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Get Exposed Plumbing for Your Interior Design

Do you want an interior that’s both elegant and strong? Exposed Plumbing might be just the thing. Exposed plumbing is one of many fantastic, interior design trends at the moment. There are a lot of reasons why people are crazy for this design choice. Let’s check out a few of them.

Strength in Design

Interior design tends to lean toward elegance quite a lot. To find a strong, somewhat masculine design can be hard. Modernism can be seen as somewhat masculine and so can dark and sleek. However, if you want your home to feel like it belongs in this century and you don’t want everything to be black, what do you choose? Exposed plumbing is a featured element of industrial design – a popular and strong design choice for recent years. 

Accessibility

Another perk of exposed plumbing is that it provides plumbing accessibility. Should you get a leak in your pipes, the puddle will show up on your floor, instead of in your walls. Instead of growing mold in your insulation, you’ll simply have to wipe up the water and call a plumber.

Plus, when the plumber arrives, the accessibility makes it easy to reach and fix the problem. For pipes hidden within walls, a plumber may have to remove drywall to fix a problem. The extra time and work makes the service much more expensive. With exposed plumbing, drywall getting in your way is no problem at all.

Personalize

There is a level of personalization one can do with exposed plumbing. For one thing, you’ll be able to choose what kind of pipes you want showing. For many, choosing pipes that are coated in copper on the outside is a great idea. It helps them blend in with other warm design choices they’ve made.

For bathrooms, you can also personalize how you expose your pipes. You can have complete exposure of pipes overhead and along walls or you can expose only certain parts. For instance, you could install an old style of toilet that has water pipes come in from the ceiling. Showers can have exposed pipes from the faucets to shower head. Wall-mounted sinks can have their drain pipes exposed beneath the basin. Go big or go minimal – It’s completely up to you.

Hire Someone You Can Trust

If you know you want exposed plumbing in your home, it might be time to find someone to hire. There are a lot of companies to choose from in Toronto. However, here’s why Premier Group Contractors is the best choice.

Premier Group has been providing contractors for almost 20 years. In that time, we’ve built a great rapport with the community at large. Our reputation has always been quality and friendliness. Plus, our team is made up of contractors of all specialties. No matter what you need done in your home, we can send a team with your specific needs in mind. We have someone for drywall. We have someone for lighting. And, we even have someone for plumbing. Many of our team members can do a whole bunch of things.

Whether you’re looking just for plumbing changes or want your entire bathroom or interior renovated, we’ve got you covered. Give us a call if you want to discuss a job with us. We look forward to making your home everything you hope it will be.

Why a Deck is the Perfect Summer Home Addition

After a while of living in the same place, things can get pretty boring. Now you’ve got the financial stability to improve your home and make it a more enjoyable place to be. If you’ve been looking for a home upgrade and can’t decide what you want to do, Premier Group has the perfect solution. A deck is the perfect summer home addition. Here’s why.

Sun for the Soul

A lot of people have a natural love of the outdoors. After all, what’s better than sitting outside, the smell of fresh air in your nose and the warmth of the sun on your skin? However, for many people, the outdoors is just not that impressive. They’ve got everything they need inside.

Well, there’s one angle you may not have considered. Sun is actually really good for you! Did you know that over 40% of people in Canada are not getting enough vitamin D? Vitamin D is responsible for a number of functions in the body. When you don’t have enough of it, you can become depressed, fatigued, have trouble sleeping, and have lower skin quality.

Having a deck built allows you to enjoy the sun and outdoors with a little more ease. No need to lie in the grass. Putting out some deck furniture can make it easy to spend some time outdoors each day. Even ten minutes of sun a day can raise vitamin D levels, improving both your mental and physical health. So, grab yourself a mixer and a good book and sit out on your new deck for a little while.

To Each Their Own

The really great thing about having a deck is that you can use it for pretty much anything. Everyone has their own preferences in how they spend their time. Use your deck in whatever way suits you.

Some may want to throw a barbecue or other kind of party. Gather friends, sit in camping chairs, and share a beer while you enjoy the sun. 

Others may prefer less social uses. Bring some blankets outside and watch the stars without the hassle of dewy, wet grass. A deck provides a dry space to set up and also distances you from many of the bugs that enjoy your lawn.

