Bob Vila has been a household name and an icon of home remodeling for over four decades. Now, he is thrilled to start his next project - his own line of products. Aiming to bring his fans a unique line with Bob Vila Products, Bob has personally selected these items to meet their DIY needs in all aspects of the remodeling process. Here’s what Vila had to say:
How did you get started in renovations and then as the host of a renovation television show?
“The whole building thing, I think, is genetically linked. I think it’s passed on. My dad built the house we grew up in. TV is my accidental career. Much to my surprise, after we shot 13 half hour programs, we were put up for an Emmy award for the New England region and we won it. And everything changed very rapidly.”
You decided to go all-digital after Bob Vila Home Again ended in 2007. Why?
"I have three kids who are part of the Millennial Generation, and like others in their 20s and 30s, they have moved into their first homes and started their own lives," said Bob Vila, the most trusted name in home improvement. "Some young people are in fixer-uppers, some are juggling household and daycare expenses, and many are getting their first set of tools. They are budget conscious, environmentally aware and tech savvy – and so is the new BobVila.com."
What attracted you to working on the restoration of Ernest Hemingway's home outside of Havana?
“This has been a unique project,” he said. “I’ve been involved in so many home restoration projects over the course my career I’ve lost count, and this is the only one that’s had this really special status. It’s not just restoring a house, it’s building relationships and trust. It’s an important thing to be doing because it really represents the collaboration of an American novelist and the Cuban people. It cements what his legacy is all about.”
You recently began production of your own line of tools and DIY products. Why did you decide to branch out in that direction?
“My website, BobVila.com, was developed to serve as a coach; taking folks from inspiration to how-to instructions, and then to links to products that help them realize their vision. By designing my own line, Bob Vila Products, I will be able to offer what people need without having to use a middleman. My team will assure that what I am offering is of the highest quality and something people can rely on.”