Space Solutions on Houzz

Space Solutions in Toronto, ON on Houzz

Photos of our work on Houzz have been added to Ideabooks over 10,000 times! That means a lot of you are finding inspiration in our projects. Below are five of our most popular projects on Houzz – comprising Built-ins, a Murphy Bed, even an entire Master Bedroom including Wardrobes. Click through the images to see full galleries of these projects, and see what inspires you!

Toronto Waterfront Condo by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

Family Room Antique White Built-In by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

North Toronto Home Office with Murphy Bed by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

Midtown Toronto Family Room Fireplace Surround Treatment by Space Solutions on Houzz

 

 
 

Midtown Toronto Master Bedroom by Space Solutions on Houzz

 


Liberty Village Loft Home Office and bar

High-gloss laminates continue to be very popular, and this project in a loft in Toronto’s Liberty Village is a great example of using high-gloss to its strengths. We designed and installed two areas in this loft, a home office that doubles as a wardrobe, along with built-in bar and linen storage in the other room.

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This home office installation doubles as a bedroom work station and wardrobe.

Wall to wall cabinets in a converted factory loft space, this nook in the bedroom creates a dynamic home office. The cabinet exteriors use a high-gloss melamine called Antracita. The recessed open shelving is a textured woodgrain laminate, this one is called Castellina, and the desk surface uses a formica Stainless Steel laminate. The upper doors lift upwards on stays, and we used stainless steel pulls and handles on drawers and doors. We used LED puck lights over the work surface for task lighting.

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The high-gloss finishes provide a modern contrast to historical brick.

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Using woodgrain laminates for the open shelves provides a further interesting contrast.

Outside the bedroom, we also built two custom cabinets in alcoves that straddle the entrance to the bathroom. On the right side, we built a tall upper structure that serves as linen storage with drawers below, divided with an exposed brick area and another stainless countertop. On the left side of the bathroom entrance we built a bar.

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High-gloss cabinets take advantage of the height and bridge the entrance to the bathroom.

The client supplied an industrial hanging light, which shines through the glass shelves that sit in front of yet more exposed brick. Additional enclosed storage sits below another stainless counter, and all doors and drawers in these cabinets feature handle-less, touch-latch hardware for clean lines. The white high-gloss laminate flows with the rest of this space nicely, leaving the exposed brick and the stainless counters to be the features, whereas in the bedroom, the darker high-gloss laminate on the home office is the defining feature, making the desktop and brick secondary.

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Linen storage is situated between the bedroom and the bathroom.

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This custom bar area features glass shelves in front of exposed brick for a classic look.

High-gloss laminates come in a variety of colors, and are ideal for converted lofts such as this. Ready to get started on your own custom built-in wall unit? Call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.


6 Murphy Bed mattress tips

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Select the right mattress for your Space Solutions Murphy Bed

Here are 6 important mattress tips when planning your Murphy Bed installation – most often you supply your own, so these mattress tips can help ensure that your custom Murphy Bed is ideal for you and your space!

Mattress tips #1: Know your size requirements

Space Solutions uses genuine Murphy Bed hardware produced by Murphy Wall Beds of Canada, and builds the cabinet to suit, so you are getting not just a wall bed, but a genuine Murphy Bed. The Supreme Steel frame is sized for a standard Single, Double or Queen-size mattress in the standard length. (Space Solutions does not make Murphy Beds for extra-long or King-size mattresses.) 10″ is the standard maximum thickness that can be accommodated by the hardware. In special circumstances we can use a longer leg for thicker mattresses, which requires the cabinet to be built to a larger size; this is more costly, and may not be a fit for all spaces. The minimum thickness recommended for long-lasting comfort and to properly fit the hardware is 7″. So, any standard Single, Double or Queen size mattress between 7″ and 10″ may be used.

Mattress tips #2: Spring or Foam?