And, of course, there are those of us who have a passion for plants. If you love growing flowers, herbs, or any other kind of leafy friend, a deck will be your new favorite place. We can even build in plant benches for you along the outer edges of the deck. This allows tiering of your plant pots. You can line up all of your plants and water them with ease this way. Plus, once you’ve got the deck covered in beautiful foliage, you can use it as your own little oasis.

A Safe Staycation

Lastly, because of COVID-19, people have had to cancel a lot of their summer plans. Try not to lament the loss of travel. You can have a fantastic staycation right from your own backyard. A deck provides a lot of lounging opportunities. Whether you have kids, live with your partner, or are all by yourself, a deck can improve your summer staycation.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to talk deck building for your summer home addition. We look forward to hearing from you.

Toronto’s All-in-One Bathroom Remodel Contractors

Toronto's All-in-One Bathroom Remodel Contractors

Tired of your bathroom feeling like a chore to use? Bathrooms tend to lose everything but their base functionality after a handful of years in use. Tiles are often put down wrong and end up breaking. Layouts can be an absolute nightmare. Laminate countertops can easily get damaged. Don’t settle for a bathroom that’s been ruined by time. You can count on Toronto’s #1 bathroom remodel contractors, Premier Group Contractors, to give you the bathroom you deserve.

What Can be Done?

The better question is, what can’t be done? Well, we probably won’t have an easy time getting ahold of a solid gold toilet, but aside from that, nothing! Because our team is a group of contractors with varying, individual skillsets, we can band together to make anything happen. Here are some examples of ways we can improve your current bathroom.

Layout

If you’re looking for a full bathroom remodel, you’ll almost definitely want the layout changed. Bathrooms are oftentimes given only a fraction of the space they truly need. Therefore, it’s fortunate they can be expanded and rearranged. With the know how of professionals like ours. Walls can be repositioned and plumbing can be adjusted in no time.

Work together with our team to determine the different possibilities for your bathroom’s layout. There are sure to be many options. This is especially true if your bathroom has a lot of space or if you intend to expand it. 

Fixtures

Next up is fixtures. Your toilet, tub, and sink might not be what they used to be – if they were ever good to start. Having these replaced with better ones can make a massive difference in the appeal of your bathroom. For instance, some people prefer toilets with a more oval-shaped seat. Some prefer a smaller seat. Some showers come with built-in grips and some don’t. Sinks can come in so many different styles, we couldn’t possibly list them all.

Countertop

Along with your new sink, you may want to consider a new countertop. Countertops are one of the first things in a bathroom to need updating. Laminate countertops are quick to fall apart because of their cheap build. Consider changing to a natural, stone countertop or something like Solid Surface, which is also available in Toronto.

Tiling

Cheap tile flooring and backsplashes are so common in bathrooms that people forget they can have quality tiling. For one thing, smaller tiles are faster to break apart. If your floor is made up of small tiles, just know, it can be improved. Large tiles not only last longer, they have a much more luxurious appearance.

Paint

With any bathroom remodel comes a new coat of paint. Whether you go for a new color or not is completely up to you. Just know that we can freshen up your bathroom’s entire appearance with some fresh paint. 

Hire Premier Group

If you want your bathroom remodel done right, hire the best bathroom remodel contractors in Toronto. Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors and we’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with you.

3 Great Uses for an Empty Basement

3 Great Uses for an Empty Basement

If you’ve got yourself an empty basement, you might be wondering what to do with it. Basement spaces are a fantastic opportunity for a lot of different things. It’s really just a matter of what’s right for you. So, here are 3 uses for an empty basement that can all be achieved with the help of Premier Group Contractors.

Entertaining Space

If you love having friends over and want somewhere you can really enjoy bringing company, an entertaining space might be the right choice. Trying to host parties are gatherings when you just don’t have the space for it is a huge bummer. However, get your empty basement turned into an entertaining space and friends will be flocking to your place in no time. 

Use the wide open space to add a kitchenette and wet bar. Mount a TV for watching movies and playing games. You can even put in a pool table or any other kind of entertainment that suits you. Do what’s right for you and your circle. The possibilities are endless. 

