So, You Want to... Reface Your Fireplace
You can repaint the walls, re-carpet the floor, and replace all outdated furniture, but leaving that eyesore of an ol...
How To: Mix and Use Homemade Wood Floor Cleaner
Wood floors add beauty and warmth to any home, but they do demand special care. Though there are plenty of commercial...
How To: Create a Faux Wood Grain... with Paint!
The ageless patina of wood grain makes it a popular material for home furnishings. Unfortunately, solid wood pieces—s...
How To: Fix a Squeaky Floor
No matter how quietly you traipse through your home late at night, a squeaky floor will always trip you up and announ...
How To: Paint MDF
Medium-Density Fiberboard, known simply as MDF, is common for both furniture and home construction these days. The in...
All You Need to Know About Shiplap
Shiplap has been popping up everywhere lately. The rough-sawn wooden planks arranged as horizontal panels can take an...
3 Ways to Waterproof Wood
Some of most delightful furniture, cabinetry, and trim work are crafted from wood, the world’s oldest and best-loved ...
How To: Build a Faux Fireplace
Somehow, even if it's not operational, a fireplace is still imbues coziness in winter and architectural charm year-ro...
Bob Vila Radio: Winterizing Wooden Furniture
When your heating system is cranking, dry indoor air can do a number on your wood furniture and, for that matter, any...
The Dos and Don’ts of Bleaching Wood
When debating whether to stain or paint an old piece of wood furniture, consider this third, often overlooked alterna...
Bob Vila Radio: Where to Get Shipping Pallets
Shipping pallets have all sorts of uses for do-it-yourselfers, but versatility isn't their only virtue. Additionally,...
5 Ways to Weather Wood
Many homeowners strive for the lived-in look—the shabby chic, modern farmhouse, or vintage eclectic vibe touted by in...
Bob Vila Radio: 4 Ways to Fix Scratched Wood Flooring
Hardwood flooring adds beauty to your home, and it's durable enough to last a lifetime (or more). But that's not to s...
Genius! The Easy Way to Add Privacy to a Chain-Link Fence
Chain-link fences have bordered American yards for more than a century, and with good reason—they're cheap, easy to i...
Hardwood or Laminate: Which Is the Right Flooring for You?
Whatever your home's style may be, flooring is quite literally its foundation—and often the first design element visi...
How To: Remove Candle Wax from Any Surface
No matter their placement—on the mantel, beside the bathtub, or on the dining table—lit candles instantly create an a...
DIY Lite: The Most Convenient Side Table Wood Can Build
Everyone has a favorite seat, a comfortable corner of the living room perfect for lounging, reading, working, snackin...
How To: Stain Hardwood Floors
Hardwood flooring offers rich, warm, timeless beauty, and can even favorably affect the resale value of your home. Wi...
How To: Split Firewood
Fireplace season has at long last arrived: Time to gather around the hearth, hunker down, and embrace the warmth of t...
How To: Strip Furniture
You’ll be surprised at the gems you uncover once you strip the paint and lacquer off your attic, yard sale, or thrift...
Quick Tip: How to Snag Shipping Pallets for Your Next Project
The foundation of many furniture projects—like crafty wine racks, whimsical swing chairs, and elegant daybeds—relies ...
Modern Wood Slice Shelves
After searching with no avail for modern accent shelves, Girl Loves Glam blogger, McKenzie, decided to take matters i...
Quick Tip: Use Vinegar to Give Wood a Weathered Look
A weathered finish on a beloved table or chair chronicles the story of a bygone era. But while authentic antique piec...
Quick Tip: Fix Wood Scratches with This Favorite Snack
An unsightly scratch in your new hardwood floors—or worse, the expensive mahogany table you splurged on in a recent d...
How To: Stain Pressure-Treated Wood
Pressure treating protects wood from the elements, helps prevent insect attacks, and minimizes the effects of aging. ...
Quick Tip: Renew Dull Wood Finishes with Mineral Spirits
As you go about your spring cleaning routine, take a few minutes to inspect the condition of your wood furniture and ...
Bob Vila Radio: Is Softwood Flooring Right for Your Remodel?
