Thoughts on House Design (and Anything Creative)

Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Who’s Up for Some Math?

I’ll start you off easy, with a problem from one of Beck’s 2nd grade, weekly math quizzes. {You haven’t even read it, and I can see your eyes have already glazed over! Go on, give it a try.} The solution:

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

Sorta Makes Me Want to Live in a Monastery

The island of Le Mont Saint Michel, France, leads the pack of the world’s most picturesque monasteries. I’ll have to add sketching the others to my bucket list. Hmm… never been to Tibet. Can’t Get Enough Monastery Humor… A young monk arrives

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Family Hour at the Jobsite

Here are a couple of old photos courtesy of Bring Your Parents to Work Day. The family doesn’t make it to our jobsites very often these days, probably because they are scattered around the country (both the houses and the family),

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Bathrooms & Bedrooms
Tim Bjella

Curvilinear Minnesota Bathroom – Subtle Curves, Big Impact.

Rookie mistake. Curves drawn on a floor plan look cool, but rarely translate into beautiful buildings. Here’s an example of curves used judiciously in elevation rather than plan. A little creates a big impact. I have designed many buildings with curvy floorplans and have

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

We Built Robots. That Battle. Out of Legos

The Story It all started with this. A single motor. My six year old boy, Beck, was rummaging through his cousins’ old Legos and came across this motor. “What’s this, dad?” “Looks like a motor… Hmm…” I grumbled. “I didn’t know Lego made motors. They

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Sketches
Tim Bjella

Sketched and Sketching in Firenze

You can’t swing a dead cat without hitting a street artist in Firenze, Italy. And because of some warp in space-time, both “yes” and “no” mean “si” – and “si” means, “I’ll pay anything you ask, if you would only sketch

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Bathrooms & Bedrooms
Tim Bjella

Less is more. More calm. More Serenity. Less clutter.

I sometimes daydream about the minimalist spaces I could create if my clients would do without furniture Minimalism is about simplicity, stripping away ornamentation, leaving only the functional. Well, almost. It’s about much more than that. A space may be functional and simple, yet still

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Miscellaneous
Tim Bjella

Whoops! No Pictures or Videos

To those of you who have subscribed and read this blog via email (sorry, Mr. President), I regret to inform you that you only receive some of the images (at least I won’t get a call from the Secret Service. Again) and none

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Family Stuff
Tim Bjella

Reflections on My Saturday Morning Ride

A typical Saturday morning conversation at the Bjella house goes something like this: “I’m off to play with my racquetball friends, dear.” [muffled sounds from under the covers] I speak loudly in case she’s still asleep, because I am a good

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Writing and Poetry
Tim Bjella

May the Haiku be with You

Last night we took Beck to see Star Wars I, or IV (or was it VII?). It was the latest one, anyway, where they blow up the big planet-destroying, star of death. I think it was titled, “New Hope for

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