Bob Vila

Home Improvement Expert; Former Host of “This Old House” and “Bob Vila’s Home Again,” Among Other Shows

Bob Vila has spent his career helping people upgrade their homes and improve their lives.

You probably know him from TV, where for nearly 30 years Bob hosted a variety of shows — “This Old House,” “Bob Vila’s Home Again,” “Bob Vila,” and “Restore America with Bob Vila.” You can now watch my full TV episodes online. Oh, and let’s not forget his cameo appearances on Tim Allen’s sitcom, “Home Improvement.”

Before Bob’s life in broadcasting, he launched his own residential remodeling and design business. Earlier still, he served as a Peace Corps volunteer, building houses and communities in Panama. Bob learned first-hand about home building from his father, who hand built their family home. Bob has written 12 books about remodeling your home, buying your dream home, and visiting historic homes across America. It’s fair to say that buildings, especially homes, are his life’s work.

In his pilot series “Building Green,” he introduces the audience to the newest green building technologies and products. He gives you all the information needed to make the best choices — both for you and for the planet. Bob has always been focused on how to take advantage of innovation without sacrificing the legacy and traditions of the past. He shows you how to combine the best of the old with the new.

Bob is often on the move, but mostly he can be found at home in his native Florida or in Massachusetts in the summer months and often in New York. At the University of Florida back in the ’60s he studied journalism, and later in Boston for architecture. Over the years he’s supported many causes dealing with housing and architectural preservation. Bob has been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity and helped them blitz build a house in Yonkers, NY. He’s worked for years with the National Alliance to End Homelessness, supporting the work of many organizations throughout the country. In the last five years Bob has been helping out with the restoration of Ernest Hemingway’s home and collections at Finca Vigia near Havana, Cuba. This place was his home from 1939 until his death, and he left it to the Cuban people to be run as a museum. This project has allowed him to visit his parents’ homeland several times.

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