Think wood flooring has to strain your remodeling budget? Think again! Though hardwood flooring typically costs a pre...
How To: Remove Mold from Wood
Wood, which naturally soaks up and retains water, makes an ideal environment for mold and mildew. If you're dealing w...
A Forgotten Forest Lies at the Bottom of a Lake in Maine
In remote Millinocket, ME, there are as many as 1 million cords of wood resting at the bottom of Quakish Lake. Since ...
Bob Vila Radio: Is MDF Better Than Plywood?
Medium-density fiberboard, MDF for short, can be a cheaper, more stable alternative to plywood, if used in the right ...
Medium-density fiberboard—most often known by its initials, MDF—rivals the affordability and versatility of plywood a...
The Pros and Cons of Softwood Flooring
Trees are classified as either hardwood or softwood according to the structure of their seeds. And while almost all h...
Bob Vila Radio: A Trick for Splinter-less Cuts in Plywood
If you're planning to cut plywood, here are a few points to keep in mind. Cutting plywood usually creates a splintere...
4 Creative New Ways to Reuse Wood Pallets
Shipping pallets are easy to come by, often at no cost. And they're easily broken down into separate, simple wood boa...
How To: Apply Polyurethane Sealer
More than a mere shine, polyurethane sealer protects and preserves the finish you've chosen for your furniture or flo...
How To: Paint Pressure-Treated Wood
It's a two-sided coin: Painting pressure-treated wood comes with complications caused by the very same treatment that...
How To: Remove Water Stains from Wood
Wood furniture is beautiful, but it's not impervious to the wear and tear of everyday life. To retain their looks, ne...
Get the Job Done Quicker with Prefinished Flooring
Anyone shopping for a new hardwood floor quickly discovers that there's no shortage of options on the market. Homeown...
Be It Ever So Humble: 12 Amazing Things Made with Plywood
While furnishings and accessories made of solid wood have been king for some time, plywood is experiencing a comeback. It does, after all, tick all the boxes—it's...
Bob Vila Radio: Painting Raw Wood
You probably know that bare, raw wood needs to be primed before it’s painted. For best results, though, there are a f...
Parquet, You Say? 10 Stunning Wood Floor Patterns
Wood has proven a popular and durable flooring choice in homes for hundreds of years. Whether you're considering recycling, upcycling, or creating a high-end luxu...
A manmade material prized for its great versatility, plywood appears in elements of the home as various as flooring, ...
What Would Bob Do? Fixing Scratches on Wood Floors
I have various scratches on my wood floors. Some add character, but some are just too big and need to go away. What i...
10 Great Woods for Woodworking
Woodworking pro, Spike Carlsen, shares his pick for the top ten best woodworking woods, along with the characteristics, best uses and cost for each.
Quick Tips: Butcher Block
A butcher block table can help make your kitchen much more efficient. Built to take a beating, butcher block doubles ...
Quick Tips: Prepping Wood for Paint
Here are some steps to follow when preparing new wood for painting. First, countersink any finish nails. Then fill a...
Quick Tips: Repairing Floorboards
Here's a way to save time and energy when repairing floorboards. Instead of drilling and chiseling damaged floorboard...
How To: Install a Wood Block Floor
For a very unusual floor finish, you might want to try wood blocks. Lay out your floor the way you would any ceramic...
Quick Tip: Wooden Fences
Wooden fences are a terrific finishing touch. They give a home privacy and character. They surround and define your p...
Quick Tip: Reclaimed Wood Floors
Reclaimed wood floors give new life to old timbers. Made from lumber recycled from demolished buildings, heart pine, ...
Considering a Wood Deck? It's Not Just About Good Looks
There are many wood species that can be used for outdoor decks, but not all offer the same benefits and maintenance r...
Bob Vila Radio: Reclaimed Wood
Imagine bringing the quality and charm of eighteenth-century wood planks into your home today. With reclaimed wood, y...
Old Wood Flooring: Replace or Refinish?
Recently my wife and I moved into a co-op. It’s kind of like a condo but with a few additional restrictions about wha...
16 Ways to Use Salvaged Wood in Your Home
These days, everyone tries hard to subscribe to the 3R’s— Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Home design is all over that trend, and has its own 3R’s— Recycle, Repurpose, Re...
