Bob Formisano, Licensed Architect and Builder

Bob Formisano is an architect and builder who has managed commercial and residential projects over a 30-plus year career. 


  • Licensed architect and licensed residential builder
  • Wrote home repair content for The Spruce for 10+ years
  • Manages contractors via his training in construction law and negotiations


Bob Formisano wrote about home repair for The Spruce from 2006 to 2016, drawing on his extensive experience as an architect and builder.

In 1982, Bob worked on the development of preservation and repair guidelines for the historic Ford Homes in Dearborn, Michigan. 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 more.

He joined national architecture firm Smith Group in 1987, rising to the position of vice president before leaving in 1996 to open his own firm.  In 2004 he launched a home building cost estimating website geared to help consumers accurately estimate their new home construction cost. 

Bob has 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 received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lawrence Technological University and received his MBA at Kent State University.

Expertise: Architecture, residential building, and repair
Education: Kent State University
Location: Milford, Michigan
Title: Residential Builder

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