Architectural Design

Art in Architectural Design by Jim Coyle

Before contractors build our designs, we must first present them to our clients for their approval. The methods architects use to do this have changed over time, but our goal remains the same: to demonstrate to our clients the “Firmness, commodity, and delight” of our work. Originally identified as essential elements of all architecture by the Roman architect Vitruvius in the first century BCE, these three qualities are still vital to successful architectural design. However, we also want our owners to fall in love with their home. A design’s approval is often contingent on its presentation.

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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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"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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Exploring The Phases of Design: How We Turned a Dream into a Home with Katie Peterson by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

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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Dog-Friendly Home Design by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

The dog days of summer may be over, but for many of our clients, every day is a dog[-filled] day!  While living with dogs can be a joyful experience, our four-legged family members also come with several tough household considerations, ranging from, "How do I keep my dog healthy and safe in my home?" to, "How do I keep my home healthy and safe with a dog in it?!"  

Fortunately, our team is as well-versed in custom residential design for humans as we are in pet parenting (and proofing!) -- Whatever our clients' canine cohabitation conundrums may be, we're ready to help. We share some of the features we use to created pet-friendly fur-ever homes, paw-fect for people and pups alike! 

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