All You Need to Know About Tuckpointing
Bricks provide durable cladding for interior and exterior walls, chimneys, and fireplaces. But the mortar used to fil...
So, You Want to... Paint Your Home's Exterior
Painting the exterior of your house is a big project that can quickly turn into a huge headache if you’re not adequat...
9 Simple Ways to Make Your Shed Match Your House
Making the most of a new outdoor structure requires a shift in mentality. You need to think of it not merely as a backyard shed, but rather as a reflection of you...
3 Steps to Remove Mildew from Your Home Exterior
Are mildew streaks tarnishing your home’s curb appeal? Houses in regions with high humidity are prone to exterior mil...
Solved! What to Do About Woodpecker Damage
Q: Woodpeckers recently swooped in on my property and did a number on my cedar tree, siding, and roof. How do I plug ...
3 Ways a New Garage Door Can Transform Your Curb Appeal
Most folks don’t think about replacing a garage door until they absolutely have to, waiting until it gets damaged or ...
How To: Clean Brick
The naturally distressed patina of brick adds to its desirability indoors and out, but too much dirt accumulation can...
All You Need to Know About German Smear
Worn-down bricks make any home look unfashionable and outdated. Instead of shelling out big bucks to repaint their ex...
Rescued from Ruin: 9 Extreme Makeovers You Need to See
When a home is extremely dated or downright dilapidated, you have many more options than just moving or taking a wrecking ball to it. As these remarkable makeover...
How To: Pressure Wash a House
There may not be a magic wand to instantly banish years of mildew, soot, dirt, and grime from your home’s exterior, b...
10 New Ways to Display Your House Numbers
Sure, house numbers make it easier for mail carriers to find the right address, or for guests to know they've reached their destination, but house numbers do so m...
All You Need to Know About Stucco Homes
Stucco siding, a type of hand-troweled masonry plaster consisting of cement, water, and sand, is a definitive feature...
14 Insanely Easy Curb Appeal Projects You Can Do in a Day
Sure, you’d love to amp up your public image and be the envy of the neighborhood. You just don’t want to work too hard at it! Lucky for you, the projects here are...
Before and After: 6 Landscapes Totally Transformed
Remodeling is always a risk, but updating the outside of your house is a seriously smart investment. From framing a new addition to getting to work in the garden,...
How To: Remove Vinyl Siding
Buckles, splinters, and cracks, oh my! These are all clear-cut signs that your vinyl siding needs to be replaced. Des...
7 Ways to Hide the Ugly Things Your House Can't Do Without
Call them necessary evils: the utility boxes, septic tanks, and random receptacles that houses require for functional reasons. That doesn’t mean we like looking a...
Hard Sell: 7 Pretty House Colors That Scare Buyers Away
Getting ready to sell your house often involves a good deal of decluttering and sprucing up so that every room will look its best. But this presale prep shouldn't...
How To: Paint a Garage Door
As long as it goes up and down on command, it’s easy to ignore your garage door. Yet this aspect of your home’s exter...
Exterior Motive: 3 Ways to Put a New Face on Your Home
As a well-known quip notes, "You never get a second chance to make a first impression. " The saying applies first and...
Celebrate Fall with 11 Thrifty DIY Projects for the Home
Autumn means cooler temps, crisper air, and, of course, pumpkins, leaves, and seasonal colors galore. Transform your front porch into a welcoming wonder with thes...
10 Handy Things You Can Do with a Hose Wand
If you think your hose is the ultimate outdoor cleaning tool… think again! Some areas are just too tricky, too high or too grungy for your hose to tackle all by i...
7 No-Fail Exterior Paint Colors
<p>Painting your house’s exterior takes hours of hard work—even just to pick out the colors you love. And with exterior house paint costing $50 per gallon or more...
One-Step Spring Upkeep with a Multitalented Outdoor Tool
Here's what the real estate agent doesn't say: Owning a home near the ocean is rarely a day at the beach. Salt air pu...
One Attachment Turns Your Garden Hose into a Powerhouse Cleaning Tool
This time of year, we all rely on the garden hose for any number of chores around the yard. But useful though it may ...
Your Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Home's Exterior
While we're all comfortably accustomed to the concept of spring cleaning, most of us view the effort as taking place solely indoors. It's time to reevaluate. Afte...
7 Signs You Need a New Roof
Most people don’t really think about the roof over their heads…until it springs a leak! Don’t wait until water is pouring through the ceiling and you have to brea...
Before and After: DIY Facelifts for 8 Home Exteriors
As warm weather arrives and you emerge into the light of spring, you may become suddenly aware of all the unsightly or dreary areas that mar your home's exterior....
9 Bright and Bold Colors for Your Front Door
Before guests even set foot inside your home, the front entrance establishes the tone for the rest of the space. The color you choose for your door might reflect ...
Perfectly Suited: 9 Top-Rated Color Combinations for Your Home Exterior
Selecting a single color for the outside of your house can be difficult enough, but trying to find two or more hues that work well together makes the decision eve...
Stone Veneers: 10 Rock-Solid Looks for Your Walls
There once was a big difference in appearance between natural and faux stone veneer, but the materials have evolved to be nearly indistinguishable. Natural stone ...
