Residential Design

Green Design & Architecture: What it Means for Tim Barber Ltd. by Tim Barber

I spent a weekend in Sequoia National Park recently, experiencing a broad spectrum of weather in 48 hours. The first day transitioned from hiking in deep snow to dry sunshine, followed by an afternoon hailstorm. The second day we hiked in dense fog. The majestic wildness affected me deeply. 

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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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"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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What's an "Interior Architecture Designer"?: an Interview with Interior Architecture Designer Patrick Tennant by The Tim Barber Ltd. Team

Tim Barber Ltd. is a residential architecture studio and has been for the past 24 years. Nevertheless, prospective clients occasionally call to inquire whether we can give their home a “face lift”, ranging from picking out wall colors and papers to sourcing furnishings and decor.

Technically, we can do that, and up until 2012 (when we pared down both our name and operations from Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture & Interior Design to Tim Barber Ltd. Architecture) we occasionally did do interiors-only projects; however, nowadays, we typically don’t.

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