Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman (2017)

We met our Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman clients at the Broad Ripple Home Tour in Fall 2014 when they were volunteer docents for our Broad Ripple Bungalow project, which was one of the homes on the tour.  We were very happy when they called to begin the planning process for their craftsman-style bungalow also on Carrollton, a beautiful, walkable street lined with several excellent Craftsman-Style homes.

Having lived in the home for 20+ years, clients don’t want to leave, but want a respectfully-modern, light-filled transformation to support their lifestyle for the next 20 and beyond.  The new design will reflect their personalities and life-stories (who they are and how they want to live) on the inside, while the outside will be a major upgrade fully respecting the Craftsman tradition with a touch of funk.

Since the clients are passionate about good design, high-quality materials, and efficiency (energy + resources), this project was a perfect fit for a design-build approach (Architect-Led Design/Build, utilizing our architect, HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles for the design, and WERK, for the build.  We enjoy continuing the design collaboration directly with the trades to ensure that design-intent is realized.  This method ensures that our clients receive the custom design solutions as intended.  This is very important to us.

The design modifications included in this complete gut/remodel include new everything + personal touches inspired by the owners (exposed details and hardware making a nod to the owner’s father’s background in the building industry, a kitchen laid out to fulfill their culinary ambitions, and a design concept + details that pays homage to the owner’s stringed instruments.)  We will share more of the story including INTERIOR DESIGN concepts and renderings as the project progresses – the interiors are what really sets this project apart.

This project is currently under construction; please check back as we will be posting periodic updates.  The project is scheduled for completion in spring 2017.

Project Info – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation:

Architecture/Interior Design/Renderings/Photography: HAUS | Architecture For Modern Lifestyles
Construction Management: WERK | Building Modern

Media Links:

The project is beginning to get some recognition – check out these articles and blogs:

Indianapolis Monthly:  Staying Power – A Broad Ripple Bungalow Grows Up

Art of the Exterior:  When Less Is More

Photo Library: These 57 Cool Corners are Decorated in a Big Way

Modern Craftsman first floor Powder Room is number 54!



The Design Process – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

It is important to think about the big picture but also the fine details.  At HAUS + WERK, we look at every item in depth and work closely with the owners to ensure they have ownership not only in the physical home but also the design process.  While we are able to design disconnected from reality, each project has a personality that is reflected by the owner.  After all, what we do is service to clients.

Although the construction documents are two-dimensional, we think, see, and live in three dimensions.  The image below is a ghosted version of the 3D computer model.  One can begin to see all the elements within the spaces, from the structural elements to the furniture pieces.  Please check back later for more enhanced interior views – we plan to share those once we have a chance!


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – See through diagram of the systems


Breaking “Ground” – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

Here’s a shot of the existing house as lumber began arriving.  The existing eaves were in disrepair and were casually referred to as a raccoon motel by the owner.  We will be bringing this bungalow above and beyond its original Craftsman roots from a design, detail, and quality standpoint.  This roof is coming off to accommodate the new upstairs.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Before the demolition, lumber package delivered to the job site.


We managed to get the majority of the lumber in one delivery which worked to our advantage.  The site is unique in that is shares a driveway with the neighboring property and much of the landscaping is to remain.  We managed to tuck the lumber package back into the owner’s carport and driveway, which gave us room to set a dumpster next to the house, rather than in the front yard or street.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The lumber has arrived! Some careful maneuvering was required by the forklift operator. Now to find a place to store all the materials.


Demolition – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

And with a few swings of the hammer, the renovation has begun!  We began by salvaging a lot of elements from the existing space.  We donated much of the existing light fixtures, plumbing fixtures, and cabinets to Habitat for Humanity for re-use, thus diverting them from going into the dumpster.  The existing doors and trims were salvaged for re-use in the new design.  It was not our original intent to completely demolish all interior walls and ceilings, but our framer urged us to consider it since that would make the construction process easier for his crew.  Let’s do it!


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – In order to keep ‘weathered in’ the framing contractor kept the roof intact until the end of the demolition. This allowed for dust/debris control as well as keeping the interior floors safe from any weather.


Drop the Top – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

The demolition crew wasted no time with the wonderful Fall weather.  The skies were blue and the sun was shining brightly.  The weather forecast could not have been any better for the demolition of the existing elements.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The roof removed and the last of the demolition debris to be cleaned up, we were almost ready to begin framing. Because we were going to reuse the existing walls, we had to do some bracing and straightening of the walls.

Dealing with the Old – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

Upon demolishing much of the existing structure, there were several details that needed sorted out before we could proceed with the new framing.  The biggest issue being the existing exterior walls not being straight.  As an architect-led home builder, we have an amiable, collaborative relationship with our framer and he brought to our attention the skewed nature of the existing walls.  We worked together on site to straighten the exterior walls before moving forward.  It was important to do that as it would become the base for the new upper floor and the new roof.  Leaving the wall wavy would result in more effort during the framing process but also inconsistent details at the exterior and interior as all the joists and rafters would be sized for each unique condition.  Straightening the wall means all the rafters and joists can be cut to the same size.

