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Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes 2016

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Sep 23, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

The Durham Orange and Chatham County Parade of Homes is Almost Here!

Mark your calendar:

October 1st and 2nd
October 7th-9th and October 14th-16th

12pm to 5pm
This includes Fridays the second two weekends

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade


Where is are Parade Homes located? Stanton Homes in the Parade are at these two addresses:

65 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Lot 40C Horizon Neighborhood

(Schedule a tour and get a price for the Cassiopeia, here)


262 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Lot 28 Horizon Neighborhood

(Schedule a tour and get a price for the Blueridge, here)

 

Get a first look inside a Stanton Home in the Chatham County Parade of Homes:

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade

Open layout with island kitchen facing the breakfast and great room.

 

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade

Shiplap wall above the fireplace. Stone hearth. Custom island in the white kitchen.

 

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade

Barrel vaulted foyer with white front door and rounded corners into the wainscot formal dining.

 

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade

Shiplap wall in the mudroom, with seating bench storage.

 

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade

Second story bonus room.

 

Durham Orange and Chatham Parade of Homes | Chatham County Parade

Third level floor with second bonus room.

 

Stanton Homes is an award winning custom home builder with two homes to view in the Pittsboro, Chatham County Parade of Homes.

The Parade of Homes is an annual open-house tour of new homes available to the public throughout Chatham, Orange, and Durham County. This free event allows anyone to tour gorgeous new homes and learn more about the latest products, trends, technology available in new home construction. The Parade of Homes is Presented by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties.The tour is self-guided and open to the public. Tour books will be available in late September at local Harris Teeter locations, REALTOR® Offices and the HBA Office.

 

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Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham County 2016

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 14:09 PM

The Durham Orange and Chatham North Carolina Parade of Homes is Coming Soon.

SAVE THE DATE:

October 1st and 2nd
October 7th-9th and October 14th-16th

12pm to 5pm
This includes Fridays the second two weekends!

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

The Parade of Homes is an annual open-house tour of new homes throughout Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties.


Where is the Parade of Homes located? Parade of Homes Address:

262 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Lot 28 Horizon Neighborhood

and

65 Brookhaven Way, Pittsboro, NC 27312

Lot 40C Horizon Neighborhood

 

Get a sneak peak inside the Chatham County Parade of Homes:

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

Open concept great room and kitchen with wood beam ceilings, white tile brick fireplace, archways, island in the kitchen.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

Gray front door, archways into the formal dining room.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

White and black kitchen with a wood island. Stainless steel hood with electric cooktop. Single wall oven with the microwave above.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

 

Gray and griege master bathroom with tile shower, soaking tub, his and hers furniture vanity, painted wall wainscoting, walk in closet.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

Kid's craft room above the foyer, through the media room.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

Mudroom with drop zone, bench storage, coat hooks.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

Gray wainscoting formal dining room with archways.

Parade of Homes Durham Orange and Chatham 2016

Oversized media room upstairs with two door entry.

 



Stanton Homes is an award winning custom home builder with two homes to view in the Pittsboro, Chatham County Parade of Homes.

This free event allows anyone to tour gorgeous new homes and learn more about the latest products, trends, technology available in new home construction. The Parade of Homes is Presented by the Home Builders Association of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties.

The tour is self-guided and open to the public. Tour books will be available in late September at local Harris Teeter locations, REALTOR® Offices and the HBA Office. 

 

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Which Master Bath is Best for Me? | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

Master Bathroom Photos: Barrel vaults, white columns, separate vanities, tile tub surround, his and her shower

You're guaranteed to spend a significant amount of time in your master bathroom. What features, layout options, and finishes are most important in keeping your morning and evening routines on track?

Scroll to view side-by-side photos of two ways to build The Cotswold master bath, from Frank Betz.

Separate his and hers vanities with an alcove tub (and shower across the way):

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Dark or light colored vanity tops?

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Arched built in art niches, or space for classic white columns?

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Archway above the his and her shower (with shower heads on each end)?  Or wide open spaces with white subway tile?

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 Is this master bathroom too large? What would you take out?

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.



 
 
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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Sun Room

Dining

Home Office / Study


 

Tags: Master bathroom ideas, raleigh custom homes, Master Bathroom Design, his and hers vanity designs

Fireplace in the Master Bedroom | Raleigh Floor Plans

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 10:09 AM

Master Bedroom Floor Plans with a Sitting Room Attached:

Which master bedroom elements are in your current home, and what would you change for your next house? We'll point out some of the style differences in two versions of the same floor plan - The Cotswold by Frank Betz.


