Bob Formisano

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
  • 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. Bob received undergraduate degrees in architecture from Lawrence Technical University and an MBA from Kent State University.

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.


Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and Bachelor of Architecture degree from Lawrence Technological University

MBA, Kent State University


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