Wood Floors Go Gray
Weathered wood floors grayed from years of wear go so well with the ubiquitous reclaimed wood and industrial furnitur...
Engineered vs. Solid: Selecting Wood Flooring
There are a lot of decisions to make when constructing a new home. Having a large production builder as our contracto...
Helpful Hints for Refinishing Hardwood Floors
Hardwood floor refinishing and sanding is unforgiving work. Make a mistake and it will show. However, a refinished fl...
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...
Constructing the Porch and Reviewing the Mechanical Systems
A big farmer's porch will run the whole width of the house. Bob discusses the boiler, which will heat the domestic hot water, radiant floor heating, and hydro-air...
Installing the New Garage Doors
Bob talks with Robert Rainey of PJ Overhead Door as the new and improved garage door panels and tracks are installed on the Norwell home.
Putting in a New Fireplace, Painting the Interior, and Installing Doors and Floors
The walls in the new addition are just about ready for paint. The new fireplace, trimmed with fieldstone, will make this new in-law suite very cozy. Interior door...
Installing Wood Shingle Siding
Bob works with contractor Bob Ryley and carpenter Chris Clark installing new wood-shingle siding.
Touring a Georgia-Pacific Lumber Mill
Bob tours a Georgia-Pacific lumber mill with Randi Bonanni, who outlines the harvesting and mill processes.
Installing Stud Lumber Partitioning for the Bathroom
Bob reviews plans for the kitchen remodeling and visits the second floor, where one of the bedrooms has been removed to accommodate his and her bathrooms. He help...
Building a Redwood Deck and a Redwood-and-Cedar Fence
Bob helps carpenter Bob Ryley build a redwood deck. Carpenter Danny Ruffini installs a custom-made redwood-and-cedar fence on the perimeter.
Reviewing the Layout of Bob’s Walk-in Closet
Bob meets with California Closets to review plans for his walk-in closet and checks out the careful herringbone floor installation in the library that is nearly c...
Installing a Herringbone-Patterned Floor
Bob quickly reviews the completed work in the kitchen, and then oversees the installation of a herringbone-patterned floor in the den, which will essentially func...
Installing Wall Paneling in the Entranceway and Visiting the Completed Tiled Shower
Inspired by designs found in the Isaac Bell historic house, paneling is installed on Bob’s entrance door to the living room. Bob looks at the completed tiled show...
Installing Paneling in the Master Bedroom Closet
Bob joins carpenter David Ives, who is installing the paneling in the master bedroom closet, and then checks in on artist Kim’s faux finishing work on the walls.
Building a Privacy Fence and Touring the Completed Kitchen
Bob reviews the progress of his western red cedar custom fence, designed to provide privacy and block the carport from the neighbors’ view.
Keep Water Out of the Basement
Basement drainage systems are installed to control moisture and humidity and to eliminate rot and mildew.
Fixing a Rotted Deck and Columns on the Porch
Carpenters replace a rotted deck, and a rotted porch column is reconstructed with concrete.
Completing the Basement Finishing System and Repairing the Basement Stairs
Bob talks with Owens Corning experts about the basement finishing system and discusses staircase repairs.
Fixing Squeaky Floors
Bob talks with a floor expert about how to fix squeaky floors.
Replacing Sill, Repelling Insects and Rot, and Installing Sliding Doors With Custom Trim Molding
Damaged sill is replaced, the house is protected against insects and rot, and sliding doors with custom trim molding are installed.
Cutting an Exterior Door to Fit
An energy-efficient door is cut down in size to replace the small exterior door leading to the new basement mud room.
Hardscaping, Selecting Plants, Installing Artificial Grass in the Backyard, and Preventing Weed Growth
Backyard landscaping has progressed with the completion of stone work, new plantings, weed control, and the installation of artificial grass.
Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
Installing a Fence on a Sloped Site
Bob talks with a fencing expert about installing a white-cedar fence in sloped areas at the Melrose house.
Basement Remodeling Update and Installing Subfloor to Prevent Water Damage
Bob discusses the installation of a plastic subfloor to prevent water damage and the selection of a basement dehumidifier.