Each master bedroom has a separate "his" closet in the bedroom and a large walk in closet for her, with a cabinet island, through the bathroom. Which would you pick from the photos below: sitting room with vaulted ceiling or hanging light?

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 Love the idea of a fireplace in the master suite, or is it something you'll "never use"?

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One bedroom has wall sconces and a white painted door to the bathroom. The other has hanging lights and glass French doors. Which is your favorite combination?

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Want to know if you can add a fireplace to the master bedroom in your Raleigh new home floor plan? Send us the name/architect or a link to the plan and we'll tell you what it's like to design/build in North Carolina.

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.

Vote for your favorite Master Bedroom design here:

 

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Dining

Home Office / Study

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One Kitchen, Two Ways | Island Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 14:09 PM

Two Ways to Design the Same Kitchen Floor Plan:

What major - and subtle - differences do you see in these two kitchens? The floor plan is identical, but the selections are custom.  Scroll down to see the same kitchen layout, two ways.

The first has many contemporary design choices, while the second is much more traditional.Side-by-Side Photos of the Same Kitchen Floor Plan:

Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

 Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

Kitchen selections (e.g. cabinets, counter tops, light fixtures, faucets, appliances, and flooring) can make even the SAME kitchen look completely different.

Kitchen Design #1: Espresso cabinets, stone backsplash, white granite

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Kitchen Design #2: White and espresso cabinets, brick back splash, black and white granite

The door located just past the fridge leads direclty into the garage. This kitchen layout is on the traditional side, with the kitchen facing into the breakfast room and sun room (rather than open to the great room).

Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

 Island Kitchen Design Ideas | Raleigh New Home

 

Kitchen Design #1: Wine Rack above the Fridge

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Kitchen Design #2: Wine Refrigerator in the Island

What's your cooking style? Both kitchens include double wall ovens for maximum baking space. What else matters in your routine? Gas heat for the range? Pot filler for easy fill-ups at the stove?

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Kitchen Design #1: Gas Range with stainless steel hood

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Kitchen Design #2: Electric Cooktop with pot filler and microwave above

What would you change in this kitchen? 

You can re-arrange your kitchen floor plan when you design/build with Stanton Homes. 


 

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.


 


More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Breakfast

Dining

Home Office / Study


 

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Two Story Foyer Ideas | Raleigh Design Build Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 14, 2016 @ 06:09 AM

 

Foyer Design:

See two versions of the same floor plan built in Raleigh, NC.

The first has an open staircase and two-sided overlook. The second has a built in carpet runner on the stairs and foyer side overlook. Which layout would you choose for your new home? 

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foyer #1: Barrel vault, gray walls, archways

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Foyer #2: Barrel vault, beige walls, single archway

The first foyer feels more open with a double archway into the formal dining room. The second foyer leaves a wall for funiture placement in the dining and artwork in the stairwell.  

 

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

Two Story Foyer Photos | Raleigh Homebuilder

Foyer #1: Two-sided overlook

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Foyer #2: Foyer overlook

A double sided overlook looks impressive from the front door. But keep in mind the trade-off you'd make with a two story great room.

By keeping the downstairs great room to a single story ceiling height, you're able to add a second story bonus room with loft style overlook.

Which version of this floor plan is your favorite, the craftsman staircase with wood steps or traditional staircase with carpet runner and rounded landing? 

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.

Vote for your favorite Foyer design here:

 

 

 

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Breakfast

Dining

Home Office / Study


 

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Two Story Great Room Vs Adding a Bonus Room

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Sep 13, 2016 @ 04:09 AM

Two Ways to Organize Your Home Layout:

One of the most frequently asked questions about new home floor plans is: can I add a bonus room upstairs, instead of the two story living room?

For most floor plans, the answer is YES. See two versions of the same floor plan built in Raleigh, NC.

The first has a two story great room. The second has an upstairs bonus room. Which layout would you pick for your new home?



Side-by-Side Photos of the same Great Room:

 

Great Room Layout #1: Two Story Ceilings with curved window wall

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Great Room Layout #2: Bonus Room above the great room

Two Story Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

Bonus Above the Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

While each of these great rooms has a two sided fireplace that looks into the sun room, the first photo has an entry cut-out on each side of the great room.

The first version has a larger built in bookcase, wainscoting above the fireplace, and hardwoods throughout.

Transom windows give the second version more natural light and the full wall makes space for additional furniture and storage.