8 Exterior Paint Colors to Help Sell Your House
Like the hues you choose for indoors, exterior house colors should be ones you love coming home to day after day. That being said, if you're planning to put your ...
How To: Spackle Exterior Siding
When you're repainting your house, here's how to restore that smooth, original finish. After you've removed all loose...
Quick Tip: Exterior Painting Preparation
An exterior paint job is only as good as the prep you do first. Make sure to scrape and sand the surface to remove o...
How To: Prevent Peeling Exterior Paint
Here's how to keep the exterior paint from peeling off your house, if you live in a damp climate. Using a breathable ...
Pro Tips: What Type of Paint Is Best for Exteriors?
A fresh coat of exterior paint does wonders for the look of a home, revolutionizing its curb appeal while adding a va...
How To: Paint Home Exteriors with a Sprayer
Next time you tackle a big exterior paint job, try using a power sprayer. Start at the bottom and work your way up, s...
The Do's and Don'ts of Choosing a New House Color
When it comes to picking exterior paint colors, there are a number of things to consider before making a final decision. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts to he...
How To: Stain Wood Shingle Siding
Here is a helpful tip if you are thinking of staining some cedar shingles. To protect new shingles, apply a penetrat...
How To: Paint a House
Painting your house yourself is a big commitment of time. Just think about it. It can take a professional crew of thr...
Exterior Paint 101
Painting the exterior of your home is a big undertaking: you'll need the right type of paint, quality tools and some ...
Home Renovation: The Exterior
Even if your proposed renovation concerns only interior spaces—say, a new kitchen, or converting an old closet to a s...
How To: Avoid House Painting Problems
Start any exterior paint job by cleaning, scraping, and repairing the surface. Take notice of how the paint has weath...
Weatherproof with Paint
Extreme heat or cold, moisture, and prolonged exposure to the sun all take their toll on the exterior of our homes. W...
Painting the House: Should You Hire a Pro?
If you’re used to taking on your own renovations, painting your home’s exterior might be a natural money-saving proje...
10 Reasons to Reconsider Vinyl Siding
Today's vinyl siding products can mimic wood, insulate your home, and even stand up to tornado-force winds, making them a highly desirable exterior cladding optio...
Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Paint Color
Choosing a paint color for your home’s exterior can be intimidating: This is a big, expensive job, and whatever color...
Is Stripping Paint Really Necessary?
It's always amazed me to see workmen sanding all the paint off a home's exterior just because some of the paint is pe...
Bob Vila Radio: Exterior Painting Prep
Summertime’s a great time to get to that exterior paint job you’ve been putting off. LISTENListen to BOB VILA ON EXTE...
Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building tech...
Installing Fiber-Cement Siding and Cellular PVC Trim
While the house is being dried out, fiber-cement siding is put in place, as well as a cellular PVC trim that has the look of wood boards without any of the hassles.
Touring the Home Exterior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the exterior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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...
Replacing an Exterior Door and Windows
A new, lower-maintenance front door is installed, as well as new bay windows.
Installing New, Strong Shutters With an Old-Style Look
Carpenters install new prepainted shutters made from synthetic materials, with old-fashioned hinges and hardware.
Planning Exterior and Interior Lighting, Storage Solutions, and Interior Decorating
A high-tech lighting control system is reviewed, as well as furniture, storage, and decorating choices in various rooms.
Applying Durable Exterior Paint Formulated for a Subtropical Climate
Jim McLaughlin and Bob spray a finish coat of Flex Lox Masonry coating on the exterior.
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.
Window Placement and Installation
Bob looks at the order and placement of the windows on the facade of the modern Colonial. Upon closer inspection, the classically inspired fenestration, size, typ...
Steel Bulkhead, Cedar Siding and Metal Flashing, and Standing Seam Steel Roof Installation
In a progress report, Ted Riley shows Bob the pre-primed red cedar siding , the heavy-duty metal Bilco bulkhead installation, and the Quechee home's standing seam...
Bob walks through the farmhouse interior and points out some of the challenges the home's design posed for the drywall contractors.
Exterior Painting With an Airless Sprayer
Latex paint is being applied on the exterior of the Vermont farmhouse by workers using airless sprayers.
Installing Smartside Engineered Wood Siding
Bob meets Lance Olson of Louisana Pacific as LP's Smartside lap siding is installed on a Mashpee house.
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 ...
Restoring the Brownstone Facade and Working on the Wrought Iron
Bob focuses on the exterior of the Manhattan Brownstone, where paint has built up over the last 100 years and now obscures the details and carvings on the facade.
Installing Permex Shutters, Viewing the Open Floor Plan, and Meeting the Affordable Home Buyers
Bob meets general contractor Wes Lohr at the Colonial-style affordable home in Mashpee, Massachusetts.
Facade Details and Windows and the Interior's Finished Cornice Molding, Flooring, and Fireplace
Bob is outside the Manhattan Brownstone to show off the refurbished facade of the building and then goes inside to show us the completed living room of the floor-...
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.
