Masha recently worked on bedroom/bathroom remodel of our home. This was the 3rd project she helped us on, and we are thrilled with the results. Our house is very unusual in the way that most walls are curved and our bedroom and bathroom area had many dividing half walls breaking the space up. We wanted to open it up and create an open room, but still have visual divisions for the spaces with different purposes. Masha understood what we were after and offered us multiple solutions. She worked through our comments until we were happy with the layout. Working with her was pleasant and fun experience, and I can’t wait for us to work on other areas of our house together!

My family want to express our most sincere appreciation for the thoughtful work Masha did in taking our house to a whole new level. Our only regret is that we did not start working with her earlier! From the moment Masha steps into your home, she feels like a part of your family, taking her time and lots of patience to present a few concepts, always taking needs and budget constrains of the clients into considerations. Extremely innovative with material selection, colors and overall look and design, Masha is a responsive and proactive. We always felt that she took our best interests to heart in delivering a superior quality and beautiful designs. Masha is not just a gifted architect, but all around wonderful person to work with!—Ilona Kaplunov

KAPLUNOV RESIDENCE REMODEL | PALO ALTO | 2018

"Working with Maria (Masha) has been a great pleasure. Both Margaret and I are sorely lacking in design skills, but we knew the overall feeling and ambiance we wanted to create. Masha guided us through the whole remodel project from design to implementation to finish, helping us create the house we always wanted. The proof is in the pudding: a few weeks ago we had friends over for the first time after the remodel, and they told us, completely unprompted, “It’s so comfortable, warm, and inviting in here now,” which was exactly what we were going for! Bullseye. Her ideas and creativity were outstanding, and her guidance through the overwhelming design choices was absolutely invaluable. We would definitely recommend her to anyone, and if we ever do any projects again, she’ll be the first call we make."—Edwin & Margaret Hoogerbeets
HOOGERBEETS RESIDENCE REMODEL | REDWOOD CITY | 2019

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"Masha helped us transform our dream for a high-end modern home at affordable cost into a reality.   Masha listens to your needs, understands your lifestyle and designs a home for your family. She has experience building very high-end modern homes.  She worked tirelessly on our project and made numerous versions of our plans till the city and us were satisfied. She made sure that every square inch was utilized, added a lovely meditation loft that has become a favorite getaway for the family and suggested architectural design elements that added a wow! factor.  Masha is a delight to work with and easy to communicate. She is definitely the go-to architect for my family and friends."—Akila & Slava Imeshev
KUMAR-IMESHEV NEW RESIDENCE | SANTA CLARA | 2018
“My family want to express our most sincere appreciation for the thoughtful work Masha did in taking our house to a whole new level. Our only regret is that we did not start working with her earlier! From the moment Masha steps into your home, she feels like a part of your family, taking her time and lots of patience to present a few concepts, always taking needs and budget constraints of the clients into consideration. Extremely innovative with material selection, colors and overall look and design, Masha is a  responsive and proactive. We always felt that she took our best interests to heart in delivering a superior quality and beautiful designs.  Masha is not just a gifted architect, but all around wonderful person to work with!"—Alla Dadiomov, Lafayette
DADIOMOV RESIDENCE REMODEL | LAFAYETTE | 2017

"We've worked with Masha on two projects for our Eichler home - first a master suite and office remodel, and then a kitchen remodel a couple years later. Both times we could not be happier with her services, help, and inspiration. This was our first experience working with a designer, and having looked at Masha's portfolio we weren't sure we could even afford that caliber of service. But Masha turned out to be super easy to work with, approachable, reasonable and very flexible. She offered us a spectrum of deliverables and explained the value of each so we could comfortably make decisions on the scope of her engagement.

 

Masha has a strong aesthetic and great sense of style, but she didn't push it on us. She listened and understood where our style differed from hers and made balanced suggestions based on both what we wanted and what she thought was best practice. She was patient and tactful when discussing our ideas and humored our whims, doing multiple revisions without making us feel bad about our hesitations or indecision. In the end we felt that we had a say in all the decisions and got the professional design we wanted, beautiful and practical. And speaking of practical, Masha was always looking for ways to save us money - recommending reasonable vendors and contractors, finding deals on materials, and advising where we had to splurge and where it was OK to cut corners.

 

After several years of living in the space Masha created, her work stands the test of time - in hindsight there's nothing we would've done differently. We will not look elsewhere if we need a designer again, and have been gladly recommending Masha to anyone who asks."—Nick & Polina Blake

BLAKE RESIDENCE REMODEL | WALNUT CREEK | 2017-18

"We were very lucky to meet Masha before embarking on our renovation project. We evaluated several architects before hiring her, and none of them came close with what she had to offer. She had shown us the possibilities with a quick sketch and we were sold. Approvals with the city were a breeze with no major comments. Masha’s professionalism, attention to tiny details, being always available and highly dependable - are only few things we can note. More than anything else though, she has the unique ability to see your place in such a new and modern light that will simply blow your imagination. We highly recommend Masha for all your project needs, large or small. She will not disappoint!"—Nick Yeretnov

 RENOVATION PROJECT | 2016

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