What is BIM? by Bill Zahurak

Building Information Modeling — or BIM as it is more commonly known — is a series of powerful tools used in the architecture industry to combine digital design with all the information needed to complete a project, such as costs, siting, and materials. It allows both designers and their clients to visualize a design long before it is built and fosters collaboration with architects, consultants, and builders.

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New Year, New Us: Introducing Tim Barber Ltd.’s New Directors by Katelyn Remington-Arata

“When I started this firm 25 years ago as a sole proprietor, I wore all the hats,” recalls our principal architect and studio namesake, Tim Barber.  As his work garnered attention and projects increased in number, scale, and scope, Tim’s team grew from himself to the 20 architects, designers, and administrative support staff that now buzz around our recently expanded Los Angeles studio.

“It’s hard to imagine that fifteen years ago, we filled only a third of this office, and that I used to do the designing, field work, training, management, and invoicing myself,” Tim reminisces.

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"To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow" by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

In creative circles, some artists and particularly, authors categorize themselves into one of two schools of creative processes: “the architects” and “the gardeners”. 

 “The architects plan everything ahead of time,” novelist George R.R. Martin once explained. “They know how many rooms are going to be in the house, what kind of roof they’re going to have, where the wires are going to run, what kind of plumbing there’s going to be.  They have the whole thing designed and blueprinted out before they even nail the first board up.”  Conversely, Martin continued, “Gardeners dig a hole, drop in a seed and water it. They kind of know what seed it is… But as the plant comes up and they water it, they don’t know how many branches it’s going to have; they find out as it grows.” 

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Editors’ Letter: Gratitude and Giving by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

We recently celebrated 24 years in business. Looking back, one sentiment perfectly defines our experience: gratitude. We’ve been blessed to collaborate with inspiring clients, consultants, contractors, artisans, and designers, many of whom we also call our “friends”; to practice our art in many of the world’s most beautiful communities; and to see our designs fully realized as beloved forever homes.

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Exploring The Phases of Design: How We Turned a Dream into a Home with Katie Peterson by Katelyn Remington-Arata

Whether imagining a new house from the ground up or a major home renovation, our clients typically have one goal in mind: 

“We want a home that is uniquely ours.” 

As custom residential architects, we know how to provide just that. However, we understand that many people embarking on home design projects don’t know what to expect or where to begin, which can make the dream of designing their home seem like a nightmare.

Custom-designing a home should be exciting — not scary! — which is why we want to shed a little light on our design process. 

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