Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Sketches
Tim Bjella

Sketchbreak – Sacre Coeur, Paris

So, what’s up with all these sketches? I was cleaning my office a few weeks back, a rather rare event, and my catatonic eyes fell upon the dusty shelves. There, among the binders and tech manuals, sat my sketchbooks, some new, some

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Bathrooms & Bedrooms
Tim Bjella

Does it Splash?

For this sculptural spa and shower, we created a modern waterfall tub filler flowing from the ceiling. With fingers crossed, we turned on the tap for the first time. No splashing, spattering or even spluttering. Dodged another bullet! See more of our work

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Travel-tecture
Tim Bjella

When is a Hotel not a Hotel?

When it’s the Kamandalu in Ubud, Bali. One of the interesting things about architects (or possibly annoying if you are one of our spouses) is we live and breathe architecture. So much so that we often plan our vacations around buildings we

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

Sketch Break – Falling Water

This spring I finally made the obligatory architectural pilgrimage to one of the greatest homes ever designed by the master, Frank Lloyd Wright, in Bear Run, Pennsylvania. This extraordinary home, perched above a cascading creek, nestled into the site, must

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Bits of Wisdom
Tim Bjella

Email Ambiguity

I ran across this a while back. It changed the way I read and write emails! Try reading this sentence out loud 7 times, emphasizing a different word each time. It’s amazing how the meaning of the sentence changes. Now,

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Houses
Tim Bjella

Designing In-between

Quick sketches deconstructing the traditional gable home – just asking the question “how much can you break apart the design of a traditional home and still retain the iconic essence of a house?” At what point does the home become

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Cool Details
Tim Bjella

The Dutch Door is Back!

Well, maybe not back exactly. But, we finally designed our first Dutch door for a home in Missouri. You rarely see these anymore, not since Mr. Ed, anyway. Today, homes are designed for energy efficiency and are effectively hermetically sealed. In our zeal

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