On Down Home, Tom Landis presents a new program series,
What Matters Most.
There comes a time in life when you do something or don't do something. This is when you find out who you really are. Often, the small, simple pleasures make the most difference in our lives. Beyond styles, products, fashions, decors, materials and techniques, there are core values that make life truly worthwhile.
Tom's new program series welcomes guests who bring harmony, balance and dignity to the human experience.
Everyone has a story to tell, and, by listening to one another, sharing our hope and faith, our grief and loss, we strengthen our spirit of community, which is certainly one of the key ingredients of
What Matters Most.
Educator, Journalist and Consumer Advocate, Tom Landis welcomes you to What Matters Most, true stories of living, working and building America.
Tom believes talk radio is an open conversation, an opportunity to invite artists, writers, scientists, architects, builders and ordinary people from all walks of life to report on What Matters Most by going Down Home on KLAY 1180AM on-air and online from the Great Pacific Northwest.
In charrette style, he recognizes collaboration as a way to harness the talents and energies of all members of our society to enhance community spirit.
The home building and remodeling experience is a metaphor for life. What's useful is how we adapt to life and allow changes to make us better human beings.
The thrust of Down Home is not to represent any single individual as "the expert" because the design/build process is a collaborative endeavor. Tom welcomes an eclectic mix of guests to report on What Matters Most, whether you're building a new home or rebuilding your life.
If you live in Washington State, you can attend an intensive, one-day
seminar, "BETTER MANAGE YOUR HOME BUILDING OR REMODELING PROJECT", presented by Tom at any one of the eight locations where he's
scheduled to present every quarter. Tom will introduce you to what you
need to know before you build or remodel to avoid glitches and meet
the challenges of your home building or remodeling project.
The purpose of the seminar is not to emphasize doing the hands-on labor of the construction trades; rather, the class introduces an approach for managing the Design/Build process by following the standard practices of the construction industry for working directly with public agencies, collaborating with construction professionals, hiring trade contractors, and purchasing from suppliers.
Tom interviews David Johnston, author of Green from the Ground Up. Mr. Johnston is a leading thinker behind the green building movement, transforming the way we think about home building. In direct response to the growing demand for sustainable, healthy, and energy-efficient homes, Mr. Johnston presents the most forward-thinking theories and the best-proven methods of new and remodeled green construction.
Tom interviews Tony Golladay, founder and CEO of BuildMax, America's premier ownerbuilder consulting firm. Mr. Golladay takes listeners through the steps of organizing and implementing a home building or remodeling project. He emphasizes the importance of planning in advance to create an efficient and effective job when working with designers, trade contrators, suppliers, and building officials.
Tom interviews Jack Larkin, author of Where We Lived: Discovering the Places We Once Called Home. This book is considered the most evocative publication to date about how families lived at the dawn of the republic and how their houses shaped their lives. Where We Lived describes how early American families lived in their homes from Boston to the small farms of the rural South, from New Orleans to the raw frontier of Ohio and Illinois.
Tom interviews Sarah Susanka, author of Home By Design: Transforming Your House Into a Home. This is the book that Ms. Susanka has always wanted to write. A guide to what underlies style, and an exploration of the principles that transform an ordinary house into home. Susanka's philosophy is simple: good architectural design is as important as good nutrition, and a savvy understanding of your surroundings lets you craft a better place to live.
Tom interviews Duo Dickinson, author of The House You Build: Making Real-World Choices to Get the Home You Want. Mr. Dickinson packs a career's worth of wisdom and practicality into this book, and he shares this wisdom with Down Home listeners. Dickinson divulges actual techniques for getting a dollar's worth of value for every dime spent on the design/build process. He explains how he empowers owners in the residential decision-making process.
Tom interviews Betsy Pettit, architect and the president of Building Science Corporaton. Ms Pettit is currently the project manager for Building Science Consortium's Building America project, involving system design for over 2,000 high performance, energy efficient houses nationwide. Pettit has been responsible for the design of numerous communities, developments, and houses, which have standards for resource efficient housing around the country. Join her as she shares her knowledge on Down Home Radio.
Tom interviews David Lupberger, author of Managing the Emotional Homeowner. Mr. Lupberger draws on more than two decades of experience in the residential remodeling field. Lupberger believes fervently that the best customer service only comes when a contractor can deliver consistent results. His experience in managing customer expectations led him to write a book called, Managing the Emotional Homeowner, which has become one of the bibles of the remodeling industry.
Tom interviews Katherine Salant, author of The Brand-New House Book. Harvard-trained in architecture, new-house expert Katherine Salant began her career as a Fulbright scholar, studying village houses in Nepal. Katherine began writing her "Housewatch" column for the Washington Post in 1994. In her lively, accessible style, Katherine helps consumers learn to make good decisions, step by step, on every aspect of house design and construction, as they build a home that makes sense for them.
This "on demand" archive
allows you to choose a topic of interest rather than listen to an entire show.