Some fun additions that Premier Group can help with are:

  • Dimmable lights. These are perfect if you have a bar and TV combo, allowing guests to get themselves drinks without interrupting the room’s lighting for the movie you’re all watching.
  • Integrated shelving. These shelves can line the walls beside your TV. These provide ample space for game and movie titles as well as consoles.

Individual Suite

If you don’t find yourself hosting friends much, you might find turning your basement into a suite is more useful. This move can make renting out your basement space a possibility. Plus, if your basement is exposed to the outside on any wall, we can add an exterior door. An exterior door will make it so you and your tenants don’t have to share space.

This is an easily achievable space. Putting up additional walls makes adding a bedroom and bathroom easy. Giving your future tenants a bedroom, bathroom, living space, and kitchenette is enough to charge apartment rates. Just remember to be good neighbors too!

Room for Kids

If you’re uninterested in the more entertaining uses for an empty basement, you might be thinking about kids. Whether you have kids already or are waiting to start a family until you have more room, the basement is an incredible asset. An empty basement can turn into multiple additional bedrooms, a new bathroom, and even a playroom, depending on the size. Give your family what they need to grow into individuals and have their own space in your home. 

If you already have kids and they’re getting older, giving them their own space downstairs is also great. You may be able to give them an upgrade in room size and you can say goodbye to sharing a bathroom with them. Plus, every couple likes having more space to themselves. With the kids downstairs, you can worry less about someone stumbling in when you’re looking for privacy. Plus, you can even take down the wall between your room and one that’s just been vacated. Turn your master bedroom into something truly worthy of the title. You can even make or expand an existing on-suite bathroom. 

Hire Premier

Premier Group Contractors is the best group in Toronto for doing this kind of job. Everyone on our team has varying skills. That means they can all work together to make a cohesive crew of experts. Give us a call if you want to set up a consultation.

Unique Light Fixtures That We Think You’ll Like

There are a lot of light fixtures on the market these days. So much so, that we couldn’t possibly list them all if we wanted to. However, we at Premier Group have picked out some of our favorite styles. Take a look at some unique light fixtures that we think you’ll really like. 

Cage Lighting

This unusual and industrial type light fixture style is the perfect addition to a minimalist or industrial home. Cage lighting is a, usually simple, metal cage that fits over a bulb. These cages come in many different shapes and styles. From pendants to boxes to spheres, you can find one in just about any shape.

Often, cage lighting features wrought iron, making it a great design point for contemporary or rustic, industrial interiors. For those fixtures that choose other materials, you can find stainless steel, copper, and even white-coated steel. When taking into consideration the variety of colors and materials, there really is a cage lighting fixture for every interior design style.

Punch-Out Lighting

If you want something that straddles the line between gothic and rustic, punch-out lighting is a great choice. Imagine a black, iron, geometric cage for your bulb. Now imagine a number of small shapes and holes punches out of the metal. This allows your light fixture to cast small rays of light all throughout the room when it’s dark. Or, during the day, it functions as a sort of glowing centerpiece, radiating warmth from within.

Copper and Bronze

Copper and bronze are incredibly popular right now, especially with the rise of industrial interior design. However, these materials don’t just go with industrial. They also fit in with rustic designs. Do you have a chic farmhouse aesthetic? A bronze light fixture would do just perfectly above your kitchen table. On the flipside, if you have a city loft with exposed pipes and a dark and rich color palette, copper would fit right in as well.

Both copper and bronze have something in common: they’re warm and rich in color. That makes them a great addition in many different styles. The only thing limiting their use is our imaginations and aesthetic limitations.

Orb Lighting

Last but not least, we have orb lighting. These light fixtures are simple spheres that surround our lightbulbs. These fixtures can come in a variety of sizes and colors to suit whatever your interior may look like. Combining different colors sizes, and heights for a multi-bulb light fixture works beautifully. Whether you want this fixture above your dining room table, in your kitchen, or illuminating your bedroom, its bubbly aesthetic will add youth to any interior.

No matter your choice of light fixture, if you need lights installed or electric wiring redone, Premier Group Contractors can help you out. We have a team of specialists who know their way around electricity and lighting like you and I know the way around our own home. Give us a call if you want to discuss appointment openings or have questions about the extent of our services. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Best Places for Mosaic Tile

Have you ever seen a mosaic tile surface before and just been overwhelmed by how beautiful it looked? Us too! Premier Group Contractors knows exactly why people are so hyped up about mosaic tiles. That’s why we want to talk about the best places you can implement them. You’d be surprised by how many creative places you can use them.

