Why Hire Us?

1You have been in a magical space and want one of your own. You recognize that light-filled spaces with pleasing proportions, delightful details and sensual textures stir your emotions and lift your spirits. You care about the intangible as much as the perceptible.

2You are unique - shouldn't your home be, too? You need a residential architect and interior designer with the ideas and imagination to make your home stand apart from the crowd. All of our homes are singular expressions of our clients. Like true works of art, they are never alike.

3You expect value for your money. Our design and competitive bidding process significantly lowers the cost of your home, while increasing its worth.

4You need someone on your side. We are your advocate, overseeing the contractor and the construction on your behalf. We inspect your home during construction to ensure it is built properly, facilitate bidding, administer changes, and review the contractor's payment requests. We are on your side.

5You want the guy on the letterhead to design your home. Residential Architect, Tim Bjella, designs all of our homes and will design yours.

6You believe a home should be 'of the land'. We design thoughtful, site-specific mountain homes, desert villas, urban lofts, beach houses, prairie homes, lake cottages, suburban estates and everything in between - each a discrete response to climate, sunlight, views, terrain, flora, and local context.

7You know that not all architects are created equal. Most are technically proficient. Many are eminently capable. Some share your own aesthetic sensibility. Only a few understand the difference between a house and a home. We create homes.

8You wish to live in art, not merely look at it. Our modern house designs are based on a simple idea: create art to live in. Let's face it, anyone can develop a functional home that doesn't leak. Fashioning a home into a work of art, on the other hand, takes a rare combination of creativity, experience, and vision.

9You value unified interiors, exteriors and landscapes. Most interior and landscape design is performed as an afterthought to an architect's work. We create interiors, landscape and architecture simultaneously, allowing each to influence the others. The result of this holistic approach is a balanced and cohesive home where the interior design transcends mere decoration, and the landscape melds, inseparably, with the architecture.

10You care about the environment and wish to minimize your impact upon it. Sensitive integration of house and site, sustainable technologies, energy efficiency, and renewable, healthy materials are fundamental elements of our designs.

11You desire a home worthy of a magazine. Our contemporary designs are consistently published in prominent magazines such as Architectural Digest and Trends International.

12You need an architect who designs homes everywhere. From our architectural studio in Minneapolis, we create signature homes across the United States.


Home Design Philosophy

Bjella Residential Architects was born in 1993 out of a simple idea: Create art to live in

Tim Bjella, Modern House ArchitectSince then, we have focused our passion for art and architecture into acclaimed custom homes across the United States. Tim Bjella personally designs each home and seamlessly sculpts the architecture, interiors, and landscape into homes that are charming or romantic, dramatic or provocative… but never ordinary.

Our contemporary, custom homes emphasize open, light-filled spaces with a strong connection to the natural environment. Enduring, classical design principles permeate our work, yet mingle with fresh, modern forms. Each home is unique, resulting from a close collaboration with the client. Tim's distinctive touch is evident throughout. He creates thoughtful, often eclectic homes and fashions original styles of his own through innovative forms, meticulous details and timeless materials.