Come back to visit the Down Home Archive because new interviews are being
Tom interviews Jim Tolpin, author of The New Family Home
and The New Cottage Home, as well as current president
of the National Association of Home and Workshop
Writers. Mr. Tolpin takes listeners through how and why
he wrote these two, very fine books on creating custom
homes, in which he emphasizes both the aesthetic and
functional realms for the residential design/build
Tom interviews Melanie Willette and Chuck Harrington of Puget Sound Home & Garden Directory as they provide an introduction to the best sources for home remodeling and building in the Pacific Northwest. Driven by their sincere sense of community, Tom discusses with them why their product and service mix is a good fit to the homeowner.
Tom interviews Bruce Wilkinson, General Manager of TRM
Wood Products. Mr. Wilkinson relies on 30 years
experience as a lumber supplier and shares with
consumers how best to work with a lumber yard to avoid
problems with unscrupulous contractors.
"Whom Do You Trust?" with Guest Michelle Morrisson
Tom interviews Michell Morrisson, homeowner, who
encounters the contractor from hell during the
construction of her new home. Eventhough this
contractor is licensed and bonded with solid
references, Ms. Morrisson portrays a situation which
every consumer needs to avoid.
Tom interviews Robert Mace, Director at the Center for
Universal Design at North Carolina State University
and a Fellow at the American Institute of Architects.
Mr. Mace speaks about the practicalities of a design
for all people of all ages in residential
Tom interviews Sarah Susanka, author of Creating the Not
So Big House and The Not So Big House. Ms. Susanka
welcomes us to the NSBH philosophy encompassing her
simple yet elegant notion that a house should be built
to work with the lifestyle and values of its occupants.
She introduces us to "thinking in the third dimension"
and reflects on the soulful nature of good design,
explaining "a home is an extension of the lives of the
people who live there so you can feel what peoples'
Tom interviews Doris LaCroix, Director of the National
Kitchen and Bath Association. Ms. LaCroix suggests
ways in which consumers can best utilize NKBA services
as well as consumer advantages at the NKBA web site.
Tom interviews Fu-Tung Cheng, author and designer, about his unique approach to creativity and craftsmanship in his custom home and product design practice. Cheng discusses the evolution of his work, sharing how his firm reinvented the traditional kitchen and bathroom by using concrete as a sculptural element.
Tom interviews Barry Tuttle, Owner of Absolute Kitchen
and Bath Marketplace. Mr. Tuttle reveals design
concerns with cabinet layout in a kitchen noting some
of the most common mistakes made by consumers.
Tom interviews John Davis, General Manager of Stratford Building Corporation. Mr. Davis defines a modular building system, dispelling many of the myths and misconceptions for using this approach to home building. He explains how this type of building system produces fewer headaches for the homeowner and builder alike, and describes the building process as a sure-fire way to produce a better quality home.
Tom interviews Kelle Powell, Regional Manager for Northwest Permit. Ms. Powell brings clarity to the increasingly complex permitting process by describing how to work effectively with building permit agencies. As a permit facilitator, she shares her depth of experience in techncial problem solving to avoid glitches normally associated with the permit process.
Tom interviews Rick Northcott, Vice President and
General Manager of Armstrong Building Components.
Mr. Northcott lists the tremendous advantages to
panelization, and considers how consumers can best
select the right building component provider for their
remodel or new construction project.
Tom interviews John Connell, author of Homing Instinct
and founder of the Yestermorrow Design/Build School.
Mr. Connell speaks of his concern for community and
habitat, central themes in his approach to architecture.
He eloquently presents the building process as an
integrated approach, encouraging listeners to understand
design and construction as two aspects of a single
Tom interviews Chuck Walker, industry expert in
manufacture and installation of engineered truss
systems. Mr. Walker defines partition separation
sometimes blamed on truss uplift, but more often
attributable to other structural problems as building
elements interact with one another; he then suggests
preventative action to be taken to avoid partition
"Home from Nowhere" with Guest James Howard Kunstler
Tom interviews James Kunstler, author of Geography of
Nowhere and Home from Nowhere. Mr. Kunstler
introduces us to the "new urbanist" movement, decrying
what he calls our "national automobile slum." He doesn't
mince words criticizing our deteriorating environment and
slacking cultural heritage, but he also presents us with
examples where neo-traditionalist architecture and new
urbanist planning have made a decisive difference.
Tom interviews George Ehrenhaft, writer, educator and
ownerbuilder. Mr. Ehrenhaft suggests that we can
learn the art of living through the craft of building,
providing insight into the creation of his most recent
book. He speaks candidly about the lives of folks who
inspired him to write about the ownerbuilder
Tom interviews John Gonsalves, founder of Homes for Our Troops, who changed his successful career supervising construction projects into the president and founder of a non-profit organization dedicated to helping build specially adapted homes for disabled veterans returning from the war in Iraq.
Enjoy the theme song of Down Home Radio. Jim Hinde, singer/song writer, is an extraordinary, modern folk singer. You can hear Jim at the Northwest Folklife Festival, and most of the time at Seattle's Pike Street Market directly in front of Starbuck's Coffee stand. Jim always sings from his heart and his conscience, and that's saying quite a bit in these hard times.