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2012-09-13
East Coast Storms: Isaac and Leslie

The East Coast has recently been hit by a number of powerful storms. Hurricane Isaac brought about heavy floodwaters and howling winds.


Though it may be a bit early to estimate the exact amount in damages, reporters have estimated that Hurricane Isaac could cause up to $2 billion in onshore economic damage. The damages include residential and commercial property, energy production onshore, and interruptions to business. This estimate excludes flooding as many properties are insured against flood damage. Hurricane Isaac's wrath of destruction mostly caused damages in the United States in both Louisiana and Mississippi. As Isaac moved inland toward the drought-stricken Midwest, a region that’s dealing with its own economic losses from too little water, the storm is likely too late to do much to alleviate the area’s agricultural problems. Following Isaac, the tropical storm Leslie brought about stiff winds and heavy rains, knocking out power to thousands. The immense rain showers caused damages in the surrounding areas, tree branches blocked several roads, and even more extreme reports concluded that roofs were being entirely blown off. Though Leslie's storm was not as severe to cause damages as past hurricanes such as Igor had, Leslie still managed to cause a bit of destruction in her wake. With Leslie weakening, Hurricane Nadine appears to be strengthening, and the residents of the Eastern coastal areas are preparing for the storm to strike.

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The East Coast is preparing to pick up the pieces of the storm, however this is not an easy process. Many residents and business owners will soon face the struggle with the property mitigation process, facing timely delay in repairs and resistance. Many victims of a hurricane get caught in the red tape and do not collect the timely, fair, and satisfactory recovery they deserve. These scenarios help us better envision the mission we will be setting out in introducing our newest endeavour cdrg+REDTEAM. Rather than having victims caught behind the red tape, residents and business owners can contact the REDTEAM for immediate assistance. cdrg+REDTEAM will set out to be a group of property design rebuilders who will enable property occupants the opportunity to get back on their feet promptly and offer solutions to live in a better environment by design . As we prepare to launch our newest division, the East Coast demonstrates, with large damages and timely delay, the opportunity for growth cdrg+REDTEAM has throughout Canada.

Don't get caught behind the red tape!




Good Design is Always Tailored to the Message


With the launch of cdrg+REDTEAM fast approaching, here is a little bit of information on how GOOD DESIGN can go a long way.

Good design is always tailored to the message one wishes to communicate. If our design is more or less a copy of what others have designed, what are we communicating?

In any design rebuild, it is important to listen to your client and to understand what they hope to accomplish with rebuilding their environment. As a REDTEAM Designer, here are some key things to keep in mind when working on the design process of your project:

1. Define values and goals
2. Generate ideas and define the budget for the project
3. Create a visual aid to help your client envision the new environment
4. “Design” it

Between each step comes the same sub-step: Verify that you’re on the right track. At the end of the day, a great design is one that leaves the home owner extremely happy, for this reason it is important to master the design stages of your project to tailor your project to the exact needs of your clients. This is a great formula for success.

Why is it that we see many designs fail? Because most designers jump into a project and go straight to step 4. As an elite group, we need to focus on steps 1-3 to ensure we are truly providing the absolute best for our clients and not just jumping right into the project.

Here are some helpful tips on how to focus on steps 1-3:

1. Define values and goals

• Define the problem: Is the space functional? What is lacking?
• What is the goal of the room? To bring the family together? To offer a work
  place?

• Determine what the space should be
• Ask a lot of questions

It is important to ask a lot of questions during the initial stages of your Design Rebuild in order to come up with the best design that will leave your client extremely content.

2. Generate ideas and define the budget for the project

• Brainstorm ideas WITH your client, ultimately it is their space and their input
  is important

• Look for similar existing designs to draw ideas off of
• Figure out the must haves of the space that need to be included
• Determine the budget for the project
• Generate a draft of costs to see if the client can afford everything they want
  on the budget provided

Step 2 is perhaps the most important part of the project, it is extremely important to get all of this information in the beginning before tearing down walls and changing the entire space, especially if in the end the budget cannot support the project. Any job started must be a job completed, so it is important to draw out the plan and ideas for the project earlier on. The more ideas you generate, the higher the chance a winner is in there somewhere.

4. Create a visual aid

• Sketches go a long way in order to avoid surprises later on. Visual aids allow your client to have a sense of what the space will look like. Now you don't have to be Picasso, but setting out where furniture will go, or which walls will be removed, etc... can be best understood visually.

Ultimately the difference between a REDTEAM Design Rebuild Project and your typical redesign project, is the time and effort that we put in to ensure it is done RIGHT and exceptionally well the first time. Steps 1-3 illustrate how by working closely with your client you can create a space tailored to their needs and desires. Also, what homeowner wouldn't appreciate being involved in a project where they may be spending $10,000 to $20,000 dollars. This will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing they had an important role in creating the space perfect for their home.