sDs - Sharkov Design Studio

Los Angeles, CA

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About this pro

How does your business stand out?

My job at sDs is to turn my clients’ ideas and aspirations into imaginative, workable solutions – and it’s what I, as the principal architect love to do. My clients and I run through a “reality check” on the phone to establish the approximate size of the project and make sure I can help them the best way. If that conversation is positive, we arrange to meet to discuss what they want to achieve now, and in the future. We’ll walk around my clients’ building and building site, talk about their ideas and often come up with some ideas and solutions that they may not have thought of. My associates and I help our clients in the following type of projects: * Custom Residential Design - New Construction, Remodeling * Kitchen Design - layout, cabinetry, appliances * Bathroom Design - layout, fixtures * Light Commercial Design - Tenant Improvement, Offices, Restaurants * Landscape Design associated with each project we are involved with * Professional Design Consultations

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

One of my most favorite things to do when I was a little girl was to pull out a roll with blueprints from my father’s closet and look at them dreaming… for hours... Dreaming only a child can do… Those were the drawings by a prominent architect whom my father had hired in the past, to design a summer house for our family. I used to “assign” each of the bedrooms - to my parents (the master’s, of course), the other one to my older sister, and the one I liked the most to myself…! I was able to visualize the building and its surroundings by looking at the beautiful drawings. I must have been no more than 5 years of age at that time. The project was never realized… For years, this “exercise” was one of my most favorite things to do. It grew on me and when I was about 15, I already knew I want to become an architect and nothing else! So, after many years of practice, here I am. My dream and the meaning of my life gives me the opportunity to see how I am making positive differences in my clients’ life – every single day. Dreams are not impossible - that I know for sure. I strive to provide my clients with the most valuable solution and to increase their daily quality of life, Their home is their sanctuary and that's why they need me now.
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Location

Los Angeles, CA 90039

Background check

Complete

Years in business

27

Times hired on Thumbtack

5

Reviews

4 Reviews
  • Fabiana G. Apr 14, 2015
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    Elizabeth helped with the redesign of my corporate office space. She did an amazing job redesigning the layout and redecorating with current pieces of furniture as well as new pieces. The end result truly improved the flow, the space perception (feels bigger), the functionality and the overall look. She is really a pleasure to work with, I definitely recommend her.
    Elizabeth B. Apr 15, 2015

    Thank you Fabiana! I truly appreciate it and I need to say that you were a wonderful client to work with!

  • Samantha B. Sep 1, 2014
    Interior Design
    Verified Review
    absolutely wonderful and lovely to work with. She had many outside the box ideas and was price conscious. She was incredibly helpful and extremely flexible to my thoughts and ideas. I LOVED her and wish to work with her again for my next house. She is proficient in many different styles and designs. Highly recommend.
    Elizabeth B. Apr 15, 2015

    Thanks Samantha! It was a pleasure!

  • V. Rev. Nicolas B. Nov 13, 2013
    "Elizabeth redesigned our entire grounds landscape and managed the entire process to completion. She worked with our board in developing a design consensus, converting our incongruous open spaces into one integrated expanse of both beauty and utility. All this started in the winter rain, but was finished in time for our Easter celebrations. I often receive compliments about our garden from parishioners and guests alike. She kept costs to an absolute minimum, and even recycled our old concrete material in creating inviting, comfortable seating areas. I highly recommend Elizabeth."
    Elizabeth B. Nov 13, 2013

    Dear Father Nicolas, It was an honer to have the opportunity and be able to offer my humble contribution to the Parish. Thank you for the support I have received in the process. Yours, Elizabeth Bougartchev Sharkov

  • Robert T. Sep 27, 2013
    Wonderful architect> Made miracles happen at our house
    Elizabeth B. Sep 27, 2013

    Thank you Bob! Truly appreciate it! E.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
My clients and I run through a “reality check” on the phone to establish the approximate size of the project and make sure I can help them the best way. If that conversation is positive, we arrange to meet to discuss what they want to achieve now, and in the future. We’ll walk around my clients’ building and building site, talk about their ideas and often come up with some ideas and solutions that they may not have thought of.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
To achieve the best final result, make sure that you feel comfortable with the professional you want to work with. It will be a process with close work relationship. A good working relationship with your architect is based on open, honest and clear communication. This starts with a good project assessment that helps the architect understand your expectations, preferences, wants, needs, aspirations, and lifestyle. If your expectations are not clearly outlined and understood by all parties, right at the beginning, you run the risk of spending unnecessary money, project complications, and costly delays. The designer and contractor will struggle to understand what to include when pricing your project. A well thought-out project assessment is the foundation for successful results. This guide will help you cover critical aspects of the design process. Towards the end of this document, you will find two worksheets that will help you outline your design assessment.