Small Projects Done in 1 Day

Small Projects Done in 1 Day

Transform A Space In No Time, Just 1 Day

Summertime has left us and fall is settling in. As the cooler weather arrives, we start to spend more time indoors and this is the perfect time to tackle small projects in your home, We are talking about small projects that can be done in 1 day! Oh yes… how about a new backsplash for your kitchen or bathroom, a new mudroom floor, spruce up entryway with new hardwood or tile or add a new stair runner to the stairs. Other great ideas would be refacing your fireplace or prettying up a powder room with new tile on the floor or accent wall. It is true, each of these projects can be done in a day and we are excited to show you some ideas we have in mind for you.

Lets start with backsplashes –
When we think of a backsplash we automitically think of a kitchen, but why not a bathroom? Here we have a bathroom backsplash installed with classic white subway tiles that are versatile and easy to find. But it is not your average installation with straight grout lines. Here the designer from Studio Z Design suggested this layout to her her clients so that the tile corners formed right angles. It is like a traditional herringbone pattern set on a diagonal.

bath-backsplash                             Bathroom photo from: Studio Z Design

Next let’s talk about mudroom floors. We suggest using a tile or natural stone for your mudroom. These products stand up to standing water and are the most durable. If you want hardwood be sure to put a mat or boot tray at the entrance to keep the wear and tear at a minimum.

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Refacing a fireplace can make such a statement in a room. There are a lot of options to choose from but here is a stunning tile that might spark your interest!
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We hope you enjoyed this months blog! Our topic for next month, November, will be dining rooms.  We thought it was appropriate for Thanksgiving time. We hope you join us!
September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

September is a Good Month for Tackling Big Projects

OUR PROJECT SPOTLIGHT FOR SEPTEMBER:
A New Home in York, Maine

We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!

Our project spotlight for this month is a new home in York, Maine. We were hired to provide new tile and floors throughout this beautiful new home. We installed new carpets in the bedrooms and loft area creating a soft, soothing experience under your feet.  New hardwood floors were installed in the kitchen, dining area, living room and entryway offering a warm, rich feeling as you enter each room.  Gorgeous new tiles were selected in the master and guest bathrooms providing an unforgettable spa like feeling.

Join us, as we share with you the different tile, carpet and hardwood installations we did in each of the rooms of this York, Maine home. For your convenience, each photo has a caption detailing the products our customer chose.

September is a great month for tackling big projects in your home. The summer festivities are winding down, the kids are back in school and the weather is getting cooler. It is just a perfect time to get things done. Even if you are not up for a big challenge, contact us here at B & C Floor Store….We Are Up To Any Big Challenge!   We will help and guide you throughout the process.

We hope these new home photos offers you inspiration. Please don’t hesitate to call us at 603-436-9686 with any questions.

September Project Spotlight:  HARDWOOD FLOORS

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The ENTRYWAY

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The KITCHEN
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The KITCHEN/DINING ROOM

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The LIVING ROOM

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September Project Spotlight:  The STAIRCASE

 

Stair Treads Stained to match hardwood, Risers Painted by Customer

Stair treads stained to match hardwood. Risers painted by customer.

 

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September Project Spotlight:  TILE

 

The GUEST BATHROOM

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Guest Bath: Lucente 8 x 24 Waves, Color: White on Shower Walls

 

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Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

Guest Bath Carrara Marble Threshold

 

Guest Bath 2x2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

Guest Bath 2×2 Porcelain Carrara Tile with Bright White Grout

September Project Spotlight:  CARPET

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The MASTER BEDROOM

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The GUEST BEDROOM

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The LOFT

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Sunrooms

Sunrooms

Sunrooms were believed to be first constructed in the 16th century in Italy. At that time they were referred to as Giardini Botanici which in English translates to Botanic Garden. It was used to house exotic tropical plants that were brought back into Italy by explorers.

As time went on, sunrooms became favored with nearby countries and before you knew it,  sunrooms spread throughout Europe. In England, they were called conservatories because they were used for conserving flowers and plants. In France, they were used for keeping oranges from freezing and they were called orangeries. As the demand of pineapples increased, they were called pineries.

