Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Sketches
Tim Bjella

Just Another Walk in the Desert…

Flipping through these old sketches reminded me of a night hike through the desert of Arizona (not to be confused with my once daily hikes through the desserts of Arizona. Those were more like pilgrimages, frankly). Walking along a gravel road with a few friends

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Art & Craft
Tim Bjella

Bathtub Surprise – Slow, but VERY Scary

Pinewood Derby 2016 As is our tradition, Team Bjella lost again, yet won again. Who would have thought it was possible to be less aerodynamic than last year’s car (for love of Pete, it was a crate! Literally, a crate.)?

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Cool Details
Tim Bjella

Some Things Get Better with Age

Copper is one of them. The fishscale copper walls I designed for the exterior of this Missouri home are aging very slowly, but beautifully. This is the interim character we were hoping for while the copper develops its characteristic, coveted green patina. Since

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Only in France

There’s more to see in France than architecture. We were warned, so we waited, but didn’t see anything.

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Cool Details
Tim Bjella

A Niche is Nice

When I design wall niches, rarely do I know what the homeowners will put in them. I love to visit the home years later (or days later if they’re serving dinner) and see what they contain. It’s almost like opening

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

You Choose the Ending – My First Interview

Step into my Wayback machine and I’ll take you on quick trip to 1994 – back to a time when I really, really, really needed a job. Really. Why did I need a job? Because, I stupidly quit a perfectly good one to start

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

The Lost Sketches

I just found one of Robyn’s dusty sketchbooks, long since forgotten in a closet. Here are a couple of her beautiful sketches of St. Malo, France, drawn during our honeymoon to Europe in 1990. Read the story here.

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Construction
Tim Bjella

Mechanicals Gone Wild

I am an architect whose professional life is devoted to creating order from chaos. Some nights I wake up in a cold sweat having narrowly escaped from this thing. Even in the warm light of day, I know it’s still out

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Kitchens
Tim Bjella

Resurrecting an (almost) Dead Kitchen

Here’s a sneak peak of a modern kitchen I am hoping to revive in Minneapolis. The home is a fifties rambler. While the existing, white kitchen has not quite flatlined, it’s close, and I intend to defibrillate it. Here’s how (stand back): Open

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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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