbread-style brackets and railings are also rev...
Reviewing the Frame and Attaching the Verge Board
As contractor Bob Ryley attaches the gingerbread-style verge board on one gable end of the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, Bob remarks on the notable feature...
Installing Pella Doors and Windows
Bob and Tom Moran (from Pella) discuss the anatomy of the doors chosen for the Martha's Vineyard Victorian project, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates the proc...
Installing Cedar Shingles
Bob meets with carpenter Ron Jackson, who is installing Atlantic white cedar shingles and sidewall flashing.
Wiring the Victorian Home
Bob joins electrician Greg Roulette as he works on the rough wiring. The circuit breaker panel, Greg explains, is a receptacle for ground, neutral, and hot wires...
Window Trim and Scalloped Shingles
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley confer about adding trim to the curvilinear top edge of an arched window. After sheet lead is installed as flashing, Ryley attaches s...
Staining the Exterior
Painting contractor Mike Suarez sprays water-based stain on the home's exterior, while Bob, accompanied by paint consultant Sherry Hiller, tours the island with a...
Installing Tin Ceiling Sheaths
Contractor Bob Ryles demonstrates how to install tin ceiling sheaths, a Victorian touch for the Martha's Vineyard project house.
Victorian House Landscaping
Landscape designer Ruth Foster visits the project site to explain her choice of plantings for the formal courtyard garden.
Progress Update and Pedestal Sink Installation
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, where pantry space and a tin ceiling have been installed, and where contractor Bob Ryley continues working on the staircase. ...
Wall Stenciling and Decorative Striping
Bob confers with artist Margo Datz about decorative striping and stenciling in the master bedroom. She demonstrates for Bob how to add a stencil pattern to painte...
Costs for Building the Victorian
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley review costs for the Victorian-style remodel-and-build project in Martha's Vineyard, MA.
Touring the Designed Interior
Bob tours the furnished, decorated Martha's Vineyard Victorian project house. The designer has sourced pieces from antique stores, salvage yards, second hand stor...
Touring the Home Addition
The designer shows Bob around the addition, pointing out certain highlights, such as the breezeway with exposed studs and the Victorian-influenced lighting design...
Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Tour
Bob meets with Lynn from the Shirley-Eustis Colonial Governor's Mansion Association. Together they tour the Federal-style home, noting an Irish crystal chandelier...
Bob reflects on the project house's previous appearance and how the addition will change both the appearance and functionality of the home.
Tour of Drayton Hall in South Carolina
Bob visits Drayton Hall, in South Carolina, for a tour of one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the United States.
Touring Art Deco Architecture in Miami Beach
Bob tours the Art Deco section of Miami Beach. His guide points out many notable sites, including the Bow Hotel, believed to be the oldest building in Miami Beach...
House Hunting in Plymouth, MA
Bob goes house hunting in Plymouth, MA, talking with the realtor while he tours the area homes for sale.
Remodeling on the Computer
The architect begins the design for the remodel using Autocad software. Computers make changing the architects' initial plans fast, easy, and precise.
Installing a Box Bay Window
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley and crew install a new box bay window, which will enlarge the dining space and enhance the interior atmosphere.
Touring the John Quincy Adams House
For inspiration, Bob tours the John Quincy Adams House in Quincy, MA.
Visiting Plimoth Plantation
Bob takes a field trip to Plimoth Plantation, a replica village where visitors can experience early Colonial life.
Building and Hanging the Country-Style Door
A country-style door, built by carpenter Bob Ryley in the workshop, is hung in the new entry of the Plymouth project house.
Hooking Up the Refrigerator Ice Maker
Bob has finished wiring the Colonial-style light fixture in the entryway and, back in the kitchen, the refrigerator ice maker is hooked up.
Reviewing the Home Exterior
Bob and carpenter-contractor Bob Ryley review the exterior of the home, pointing out the new trellis and the new entryway. Next, they move inside to have a look ...
Touring the Interior
Bob tours the newly furnished and appointed Plymouth project house with the interior designer. Throughout, there is a mix of formal and informal pieces, which all...
Neighborhood Tour of Naples, FL
In search of the perfect "cracker" cottage to remodel, Bob goes on a neighborhood tour of Naples, FL, both by car and by boat.
Initial House Tour
Bob tours the Naples, FL cracker cottage that he has selected to remodel.
Neighboring Cracker Cottage Tour
Hoping to find inspiring remodeling ideas, Bob tours a recently revamped cracker cottage nearby.
Landscaping the Property
Bob meets with landscape contractor John Wall to talk over removing existing plant material.
Naples, FL Home Demolition
Bob confers with contractor Al Stouse as his crew begins demolition work on the Naples project.
Termite Damage and Dry Rot
Bob confers with contractor Al Stouse about the termite and dry rot damage on the roof overhangs. Next, Bob helps build and install new roof brackets, or outriggers.
Installing a Pocket Door
Bob helps contractor Al Stiles change a swinging door into a relocated pocket door.
Installing New French Doors
Bob helps the contractors work on building and installing new French doors.