It was popular belief that sunrooms proved to add value to the human health and then was created for human use. They were given the name solaria, derived from the Latin word sol, meaning sun. Sunrooms were built on homes and were constructed of 3 walls of windows from floor to ceiling. Solaria (sunrooms) became a common feature in hospitals as well and they were used as places where patients would sit and focus in recovering from illnesses. Whether the patient suffered from a terrible cold, pneumonia or tuberculosis, doctors often advised patients to spend quality time in these rooms as often as they could to get well.

Today, sunrooms, are a popular addition to our homes in the United States. Not only do they increase the value of your home, but they also increases your own personal enjoyment of your home. It gives you additional living space for relaxing, dining or entertaining that can be used all year long. For those with a green thumb or a love for exotic plants, it will allow you to plant a variety of plant species regardless of our cold winter conditions here in New England.

Depending on your use of your sunroom, there are a variety of floor options to choose from. If it used as additional living space you can choose anything from carpet, hardwood, tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl. If you are going to use your sunroom as part of the outdoors in the warmer months or use it as a type of greenhouse the best choices are tile, natural stone, laminate or vinyl.

We have provided below inspirational images of sunrooms that hopefully will give you some ideas for your sunroom update.

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Notice the stone brick flooring. A durable but classic look!
Photo: Houzz, Richard Leo Johnson from Historical Concepts.

 

B & C Carefree

The tile floor adds warmth from the sun coming in and the color choice is lovely!
Photo: Houzz, Bartelt. The Remodeling Resource

 

B & C Joyous

The hardwood floors provide warmth and is a natural element in this sunroom. The scatter rug offers color, personality and style!
Photo: Houzz, Diggs Design Company

 

B & C Cheery

This sunroom also has tile in a neutral tone allowing the the furniture to make the statement.
Photo: Houzz, Elizabeth Swartz Interiors Seaside Residence

Garden Style Sunroom

Natural stone is a great choice for a sunroof that contains plants.
Photo: Houzz, Dennison and Dampier Interior Design

The Joy of June

The Joy of June

Ah yes, The Joy of June! The month of June brings much joy to everyone in so many ways. Everything is blooming, the school year is ending, summer vacations are close by and we cannot forget to mention weddings. June is one of the most popular months for wedding ceremonies – it is from these new beginning celebrations that we got our inspiration for this months blog. Much time and effort is spent planning a wedding and before you know it your special day has come and gone. We would like to present to you ideas of how to incorporate your wedding theme into your new home renovations.

For all you newlyweds or soon to be newlyweds, we have taken many elements of a wedding celebration and paired them with tile choices to provide you and all our readers with ideas to freshen up any bathroom in your new home. We have used popular June wedding color schemes of wedding invitations, flower bouquets, bride and bridesmaid dresses and wedding cakes as our guiding light.

Let’s start with a wedding invitation.
Below we have a beautiful wedding invitation (designed by Celeste Simpson from Impress Me Designs [impressmedesigns.com], Photography by: Elizabeth Kelly Photography) with the colors of white and teal.  We paired it with a small but stunning updated bathroom with the striking glossy ceramic tile collection of Evoke. The mix of marine colors of white, aquamarine, teal, blue and light blue have been reinterpreted with a contemporary approach.

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Next we found photos of a black and white wedding and a white Anemone wedding bouquet as our inspiration (photographs from elitebridal.blogspot.com.au). We paired it to an updated classic bathroom using glossy Medley tiles in an array of accent pieces of  2” x 5”, 5” x 5”, 1/2” x 10”  and  a 2” x 10” tile molding. Don’t you think that every time you would step foot in this fabulous bathroom it would be reminiscent of this amazing black and white themed wedding?

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Ladies, who isn’t blown away by gorgeous wedding dresses even if you are already married.  We just happened to come across this beautiful wedding gown from modwedding.com. The glamorous fabric draping and surpurb fit with couture finishings just caught our eye.  As we perused our photos of  luxurious  bathrooms to pair with the wedding dress we couldn’t help to think that this bride would love to come home to a bathroom such as this one.

The Lucente tile line comes in glossy ceramic wall tiles and glazed textured porcelain floor tiles. The ready to satisfy every color comes in neutrals to bolds and whites to pastels. The sizes come 8” x 24”, 16” x 16” and 2” x 2” mosaic. This bathroom is perfect spa retreat for this newlywed!