Great Room Layout #1: Two Story Foyer Overlook and Great Room Overlook

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Great Room Layout #2: Two Story Foyer (but no overlook to the great room)

Two Story Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

 Bonus Room Above Great Room | Raleigh Brick Homes

A two story ceiling calls for a hallway overlook along the great room. A single story ceiling makes room for a bonus space upstairs.

Upstairs Bonus Room

By keeping the downstairs great room to a single story ceiling height, you're able to add a second story bonus room with loft style overlook. The bonus room still gives you the second curved wall of windows, just in a separate space:

Upstairs Bonus Room Plans | Raleigh Brick Homes

Upstairs Bonus Room Plans | Raleigh Brick Homes

There are pros and cons to each layout. Which version of this floor plan is your favorite, the two story great room with huge window wall OR a bonus room above, which adds tons of square footage in a usable space?

See the Cotswold Floor Plan here.

 

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More Side-by-Side Photos of The Cotswold:

Foyer

Great Room

Kitchen

Master Suite

Master Bath

Sun Room

Breakfast

Dining

Home Office / Study


 

Tags: design tips, two story living room design, raleigh nc homes

5 Main Floor Master Floor Plans Designed for Families

Posted by Penny Hull on Thu, Sep 08, 2016 @ 14:09 PM

New homes with the master bedroom downstairs:

These floor plans keep the master suite on the first level. Most popular layout options include a sitting area, large walk in closets, lots of bathroom storage, showers for two, and tile soaking tubs. 



5 Downstairs Master Ideas:

Here are five downstairs master floor plans that hit all the high points. 

1st Level Master Floor Plan #1 

This downstairs master suite plan was featured in the Wake County Parade of Homes. The bedroom bumps out into a reading bay. The master bath separates into a his and her vanity with freestanding tub in between. And the master closet has a center built in cabinet with mirror above. 

 

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View the second story of this floor plan - click here. 

See inside the master bathroom: 

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1st Level Master Floor Plan #2

Need more space to spread out in the master bedroom? This plan has a full sitting room attached to the master suite. And check out the massive walk in closets. 

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Here's a photo of the master bathroom, built near Raleigh NC: 

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View the upstairs floor plan - ask us for a brochure here.

1st Level Master Floor Plan #3 

Stanton Homes modified The Dinsmore floor plan to build in five bedrooms and four and a half baths. Here is the modified version. 

Main Floor Master Floor Plans | 1st Floor Master Suite

The Dinsmore is copyright Alan Mascord.

What did the original plan look like? What's upstairs? Click here to find out.

Peak inside the master suite bathroom, here: 

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1st Level Master Floor Plan #4 

Main Floor Master Floor Plans | 1st Floor Master Suite

Like the downstairs layout? See what's upstairs, in the full floor plans here. 

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1st Level Master Floor Plan #5 

Farmhouse style downstairs master bedroom floor plan. The master bedroom is large, with two separate walk in closets and a spacious bath (and canteliever tub). 

Main Floor Master Floor Plans | 1st Floor Master Suite

See the full floor plans for this home - click here.

Inside the master bathroom of this floor plan: a single his and her vanity with open shelving in the center. 

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Do you want to find a new home with the master downstairs? 

Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify the floor plan layout to give you a farmhouse that fits your wish list:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

Get our top 10 first floor master house plans, here. 

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Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Sep 07, 2016 @ 17:09 PM

Mountain Style Homes Built Near Raleigh, NC:

What's your favorite mountain house style Great Room?  Vote on the great room windows photo you love most (and then request the floor plan to match, here).


 

Mountain House Great Room Photo #1: Pyramid Stacking Windows

Four window layers stack to the ceiling to form a pyramid shape:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

See the Smokey Ridge photo gallery here, with more angles showing how the great room opens to the kitchen.

Mountain House Great Room #2: 20' Ceiling

Triangle shaped windows top this 20' ceiling height great room:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window IdeasThis Stanton Home is called The Treehouse. See a photo gallery, here.

 

Mountain House Great Room #3:  Cedar Wrapped Wall of Windows

Six large windows span the full distance of this two story mountian house great room:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

For more photos inside this Raleigh new home, click here. 

 

Mountain House Great Room #4:  Rustic Stone and Wood Ceiling

Traditional style six-grid windows (with transom windows above) run across this "ship" great room. A fieldstone fireplace brings mountain home exterior materials inside:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

See more of this Raleigh mountain home - click here for photo gallery.

