Category: Kitchens

Category: Kitchens

Home Design Hacks for Your Home Remodel

If you’re planning a home remodel, you should go into it with an idea of what you want by the end. Whether you have experience and are doing the home remodel yourself or you’re hiring Premier Group Contractors, knowing what you want is important. That’s why we’ve put together some home design hacks you can use. Looking to get the most out of your renovations? Here are some things you should consider.

Double-Sided Fireplace

The double-sided fireplace is a genius innovation that has changed the entire way we think about fireplaces. It used to be that fireplaces were primarily put against walls or, in special cases, in the middle of the room. Combining these two locations to get the most out of fireplaces has given us the best of both worlds.

A double-sided fireplace can be placed in a wall between two rooms. This is most commonly done between a master bedroom and a sprawling master bathroom with a tub. This location makes it easy to relax by the fire no matter the occasion. You can lie in bed, in the middle of winter, and watch movies while the fire keeps the room nice and warm. Or, you can move your party to the bathtub and take a long soak while the flames keep you company. It’s a win-win.

Laundry Chute

With time, the laundry chute has become somewhat antiquated and unseen in newer houses. However, there’s nothing outlawing us from having one. For many, the washer and dryer fit nicely into a second-floor laundry room, right beside the bedrooms. This makes the need for a laundry shoot dissipate entirely. However, not all homes have second-floor laundry rooms.

If you have your laundry room on the first floor or in the basement, you’re almost definitely tired of carrying laundry down every couple days. While the trip back up is still necessary, imagine cutting out half of the transport labor! Laundry chutes are not difficult to have installed and can easily be added during a home remodel. And, with that, you’ll be throwing your laundry downstairs instantly in no time.

Island Stovetop

With many a home remodel comes a new and updated kitchen. If you want maximum space and efficiency, you’ll almost definitely end your kitchen update with an island or breakfast bar. Islands help to utilize otherwise unused space and give you more counter space for food prep, cooking, and for casual eating.

If you put your new stovetop at the inner edge of the island, you also have the added bonus of being able to cook for bar occupants. While you can technically cook for bar occupants from anywhere in the kitchen, this is slightly different. Cooking from the island allows you to serve food directly to their plates from the pan. You can also have a chat with them while you’re waiting for their bacon and eggs to cook. 

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If you’re in the market for a reliable contracting team for your next home remodel, give us a call at Premier Group Contractors. We love taking on a new remodeling project and we look forward to hearing from you.

Kitchen Layout Styles for Your Kitchen Remodel

If you’re planning to get a kitchen remodel done, you should have an idea of the kind of kitchen layout you’re looking to achieve. While no kitchen is exactly the same, there are standard styles of layout that are a good place to start. From there, you can talk with us about anything you want different or what specific elements you want. However, before jumping to details, let’s begin with basics.

The Cozy Galley

This one is a common kitchen layout for homes built in the late 20th century. A galley kitchen has two straight counters that face each other, leaving you with a long, narrow kitchen. This is great if you have limited space. The kitchen acts as a walkway between a dining room and living room or a dining room and breakfast nook. One of the primary benefits of the galley kitchen is that all cabinet space is as accessible as it gets. There’s no need to deal with corner cabinets, which waste space, when all of your cabinetry is on one of two walls and doesn’t connect to a perpendicular wall.

The Baker’s Island

There are plenty of ways to have an island kitchen, but we want to highlight a kitchen layout that’s ideal for bakers. This kitchen layout is open concept and great for those with spacious homes. The key features of this kitchen are a straight or L-shaped set of counters and cabinets with an island across from them. The island provides extra cooking or baking space and also gives more surface space to install a stovetop.

In this layout, the stovetop is most useful on the island. That’s because, in a baker’s kitchen, we can incorporate two stacked ovens against the wall. This will allow you a lot of extra oven space for pans full of cookies or tins of cake batter that you would like to finish baking at the same time.

The Breakfast Peninsula

Peninsula kitchens are called that because there is a portion of counter that juts out from the wall, forming a type of peninsula. This is most commonly seen in what would, otherwise, be a U-shaped kitchen. It’s one of the more popular kitchen layout styles.

The peninsula counter is a fantastic way to have a breakfast bar. If your peninsula is outfitted with an overhanging countertop, a few bar stools can turn yout peninsula into a place to eat. Serve your kids breakfast from one side of the bar to the other. Host friends for morning coffee and pancakes. You’re only limited by your imagination with such a useful feature.

