More Information about the Panelists Featured at the Last Meeting

Heights Park Neighborhood Association was pleased to present a panel of the following local experts at the recent neighborhood meeting.

Landscape Designers

Carol Feldman: Owner and landscape architect for Feldman Design Studios. The firm is a full-service design and land planning business located in Richardson, Texas, that creates aesthetically pleasing residential and commercial outdoor spaces with an utmost concern for human and environmental welfare.

Founded in 1996, Feldman Design Studios initially concentrated on residential properties and cultural landscape projects. In 2003, the firm branched out into commercial and public projects, integrating water conservation. Fifteen years later, the firm has a reputation for providing sustainable landscape designs and is known for its in-depth knowledge of native plants, water-saving techniques and water-wise strategies.

Carol was instrumental in the development of the Native Landscape Certification Program (NLCP) through the Native Plant Society of Texas. The series of four-day classes helps to certify professionals in the use of native plants in landscapes. Beginners learn much from these classes as well.  

Susie Grossman: Susie graduated from LSU in 2001 with a degree in landscape architecture. She has worked in Dallas, New Orleans and New York City, which is where she started to focus on residential design. She moved back to Dallas after getting married and having her first daughter where she ran the residential studio for Studio Outside. She started SKG Designs in 2014. She specializes in residential design including all scopes of design, such as hardscape, pools, master planning and planting design.

Realtors

Janet DePuy: A resident of Heights Park for about 19 years, she has owned two homes in the neighborhood. She also was one of original board members of HPNA, and served as president for 10 years. She has worked as a Realtor with Keller Williams for 18 years, served on the City Plan Commission for eight years, and is running for Richardson City Council, Place 3.

Dan Washburn: Dan Washburn is the broker/owner of Washburn Realty. He has over 15 years’ experience in working with home buyers and sellers. He has lived in Heights Park on Newberry Drive for over 10 years, has a 20-year-old son who went through our local public schools and two dogs which you probably have seen him walking at Heights Park. Dan specializes in Heights Park & Richardson Heights, assisting home-sellers in make ready, marketing and sale of their home to get top dollar and sell fast.

Interior Designer

Lauren Plantes: Lauren is owner of Elle Designs — an interior decorating and home renovation consulting company that specializes in creative design and planning of interior spaces. Elle Designs assists with remodel selections and consulting clients on updating beautiful and livable spaces in their home.

Lauren’s goal is to make the design process an enjoyable one, while delivering superior value and great quality. Interior decorating is something that can be quick, simple and affordable. Lauren has developed relationships with many professionals in the industry that helps her create exactly what her clients are hoping to achieve.

Organization

Rachel Baker: Rachel works with REdesign —a team of moms that specialize in spacial interior organizing and styling. They saw an opportunity to mix modern, functional design as their friends with young families simply did not know how to utilize their 1950s homes to their maximum potential. They like to keep a room organized, but still fun and functional while maintaining aesthetics. They are located in the Richardson area. Their motto is “A place for everything.”

Builder

Tim Summey: Tim Summey, owner of Summey Industries, founded his own company in 2008 but has been in the industry for 15 years. He grew up playing in the Rocket at Heights Park. Tim and his wife Rachel live on Winchester (they moved in in 2010) where they have 3 biological kids and have had three infant placements as a licensed foster family.

Summey Industries does bathroom and kitchen remodels, large-scale additions, and new builds in Dallas and Richardson.

Tim believes in high-quality craftsmanship, and he warranties the work he does. He is highly accurate in his time and budget estimation, and has never once come back to a client to ask for more money to complete a job he said could be done for less. (However he has absorbed the cost himself a time or two!) With a designer on staff, Summey Industries is equipped to handle the needs of your entire building project.

Fire Safety

Ryan Regenscheid: Ryan has been a firefighter paramedic with Richardson Fire Station 1 for eights years. Ryan grew up in Plano but now lives in McKinney with his wife and three kids.


How HPNA Uses Your Membership Dues

When you think of a nonprofit neighborhood association like Heights Park, you probably think that it takes very little money to operate. After all, the time and effort to run such an organization is all through volunteerism. Emails are sent out, newsletters delivered, meetings are held.

How much could this actually cost?

We thought the members of HPNA would like to see where their dues are going. We have compiled last year’s financials in a visual representation of how our association allocated your fundings. You may find some of these expenses quite enlightening. We do our absolute best to ensure that our residents get the most bang for their buck, through social events and neighborhood improvements, but it takes your continuing memberships to keep it rolling.

We want to thank each and every one of you who have decided to become members and support your Heights Park Neighborhood Association! And if you are not a member yet, it’s never too late! Join today!