ReneeWilkinson-blogRenee Wilkinson received her masters degree in landscape architecture from the University of Oregon. She works as a residential landscape designer to help homeowners transform their outdoor spaces. Renee partners with local, licensed contractors to ensure the design vision becomes a well-constructed reality.

Renee is especially interested in planting design, nature-play spaces and sustainable landscape practices. She loves incorporating ecological design elements into home gardens, such as rain gardens, low-water plantings and local building materials. She creates gardens that entice people to connect with nature, grow their own food and support native wildlife.

Samples of her recent residential work can be seen in her design portfolio.

 

DESIGN PROCESS

A typical design process is broken up into the following phases:

1. Design Consultation

Clients answer some initial questions about the project scope, such as the size of their outdoor space, scale of design help needed, project timing and general budget. Renee schedules a time to meet clients at their home for an in-depth conversation about the project. We will talk about your goals and dreams for your outdoor space, preferred design styles and whether the project will be professionally installed by a licensed contractor vs. DIY by the homeowners. We discuss initial design ideas, project phasing (if applicable), site challenges and opportunities.

2. Proposal

Following the design consultation, Renee submits a proposal that includes the scope of work and her design fee. If the homeowners want the project to be professionally installed, Renee can work closely with landscape contractors to implement her design to ensure corners are not cut and the final project reflects the design intention. Homeowners review this with Renee and sign a contract for approval to proceed.

3. Site Analysis

After contract approval, Renee returns to the site for a thorough analysis. She measures the outdoor space, makes an inventory of existing plants, notes cultural conditions like sun areas, shade spots, soil type, drainage conditions, etc. She uses this information to create a base map for her design recommendations.

4. Schematic/Conceptual Design

Renee then creates a schematic/conceptual design based on client input and the results of the site analysis. This illustrative, 2D garden plan shows the general placement of major garden elements including hardscape areas (like patios, pathways, decks, etc), plant beds, lawn areas, and other applicable garden elements. This plan is often accompanied by a plant palette, if included in the project scope.

5. Final Design

After receiving client approval of the schematic/conceptual design, Renee translates the illustrative plan into a more technical drawing with added detail. This document can be used by a licensed contractor to guide them through the installation. This may include details of hardscape elements, planting plans and plant schedule, a plant maintenance summary, and other notes as outlined in the agreed upon project scope. Renee typically prefers to be onsite to supervise the planting plan installation to ensure exact placement and care of plants.

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Cost and Terms: Residential design fees tend to range from $500-3,500, depending on the size and complexity of a given project.

Types of Projects: Renee tailors her process to meet client budgets and needs. For smaller projects and tight budgets, she might simply do a recommended plant palette and zoning diagram to show which plant groupings go where. For larger projects, she is happy to work closely with homeowners from the design stage through plant procurement and installation management.

Have a smaller project or just want some brainstorming for your space? Renee offers in person consultations at an hourly rate of $75, billed in half hour increments. Consultations typically last about two hours.

Installation: Renee partners with licensed landscape contractors for the construction phase of her designs. She is also happy to create designs for DIY homeowners and help them determine phasing of the project over time.

 

Contact: Email Renee directly at Renee@HipChickDigs.com to find out more about her design services. And don’t forget to check out some of her past projects at her design portfolio.

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