Hire Premier

When you’re ready to start your kitchen remodel, come talk to us at Premier Group Contractors about your kitchen layout preferences. We look forward to doing a consultation and discussing the future of your home. Give us a call if you have questions or would like to schedule a consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

What Kind of Kitchen Flooring is Best for You?

Planning a kitchen remodel? Or, maybe your kitchen flooring is just really worn out? No matter what the case, if you need new kitchen flooring, you’ve come to the right place. Premier Group Contractors has flooring experts ready to make your kitchen floors as beautiful as you’ve always wished they could be. But, before you call us up, let’s help you figure out what kind of flooring is best for your kitchen.


If you’re considering linoleum for your kitchen floors, you should know a few things about it first. The first thing you need to know is that there’s a chance you have linoleum mixed up with vinyl. A lot of people use linoleum as a catch-all term for synthetic flooring that goes on in sheets. However, linoleum and vinyl are very different flooring types.

Linoleum is a pretty thin flooring that is cut to shape just like vinyl or carpeting. However, it differs from vinyl in that it’s pretty hard to the touch. There’s not much cushion in it. Instead of denting or tearing from damage like vinyl might, it’s more likely to split or get deep scratches in it.

This flooring is cheap and fairly simple to replace as a whole but it doesn’t come with a simple repair solution and it doesn’t last many years in a kitchen without sustaining unsightly damage.


Vinyl, on the other hand, is made with multiple layers of differing materials. They each serve a different purpose. These multiple layers allow for some more cushion when walking across your kitchen floor.

Vinyl can come in multiple forms. There’s sheet vinyl, which is cut to shape like linoleum or carpeting, and there are vinyl tiles. The most popular of these tiles are luxury vinyl tiles, or LVT. LVT are a lot thicker than sheet vinyl and are comparable to laminate flooring. They’re typically high quality, thick, durable, and look beautiful.

LVT come in both tile and plank shapes. This allows you the choice between LVT that mimics tiling and LVT that mimics wood flooring. That’s not all, though! The plank shape can even come in different wood grain textures to make your kitchen feel even more luxurious.

One of the benefits of LVT is that, while it’s not cheap to replace the entire floor, you can replace one rile or plank at a time. Any damage your kitchen floor acquires can be repaired easily with a spare piece.


Hardwood flooring is a timeless classic, both inside and outside of the kitchen. If you’re a fan of hardwood, it’s no doubt on your list of flooring types to consider for your kitchen remodel. However, does hardwood really make the best kitchen flooring?

While hardwood looks stunning just about anywhere you put it, using it in the kitchen comes with a number of expensive risks. For one, it’s very easy for hardwood to retain water damage when used in the kitchen. Plus, you can’t use harsh chemicals to clean hardwood flooring, so if you cook a lot of grease-producing foods, your floors might be hard to  get adequately clean without damaging the wood.

Hire Premier

No matter what flooring type you settle on, our team of experts is here to help. Give us a call when you’re ready to do your kitchen remodel and we’ll give you the quality results you deserve.

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

How Remodeling a Kitchen Improves Home Resale Value

If you’re planning to put your house on the market any time in the near future, there are some things you should know about maximizing resale value. First, what does it mean to maximize resale value? Well, simply put, if you make certain upgrades to your home, your overall selling price will be raised by more than the cost of the upgrade. That means you’re making money. Certain home improvements are worth investing in, while others won’t make a significant enough difference to be worth the time and money. Here’s how remodeling a kitchen improves home resale value.

Better Appliances Improve Home Resale Value

The first thing you need to do when considering a kitchen remodel is take a look at your appliances. There are a lot of different kinds of kitchen appliances. Even over the last ten years, trends in kitchen appliances have changed dramatically. The most important thing to consider when deciding whether or not to replace appliances is appearance and functionality.

If your stove is functional, has no hiccups during use, but looks like it was made in the 80s, you need to replace it. You can always sell the existing stove or put it in storage and take it with you, if you don’t want to scrap it. However, keeping appliances that age your home can make it difficult to sell.

If your fridge looks fantastic, is sleek and black and modern, but the water dispenser is broken or it makes a worrisome noise, replace it. When people come in to check out the house, they will notice weird noises and they will be scared off by them. Ensuring your appliances look nice, appear to be from this decade, and are in working order is a necessity.

Appeal to Current Styles

The next thing is making sure to appeal to current styles. When you remodel your kitchen, if you plan to move in the coming few years, don’t remodel it to look how you want it to (unless you also like current styles). If you choose something unique and niche, like neon colors or a retro appearance, potential buyers may be turned off by your home entirely. The kitchen is such an important part of a home’s functionality that how it looks can be the determining factor in whether someone makes an offer.

