18 Victorian Homes We Love
Queen Victoria may have vacated the British throne long ago, but the regal and architecturally distinctive Victorian houses erected during her reign, from 1837 to...
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...
8 Low-Cost Kits for a 21st-Century Log Cabin
Early American homes were rugged and rustic—the ultimate DIY project. Today, modern homesteaders can build a new house with the same frontier appeal by starting f...
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...
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...
Bob Vila's All-Star Celebrity House Quiz
How well do you think you know your movie stars, sports heroes, fashion designers, and TV personalities? Well enough to know how they live? Take our star-studded...
The Tudor-Style Home
If you grew up in an American suburb, you’re probably familiar with the Tudor architectural style, typified by homes ...
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...
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.
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...
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...
The Handmade House
In architectural history, there is one major dividing line that separates the handmade house from all those that cam...
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 ...
Know Your House Styles
Today, we choose from house plans that have the same basic house forms. Preservation specialist Mary O’Neil has outli...
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...
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. ...
Bob Vila's Guide to Historic House Styles
In the United States, a dizzying number and array of house styles are to be found, each one unique.
The Spanish Colonial House
Homes from early Spanish settlements are found in St. Augustine, Florida; San Antonio, Texas; Sante Fe, New Mexico; ...
House Style: Garrison Colonial
Origins and Early 20th Century Adaptations of the Garrison House Colonial is one of the most adaptable styles. The ga...
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...
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, ...
Touring Historic Homes in Cambridge, MA
Bob and architectural historian Brian Pfeiffer tour the neighborhood's historic homes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
Final Tour of the Federal-Style Home
Bob takes a grand tour of the elegantly restored Federal-style project house, focusing on the portico and back façade.
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...
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...
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.
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...
House Hunting in Plymouth, MA
Bob goes house hunting in Plymouth, MA, talking with the realtor while he tours the area homes for sale.
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.
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.
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.