Don’t DIY

While it’s tempting for people to DIY mosaic tiles, it’s actually not the best idea for most people. The process of breaking apart glass by yourself very frequently leads to people getting injured. Cutting a hand, stepping on glass, and getting tiny shards of it in your eye is not as difficult as it sounds. Smashing glass can lead to all kinds of complications that many people don’t think about when starting their project.

Not to mention, actually setting a mosaic pattern in a way that looks good and won’t fall apart can be really tricky. That’s why we want to offer our services for mosaic tiling instead. That way you get a mosaic, free of injury, and we get the opportunity to serve new and valued clients. It’s a win win!

Countertops

A great place for mosaic tiles is on the countertop in a bathroom. If done right and coated with a clear resin, your countertop will remain smooth and easy to use while showing through to a beautiful array of colored glass below. Use this as an opportunity to implement more of your bathroom’s accent color. Or, if your bathroom needs a more extensive pick-me-up, we can repaint and retile as well, among other things.

Backsplash

Using mosaic tiles as a backsplash in your kitchen is a great way to add a little pizazz to the room. You don’t have to go with outrageous colors either. Consider some black, grey, and white glass. You can even do greyscale with the addition of a single other color. This combination of glass will allow you to add some shine and color to your kitchen backsplash without making it an eyesore. Plus, even in greyscale, mosaic tiles are much more fun than regular ones and add a lot of character.

Fireplace

A fireplace is such a great centerpiece for a living room. Unfortunately, people often let their fireplace blend into the wall. It’s incredibly common to go for a really bland choice in stone. Why let your fireplace turn into part of the background when you could really make it a centerpiece? Using subdued glass colors, you could surround your fireplace with a mosaic. Browns, blacks, and reds are a great choice for this mosaic.

Hire Premier

No matter what mosaic tile project you want done in your home, Premier Group Contractors is the best choice in Toronto. Our team has years of experience bringing people’s interior design dreams to fruition. You can rely on us to deliver exactly what you want. Plus, we have a contractor for everything. If mosaic tiles aren’t the only thing you’re after, you can hire more from our team to complete any other design tasks you need done as well. Give us a call today and we’ll be happy to answer your questions.

Tile Patterns That Might Suit Your Home Interior

Time to upgrade part of your home with some tilework? Whether you’re redoing stone tile or hardwood flooring, redoing a backsplash, or lining a new standup shower, Premier Group Contractors has your back. We want to give you a head start on your project by giving you ideas for tile patterns you might like. Let’s see if we can find the perfect pattern for your home and give you the vocabulary you need to ask for it during consultation.

Linear Tiling

One of the most common styles in tile placement is linear tiling. This is what you call the pattern of squares sitting side by side. It’s used for checkerboard kitchen floors, backsplashes, shower walls and more.

Linear tiling can be somewhat bland in appearance, but it does make a great backdrop if you plan to grab attention with some other interior element. You can also spice of linear tiling by using different tile colors. Try using three palette-adjacent colors and it will give your bathroom floor a little more dimension without complicated tilework.

Brick Bond Tiling

If you want something simple but with a little more character, brick bond tiling might be the thing for you. This is exactly what you think it is. You know how brick buildings implement overlapping rectangles? This is that, but with tile. Brick bond tiling is great for kitchen backsplashes and shower walls.

Hexagon tiling

Want something a little rounder in appearance? Hexagon tiling is a tile pattern that’s full of character. Six-sided tiles fit together perfectly to create a very regular, but lively pattern. This tile pattern also allows a lot of creativity.

Hexagon tiling is great for backsplashes and bathroom floors. One of the best parts about this pattern is that you can use varied colors to personalize it. Try moving from darker to lighter colors the higher up on the wall you move. Because of their hexagonal shape, you can do this without creating a solid line of color across your wall like you would with square or rectangular tiles.

Herringbone Tiles

If you want a tile pattern that’s slightly more interesting and relies on more than just setting things side-by-side, herringbone tiles might be a good choice. Herringbone tiles rely on diagonal positioning, resting on each other to create peaks of varied height. This pattern is most commonly used with brick on sidewalks or patios or with wooden planks inside the home. You can even implement this pattern on the wall, using tiles. Want a backsplash that your guests won’t soon forget? Herringbone tiling is noticeable and memorable.