More Efficient Spacing

When you remodel your home, ensuring the remodel delivers more efficient spacing is necessary. This can mean removing unnecessary dividing walls between the dining room and kitchen. It can also mean installing a new set of shelves or replacing old cabinets with more spacious ones. No matter what you choose to do, make sure the kitchen isn’t losing space. It should either remain the same or have more space than it started with.

If you need a group of professionals to help you with remodeling your kitchen, Premier Group Contractors are the ones for the job. Give us a call if you need professional help making your kitchen a focal point in your future home sale.

How to Design Your Kitchen for Safety



If you were asked what you’d like to see in your dream kitchen, you’d probably have a bunch of ideas ready to share. Safety, however, may not be the first thing on the list. It is important though so here are some design ideas to help you start thinking about safety right from the beginning:


Sturdy and reliable fuel sources

Get regular professional inspections of all connections from the gas line to the electrical wiring. This is to ensure that there are no gas leakages and that the electrical sockets are all up to code.


Clear and efficient workflow

Take some time to carefully design your kitchen layout so that the traffic between each element is direct and hazard-free. Neglecting the kitchen workflow design is one of the common kitchen renovation mistakes to avoid.


Rounded and slip-resistant finishes

This is all about eliminating slippery surfaces and sharp edges. So besides getting the ideal flooring type for the kitchen, choose rugged or textured surface finishes that make it slip-resistant. You’ll also want to make sure the countertop has rounded edges and corners to minimize harm when bumping into them.


Bright and even lighting

You definitely want the kitchen to be well-lit with multiple sources of lighting so that there aren’t dim spots anywhere around your stove and food preparation areas. In an environment where there are plenty of hot and sharp objects, a bright kitchen can easily prevent the risk of careless injuries resulting from poor lighting.


Fire and smoke safety

Again, professional inspection is regularly needed for safety devices like fire extinguishers and smoke detectors. It’s essential that you ensure the inspections are up-to-date. If you want an extra level of safety, consult with the inspectors on whether an emergency sprinkler system above your range is right for you.

As for the fire extinguisher, find an obvious and safe location to store it. Keep in mind though that you should never use the fire extinguisher on grease fires – these kinds of fires are best put out by baking soda. It’s a good idea to keep a bucket of baking soda next to your fire extinguisher (so that you don’t grab the wrong thing in case of a grease fire).


With the kitchen being one of the busiest rooms of the house, it makes sense that it’s designed for safety as well as functionality.

Spice Up the Kitchen With Island Styles Like These



You’ll be hard-pressed to find a modern house still with a dining room these days. The kitchen has now been expanded to serve the function of both the source and destination of meals. That makes the kitchen island all the more important to accommodate this trend.


Making sure the island fits your kitchen layout and needs is crucial to avoid making kitchen renovation mistakes. To make your kitchen stand out, here are some island styles you may want to consider:


L-Shaped or U-Shaped

Whether you go with an L-shaped or U-shaped island depends on your kitchen size. What’s attractive about these islands is that they give you more versatile layout options. That way, you can divide your kitchen island into different food preparation stations if your style of cooking involves many stages.

Another benefit of these islands is that you get to really max out your kitchen storage space. And don’t think that you’re only allowed to put in shelves or cabinets on the stove side either. Take advantage of the other side for display shelves as well as for cookbooks or good dishes.



This is a unique island style if you frequently like to entertain guests as you cook them dinner throughout the evening. The curved countertop gives everyone ample room to sit around the island and chat with you.

A curved island also helps to soften the look of the kitchen that’s often full of straight edges and sharp corners. It heightens the visual appeal by drawing the eyes to follow along its rare graceful curves. In short, this is the kind of island to have if you want it to be the centrepiece in the kitchen.



Speaking of guests sitting around the kitchen island, elevate part of it for guests to hang out on bar stools. They can then sit comfortably at eye-level to you while you’re standing. A bar-style island is popular because it makes a meal more casual than a sit-down affair.


Banquette Add-On

On the other hand, if you and your friends like to sit around a table for dinner, consider extending your island out into a banquette. The great thing about this style is that it makes your kitchen look more cohesive as the work area of the island flows naturally into the dining area, all wrapped in the same finish.


A well-designed island makes a huge difference at dinner parties and in everyday life.

Don’t Make These 7 Mistakes If You Want to Attract Homebuyers



There’s so much you can do to attract homebuyers that you can get sidetracked by the small details. Sometimes, it’s just easier to figure what not to do first:


Missing out on renovations that increase resale value the most

If you’re going ahead with renovations, make sure you focus on the rooms that will bring you the most return when you sell your house. The kitchen is, by far, the most crucial room to renovate and it’s definitely worth it to make that the priority. The bathroom is next on the priority list and will boost your home value with the right attractive features. The basement is another golden opportunity as long as you renovate it into a practical space.