Painting a Stucco and Wood Exterior
Exterior stucco walls and wood trim are painted, and repaired shingles are stained.
Builder-Grade Cabinets in the Kitchen
Bob meets with Jack Ballantine to discuss and install Maple kitchen cabinets.
Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
Cindy O'Reilly is on site with Bob to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades.
Custom Bamboo Garden
Kalo joins Bob to create a Zen bamboo garden.
Installing Hardwood Floors over Concrete
Jesse Bartuesek joins Bob for the installation of Brazilian Walnut floors
Interior Sandblasting and Installing the Plywood Subfloor
Interior beams, walls, and ceilings have been sandblasted, exposing raw surfaces that will become an integral part of the interior design. Reggie Ray of Georgia-P...
Installing Hardwood Flooring
Bob watches as flooring specialists put in red rosin paper as underlayment before installing Ash hardwood floors in the penthouse apartment.
Cherry Cabinet Installation
Gam Danziger from Craftline Cabinets reviews the assembly of the contemporary Cherry kitchen cabinets being installed in the penthouse apartment.
Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation
Bob consults with the project's stone and tile specialist, who explains the process of attaching the Pietra Cardosa countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cab...
Installing a Mahogany Windowsill
Bob puts in a Mahogany windowsill that's been precut with a cleat and bevel to make the installation easier. He also helps install Poplar floor molding and observ...
Building the Roof Deck With Ipe
Bob watches the ongoing installation of the roof deck, which is being built woth a sustainable tropical hardwood decking called Ipe.
Reviewing the Penthouse Living Area & Kitchen
Bob surveys the interior decorating of the penthouse apartment, as well as the top-quality materials and appliances in the kitchen. Also, Bob learns about the dif...
Crafting Custom Countertops
Bob assists Princeton Custom Cabinetry as the crew crafts custom countertops on-site for the Miami Beach condo remodel.
Kitchen Cabinet Styling and Installation
Bob meets with Dave Boniello from Simplex Industries to discuss the custom modular kitchen being built and installed at the factory.
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.
Installing a Sound-Attenuating Coffered Wood Ceiling
Bob meets with Joe Adams and Ralph McGrath in the media room of Elm Court. Adams and McGrath are installing a sound-attenuating grid-ceiling system from Owens-Cor...
Cedar Shingles' Manufacture and Installation
Bob tours the Maibec American Classics mill in Quebec, Canada, where the cedar shingles for the center-entry Colonial house were manufactured. He also discusses t...
Installing Carriage-Style Garage Doors
Dave Colette from Doorworks talks Bob through the installation of the garage doors.
Lyman Estate Tour
Interior Designer Leslie Curtis takes Bob on a tour of the Lyman Estate in Waltham, MA.
Finishing a Wood Floor
Howard Brickman has begun sanding the old growth Eastern white pine floor in the bedroom of the modern Colonial.
Moving Appliances Without Damaging Wood Floors
Bob meets with flooring specialist Howard Brickman, who has completed the home's beautiful wood floors. The next challenge is to move heavy appliances across the ...
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...
Redwood Deck Installation and Tour of Vermont Organic Farm
Bob talks with Ron Holen from Georgia-Pacific as the finishing touches are completed on the redwood front porch deck. Bob also visits with farmers at Cedar Mounta...
Constructing Tapered Porch Colums With Preprimed Engineered Lumber
Bob Ryley is on site to help carpenter Pat Cloutier construct tapered columns on the front porch.
Hard Maple Flooring Installation
Bob checks out Shaw's Chateau wood flooring, which contractor David LaFosse and his crew are about to install in the great room.
Installing Smartside Engineered Wood Siding
Bob meets Lance Olson of Louisana Pacific as LP's Smartside lap siding is installed on a Mashpee house.
Building the Fireplace
Bob talks with general contractor Ted Riley about the fireplace construction.
Discussing the Bellawood Maple Hardwood Floor
Tom Sullivan of Bellawood is in one of the four Mashpee affordable homes where they have donated hardwood flooring for the living room, dining room, and kitchen o...