The existing roof structure was made of 2×4’s, which was greatly undersized by today’s standards.  This caused undue stress on the exterior walls as it sagged and pushed outward on the top of the wall.  The framer noted that at the worst condition the top of the wall was five inches out from the bottom of the wall.  The house was seemingly trying to flatten itself.  Before moving forward, we worked with the framer to ensure the walls were plumbed and the previous issues were corrected.  Once correct, the floor structure went on seamlessly.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The simple plan at the main level allowed for quick framing of the bearing wall. The second floor framing quickly followed.


Raising the Roof – Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation

The framers continued to take advantage of the good weather.  Two weeks into the demolition and framing, the roof structure was almost complete.  The new form of the home is starting to show as the dormers peel up from the main gable.  The roof is being replaced with a higher pitch and beefier structure.  The previous rafters were sorely undersized.  The higher pitched roof allows for the upstairs to have livable space, unlike the dark, low attic space that used to be.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The roof framing is up and the dormers complete. Ready to begin framing the new porch roof.


As the construction progresses, it’s essential to keep an open line of communication.  The details executed correctly are the difference between architecture and just another house on the block.  It really is all about the details.  The skeleton gives you a sense of the scale and proportion of the spaces.  Below, the structure is standing tall with its neighbors where it previously seemed to have poor posture.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – With the framing progressing, the house is beginning to take shape and fit into the neighborhood.


Installing the lid – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

As the framing for the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation continues to progress, we start to see some of the details come to life.  Here we see the roof sheathing beginning and the window openings are beginning to get cut in as we prepared to wrap the house and install windows.  Because the eaves and rakes are left exposed, it is important that the installation of the exposed bead-board decking is done while paying attention to the location of the framing members – we don’t want to see any of the nails poking through.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The roof decking is being installed. In this photo, you can see the decking at the eaves extending into the interior. Also seen here are the new living room windows beginning to take shape.


Here’s a shot of the exposed eaves with the tapered rafter tails.  Once the bead-board decking and trims have been installed, all will be caulked and painted.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The next rafter tails and soffit decking on display for the first time.


Standing just inside the front door of the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation, one can see the volumes of the space starting to take shape.  The long skylight at the roof forms a scoop that appears to be funneling light and pouring it into the interior spaces.  During the demolition process, the owner noted that for the first time since they’ve lived here that you could see the large tree from the front door.  After the new framing and openings have been cut, one can still get a glimpse of the tree through the skylight.  While this wasn’t intentional, it was a nice surprise.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Nearing framing completion, you can get a glimpse at the skylight from the newly vaulted living room.


New windows – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

The windows for the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation have arrived and are ready to be installed.  Because the project is utilizing a rain screen wall system, we furred out the windows to keep the relation of the window plane to exterior wall consistent.  Prior to setting the windows, the plywood furring was installed and then flashed at the sill and jambs.  We ensure that all of the details are installed correctly,  especially the details that could spell water damage in the future if not installed properly.

The framers for this project were already savvy to the correct flashing methods but were open to a few tweaks in the process.  We had the window sill framing set at a slight angle, sloping to the exterior, in order to provide another layer of safety.  In the event water ever gets into the sill, the water won’t have a tendency to sheet to the inside of the house, but instead will flow to the exterior.  In the image below, we were working beneath the cover of a tarp which cast an eerie blue tint to everything.  Once the underlayment for the roofing is installed, we’ll be able to remove the tarp.  For the time being, the tarp shall keep the newly installed framing and windows protected from the elements.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The installation of windows is critical to the tightness of a home. Because the siding will be installed on a rainscreen system, the flashing of the windows requires some extra care.


The Hat – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

The roofing underlayment for the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation was installed over the weekend – it seems everybody these days is quite busy.  As a result, contractors are fitting in smaller jobs, like this one, into their schedule by working a Saturday here and there.  The skylights have also been installed.  There are two near the roof peak on the north-facing shed roof and one between the south-facing dormers.  The north-facing dormers allow for an even light to flood into the spaces.  The south-facing skylight allows for the sunlight to pour directly into the kitchen workspace.  The location of a skylight on a south-facing roof creates a more dynamic environment on the interior as the light levels change throughout the day.

As the seasons change, the trees around the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation are turning beautiful colors.  Not only is it exciting to see this happen but also to see the project coming to life as more of the exterior materials are installed.  While there are days that it is nice to work inside an office, the views created this time of year make it tough to not be outside for every bit of the daylight.  See for yourself!