Mountain House Great Room #5:  Old World Style

This mountain house plan has a row of craftsman style square windows along the roofline of the two story great room:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas
For more views of the fireplace and great room windows, see the Arcadia mountain home gallery here.

Mountain House Great Room #6:  Wood Beams and Custom Windows

In this mountain house great room, three large windows cover the same distance. Do you like patterns with many smaller windows, or only a few extra large windows?

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

Mountain House Great Room #7:  Bookcases and Stone

These windows are on display, letting in natural light above the bookcases on each side of the stone fireplace:

Mountain House Photos in Raleigh NC | 7 Great Room Window Ideas

The craftsman style exterior, along with interior photo of the kitchen, master suite, and living spaces, are in this gallery - click to see.

 

 

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Do you want to live in a Raleigh Mountain style home?

Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify the floor plan layout to give you a farmhouse that fits your wish list:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

Get our top 10 first floor master house plans, here.

Top 10 Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes


 

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Best Colors for Farmhouse Style Homes | Raleigh Custom Homes

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, Aug 30, 2016 @ 05:08 AM

What is the best color for a Farmhouse Exterior?

Which exterior colors are the most popular for a farmhouse style home? Which are more requested in Raleigh new homes? See photos of brown, tan, white, yellow, red, and gray farmhouse exteriors below.


Brick Farmhouse Exterior with Wrap Around Front Porch - Tans and Browns

Brick Farmhouse Exterior | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

Two story farmhouse floor plans are built for family and friends to gather - with a spacious kitchen, open great room with cozy fireplace, and dining area large enough for a long farmhouse table. This Raleigh new home, a version of the Daniel, has an old-fashioned sense of home with a lot of modern updates.

See interior farmhouse photos of these farmhouse floor plan elements, in the Daniel.

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From the white apron sink in the island kitchen to the light blue master bath with cantilever tub, this first floor master suite home speaks to a classic farmhouse style.

See interior photos and get the floor plan for this white country farmhouse, the Carwile, here.

 

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This yellow farmhouse exterior stands out, with double window dormers, a rocking chair front porch, black shutters, and sunburst window above the red front door.  

Red Farmhouse Exterior on a French Country Home with Stone Accents

Red Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

 

What's the difference between "American" and French Country farmhouse designs? The nonsymmetrical curved roofline, strong red siding color, steep pitch roof, small pane windows, and stone accents are French Country exterior design elements.

See a photo gallery of this red French country farmhouse, the Country Manor, here.

 

Sand and Brown Farmhouse Exterior with Three-Sided Wrap Around Front Porch

Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

The vaulted great room opens to the island kitchen, breakfast nook, and formal dining. A first floor master suite has an elegant trey ceiling, his and hers walk in closet. The island kitchen also offers a "Costco size" walk in pantry, with mud room style laundry around the corner.

See interior photos of this traditional farmhouse, the Low Country Farmhouse, here.

 

Yellow Farmhouse Exterior with Red Metal RoofYellow Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

It's hard to find a more traditional look than a yellow farmhouse with red metal roof. 

Reminicent of a barn, this Raleigh farmhouse style home is fully wheelchair accessible - from the concrete path that leads from the front patio to the backyard to the kitchen, bathrooms, hallways, and living areas.

See a photo gallery of this yellow farmhouse, the Blackhawk - click here

 

Gray Farmhouse Exterior with Three-Sided Wrap Around Front PorchGray Farmhouse Exterior Photos | Farmhouse Builders Raleigh

This Farmhouse plan has a traditional feel inside and out with a main floor master suite, large kitchen island open to the great room, separate dining and breakfast rooms, and three secondary bedrooms upstairs with a small loft overlook to the vaulted great room. The front porch wraps around three sides of the home, with a separate covered patio in the backyard. 

See interior photos of this traditional farmhouse, another version of the Low Country Farmhouse, here.


What color would you pick for your farmhouse?  Vote here!

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Compare these two farmhouses, side-by-side, and see what a difference your paint, cabinet, and fixture selections can make in the SAME farmhouse house plan (a Max Fulbright design): 



Do you want to live in a Raleigh Farmhouse style home?

Send us the name of a floor plan that is close to what you want, and we can help you to modify the floor plan layout to give you a farmhouse that fits your wish list:

  • Create special features, like mother in law suites or accessibility.
  • Redesign the exterior. Or the kitchen. Or the master suite. Or just about anything.
  • Add customization to every area of the home

Get our top 10 first floor master house plans, here.

Top 10 Floor Plans | Raleigh New Homes


 

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