Great Design is a product of good communication between Client and Designer – Every human being has the right to a Good Design

Design does not only add value – it multiplies it

That’s why Elizabeth Bougart-Sharkov, the Principal at Sharkov Design Studio, views her client as an equal partner during every step of the design process. From initial consultation to completion of construction,  clients are active participants in the creative process of achieving productive and less stressful lifestyle.

Together we approach the projectElizabeth is highly sought after for her proven skills to create environmentally sound “passive house” homes, yet well crafted designs, that address all various clients’ needs.

Sensitivity to the site, coupled with close attention to the smallest details throughout design and realization, are Sharkov Design Studio’s strengths. That’s how clients’ expectations are met and exceeded.

How she does it – The project begins with lots of sketches. Together you and Elizabeth will discuss the design and the potentials of your property. Then you will be able to arrive at a vision for the project that imagines the possibilities within the boundaries of time and affordability. Because every assignment is unique, working together you will find the way forward via a “road map” that will take you through all phases of your project’s design and construction.

Floorplan illustrationSharkov Design Studio has developed a philosophy Elizabeth calls

“Warm Modernism with a soul on its own”

Whether it is Custom Residential, Small Scale Commercial or Interiors work,  Elizabeth blends timeless aesthetics with an innovative approach to modern design.


Elizabeth –My job is to turn my clients’ ideas and aspirations into imaginative, workable solutions – and it’s what I love to do. The Clients and I run through a “reality check” on the phone to establish the approximate size of the project to make sure I can help them. 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”.

Siteplan idea sketchWhy Hire A Design Professional?

Architects are trained to visualize the big picture. They possess “design thinking” powered by a thorough understanding of what people want and need. That emerges from empathy and the ability to imagine the world from multiple perspectives.


The creative process then continues though an innovation phase, where the analytical process surfaces essential (and sometimes contradictory) aspects of a problem – where the architect can suggest novel solutions that go beyond existing alternatives.

“Why do I need an Architect ?”

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten” – Benjamin Franklin

At the same time – Professionally sound, well thought out design can save you about 35% – 40% of construction cost. Something not worthwhile to be ignored!

Design thinking finally enters a technical phase when the architect blends art, craft & science and an astute understanding of markets. No matter how challenging the constraints of a given problem, the architect will assess the unique design potential and will address the project’s challenges, always with a determination to find an optimal solution. Good design that brings “a SOUL” to your project is what you are looking for, and what you deserve to get!

Every single project...

It is important, however, to bring an architect into the picture as early as possible. Sharkov Design Studio can help define your project to comply with applicable zoning and building codes, and conduct pre-design services such as site studies in order to realize your vision without unnecessary complications.

Contract Administration

Once your project gets all necessary approvals from the City agencies, and it’s time to enter the construction phase, your architect is then well positioned to supervise the contractor to ensure that everything has been built according to the approved design – up to the very small finishing detail.

Let Sharkov Design Studio serve you during the construction process to:

  • Help you in your selection process of a contractor
  • Evaluate work for design compliance (including specified materials)
  • Supervise contractors during construction phases and approve contractor requests for payment
  • Work with the contractor on necessary design adjustments

! Don’t move – IMPROVE !

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