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – All weathered in and ready for interior craft trades.

Teamwork – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

It has been said that teamwork makes the dream work.  Although we tailor the design process with each client differently, we always work closely with the clients on each project.  Much of the early design process takes place in the office or possibly the client’s home.  Over the course of the design process, one begins to get a sense of the personality that the home needs to have to fit the client.  Many times there are elements of the design that still need to be massaged and worked-out, but often times the concepts are laid-out and some of the details remain generic.  This gives a framework upon which many of the remaining details can be guided but it also allows for multiple interpretations.  There have a been occasions where we find ourselves being surprised at the different ways in which someone can interpret the description given by someone else.  This is one of the positive attributes of the design process as well as working in a team.

Seen below, we often meet with the clients on site to discuss various design decisions.  It is helpful to be able to walk through a built space and make decisions together.

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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Job site design meetings with the architect and contractor

Although we do spend time designing with the client, there are times where we need to work together with the various trades to ensure the details are executed properly.  A great example of this can be seen below.  Because of the design of the main stair as an element, it was important that the stair horses are precisely cut.  We worked with the framer to communicate the detailing.  The stair horses will be the exposed so it is important that their finishing is of the utmost quality, meaning no overcutting at inside corners.  While this may be a minor detail, the redesign of this home is one of a kind and should be constructed as such.

She’s Crafty! – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

The craft trades have moved into the structure in force.  As plumbing, electrical, and mechanical trades move through the space, the infrastructure that makes a home function becomes more apparent.  At this time we take time to walk through with the owner to discuss the fine tuning of these elements.  An example of the fine tuning may be moving a wall switch to be on an opposite wall or perhaps adjusting a light rough-in slightly.  Prior to insulating and drywalling (the next steps on the interior), it is a good idea to document the locations of all of this “background stuff” to help in the future with any questions – did that cabinet tower have blocking installed in the wall to be sure it’s anchored securely – did any can lights get buried by drywall – etc?


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The rough-ins are progressing. After the inspection, this will all be hidden behind drywall!


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – It’s good to see when other trades take pride in their work. This, along with a clean job site, are a couple of our favorite parts of construction.


Apertures – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

In the design of the Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation, it was necessary to look at how poking holes in the roof brought light into the interior spaces.  This is where technology has become a great tool.  The south-facing skylight needed to be able to translate the movement of the sun into dynamic lighting for the kitchen.  Seen here, the sun pierces through the roof via the skylight as demonstrated by 3D software.  Perhaps the surprising part of was the light quality of the north-facing skylight.  Based on the design, we had anticipated an even-lighting into the upstairs common space and washing down the stair wall.  The result was much better than predicted as the quality of the light was fantastic and it allowed for a view of the large tree in the back.  The view of the tree became a welcome sight once the demolition of the house was completed.  We had not anticipated being able to see the tree through the skylight!  The images below are taken near the end of rough framing and start to give a sense of how the skylights will allow the daylighting into the interior spaces.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – It’s good to see the morning light pouring into the south-facing skylight. The new kitchen skylight is performing as expected and lighting the interior beneath the opening.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – the north-facing skylight at the stair provide an even lighting level. Without any finishes installed the skylight is doing a great job at washing the framing lumber with daylight.

Floor it! – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

In renovations, you’re at the mercy of what you end up digging up and uncovering.  In the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman, the intent was to re-use a major portion of the existing flooring.  This didn’t go quite as planned as the heart pine subfloor wasn’t in perfect condition – although mostly good – and it was also a different thickness than the existing top-nail oak.  No sweat, we can transition between the different flooring types… or can we?  The kitchen floor threw a wrench into that plan.  The subfloor in the kitchen, once exposed, was in fairly poor shape and would be a significant cost to re-finish.  The image below shows the patchwork that was the hand dealt here. We have a solution…


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The mix of materials doesn’t make it easy to install the new top-nail oak flooring. Let’s see what we can do to tune it up.


We worked closely with the flooring contractor here to ensure the solution wouldn’t take the budget and run.  By working with the contractor and the owners closely, we decided the best route to continue forward to replace a portion of the jigsaw puzzle and in doing so were able to ensure a proper substrate for new finish flooring.  Let’s cut it up!


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – A process photo of HAUS + WERK jumping in and getting dirty.  Under circumstances, we are able to do some of the labor ourselves.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The newly installed subfloor, by yours truly, HAUS + WERK. The new subfloor will make the finish flooring go down much easier and provide a solid substrate. Also, note the beginning of fire-safing.


Baby, it’s cold outside! – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

Winter is here and the temperatures are starting to slide.  Fortunately, we’re ready to fill the wall and ceiling cavities with insulation.  To achieve an excellent insulation value in the ceiling cavities, we’re going to go with a blown-in, dense-pack cellulose.  For those interested in numbers, the theoretical R-value of the ceiling cavity is R-46.  For the walls, we also went with a blown-in cellulose.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Time for things to get a little messy.  The process for blowing insulation should only be done while wearing proper PPE!