Custom Kitchen Cabinets and Drawers
Thomas Bump of Fine Custom Cabinetry shows Bob the Maple and hardwood panel cabinets that were built specifically for the Brownstone kitchen.
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-...
Reviewing Satellite Dish Features and the Master Bedroom
Bob experiences the Panasonic Replay TV with the show-stopper feature and he tours the master bedroom suite, admiring the space, scope, and the view.
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,...
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.
Interior Framing and Bathtub Installation
Much of the space on the first floor has been opened up to give the house a 21st-century lifestyle feel. The framing of the new addition is ongoing, and the Kohle...
Installing Standing-Seam Copper Roofing
Bob Fulmer (from Harraseeket Restoration, Inc.) joins Bob on the roof of the breezeway to install a double-lock standing seam copper roof.
Exterior Prep and Painting
Bob discusses painting the exterior of the Victorian project house, which needed prep work before painting.
Trellis and Lattice Fencing & Workshop Tour
Fred Goode (from Brattle Works) joins Bob to view the trellis and lattice fencing, and Bob visits the Brattle Works workshop to see how the fencing is manufactured.
Building the Backyard Deck
Bob observes as general contractor Charlie Tomaszewski finishes up the picture framing for the mahogany deck.
Replacing the Barn Door
Workers replace the old barn doors with an oversized Ponderosa Pine door (from KML Industries in Canada).
Installing the White Oak Flooring
Bob and Tim Colgan (from Kahrs) discuss the white oak flooring being installed in the bedroom.
Installing the Kitchen Cabinets
Mark Van Sickle (from Merillat) installs the hardware on the cabinets destined for the kitchen in the Victorian restoration project house.
Manufacturing MDO Plywood
Bob visits the Simpson Plywood plant in Shelton, WA, where Jim Langenberg shows Bob how plywood, especially MDO, is made.
Touring the LP Engineered Wood Siding Plant
Bob visits Two Harbors, MN and tours the plant where Louisiana Pacific manufactures a line of exterior trim products.
Helicopter Tour of Reforestation Efforts on Mount St. Helens
Bob takes a helicopter tour of the major reforestation efforts underway on Mount St. Helens.
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.
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.
Installing Custom Garage Doors
Bob gets up to speed on the progress made, before joining Kent Forsland (from Designer Doors) to discuss the new custom-made, cedar-faced garage doors, which have...
Laying Plywood for the Front Porch Ceiling
General contractor Kevin Kalman and carpenter Bob Ryley lay plywood to the soffit of the front porch ceiling.
Cherry Kitchen Cabinet Installation
Bob observes, and assists with, the installation of Cherry cabinets, a Northland refrigerator, and a wine storage system.
Installing a Reclaimed Heart Pine Floor
Carpenter Bob Ryley and contractor Grady Garrett install a reclaimed Yellow Pine hardwood floor.
Oak and Herringbone Floor Repair
Bob meets with preservationist Fred Ecker to go over the process of making repairs to the floors.
Baseboard Molding Installation
Bob Ryley installs replica baseboard molding inside a room of the Virginia governor's mansion, which is under restoration.
Faux-Finishing the Doors
Bob looks at the old doors, then meets with local artist Elaine Havaland, who demonstrates a faux-finishing technique.
Fire Codes and Installing Fireproofing Material
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley review the interior construction, which must satisfy stringent fire codes.
Butcher Block Installation and Care
Bob meets with Joel Scanlon, who installs legs on a butcher block top and explains how to care for the wood surface.
Discussing the Hallway Walls
Bob highlights the long curved wall in the loft's hallway. The wall provides a great deal of storage, and serves as a divider between the private and public space...
Mounting Plantation Shutters
Carpenter Bob Ryley installs plantation shutters against a bedroom wall.
Construction of the Roof Truss System
Bob explains the engineering and construction of the truss system supporting the roof of 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.
Discussing the Northern White Cedar Picket Fence
A Northern White Cedar picket fence is discussed and installed.
House One: Tour of a Gothic Carpenter-Style Home
The first Elmwood project concerns remodeling a Gothic Carpenter-style home, built in 1871.