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The bridal party of June weddings are usually dressed in pastel colors. The bridesmaids are wearing green Miracle Dresses by Vanessa Lundborg (photo by Brides.com) a very popular color for 2016. I think we paired the bathroom below very well with the theme of this bridal party. The Streamline by Florida Tile offers the hottest new colors for inspired interior design. With a mix of matte and glossy ceramic wall options, colorful glass mosaics, and attention-getting decos and trims, Streamline features a full gammet of design possibilities. The tile used in this installation is 3” x 3” Artic (glossy) and the mosaic tile called Tropical comes as 1/2” x 1/2” mosaic.

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FOLLOW THE PEBBLES… Many destination weddings are oceanside and we found this photo of a sculptural three-tier cake featuring a layer of real summer blooms by Sweet Indulgence and photographed by Amilia Photography to be just that. This photo looks to be one of those oceanside destination weddings where you follow the pebbles to a lifetime of happiness.

To pair this destination wedding theme, we discovered this beach retreat bathroom with arduously arranged mosaics seamlessly united in visual perfection. Every pebble set rightly in its place. Sensible and pristine, this collection comes in sliced, round or oval formats. Undergo these captivating transformations in your home with Pebbles stone tile. Ah, you can hear the water splashing as you lift your foot from the tiled floor into a sea of tranquility.

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Well, we hoped you enjoyed this month’s blog! Next month’s topic will be kitchens and entertaining. Until next next time… Enjoy all that June has to offer. Congratulations to all you June brides!

Surprising Home Office Ideas

Surprising Home Office Ideas

We have some surprising home office ideas for you!  Working from home is ideal for baby boomers to millennials and is the most in-demand type of flexibility job seekers are interested in. And because of this they need new home offices! The styles range from traditional to transitional, with locations in the attic, the basement or even a closet. No matter what style of office you choose or where you place it, consider the floor as an integral part of your office design.

The office ideas below have hardwood, vinyl or laminate floors, the most ideal if you have a desk chair with casters on it. Tile carpet can be difficult in positioning your chair without getting stuck in the grout lines or stuck in the pile of the carpet (unless you have a special mat specifically made for these instances).

Here is an office that utilizes some space in the attic.  It is bright and cheery, well organized with ample space to move about even for a few people. Notice the hardwood floors, it provides a natural element and is easy to keep clean. The desk chair with casters is easy to maneuver from one end of the office to the other. (Room by: Signature Properties of Illinois LTD.)

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This next office is located in the basement under the stairs, truly a smart way to utilize space and function.  They chose laminate floors which are great for the budget conscious. (Photo by: Leslie Goodwin Photography)

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Don’t have alot of space? This office has been designed in a bedroom closet with vinyl floors where you can close the doors when office hours are over. (Office design by: Cathy Phillips & Co.)

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This space (not gender specific) was converted from a dining room or formal living room to conduct business at home. (Office created by: D.A.S Custom Builders)

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We think any man would want this masculine in-house office to call their own. A great view out the window, ample lighting, a place to read the New York Times and plenty of seating for meetings. Notice how the hardwood floor grounds this space. (Office by: Kristi Spouse Interiors)

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Here is a great in-house office idea for you ladies out there! It is warm, inviting, airy and bright with plenty of storage. The hardwood floors are covered by a large area rug (with no pile) adding a little movement to the calmness of this room. ( Office by: Jennifer Pacca Interiors)

Office by Jennifer Pacca Interiors

 

Here we have a small corner office that is great for any member of the family. It can be used just to pay the bills, for the kids to do their homework or a place to read or surf the internet. (Office by: transForm)

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The last idea is for an office/craft room. Plenty of storage space and working surfaces to get things done! Notice the hardwood floors, they are instrumental to this space! ( Office/Craft Room by: Collaborative Design Group – Architects & Interiors)office:craft by collaborative design group-architects and interiors

 

Thank you so much for visiting our blog this month. We hope you enjoyed it!

In honor of our men and women who died while serving in the United States military, we wish everyone a Happy and safe Memorial Day.

SPRING INSPIRED  Fresh Ideas for the Bedroom

SPRING INSPIRED Fresh Ideas for the Bedroom

 Renew Your Bedroom

The bedroom is where you take rest, renew your energy and begin and end each new day. It is the most private room in the house, it is where our innermost selves can emerge. Because the bedroom is our respite, it is essential that we add the right elements. The secret is creating this very private space to your personal needs. The end result will be a retreat within the already safe confines of your home, a sanctuary like no other.

We have spring inspired, fresh ideas for the bedroom that are not only simple but will make the biggest difference in your bedroom.

