Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Spring is Nigh – a Warning

I learned something on my ride tonight. You know when the snow melts on a well-used trail? Yep. The dog poop on top of the snow melts, too. You might think that brown stuff on me and my bike is

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Bits of Wisdom
Tim Bjella

It Gets Better Than This (But Not Much)

Floating on early morning powder, cutting the first tracks through the trees, my lungs scream for more of that damn, thin air.  I stop to suck in a few cubic yards. Motionless, except for my pounding heart (which is attempting to break through my

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Houses
Tim Bjella

Modern Hawaii Glass Home Preview

Context is everything when it comes to designing a home. While a Victorian style home fits beautifully in San Francisco, a rustic log style home in the mountains of Montana, or an adobe style home in Arizona, none of them

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Kitchens
Tim Bjella

A Kitchen Fit for a Villain

Stainless steel? Check. Birdseye maple? Check. Curvy concrete? Check. The only thing missing from this kitchen is Goldfinger chuckling, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!” Conceptual images: During construction:

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Houses
Tim Bjella

I Like it When the Tonka Toys Roll in.

Before you know it, this will be a modern, new house in Calabasas, California. It’s a big job for these *little* machines: remove ten feet of poor soils from the entire building site to prevent the new house from sliding

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Tools of the Trade
Tim Bjella

An Architect’s Guide to 50 Cool Pens 2019

Let’s face it, you hold a pen more often than you hold your spouse. For those of you still using cheap, disposable pens, I ask you, would you prefer a cheap, disposable spouse, too? …Sorry, I can’t see with all

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Yup, I’m a Farmer!

Farmer Tim and the lil’ missus sitting on the ruins of ye ol’ farmhouse (there’s a rocking chair under there, somewhere!) Sitting at the breakfast table one morning, I pointed an emaciated finger at the bowl of gruel in front

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