Tom Landis began his career in construction as a builder. He finished a carpentry
apprenticeship then served with a military
construction battalion before completing a formal degree in Construction Management
as well as an advanced degree in Adult Education.
He considers himself
a hands-on professional as familiar with using the tools of the trade as with
the business of residential architecture and construction.
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Tom's forte is residential architecture and construction. As an apprentice
he worked extensively with a custom home builder, and after 30 years of experience
and education his current practice is still to offer his services to the custom
home building market.
Tom gives each construction project his full attention
from design through project turnover. He lives with his wife, Anna, and their
children, Lauren, Will, and Gia in the great Pacific Northwest.
Tom is a knowledgeable construction industry insider, writer, educator, and speaker.
He regularly teaches a class for owners who want to be more involved in the design/build
process. He also writes on the topic of curriculum accountability in education.
He enjoys producing media products for educational use in the classroom.
He is an active member of the National Association of Home and Workshop
Tom Landis is “The Owner Builder Coach”.
Tom was prompted to develop this guide and produce a companion
video because so many people were interested in becoming owner/builders and taking
charge of the design/build process.
What he fulfills is a need by the
consumer to get accurate information from a builder's perspective.
Now he is providing you with the essentials of residential architecture
your guide to successful home building.
The following poem is from the anthology
a collection of poetry written by Tom during the past 25 years.
selection was written while he was standing on the ice runway at McMurdo
Station, Antarctica, waiting for a return flight to the United States via
Christchurch, New Zealand.
He had just completed a stay of six months
at the National Science Foundation's main base on the Ross Ice Shelf managing
a construction project. It was February 1986.
where I stand
the shortest distance
between two points
a straight line
through vomit and blood
and sweat of my brow
hip deep in frustrations
of lonely men
grasping salty tools
to fly high
magnetic fields and
storm laden oceans
which solid geometry
refuses to consider
Tom's also got this thing
about best friends. Tom grew up on the Fox River in Northern Illinois and one
of his lifelong buddies is Phil Chard. You can visit Phil at philipchard.com/.
OK. . . . .call him naively sentimental, but Tom still believes It's a Wonderful
"No man is a failure who has friends."