The bedroom below has a beach retreat feel. The wood look porcelain tile adds warmth and is most ideal for a waterfront beach cottage. It is such a fresh idea for this bedroom.

B & C April Bedroom Tile Floor

 

This tranquil bedroom with an inviting seating area was designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors. The soft color palette provides a calming effect as soon as you enter the room. The walls were painted with Benjamin Moore Silver Gray 2131-60 and the trim is Benjamin Moore White Dove OC-17 . As for the neutral wall-to-wall carpet, B & C Floor Store has  many carpets to choose from to create a restful bedroom of your taste and style.

Martha O'Hara Interiors Houzz

 

Here we have a bedroom, designed by Jenny Martin Design, with a dark hardwood floor and accenting this stylish bedroom is a modern area rug. The hardwood is a 5″ engineered oak with an espresso stain. The walls are painted with Benjamin Moore – Lockport Gray. Stop by our showroom and we can show you many possibilities for a custom area rug that captures your eye.

Jenny MArtin Design

 

In this blog we have provided you with 3 ideas for your flooring in a master bedroom –  one with tile, another with wall-to-wall carpet and the last one hardwood floor with an area rug to add warmth and design. We hope you have enjoyed this month’s blog and hope you will visit our showroom for more spring inspired fresh ideas for the bedroom!

Next months blog we will showcase home offices.

Yes, Fashion for Your Home

Yes, Fashion for Your Home

Fashion is about inspiration, aspiration, change and creating various innovative trends. It is about a blend of different things coming from all different directions – color, style, material, manufacturing, technology, and cost.

Fashion is not only for the haute couture world, it is also for your home. When we think of fashion for our customer’s home we think in terms of tile, carpet, hardwood floors, stair runners, area rugs, vinyl, eco-friendly and natural stone.  In order to guide and provide our customers with fashion for their home we need to ask the important questions:  How does our customer live? What is their daily routine? What is their style? Do they like a simple modern look, traditional maybe or ornate? What colors are they drawn to? How much light is in their space? What is their budget?

The home fashion dreams of our customers and the concept of putting it all together does becomes an art piece when the project is done. For us it’s not just a job, it is a joy – we make it new and create something different for and with each customer, this is what we live.

So this is our moment to share with you some fashion dreams and end results of tiled kitchen backsplashes and tiled bathrooms.

Fashion for Your Home, Kitchen Backsplashes and Bathroom Showers

Kitchen backsplashes are trending in the gray tones.

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Niches are the rave in bathroom shower areas now-a-days. Gray tones are also the go-to colors for the bathroom as well.

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We hope you enjoyed this months blog. Stay tuned for next month, we will be talking about spring inspired, fresh ideas for the bedroom!

COLOR

COLOR

Have you ever taken a moment to observe the different colors Mother Nature offers us?

We live in a such a colorful world. Nature unfolds so many pigments depending on the different times of the year, the different times of the day and in different continents on earth. All the colors visible to us are infinately beautiful.

Let’s just take the color of the sky… it can go from gray (on an overcast day), to blue (on a clear sunny day) to orange or red at sunset. The leaves on deciduous trees range in colors of green in the spring and summer to yellows, oranges and reds in the fall. The color options are too numerous to mention, let alone color combinations but it all depends what is pleasing to your eye!

The same goes for colors of floors and tile. At B & C floor Store, we have many colors to offer you. We want to share with you some ideas of using color with hardwood, carpet and tile in any room of your home.

B & C color tileCeramic Tile: Sheen, Colors: Beige, Pink, Orange and Red

 

glass tileWaves Glass Tile,  Color: Ocean Spray

blue tileFresco Tile,  Color: Blanco Brillo

carpetCarpet: All At Once, Color: Snowfall

carpet2Carpet: Liner Weave, Color: Soft Fleece

room_wideplank_gunstockHardwood: Gunstock (Red Oak), Solid Plus Engineered 7″ Width

room_wideplank_hickorysaddleHardwood: Hickory Saddle, Solid Plus Engineered, 6″ Width

More ideas coming!  Come back and visit with us, next month we are going to talk about Fashion in your home!

Stunning Tile Shapes

Stunning Tile Shapes

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 is going to be an exciting year and we are thrilled to start our first blog for 2016 on stunning tile shapes.

Let’s talking about how stunning tile shapes can make a difference in your space!

