Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Art & Craft
Tim Bjella

On the First Day of Christmas…

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me: A snowman family straight from the sea. Many of you know about my Christmas tradition of making a snowman ornament for my wife, Robyn. Read about it here. This

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Time Off to Play

Robyn, Beck and I spent a few days at Universal Studios, Florida last week and discovered how far theme park design has advanced in the past decade. The rides are visually stunning and physically immersive, to the point where fantasy blends with

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Writing and Poetry
Tim Bjella

Poem for the Day

As I wait to board another plane this morning, my thoughts drift from childhood to the autumn years of life. Sometimes they are not so different.

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Houses
Tim Bjella

Woo Hoo! Our Calabasas Home is Approved!

Pop the Champagne! After an extended, protracted and strung out (not to mention lengthy) approvals process, we received our final development permit for a home in Calabasas, California (near L.A.). We garnered unanimous approvals from the Planning Department, Architectural Review Committee, Planning

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Writing and Poetry
Tim Bjella

My Morning Poetry, Sort of

I hope this finally and succinctly drives a stake through the wattle of the world’s most tired, old joke. Sorry it had to be me, kids, but somebody had to step up to the plate. That’s one chicken who won’t be bothering us anymore.

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

Amiens Cathedral – Sketches of Our First

It’s date night with my wife, Robyn, out for sushi and a movie. So, I asked her if she remembered the first cathedral we ever visited together in our travels over the years, because that is what architects talk about.

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Houses
Tim Bjella

Peekaboo!

Peekaboos between spaces make for interesting homes, creating an alluring tease which gradually reveals what lies beyond. Trust me, it’s much more fun than showing it all at once. Yes, this applies to architecture, too. In this example, a curved wall separates the

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Extreme Air 5k – A Creative Run

A four-family 5k run with bouncy houses Just another race for team “Ice Cream Truck Chasers.” I lobbied for the name “Team Bad Ass,” but nobody wanted to be half or dumb (I called dibs on smart). Yet, we snarfed down

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