Laying Precast Foundation System and Discussing Engineered Wood
Carpenter Bob Ryley meets with Jim Whiteside, construction manager with Habitat for Humanity, and Dennis Hodgrin of APA.
Installing the Siding
Volunteers are on-site at the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build in Yonkers, NY, working hard on the siding.
Installing Trim on the Back Porch
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley install trim on the back porch of the Habitat for Humanity house in Yonkers, NY.
Painting With Low-VOC Paint
Bob learns about exterior paint that can be applied at temperatures near freezing, and also about low-odor low-VOC paints.
Tyvek House Wrap Installation
Bob meets with building consultant Steven Easley to learn about Tyvek: what it is, how it works, and how to install it.
Installing Cedar Trim and Clapboard Siding
Work has begun on the exterior finish. Contractors are installing the cedar trim, casing, and grounds, and continue on to begin installing the clapboard siding.
Finishing the Front Porch and Installing Custom Pine Shutters
Bob looks over the finishing touches, which have been put on the front porch. Also, Bob chats with the installers of the Pine shutters.
Tour of the Mansion's Exterior and Landscaping
Bob tours the exterior with general contractor Sam Daniel. Then, he joins architect John Paul Hanbury and interior designer Barbara Page, and, together, they roll...
Tour of the Restored Exterior and Interior Decor
Bob takes a grand tour of the fully restored governor's mansion in Richmond, VA.
Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
Tour of the Building in Boston's Leather District
Bob tours the restored façade, and the updated common areas, of the building.
Cement Fiber Siding Installation
Bob confers with contractor Arnold Johnson (from Crosswinds Enterprises), as he adds siding to the accessible home.
Building a Wooden Corner Bracket
Carpenter Bob Ryley lays out and constructs a corner bracket for the accessible home.
Building a Wooden Corner Bracket, Part 2
Carpenter Bob Ryley continues to fashion a wooden bracket for the exterior of the accessible home.
Bob meets with stucco contractor Angelo Dattini, who is mixing Rinker-brand stucco with Pompano sand in a wheelbarrow.
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...
Exterior Paint Stripping and Priming
Bob examines the exterior of the home, where several layers of paint are removed, and contractor Cortney Lofton explains the techniques and tools used to restore ...
Putting Up the Second Floor Exterior Wall
Bob assists the crew installing sidewall on the second floor of the addition.
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.
Exterior Shingles and Brick Walkway
Bob talks with contractor Bob Ryley about shingle exposure, brick surrounds for basement windows, and the design of a brick walkway.
Stone Patio, Landscaping, and Outdoor Lighting
Bob joins landscape designer Ruth Foster to discuss her plan for a stone patio and hot tub. Low-voltage outdoor lighting will also be installed.
Exterior Stucco Finish
Contractors explain their methodology as they apply stucco finish to the Malibu beach house in a multiple-step process.
Working With Exterior Trim
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley create an overhang detail with eyebrow returns and cedar plywood siding.
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...
Installing Cedar Shingles
Bob meets with carpenter Ron Jackson, who is installing Atlantic white cedar shingles and sidewall flashing.
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...
Adding Clapboard Siding
Contractor Bob Ryley explains the process of installing the new clapboards. Using galvanized nails, the boards are added in a staggered pattern for better visual ...
Exterior Door Installation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the exterior kitchen door.
Constructing a Clapboard Sunburst Fan
Bob joins siding contractor Brian Quinn, who is constructing a beautiful gable-end sunburst fan from clapboard siding. Quinn explains how to lay out the center mo...
Tips on Exterior Painting
At the Plymouth project site, tips for exterior paint prep and application are shared.
Wiring the Colonial Lantern Fixture
After taking stock of progress that's been made, Bob begins wiring a hanging light fixture for a special colonial lantern in the front hall.
Bulkhead Entrance and Trim
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley install a bulkhead from a kit and put trim (a soffit, fascia, and drip edge) on the front façade.
Applying Cedar Shingles
Sidewall contractor Dean Fraser shows us how to apply cedar shingles.
Putting Up Exterior Trim
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley puts up exterior trim around the windows.
Reviewing the Electrical Wiring
Bob goes over the electrical wiring with John Hickey. Also, cedar clapboards are put up on the exterior.
Exterior Paints and Stains
Bob talks about exterior paints and stains with painter Paul Stoliker.
Touring the Exterior and Reviewing the Budget
Bob tours the smart finished exterior with carpentry contractor Bob Ryley.
Contractor Carleton Bergere explains the advantages of vinyl siding and demonstrates how to install it.
Landscaping the Front Garden
Gardener John Rasthenis landscapes the front garden.
Touring the Finished Exterior and Basement
Bob tours the finished exterior with general contractor Ron Gan before going inside to see Christine Smyth’s spectacular decorating job.
Removing Old Paint
Brick worker Dan Webb explains how the brick façade is power-washed to remove several layers of ugly paint.
Final Exterior Touches
The finishing touches are put on the garden while the exterior painting is completed.
Bob tours the finished coach house exterior.
Painting the Exterior
Bob joins Ron Boyajian to talk over painting the exterior clapboards. The surface is power-washed, sanded, and primed. Then, acrylic paint is applied. The painter...
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.