Modular Tiling

Last, and possibly the most unique, is modular tiling. Modular tiling is what you call it when you create a pattern that is much more complicated than most tile patterns. This pattern type looks more irregular and involves many tiles of different shapes and sizes. You’ve certainly seen this style before, and you probably thought it looked great. It does tend to! It’s hard to go wrong with modular tiling. The most common mistake is using it in a space that really doesn’t need something complicated. It does look fairly fancy, so it’s best used for stone tile on kitchen floors or on large bathroom floors

Why You Should Add a Sunroom or Deck to Your Home

There are a lot of reasons why people renovate their homes. Often, it boosts resale value. Other times, things are outdated and need to be updated. One reason that is often overlooked, yet just as important as the others, is for the joy of making your home into a haven for you and your family. That’s why Premier Group Contractors feels you should consider adding a sunroom or deck to your home. Here’s why:

Relaxation Refuge

People often underestimate the importance of relaxation to our general health. There are a lot of negative effects of stress. Stress can cause aches and pains, colds, and even susceptibility in your immune system. Because stress is such a big deal, people should start taking their relaxation more seriously.

The addition of a sunroom or deck would allow you somewhere in your home where you can take refuge from the day’s stress. Kick back on the deck and enjoy the sunshine on your face while you enjoy a cold drink. Cozy up in the sunroom with some hot tea and a good book and let the stressful thoughts of the day slip away from you.

Patio Renovation

The cool thing about a sunroom renovation is that it’s really easy to do if you have an existing covered (or open) patio. Adding some walls and windows, putting down some flooring, and doing some cleanup of the old exterior is all you need. This renovation is cost effective and makes a patio – somewhere that’s often neglected – into a useful part of the home. Plus, a job like this is easy as pie for a team as varied and accomplished as the one at Premier Group. Therefore, give us a call if you decide this is a good choice for your home.

Indoor Greenhouse

What you might not have considered is how fantastic a sunroom is as a makeshift greenhouse. If you have a soft spot for plants, a sunroom might be just what you need for your leafy friends.

A sunroom is usually filled with large, sprawling windows. They’re perfect for letting in all the light your plants love and need. Line windowsills and shelves with plants to your heart’s desire. You can even set up humidifiers or open windows as needed.

Additionally, an indoor greenhouse is that its only accessible to pets if you want. If you own cats who like to lounge in the sun and mean your plants no harm, let them enjoy the little bit of outside you’ve brought inside. However, if your little beasts are more prone to chomping down on your garden, keep the sunroom door closed.

Backyard Barbecue

The cool thing about choosing a deck, on the other hand, is that it’s great for social gatherings. Want to have a barbecue or hang out with family? A deck is a great place for that. Setting up some patio furniture on your deck can make the long, summer days a little more enjoyable. Watch your children play in the yard while you enjoy the sun from the deck. It doesn’t get better than this.

Give us a call at Premier Group Contractors if you want to renovate your home to accommodate relaxation. The job will be a success with us at the helm.

Choosing the Right Paint Color for Your Interior

Is it about time to put a new coat of paint on the walls? You might be deliberating about what the best color for your home is. Premier Group Contractors has a lot of experience with painting people’s walls. Therefore, we want to give a little advice to those of you who are struggling to pick a color. After all, we’ve all been there!

Consider Favorites

To start off, what are your favorite colors? Some people forego consideration of their favorite colors because they think they’ll be too bright or stand out too much. The truth is, there’s a good way to use almost any color for painting. Even if you like particularly bright colors, there’s a way you can incorporate that into your walls if you’d like to.

If you’re not really sure what your favorite colors are, or like too many to pick, narrowing them down is easier than it seems. Try thinking of things that make you happy. Do plants make you particularly joyful? Maybe you like spicy food? No matter what kind of thing you think of first, there’s a way to turn that into paint.

Plants could lead to a shade of earthy green or brown. You could even pick the color of your favorite flowers. Spicy food could mean a dark red or burnt orange. No matter what your favorite things are, you can pull a color from it. Then, whenever you see that color, you’ll remember the things it’s associated with. People tend to underestimate how powerful color association is. Take advantage of that!