There are many types of mattresses available these days, and the good news is that most can be used in your custom Murphy Bed. This means that there is a good chance that you may already own a mattress that is appropriate! But assuming you do need a new mattress, one of the most important mattress tips is to get a spring (coil) mattress. They can offer the best long-term use in your Murphy Bed. Many of the “pillow top” varieties available are thicker than the maximum tolerances and are therefore excluded, and foam mattresses are not recommended at all – consider that most often a Murphy Bed is left in its closed position, which effectively stores the mattress on its side for extended periods of time; a foam mattress is more prone to settling, and this can affect long-term comfort, and also cause uneven balancing of the weight against the springs in the hardware.

Mattress tips #3: Frequency of use

Murphy Beds are useful for a variety of reasons. Maybe you have a very small condo, and you need a Murphy Bed as your every day bed so that you can fold it away and make other use of your space. In this case you will want to make sure you invest a long-lasting, highly comfortable mattress. Other times, Murphy Beds are meant for occasional use – in a room to be used for guests once in a while. Your guests still deserve a comfortable sleeping experience, which a Murphy Bed can provide, but it may not be necessary to invest in a brand-new mattress if you already own one that is suitable.

Mattress tips #4: Take advantage of mattress sales

Many of the “big box” mattress retailers have frequent promotions and sales on overstocked and discontinued models. This can allow you to source a quality mattress at a reasonable price! You don’t need a boxspring, since the mattress rests within the frame on the back side of the doors that you see when the bed is closed. As there are metal supports connecting the doors to serve as that platform, that is another reason why going no thinner than 7″ for your mattress is recommended for comfort.

Mattress tips #5: Have your mattress on site ahead of your installation

When we install your custom Murphy Bed, we need to have the mattress on site during the installation so that we may adjust the springs in the mechanism to perfectly account for the mattress’s weight. Different mattresses, even of the same size, will weigh differently depending on their composition, and we need to ensure that your Murphy Bed will open and close safely and smoothly. If you don’t already own a mattress that will be used, it is best to arrange for its delivery ahead of the installation to ensure there are no unnecessary delays or callbacks. When you place your Murphy Bed order we will remind you of the need to have your mattress on site on installation day; if we need to return at a later date because the mattress was not there the first time, a surcharge may apply. So making sure the mattress is there ahead of time guarantees a smooth installation.

Mattress tips #6: Space Solutions can help

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The Basset Fairchild mattress, at 10″ thick, fits standard Murphy Bed installations

Still need a mattress for your Murphy Bed? We’ve always said that Space Solutions does not supply mattresses, mostly because we are in the custom cabinet business, not the mattress business. But good news – we have recently partnered with a local Canadian manufacturer named Kingsdown, and if you are purchasing a new custom Murphy Bed from Space Solutions, we can offer you one of their mattresses! We are able to offer the Basset Fairchild series, which is a 10″ continuous coil mattress. It is guaranteed to fit the standard Murphy Wall Beds of Canada hardware that we use, and is available in Single, Double and Queen-Size options. We currently have a Basset Fairchild on display in our showroom in a Double Murphy Bed, and you are welcome to come and check it out in person! If you would like more information about mattresses for our custom Murphy Beds, please contact your Space Solutions designer, or you are welcome to email us at info@spacesolutions.ca.

Ready to get started on your custom Murphy Bed project? Call the showroom during business hours at 416.322.5575 to request an in-home consultation, or fill out this request form and we will call you to set one up!

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Dining Room Custom Built-in Wall Unit

Any custom wall unit needs to serve a variety of purposes and functions, and this custom built-in wall unit meets and exceeds those expectations! Here we have a custom cabinet that offers sensible storage, offers a bench for extra seating and makes a statement.

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A statement-making wall unit in a Toronto waterfront condo

The striking custom cabinet is both eye-catching and an effective use of the limited space available in a Toronto condo. Nestled snugly between the air return on the left and the electrical / thermostat on the right, this design uses space efficiently and with its varied depth, the upper section does not overwhelm the room. Two-tone designs continue to set the trend, and here we have combined a woodgrain melamine finish called Sand Molina Ash with factory-painted white doors for a beautiful look. The uppers on this custom built-in wall unit feature touch-latch hardware on doors that are arranged in a playful, asymmetrical pattern, which really brings the structure to life.