Because the ceiling framing was spaced at 24″ on center and the cavity was almost 13″ deep, we weren’t able to install the dense-pack cellulose with the typical netting used for this application.  In some cases, this would cause a bit of a headache for scheduling work to be done, but not here.  The insulation contractor also is the drywall installer.  Because of this, we were able to seamlessly insulate and drywall, pre-installing drywall at ceilings to hold the dense-pack cellulose in-place (instead of netting).


(Sheet)Rock on! – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

As mentioned above, a product of the systems being installed means we have to install the ceiling drywall prior to the insulation being blown into the ceiling rafter cavities.  This is perhaps the most revealing step of the construction process.  The spaces have been shaped and punctured in the prior phases.  In this step, the walls of the rooms become tangible and no longer have to be visualized.  The light levels are near what they will be in the finished state.  As seen below, the light becomes much softer as it reflects from the paper skinned rooms (weather barrier still covering windows, so some light filtered/dampened).


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Everything is going gray and dusty… Time to break out the shop vacs! The drywall stage begins to show the light quality of all the spaces now that they are contained.


In the rough framing stage, the house begins to show its size but still feels quite open.  In the drywall stage, the house begins to close in as it defines the rooms.  The finishing of drywall turns up the spacial experience to the next level as all the edges and joints become white.  Seen below, the lighting quality becomes softer and the interior spaces begin to glow.  This is an important step in the project.  Having an open line of communication with the contractors is key to ensuring the intent is realized.  The contractors know that we’ll be out on site with lasers, lines, and levels checking edges for straightness and planes for flatness.

The following images are some shots taking during the exterior and interior finishing processes.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The interior of the upstairs space at the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman is fantastically illuminated by the skylight to the north (covered by snow) and the large windows to the south (somewhat covered by plywood). How about that lighting?


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Front Elevation circa February 2017. The majority of the work has taken place on the interior but the exterior is readying for siding. The rainscreen battens (vertical members seen here) have to be installed prior to the siding.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Exterior siding underway – rain screen detailing has taken place.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The rear deck is underway


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Trim carpentry is underway. The trim materials have been acclimating to the interior space. Note the cabinetry in place with the protective blue film.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Custom steel brackets for the living room beams.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The exposed stringer detail being fine-tuned.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The exposed stringer detail shown up close. We were able to make use of some of the oak flooring off-cuts for the spacers.


The Home Stretch! – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

As Winter grinds on, so does the progress on the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation. We had exceptional weather for February and that meant the exterior work could move along sooner than anticipated. The interior trim carpentry also took off this month. We shared in the clients excitement as we watched the cabinetry and trims being installed. This is the stage in which the true craftsmen show their skills. When the ‘bones’ beneath the skin aren’t perfect, as most bones of older homes aren’t, the crew installing the finishes are tasked with creating the clean, modern details that really set apart architect-designed projects from the run-of-the-mill vinyl village homes. We’re not quite done but the deadline is fast approaching.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Prep for the curbless shower is complete. Time for the tile to be installed.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The trim carpenter dialing in the custom pocket doors.

Paint the Red Door Black – Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation

Nearing Spring, it’s time to start adding color, countertops, and custom millwork. The final details of the Broad Ripple Modern Craftsman Renovation are coming into focus.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Tile alignment is important!


The existing chimney needed some repair – it had been functioning without a liner for many years! While we have the chimney opened up, we’ll have a stainless steel liner inserted and then a new cap raised and installed.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The the extension of the roof comes the extension of the chimney. Notice the addition of solar panels, too!

As the countertop installation began, it was great to see the quality of the lighting transform.

The living room space has been transforming as the beams are installed and the slat wall is going in. The beams allow for lighting to be installed above and below. The slat wall allows for a visually separated space while still allowing views and lighting to flow between the living spaces.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Custom millwork and custom beams. This is where those custom “T” brackets belong.

The island countertop folds down the front face and compliments the mostly white space by adding a bold statement.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – The detailing of how materials meet is important. The reveal where the beams puncture the drywall makes for a nice *POP*. The beams allowed for the installation of hidden lighting.


The master suite is tucked in behind the pantry and bar wall. Where the wall is exposed, the ‘skin’ of the suite can be seen as a dark material – at the bar, the material is a black tile.

The owners will be aging in place and want to plan for future health changes. The roll-in shower design was a key component of the master spa. While the owners are upright and able-bodied currently, they anticipate being able to roll in if they’re mobility has changed to needing a wheelchair.


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Broad Ripple Craftsman Renovation – Master Spa comes complete with a curbless, roll-in shower. The shower also features a linear drain.




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