Sweeping issues under the rug

It’s only going to come back and haunt you because those issues will inevitably get uncovered upon inspection. Then it’s back to the negotiating table again or worse, the buyer just walks. The bottom line is if it’s an issue you would want to know about if you were the buyer, then be upfront about it. Either fix the issue before putting the house on the market or disclose it to buyers and lower the price accordingly.


Forgetting to boost curb appeal

First impressions are everything so if the front of your house doesn’t look inviting, no one will want to come knocking. Take a moment to cross the street and really scrutinize objectively how your house looks from that vantage point. Could it use a new coat of paint? Do you need to replace the front door or any of the windows? Does the yard need some landscaping work? The curb appeal effect will stay with potential homebuyers as they view the rest of your house.


Neglecting a regular decluttering routine

This is to lessen the amount of mad scrambles you have to do every time there’s a house showing because your house is already practically show-ready. It’s easy to maintain a tidy house if you keep up with decluttering regularly. As soon as you let it lapse though, that’s when everything starts snowballing downhill.  It only takes 15 minutes to declutter each room in your house. On your calendar, set each day of the week to tidy up a different room. Then all you have to do is find a 15-minute window in the day to declutter that room.


Leaving a house smell to linger

We often forget our houses have a smell until someone drops by and mentions it. It may not be a bad smell, but then again, not everyone has the same tastes. So don’t leave it to chance! Start dealing with the kitchen scents first and use similar techniques in other areas of the house.


Forgoing the help of professionals

Whether that’s hiring a general contracting company for renovations or a real estate agent to market your house, it’s the professionals who’ll give you peace of mind that everything is done properly. Selling your house is a major life-changing decision and it makes a big difference to have some of the workload taken off your plate.


Getting emotionally attached to your house

You love your house and understandably think very highly of it. But if you are open to selling it though, you have to check your emotions. Emotions will lead to an instinctive clinging to prices or conditions that are beyond what the current market favours. In the end, you’ll only shoot yourself in the foot by leaving your house stuck on real estate listings for too long, which will further alienate homebuyers.


Avoid these mistakes and you’ll be ready in time for the next home buying season!

Guide to Bringing Holiday Cheer to Every Room in the House



You may be part of the annual neighbourhood tradition of keeping the holiday spirits going with front lawn decorations. But what if you also want to do the same on the inside this year?


Fear not, we’ve got you covered – with ideas for every room in the house:



The decorations you choose for the basement depends on what kind of room you’ve turned your basement into.

Den or home theatre

LED strip lights running along the baseboards are a great feature for the den. They give the authentic theatre experience of guiding people to their seats. What’s even better is that you can customize the lighting colours you want at the flick of a switch. So come Christmas time, you can change the LED colours to patterns of red, green or white. If you’ve got framed posters of your favourite films on the walls, swap them out with framed posters of your favourite holiday movies. Finally, border the television screen with tinsel garlands. Or you can flank it with two Christmas trees decorated with everything but string lights. You don’t want any lights to distract you from the movie, after all. For a simpler décor, just mount a large festive wreath above the television screen.


Whether the playroom is for the kids or the “kidults”, this is where you can throw in all the whimsical holiday decorations you want. Stick on cartoon wall decals of classic holiday characters. Create a giant, wall-sized advent calendar with fabric pockets for different days of the month. Hang colourful homemade stockings on the side of every basement stair step. And don’t forget to put up framed photos of your favourite past holiday party moments.



After converting the bathroom into your very own personal spa, you want the holiday decorations to be subtle and not too intrusive. Keeping with the spa theme, you can first get candles in holiday colours or designs and do the same with the towels. Next, hang up a framed painting of a winter landscape or a holiday theme.

If you want a little more, set a poinsettia flower arrangement on a back corner of the bathroom vanity. Not a fan of poinsettia? Fill a large glass jar with Christmas tree baubles instead. You can also arrange evergreen boughs around the edges of the vanity mirror.



For the bedroom, choose decorations that bring out as much of its cozy feeling as possible. For example, change the pillowcases, blankets or bedsheets into ones with holiday patterns or colours. Add to the coziness with a couple of thick oversized stockings hanging on the two lower bedposts. Next, border the ceiling with colourful string lights to create a sense of magic in the air just before you go to bed.

The finishing touch can be a mini Christmas tree on a corner of the dresser. Or as a cute gesture, arrange a mistletoe above you and your significant other’s bed.



