Bob Vila's Key West Weekend Give-Away with the Unico System
With our hectic schedules and never-ending to-do lists, who out there couldn’t use a vacation? Strolling on the beach...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
House Tour: 1885 NYC Townhouse Goes Green
This renovated Manhattan townhouse proves once and for all that beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
House Tour: Old House, Modern Kitchen
A rural farmhouse dating back to 1789 gets a contemporary kitchen makeover.
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.
House Envy: Historic Federal in TN
HOUSE STYLE: FederalLOCATION: Johnson City, TNPRICE: $279,000HOUSE STATS: 4,190 sq. ft. , 3 bedrooms, 1. 5 bathsThe H...
House Tour: Hudson Passive Project
For the conservation-minded architect Dennis Wedlick, the Hudson Passive Project is nothing short of revolutionary.
House Tour: Redondo Beach Container House
California architect Peter DeMaria transforms eight shipping containers into an award-winning family residence.
House Envy: Endearing Bungalow in CA
HOUSE STYLE: BungalowLOCATION: Pasadena, CAPRICE: $749,000HOUSE STATS: 2,560 sq. ft. , 4 bedrooms, 4 bathsOrganized C...
House Envy: Brick Beauty in TX
HOUSE STYLE: NeoeclecticLOCATION: Austin, TXPRICE: $295,500HOUSE STATS: 2,176 sq. ft. , 3 bedrooms, 2 bathsThe Open P...
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.
House Envy: Modern Colonial in MA
HOUSE STYLE: Modern ColonialLOCATION: Brookline, MAPRICE: $4,999,900HOUSE STATS: 5,786 sq. ft. , 6 bedrooms, 6 bathsT...
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...
House Envy: Victorian-Era Home in GA
HOUSE STYLE: Folk VictorianLOCATION: Millen, GAPRICE: $148,000HOUSE STATS: 3,200 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2. 5 baths,...
Remodeling Before Baby and Insulating the House
Bob talks with homeowners Nick and Maggie Beasley, who are remodeling, babyproofing, and insulating their home before the baby is born.
Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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 ...
Touring the Home Interior
Bob and architect Gregory Rochlin tour the interior of Bob's 100-year-old Shingle Style home in Cambridge, MA.
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.
Touring a Neighborhood in Melrose
Bob meets with a local real estate broker and with homeowner Sarah Monzon, whose basement will be finished to create additional family space.
Touring the Completed Basement Remodel
Bob meets with homeowner Sarah Monzon to recap the project, from the initial preparation to the renovations to the finishing touches.
Kitchenware for Easy Living and Stylish Outdoor Furniture and Grill
Bob tours the open-plan family room and meets with Cecile to discuss cookware and accessories. Then he meets Meg Tarvin they move to the poolside lanai and the f...
New York Harbor Water Taxi Tour
Tom Fox, founder and former president of New York Water Taxi, takes Bob on a tour of the Brooklyn waterfront, highlighting various points of interest.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Tour
Eric Deutsch, former president of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, gives Bob a tour of the nation's first federal boat-building facility.
Manufacturing Marble Kitchen Countertops
Evan Zgonis of Olympia Marble and Granite gives Bob a tour of the facility where the kitchen countertops being used in the modern Colonial house are manufactured.
Touring the Hancock Land Company Sustainable Forestry Operation
Bob takes a visit to Casco, ME to learn more about the Hancock Land Company's sustainable forestry operation.
Tour of the Chinese Parlor at Winterthur
Bob revisits The Winterthur Garden and Museum, this time touring the Chinese Parlor with curator Pauline Eversmann.
Manufacturing Photovoltaic Devices at the Global Solar Factory
Bob visits the Global Solar factory in Tucson, AZ to see how they company manufactures its unique solar-electric (photovoltaic) devices.
Helicopter Tour of Reforestation Efforts on Mount St. Helens
Bob takes a helicopter tour of the major reforestation efforts underway on Mount St. Helens.
Civano Development Model Home
Bob tours a model home in the Civano development, keeping his eye out for special features and decorating ideas.
Back Porch and Kitchen Tour
Bob takes a look at the rear side, and kitchen, of the Habitat for Humanity Blitz Build project house in Yonkers, NY.
Charleston, SC interior designer Carolyn Griffen joins Bob on a final tour of the house, and Guy Walters (from Thomasville) gives details on the Thomasville Hemin...
Final Tour of the Completed Interior
Charleston, SC interior designer Carolyn Griffen joins Bob for a final tour of the completed interior.
Tour of Richmond, VA
Before heading to the governor's mansion in Richmond, VA, Bob tours some of the sights and sounds of the city.
Governor's Mansion Tour
Bob and Roxane Gilmore, the erstwhile first lady of Virginia, tour the governor's mansion, and meet preservationist Fred Ecker, who is removing a mantel for resto...
Tour of Virginia House
Bob tours Virginia House, which was once an English abbey. In the 1920s, it was shipped to Richmond stone by stone.
Demolition in the Upstairs Living Quarters
After the controlled demolition is complete, Bob tours the upstairs living quarters of the governor's mansion.
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.
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 the Virginia Capitol Building
Bob takes a tour of the original Virginia Capitol Building, designed by Thomas Jefferson in 1785.
Tour of the Restored Interior
Bob tours the interior restoration of the Virginia governor's mansion.