How to Avoid ‘Too Bright’

If you like a particularly saturated color – in laymen’s terms, one considered very bright – here’s how to use it without overdoing it. There are multiple ways you can do this.

  • Create a focus wall. A focus wall is one or, sometimes, two walls that you paint with a bright color. The other walls in the room are painted with a more neutral paint color that pairs well with the focus wall. For instance, if you want to use red paint, but don’t want to overwhelm the room with red, you can paint one wall red while painting the rest a nice cream color. If you want it a little darker, consider a light brown instead of cream.
  • Use a less saturated base color and use your preferred color as an accent. Using the colors from the last example, that could mean painting all the walls with cream and then using shaped sponges to create red stamps on the walls. 
  • If sponging isn’t your preferred design choice, you could also use taping. At, perhaps, a foot from the top of the wall, create a line of tape all the way around the room. If it’s important to you that it’s level, use a bubble level to ensure the tape is places correctly. Then, paint the section between the top of the wall and the tape. When the paint is completely dry, pull the tape off and you’ll have a neat line at the edge of your painted section. You can repeat this as far down the wall as you please, perhaps creating narrower and narrower strips. This will add that touch of red you’re looking for without flooding the room with it.

Hire Professionals

When it comes time to paint, it’s a lot easier said than done. If you don’t feel like committing to a day of long, hard, and thankless work, repainting your living room, or even more time for even more rooms, hire professionals. Because we at Premier Group Contractors work as a team and have years of experience with this kind of work, we make it look easy. Plus, we do a great job! Give us a call if you have a paint job that needs to be done in Toronto. We’re happy to help.

How Lighting Affects Your Health

You may not realize it, but having enough lighting is actually really important for your health. Premier Group Contractors has a team of lighting specialists who want you to know why good lighting is so critical for your wellbeing. So, without further ado, let’s discuss how lighting affects your health!

Circadian Rhythm

Do you know what your circadian rhythm is? It sounds kind of like a type of music, but it’s actually what your internal clock is called. Your circadian rhythm takes in information about your environment and uses it to set a clock inside your brain. This is why some people can wake up at the same time each morning regardless of when they went to bed. It’s also why, if you have a good circadian rhythm, you’ll begin to get sleepy when it’s dark.

The lighting in your environment can have a profoundly large effect on your circadian rhythm. If you sit in the dark constantly, you’ll find you have a harder time falling asleep and waking up. That’s because your internal clock has no idea what time it is. That makes it hard to fall asleep or wake up unless you’re really tired or have slept a long time. This affect that lights have on circadian rhythm has actually been studied at length by seeing what happens when people spend extended periods of time in environments where the light is always on or always off. Isn’t it amazing how lighting affects your health in so many ways?

Keeping the Lights Off

The reason the circadian rhythm is important is because, more and more, and especially with those in their teen and young adult years, people will sit in the dark all day. The dark can be convenient if you want to watch Netflix or get more ambience when playing video games. However, sitting in the dark all day can severely throw off your circadian rhythm. Your brain doesn’t know what time of day it is. Then, when you try to sleep, your brain doesn’t realize anything has changed about the time or environment and doesn’t know to go into sleep mode.

The reason that’s so bad for you is that, for one thing, sitting in the dark can actually lead to or worsen depression. The other thing is that bad sleep can also lead to or worsen depression as well as negatively affect other aspects of your health.

Keeping the Lights On

While sitting in the dark isn’t good, sleeping in the light is also bad. With many of the same effects on your circadian rhythm as sitting in the dark all day, leaving lights on at night is bound to cause problems. Kids should be weened off night lights as soon as possible and adults should be sure to turn off lights before going to bed.

Using Lights to Your Advantage

The fortunate thing about this effect lights have on our circadian rhythm is that we can use them to our advantage. The more steady our circadian rhythm is, the easier time we have getting to sleep and staying asleep. Ensuring you have adequate lighting in a room, is the first step. If your room is still somewhat dark when the lights are on, you may need to consider new fixtures.

The lighting professionals at Premier Group Contractors are a great place to start asking questions when lighting becomes a concern. Give us a call if you need help with your home lighting and we’ll make things easy for you.

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