With the kitchen being the centre of holiday feasts, decorations should be all about making the room appeal to the appetite. Bring the Christmas-themed cookie tins out onto the counter and fill them with baked goods throughout the holidays. Then, place a holiday-inspired centrepiece on the kitchen island. It could be something as simple as a fruit bowl with festive carvings or even a tiny Christmas tree with edible ornaments.

Still focusing on the kitchen island area, take inspiration from the shape of the light fixture above to decorate it for the holidays. If they’re pendant lights, you can use tinsel garlands to create Christmas tree outlines. If they’re built in a square or rectangle shape, transform that into Santa’s sleigh. Top off the kitchen decorations by changing the bar stool fabric upholstery to ones with holiday designs. Make sure that you’ve also got tea towels in place that have festive embroidering.


Living Room

As the main room that’s the hub of holiday festivities, decorate the living room in a way that you and guests will find warm and inviting. The big Christmas tree in the corner is probably a given, of course. Up next is the window display. It’s nice if you can make it fun to look at from the outside and the inside. Macy’s holiday window displays are famous in New York so it doesn’t hurt to take a page or two from their designs.

You’ll also want to change the throw pillows and quilts on the couch to ones with holiday-themed designs or colours. The best way is to get throw pillows with removable fabric covers. That way, you just have to store fabric covers for whatever occasion and switch them out as needed every year. Hook up a sound system in the room and pipe in a broad range of holiday music – from classic carols to pop songs. Just make sure to keep the volume level down to background level. Last but not least, decorate the fireplace with stockings and ornaments on the mantel. After that, stock up on firewood because nothing complements winter holidays best than getting a lively fire going.


From all of us here at Premier Group Contractors, we hope you make merry and enjoy your holidays!

How to Freshen Up the Kitchen Scent – Part 2



On top of Part 1’s immediate and short-term cleaning in the kitchen, keep the long run in mind as well. Fighting lingering scents is much easier after you’ve scheduled cleaning for the major food stops in the kitchen.


Every three months

The range hood filter is your first line of defence to combat kitchen smells. Its efficiency decreases over time though and should be cleaned or changed after three months of use.

The larger the household, the more crucial it is to have a good fridge management system in place. Even so, certain foods can get missed and transform into the new offending smell in the kitchen. Spills happen in the fridge, too, that add to the unpleasantness. You can keep on top of that by cleaning the fridge every three months. Soak the drawers in warm soapy water and wipe down the fridge interior with a baking soda solution. Always keep an open box of baking soda inside the fridge to absorb additional smells.

This is also the time to clean other appliances, both large ones like the oven and countertop-sized like the microwave. For the oven, scrape off all the crusted food bits and sweep them out. Use warm soapy water to soak the oven racks. After scrubbing the stubborn stains in the oven with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, turn on the oven’s self-cleaning function.


Extra fresh boost

Regardless of how religiously you follow this cleaning schedule, you sometimes need to give an extra fresh boost to the kitchen. It may be that you just stepped into the kitchen and still smell yesterday’s cooking extravaganza. Perhaps you have guests coming over or you’re showing the house to potential buyers today. Whatever the reason may be, there are a bunch of DIY tricks you can try. Remember that all these tricks depend on what the ideal kitchen fresh scent means to you.

Airing it out

The first thing you’ll want to do is point a running fan in the direction of an open window. This works very well in pushing the indoor kitchen air – along with all its scents – outside.

Breakfast food to the rescue

If you need a cup of coffee to start your day anyway, brewing a fresh pot is usually enough to get rid of yesterday’s cooking smells. Same thing if you like to have toast in the morning. Freshly brewed coffee and bread toasted dark brown are very effective air scrubbers. What’s great about these two ideas is that they can fit right into your morning routine.

Steam-powered air fresheners

Another way to clean the air is to simmer a few slices of lemon or oranges. The acidity of the citrus fruit will then spread through the air carried by steam. You can also try simmering your favourite herbs or spices if you’re not a fan of the citrus scent.

Good ol’ apple pie

A classic idea to make your kitchen smell welcoming is to heat up an apple pie in the oven. Real estate agents use this trick all the time for open houses because the scent brings up feelings of warm coziness. It’s especially potent if visitors grew up with never-ending baked goods in the house.

Scent swaps

You can also put scent replacements around the kitchen. This could mean vanilla-soaked cotton balls, bowls of water with drops of essential oils, or even mild scented candles.


You’ve already gone out of your way to avoid mistakes while renovating your kitchen – don’t let bad smells ruin all your hard work! Stay fresh.

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