Architectural Design

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 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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Dog-Friendly Home Design by Lee Consterdine & Katelyn Remington-Arata

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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Sneak Peek: New Home in Beverly Hills with Senior Project Manager Ari Engelman by Katelyn Remington-Arata

In early 2015, Senior Project Manager Ari Engelman began his first Tim Barber Ltd. project: an approximately 30,000 square-foot, ground-up home in Beverly Hills that Principal Architect Tim Barber proclaimed, "Is unlike anything we've every done."  And that's saying a lot for a 23-year-old firm with a varied body of work. 

Tim claims the key to this project's success is Ari, a New York expat whose commercial and scholastic experience were an unexpected boon for this monumental, Southern California residence.

"I'm really proud of the work Ari did to bring this project from a start-over point all the way through plan check.  He included great new features, and he did it in a way that no one else could," Tim praised. 

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