Designing and Building Your Dream Home

Tune in as the show’s host, K.T., keeps the conversation lively and entertaining. K.T. is the Director of Sales & Marketing for a well-known architectural product manufacturer. Prior to this position, K.T. founded four industry-leading firms including two information technology firms; one specializing in the creation of web-based process management tools for Fortune 100 corporations and one that specialized in building predictive modeling applications for federal agencies. He also founded a real estate development firm that spearheaded the restoration and redevelopment of an historic seaport communities’ downtown waterfront, as well as organizing and founding a community bank. K.T. currently serves on the Executive Committee of the American Institute of Architects Custom Residential Architects Network (AIA CRAN). Additionally, he serves as co-chair of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Leading Supplier's Council, and as Trustee for both the NAHB Remodelers Council and the NAHB Custom Builders Committee. 

Latest Episodes

What To Look For When Choosing Your Windows And Doors

Guest: Eve Guilbaud, Architectural Manager, Loewen Windows and Doors

Which windows and doors you choose for your home will probably be one of the most important decisions your make in the design of your custom home. Among other considerations, this decision will impact how much outdoor noise and heat penetrates into your home – as well as how much it costs to keep your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer. My guest, Eve Guilbaud, Architectural Manager at Loewen Windows and Doors; walks us through which raw materials make for the best window and doors, and why. She also discusses how to identify custom windows and doors created by artisan craftsmen; versus windows and doors manufactured for a mass audience. Don’t make your choice based on brochures and internet images alone. To get the highest quality products, Eve teaches us what questions to ask a window and door manufacturer, and why these questions are important.

Converting an Abandoned Building into Your New Custom Home

In this program we discuss the advantages of restoring and repurposing existing structures; converting an abandoned warehouse into a custom home, and converting an existing home into an office. We also discusses how the time my guest spent practicing architecture in Japan influences the homes he designs.  
My guest is Warren K. Lloyd AIA, LEED AP. Warren has been practicing architecture for 20+ years. He received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington in 1991. During his graduate work, he was a Monbusho scholar at Kobe University in Japan for 2 years.  
Warren’s personal interest in architecture has led him to seek innovative and sustainable uses of traditional wood construction in his projects located throughout the Intermountain West, the Pacific Northwest, and Japan. He worked in Seattle and Japan for several noted architects, including NBBJ, The Miller-Hull Partnership and Thomas L. Bosworth FAIA.  
Warren was named a partner of Lloyd Architects in Salt Lake City in 1998, managing partner in 2000, and principal in 2001. Warren is the 2023 AIA CRAN National Chairman and Lloyd Architects was named 2022 Firm of the Year by AIA Utah.  

Why Choose Custom-Designed, Stainless Steel Railing for Your Home

Do you want to learn how to purchase many of the brand new architectural components you will need in your new home at up to a 50% discount? Then listen to this week’s show.
In it, we discuss how certain architectural products can serve a dual purpose in your new home. We illustrate this concept with one of those dual use architectural products; custom-designed, stainless steel railing systems.
I use this product to introduce you to a trending construction process known as “offsite construction” or “prefabrication”. We discuss what prefabrication is, and how the prefabrication of some of the architectural components in your home can really benefit you.
By the way…I work for AGS Stainless, Inc. (AGS), and 100% prefabrication is the process we use to fabricate our railing systems.
To learn more about AGS Stainless, go to AGSstainless.com.

Good Design is the Foundation of an Award-Winning Custom Home!

My guest today, Brandon Bryant, discusses just how important elegant design is to the successful creation of a custom home. A home you can be truly proud of! As he says; “Red Tree builders builds beautiful custom homes – that also happen to be high-performance homes.” 
In this interview, Brandon discusses the importance of having your builder address a number of essential elements of a successful project; including indoor air quality! He further explains that you should expect more than just a gorgeous home from your builder. Brandon explains that custom home builders should take the time to think through, and implement, a well-defined customer engagement process. That process should make the construction of their new custom home a truly enjoyable experience for the owners!
Brandon is a highly-awarded custom home builder from Ashville North Carolina (NC). He is the President and Owner of Red Tree Builders; he serves as President of the NC Home Builders Assoc. as well as on the Board of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). He is a Master Certified Green Builder (Master CGP) who prides himself in building healthy, environmentally sound, and sustainable homes in the mountains of Asheville, NC. Brandon can be reached at RedtreeBuilders.com.

The Advantages of Design/Build

In this episode, residential architect, Carrie Anderson AIA, who currently serves on the Board of Directors of AIA Seattle; describes the advantages to be gained by having your custom home designed and built by the same company. 

She also discusses the most cost-effective things the builder can do to lower your homes ongoing monthly heating and cooling expenditures.

RESNET: What is an Energy Rater & Why You Need One on Your Project!

This episode of the show discusses just how important it is to have an energy rater work with your architect and builder in the design and construction of your custom home. Energy raters will help your builder to measure the energy efficiency of the home they are building for you, against the standards of performance that RESNET has established for residential construction. Engaging the services of an energy rater will ensure that your dream home won’t just be a custom home – it will be a high-performance custom home!
Who is RESNET? The Residential Energy Services Network or RESNET is a not-for-profit, membership corporation that is governed by a board of directors (who are elected by membership).
In April 1995, the National Association of State Energy Officials and Energy Rated Homes of America founded the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) to develop a national market for home energy rating systems and energy efficient mortgages.
RESNET is a recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States involving:
My guest, Ryan Meres has 16 years of experience in the building performance industry, working for state and federal agencies as well as several NGOs.
As the Program Director for RESNET, Ryan currently leads numerous programs, including implementation of RESNET’s HERSH2O whole-house water efficiency standard; as well as initiatives to get energy and water efficiency valued in the real estate transaction process.
Ryan also oversees RESNET’s National Registry of more than 2.6 million HERS Rated homes. Ryan holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design and lives in eastern North Carolina with his wife and their three children.

ADU’s…What are they and why do I need one?!

Michele Grace Hottel, AIA I has been practicing Architecture with her namesake firm since 1994 and is licensed in the states of California and Arizona. Prior to that she worked in Architecture and Engineering firms before, during and after attending Cal Poly, Pomona for Architecture.

Ms. Hottel has been a Commissioner and Subject Matter Expert for the California Architects Board, served three terms as an appointed City of La Mesa Planning Commissioner, and the past Chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Custom Residential Architecture Network (CRAN) for the AIA San Diego and Palomar Chapters and was the Chair of the Committee for AIA California’s Inaugural Housing Forum for attainable housing. She is currently on the AIA National CRAN Advisory Group (AG).

One can read her blog and listen to her podcast, “I’ve never met a woman architect before…” a blog about my life… , the trials and tribulations, as one could say, of being a woman, a mother, a wife, a volunteer, a public servant, and last but not least, an architect.

Climate Responsive Design. “One size fits all” custom home design is not in your best interest!

Climate Responsive Design. “One size fits all” custom home design is not in your best interest! with guests: Peter and Alan from Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture. For over 30 years, Barley|Pfeiffer Architecture’s core strength is designing high-performance homes and buildings that are beautiful and timeless. Recognized for their attractive design, integrity, and ability to stand up to the elements – they are less expensive to own, operate, and maintain, are healthier to occupy, and are more comfortable to live and to work in.