Tour of the Restored Living Quarters
Bob tours the finished restoration of the historic sections of the Virginia governor's mansion.
Fabricating Stainless Steel Kitchen Countertops
Bob visits a stainless steel fabrication shop to see how the kitchen counters for the loft project unit are made.
Tour of the Completed Loft Conversion
Bob tours the completed loft conversion with collaborating architect Lisa Shire.
Tour of the Completed Loft Conversion, Part 2
Collaborating architect Lisa Shire accompanies Bob, as he continues his tour of the completed loft conversion.
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.
Tour of the Lightolier Manufacturing Plant
Bob visits the Lightolier manufacturing plant, which covers 6 acres, and receives a tour from the director of design, Bob Wetikin.
The Font Porch, Façade, and Yard
Bob visits the completed house and talks to the homeowners about their new home's new façade, with its completed porch and newly landscaped yard.
Tour of the Biltmore Hotel
Bob tours a remarkable concrete building that's survived some of Miami's worst hurricanes: the majestic Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.
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.
Tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House
Bob takes a tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's Hollyhock House.
CBS Studio Center Tour
Bob takes a tour of the CBS Studio Center, the first of the big movie lots, which eventually gave Studio City, CA its name.
TV Set Tour
Bob takes a private tour of the set of the television series Grace Under Fire, and meets some interesting characters along the way.
Touring a Japanese Garden
Bob tours the Japanese Garden at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens to get some ideas for the Zen garden the homeowners will be installing in the side y...
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...
Tour of the Sherwin-Williams Paint Manufacturing Plant
Bob tours the Sherwin-Williams paint manufacturing plant in Winter Haven, FL to see how paint is made.
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.
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...
Guillard-Bennet House Tour
Bob takes a tour of the elegantly appointed Guillard-Bennet House, one of the jewels in Charleston's crown.
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.
Brooklyn Botanical Garden Tour
Bob takes a trip to New York City to tour the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, a spectacular, world-class museum greenhouse.
Tour of the Greenhouse With Martha Stewart
Bob, Martha, and the homeowner look at the plants in the new greenhouse. Martha explains why she selected certain plants and put thought into their placement.
Tour of the Vanderbilts' Great Camp Sagamore
Bob tours the mother of all cabins in the woods of upstate New York's Adirondack mountains, a camp once owned by the Vanderbilt family.
The Unusual Home of TV Star Max Gail
Bob visits the unusual home of TV star Max Gail in hopes of gathering design ideas.
Tour of the Automobile Collection at the Heritage Plantation
Bob joins Bob Rogers of the Heritage Plantation, located in Sandwich, MA, for a tour of the post-and-beam Shaker round barn that houses the Josiah K. Lilly, III a...
Tour of an Ainsworth Lumber Mill
Bob travels to Canada for a tour of the Ainsworth oriented strand board (OSB) mill, one of the most modern OSB factories in the world.
Touring the Interior of Chateau-sur-Mer
Bob tours the lavish interior of Chateau-sur-Mer in Newport, RI. The entrance walls are painted canvas and the ceiling is adorned by a fresco. Hand-carved walnut ...
Tour of Cape May, NJ
Bob tours Cape May, one of the oldest beach resort areas in New Jersey, a town with many Victorian-era homes and hotels.
Tour of Olana
Bob takes a tour of Olana, a Victorian artist's mansion in Upstate New York, overlooking the Hudson River. Named after a Persian fortress/treasure house, Olana ha...
Tour of Historic Boston
Bob tours the Boston Public Gardens and Boston harbor, then points out a few of his favorites buildings, including those in Beacon Hill. Next, Bob describes how t...
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...
Touring "Old Ironsides"
Bob meets with a project manager for the restoration of the U.S.S. Constitution, "Old Ironsides", dry-docked in Boston Harbor. They review the 21-inch-thick hull ...
Touring the Bonnet House
Bob travels to Fort Lauderdale, FL for a tour of the Bonnet House. The house, which was built for the Bartlett family in the 1920s and now operates as a museum.
Thomas Edison Home Tours
Bob tours homes that were designed by Thomas Edison. Built in Maine before being shipped to Florida, the homes are surrounded by indiginous plantings, and the dec...
Custom Crown Molding
Bob tours the factory where the project house's custom crown molding is cut to custom specifications, while, back at the site, carpenter Bob Ryley struggles to in...
Final Tour of the Interior, Part 2
Bob takes a final tour through the nursery, office, kitchen, and family room.
Installing the Deck
Once the deck has been installed, Bob heads to picturesque Nantucket to see a very large and impressive backyard deck.
Visiting Plimoth Plantation
Bob takes a field trip to Plimoth Plantation, a replica village where visitors can experience early Colonial life.
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.
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 ...
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.
Finishing the Tour and Summing Up the Budget
Bob finishes the interior tour with the kitchen and master bedroom. Then, Bob, general contractor Ron Gan, and realtor Catherine Caravette sum up the renovation.
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.
Progress Report on the Coach House
Bob tours the completed living room and dining room of the coach house, then heads down into the basement to see the work that's been done on the heating system.
Bob tours the finished coach house exterior.
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...
Touring the Remodeled Interior
Bob and general contractor Tim Berky look back on the numerous aspects of the finished job. Then Bob tours the remodeled mudroom and bath, plus the new open kitch...
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.