Bob Formisano, AIA is an architect and builder and has managed commercial and residential projects valued at over $400 Million. In 1996 he left a national architectural firm as Vice President and opened his own business helping companies successfully construct their new building projects. In 2004 he also created and launched Home-Cost.com, an on-line home building cost estimating website geared to help consumers accurately estimate their new home construction cost. Bob has been working on homes for over 25 years. His love for houses and their design, construction, repair and renovation has grown as he and his wife have lived in several with dates of construction ranging from 1919 to 2006. The love of home design and construction is brought to bear in his work as About.com's Guide to Home Repair.
In 1982, Bob worked on the development of preservation and repair guidelines for the historic Ford Homes in Dearborn, MI. These homes were built between 1919 and 1921. During that time, Bob had plenty of first-hand experience with repairs of old systems, such as galvanized water pipes, "knob and tube" wiring, and others. Since then, he's lived in numerous older homes and has actively redesigned, renovated, and repaired them all. In 2006, he and his wife built a new timber frame home based on green/sustainable design principles with a focus on energy conservation.
Bob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University. He is a licensed architect and licensed residential builder. A large portion of Bob's practice involves managing the work of contractors, and he has additional training in construction law and negotiations.
From Bob Formisano:
Greetings and welcome to our home repair site! There are few things as rewarding and fun as working on your own home. The fact that you're here tells me you want to learn and get involved with your home too. I'm here to help you every step of the way. You can do this! Join me, won't you?