Installing a Reclaimed Pine Floor
Bob Riley and Howard Brickman install a reclaimed hard pine floor. The orientation of the boards is explained, and the moisture content of the subfloor is checked...
Mahogany Deck and Kitchen Appliances
Carpenter Bob Ryley works on the mahogany deck, while new kitchen appliances are installed and the lighting and cabinets undergo examination.
Installing a Gas Fireplace and Refinishing the Hardwood Floor
Joe Murphy installs a direct vent gas-driven fireplace, and Howard Brickman refinishes the hardwood floor.
Laying Down the Mahogany Deck and Final Tour of Third House
The mahogany roof deck is complete, with the hot tub sturdily supported. Bob takes a final tour of the residence, the third Elmwood project house.
Porch Restoration: Custom Reproduction Moldings and Chatsworth's Columns
Porch restoration continues on the fifth Elmwood project house, with Forester Moulding and Lumber re-milling many porch elements.
Fighting Carpenter Ants and Repairing the Porch
The restoration of the front porch continues with workers putting the decking down and replacing the old columns. In addition, anti-termite control stations are p...
Discussing Cedar Shingle Siding
Homer Earl (from the Cedar Shake and Shingle Bureau) explains what makes a quality shingle. The group takes a look at Sikkens Cetol shingle stain products, and Bo...
Landscaping, Front Column Installation, and Home Security System
Landscaping work continues, as the new security system is installed and the reproduction railing is going into place on the front porch.
Finishing Touches on the Two Porches
Bob points out that the side porch is nearly complete and remarks on the landscaping, before he meets homeowner Jim Verity on the completed front porch.
Weaving Cedar Shingles and Prepping Damaged Wood Trim for Painting
Front porch restoration continues with the roof being replaced and new red cedar shingles being applied on the porch wall. Bob demonstrates the shingle weaving pr...
Painting Shingles and Shutters, Landscaping, and Hardscaping
Contractors put the finishing touches on the front porch by adding new Yellow Pine shutters and a coat of Sherwin Williams latex paint to the exterior.
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...
A Retrospective of Restoration Projects in the Elmwood Neighborhood
Bob recaps the entire Elmwood project. It was a community effort involving an array of houses, though great pains were made to adhere to the historic look of the ...
Tour of the Completed Workout Area
Bob takes a final tour of the home workout area, discussing the tub surround and the new exercise equipment.
Block Wall Demolition
Bob and contractor Ed Weller meet to demolish a block wall in order to open up the room for remodeling.
Laying Redwood Decking
Bob confers with carpenter Cortney Lofton, as he lays the redwood decking for the back porch.
Wood Floor Repair
Bob and homeowner Gavin repair and refinish a 75-year-old oak floor. Because the new patch floor panels have a different thickness from the original, a belt sande...
Home Foundation Inspection
Bob meets with the contractor to inspect the poured footings and discuss the pouring process. Next, Bob helps install the sill plate and explains the various type...
Architectural Details and Framing
Bob reviews the framing for the new addition. Homeowner Linda points out the corner notches, which add architectural interest. And a large opening punctuates one ...
Putting Up the Second Floor Exterior Wall
Bob assists the crew installing sidewall on the second floor of the addition.
Bob joins carpenter Bob Ryley, who is putting sidewall shingles onto the exterior of the new addition.
Tour of the Georgia Pacific Pressure-Treated Lumber Plant
Bob visits the Georgia Pacific pressure-treated lumber plant in Sterling, GA to discover how pressure treated lumber is made to resist weather and rot.
Framing the Deck and Laying the Deck Boards
Bob and carpenter Bob Ryley continue working on the backyard deck. Once they've finished theframing, they begin laying the deck boards.
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.
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.
The wood has arrived for the perimeter benches, so Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin constructing the architect-designed benches for the greenhouse. The wood is ...
Installing the Decking and Joists
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install 4x10 douglas fir floor joists, and also put in 2 x 6 spruce tongue-and-groove decking on the second floor.
Installing Pine and Pergo Laminate Flooring
Contractor Bob Ryley installs tongue-and-groove yellow pine flooring, as Gary D'Lessio (from Pergo) installs high-pressure laminate flooring.
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.