First, we’ll take a look at the Chicago tile – Envision yourself…You’ve just reached the Windy City of Chicago, your walking down the magnificent mile and the scent of the deep dish delight calls you into one of the best known establishments…But wait before you go to take a bite let us show you the Chicago experience of the Chicago tile collection- it’s a glazed porcelain tile that offers urban inspired design. It comes in 4 colors: Old Chicago, South Side, State Street and Wrigley. The collection offers shapes of 9 x 11 hexagon, 4 x 8 city mix field tiles, 4 x 16 stair treads and a 4 x 4 corners.

Below is the Chicago “South Side” tile.
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Next we have the Chicago “State Street” tile.
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The last Chicago tile is the “Wrigley”.
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The San Miguel ceramic tile has a color pallette that showcases the culture and style of Mexico. The browns, creams and turquioses mix well with embosses and rounded mosaics.
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The San Miguel ceramic tile also comes in the following stunning tile shapes for a more high-end look of sophistication.
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The “Contempo” ceramic tile is available in 5 colors and three different mosaic styles: Beveled In, Beveled Out, and Flat. A pencil bullnose and corner are also offered in each color!
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The “Boulevard” porcelain tile is available in 4 warm rustic colors, each with a shading variation that offers a little bit of gritty urban grunge.  The tile comes 3×16 or 8×16 formats and you can be as creative as you want with the installation. Below the deep copper Boulevard tile is installed in a chevron pattern.
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There are so many geometric shaped tiles to choose from such as square, rectangular, circular, octagon, hexagon, diamond and arabesque. No matter what shape or color of tile you choose for your space, it will be a big influencer of your style. but remember, there only good style if it it your style!

The future doesn’t wait and  there is not time like the present to make a difference in your space with stunning tile shapes.

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

A Stroll Through Hardwood in Autumn

Another season is upon us and like you, we cannot believe it is Autumn already. It is such a beautiful time of the year when everything seems to burst with its last beauty. As you stroll outside you can’t help but capture the warm tones of the colored leaves on the trees. You can feel the cool air on your skin as a slight breeze brushes by. As you inhale the beautiful day, you can smell the rich earth as it decomposes the bountiful vegetation of the summer.

Our topic for today is hardwood and there is no better time to talk about it than the present.

As the leaves fall from the trees you can’t help but notice the hardwood much more than the season before. The different bark on the trees are more apparent showcasing the many hardwood (and softwood) options that are available locally. But most of us aren’t Arborists and cannot distinguish the difference of the tree species just by the bark. So just as mother nature saved up all year for the grand finale of the Autumn color burst, we have saved up a few of our best hardwood floors to show you the different hardwood installations we have done in the past few months. Exciting times!!

Solid hardwood adds warmth, character and value to any room in your home. There are a variety of finishes, colors, widths and options to match your style – rustic to modern. Let’s talk about some of those options.

Back in September, we installed a lovely Baltic Oak hardwood floor in a large family room in Kittery, Maine. The method of installation was a floating floor. Unlike traditional solid wood planks that are nailed down, a “floating floor” is where the planks are snapped together. Our customer had a cement sub floor instead of the usual plywood underlay. This was the best method to transform the cold modern look of cement to that of a rich, warm classic floor. No matter what angle we shot the photo or the time of day we took the picture,  the new hardwood floor works beautifully in this space.

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Another hardwood floor project we did last month was in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The customer chose Sommerset 7” engineered wide plank hardwood floor Color:Mist for their kitchen, dining area and staircase. The hardwood floor installation was the standard method of nailing the hardwood to the wooden subfloor instead of using the method used above.

The look and feel of these new spaces are light and airy. Have you ever noticed that walking into a brightly colored room can lift your spirits? In the same way, flooring design elements like colors, styles, textures and finishes influence the way a room feels. Vast rooms can be made to feel cozier with matte, warm tone floors. Add sophistication with a dark hardwood floor. Use light colored floors to make a room feel more spacious and airy as was done with this project.

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The third hardwood floor we would like to share with you was in a home in North Hampton, New Hampshire. This month we worked closely with the Powell Builders in Hampton, NH (http://powellbuildersllc.com) and our customer on this hardwood floor project. Our customer chose Maple Natural Bistro, Coastal Grade 3 1/4” wide throughout the foyer, kitchen, dining room, 2 bedrooms, 2nd floor hallway and a sitting room.

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