Replacing Windows at Low-Cost
Contractors Al and Steve Stiles set a new window on the back porch. Using a combination of stock and one custom windows, they demonstrate how to save money on mat...
Finishing the Drywall Ceiling
Bob tours the interior of the in-progress Naples project, discussing the installation of ceiling boards with the drywall contractor.
Tour of a Keewaydin Island House
Bob takes a field trip to Keewaydin Island, where he tours an island cottage that was created by a colorful artist.
Decorating the Cottage Interior
Bob joins the interior designer for a shopping trip. The designer aims to achieve a comfortable 1940s vintage look. Bob and the designer also visit an upholstery ...
Final Tour of the Porch, Swimming Pool, and Interior
Bob tours the finished porch and pool area, and exchanges comments on the beautiful completed project with the architect.
Chicago Neighborhood Tour
Bob takes a driving tour with realtor Catherine Caravette of two Chicago suburbs, Wicker Park and Lincoln Park.
Discussing Plans with the Architect
Bob joins architect Bill Bauhs to discuss plans for renovating the two-flat greystone.
Touring Chicago's Modern Architecture
Bob meets with architectural historian Susan Benjamin to tour five buildings in Chicago, the birthplace of the skyscraper.
Tour of Marstons Mills, MA
Bob takes a tour of the sights and sounds of the town of Marstons Mills, MA.
Designs and Pouring the Foundation
Bob meets with the architect to go over plans for the Cape-style house, before heading to the site to observe the pouring of the foundation.
Lowering the "Ell" Onto the Foundation
The crew lowers the recycled "ell" onto the new foundation with a crane.
Completing the Raftering
Bob and carpentry contractor Bob Ryley complete the raftering job on the roof of the Cape Cod house.
Installing the Wooden Window
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley and his crew install a wooden window at the Cape Cod project house.
Installing the Septic System
John Aalto talks Bob through the installation of the septic system.
Touring the Exterior and Reviewing the Budget
Bob tours the smart finished exterior with carpentry contractor Bob Ryley.
Touring Chicago Architecture
Bob joins architectural historian Susan Benjamin for a tour of some of Chicago's landmark buildings.
Discussing Plans for the Basement
Bob joins architect Mike Morgan and general contractor Ron Gan in the basement of the coach house to discuss options for making the basement space useful and/or m...
Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Studio
Bob tours the Oak Park, IL studio of the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Bob goes on to visit several nearby houses designed by Wright at the turn of the century.
Constructing the Stem-Wall Foundation
Bob meets with Askia Aquil of the St. Petersburg Neighborhood Housing Services to talk about the upcoming project, taking place in a revitalizing area. Next, Bob ...
Converting Steel Shipping Containers to Housing
Bob meets with David Cross of Tampa Armature Works (TAW), a company that converts shipping containers into intermodal steel building units (ISBUs).
Finishing the Steel Building Container
Once stripped down, an ISBU's exterior is finished with heavy-gauge steel, then faced in sheet-metal wrap and covered with SuperTherm insulating ceramic coating. ...
Installing Impact-Resistant Windows
Window installation is underway. Bob talks with Stephen Hugh of Clearwater Window to learn more about the installation process, and Dave Olmstead of PGT Industrie...
Historic Neighborhoods of St. Petersburg
Bob visits the historic neighborhoods and parks of St. Petersburg, FL.
Adding a Steel Partition and Creating a Stucco Surface
Bob talks to Derek Mercer and Delwin Carter of Tampa Armature Works about how to treat the steel exterior to make it look more like a conventional house. Bob then...
Layout for a Container-Built Home
Bob joins Steve Armstrong, the project architect and engineer, to discuss the project. The challenge of building a home like this is marrying new methods of const...
Design Options for Container-Built Homes
Bob talks with David Cross from Tampa Armature Works. Cross reviews the versatility of designing houses with shipping containers. Both traditional and contemporar...
Touring the Interior of the Container-Built Home
General contractor Buba Barrow joins Bob for a tour of the finish work and interior layout, starting on the tiled front porch, moving through the open-plan family...
The Future of Building with Steel Shipping Containers
Bob talks with David Cross (formerly of Tampa Armature Works) about the future of home construction with steel shipping containers.
Bob looks on as general contractor Tim Berky clads the Queen Anne Victorian project house with clapboards, taking cues from the home's original 1890s exterior.
Matching Original Victorian Frieze Board
General contractor Tim Berky is creating a new frieze board to match the existing board and molding on the 1890 Queen Anne Victorian project house.
Demolition and Reconstruction of Victorian Foundation
General contractor Tim Berky updates Bob on progress since the footing for the new foundation was poured and repairs to the original foundation were made.
Reviewing Plans for Updating the Victorian
Bob meets with homeowner David Masher and architect Greg Colling at the project house, a Queen Anne Victorian in Rowley, MA's historic district, to review plans f...
Tour of the Victorian Interior
Homeowners David Masher and Jeanne Sanviti-Masher provide Bob with a tour of the interior of their 1890s Victorian home in Rowley, MA.
Excavation and Foundation Work
Bob joins general contractor Tim Berky to hear how the foundation and footing will be handled for the Victorian kitchen remodel and deck addition.