Malibu Master Bedroom Tour
Bob and interior decorator Robyn Peterson tour the master bedroom and bath. The 'antiqued' wood carpentry adds warmth to the bedroom, as does the use of unbleache...
Butcher Block Countertop and Crackle Painting
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley install a butcher block countertop in the kitchen, and decorator Robyn Peterson shows Bob how to create a "crackle" finish.
Framing the Barn
Bob confers with Paul Pacella (from Maine Post and Beam of Cape Cod) about framing the barn. Eastern white pine is being used; this type of pine is a popular lumb...
Lumber Mill Tour
Bob tours the Ralph A. Esty & Sons Lumber Corporation in Groveland, MA. Operations Manager Ken Monaco explains the process of aquiring and milling the lumber. The...
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.
Working With Exterior Trim
Bob and contractor Bob Ryley create an overhang detail with eyebrow returns and cedar plywood siding.
Plywood Testing Facilities Tour
Bob tours the American Plywood Association testing facilities with Tom Williamson, the Executive Vice President of Engineered Wood Systems. Tom explains the diffe...
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...
Staining the Interior
Bob helps painting contractor Milo Moran roll solid stain over the yellow pine plywood walls on the boat storage side of the garage. Though not often applied insi...
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 ...
Laying the Decking for the First Floor
Having reviewed their work on preparing the site, Bob and contractor Bob Ryley begin laying the first-floor decking by using glue and nails to attach the plywood ...
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...
Adding a Door to a Wood-Paneled Wall
Bob reviews progress in the kitchen, which includes the installation of a pantry, and contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to build a door into a wood-paneled wa...
Tour of the Georgia Pacific Plywood Plant
Bob takes a tour of the Georgia Pacific plywood plant near Savannah, GA to see how birch veneer plywood is made.
Pine Porch Ceiling
Contractor Larry Landers installs V-groove pine on the ceiling of the new front porch and demonstrates how to stagger and miter boards for an attractive, old-fash...
Recycling a Hardwood Floor
Flooring contractor Leo Boudreau shows Bob how to recycle hardwood flooring. First, the floor must be salvaged. A pry bar is used to lift and remove the wood, pie...
Building a Free-Floating Deck
Due to flood plain regulations, the deck cannot be attached to the house-- it has to be free-floating. Bob helps the contractors set up the posts and joists, and ...
Visiting Shepley Wood Products
Bob visits Shepley Wood Products to discuss what to look for when ordering lumber.
Visiting a Wooden Window Factory
Bob visits the Wes-Pine wooden window factory in Hanover, MA.
Installing the Wooden Window
Bob helps carpentry contractor Bob Ryley and his crew install a wooden window at the Cape Cod project house.
Reviewing the Electrical Wiring
Bob goes over the electrical wiring with John Hickey. Also, cedar clapboards are put up on the exterior.
Pine Interior Paneling
Carpentry contractor Bob Ryley demonstrates how to put up the pine interior paneling in the living room.
Touring the Parallam Beam Factory
Bob visits Dave Parker in Vancouver, BC to see how Parallam beams are manufactured.
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...
Installing a Solid-Core Cherry-Veneer Door
Bob helps general contractor Tim Berky put a solid-core cherry-veneer door on its bronze butt hinges, and install matching door hardware.
Custom Trim, Windows, and Pocket Door
General contractor Tim Berky trims out the windows with custom millwork created from a profile of the home's original trim. Bob looks at the four-panel cherry poc...
Installing Cherry Cabinets
General contractor Tim Berky is installing Merillat cherry cabinets in the remodeled kitchen. Berky roughs in the base wall cabinet, shims it, and checks for leve...
Installing Cedar Deck Railings
General contractor Tim Berky is building the cedar deck railings, first by notching the edge board to receive posts, then by fitting one post into each notch. Onc...
Building a Western Red Cedar Deck
Bob reviews the structure for the new deck. Paul Mackie (of the Western Red Cedar Lumber Association) joins to discuss the benefits of building with western red c...
White Oak Hardwood Flooring Installation
General contractor Tim Berky installs the white oak, tongue-and-groove floor. Since the flooring will be nailed over the hyrdronic heat system, it is critical to ...