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With the table moved aside, a view of the bench with drawers below a (client-supplied) cushion

Tucked underneath the seating area, for which the client supplied a complimentary cushion and padded back, are three pullout drawers, which feature handle-less touch-latch operation, like the doors above, so that there is nothing to get snagged on. We built this wall unit to the ceiling, and the fills across the top mimic the kicks across the bottom, for a complete, custom-fitted installation.

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Setting the handles on the outsides allows for easy access to the storage behind the tall doors

Any custom built-in wall unit requires creative thinking. A great example on this project is the application of the tall doors on the sides. Most of the time, the dining table and chairs will be positioned closely in front of the custom cabinet, and maintaining access to the storage within is important. Usually, for the sake of the look the rule is to place handles towards the center of a custom wall unit, but doing that would have made access to the interiors awkward, as the hinges would have been positioned on the outsides, and the doors would swing towards you. So instead, we flipped that – by placing the handles on the outer edges, the hinges are now closer to the center, making it easier to open the doors and reach inside when the furniture is in place.

What do you think? Are you ready to get started on your own custom built-in wall unit? Call us during business hours at 416.322.5575, or after hours, use this handy form to request an in-home consultation!

Photos by Aaron Mason.


Barn door solutions!

sliding door, barn door, suspended doorIntroducing barn doors! Space solutions now makes and installs traditional barn doors. Our barn doors are made to order in custom sizes, and in the same incredible range of finishes as our custom closets and other cabinets. The hanging door panels are built solid, using 3/4″ board that is doubled up around the perimeter to create a 1 1/2″ border. These doors are solid! The barn door support rail is manufactured of steel in a matte black finish for a classic look, and operates with heavy-duty pulley-style rollers. We may, as in the image presented here, mount the rail against a panel that is in turn mounted against the wall, if, as in this case, we need to clear a door frame or molding with the barn door panel. For wider openings, we can install a pair of barn doors on a longer, shared rail, that either part in the middle or both travel to one side for full access. The barn doors travel over a guide mounted on the floor that prevents the door panel from swaying front to back, and the hanging rails feature built-in stops to keep them from running away on you.

barn door, bypass door, room divider, Toronto doorOur aluminum sliding door series also features a top-hanging option. The installation shown here is installed to the ceiling, but like the barn doors above, we can similarly install the top track against a panel mounted to the wall above a doorway. This type of door can be produced in all the same options as our regular sliding door series, with one exception – the hardware is not available in white, just aluminum. We think that’s okay, though, as they look pretty spectacular as they are! And, like the barn doors, these top-hung door panels are similarly installed with a guide pin in the floor, which in this case serves to again prevent swaying front to back, but also acts as a stopper to keep the doors from traveling too far. If you look closely at this installation, you will see there is a matching, fixed door panel installed underneath the bulkhead on the right hand side. The client for whom we installed this project was good enough to review our work on Houzz; have a look to see what they had to say about us, along with our other reviews!

Both of these types of hanging door installations are on display in our showroom. Come see them in person, we’d be happy to show you how our barn door and other sliding door systems can transform your space!


Great Wall Media Center Custom Cabinet

Custom cabinets are what we do – whether that’s in a closet or any other part of the home. We make custom cabinets for all of your storage needs, and they are tailor made for your space and tastes. This recent multi-purpose solution features a variety of finishes and solves multiple needs, and is a great example of how a custom cabinet can serve multiple goals.

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Family room built-in with desk surface, book storage and media center.

The recent trend in custom cabinets has been to use more than one finish, most often a two-tone approach. This project, however, involves four different finishes, and while that could get busy, our designer Paulina put together a combination that is subtle and effective. The main finish used here for the structure of this custom cabinet is a dark gray called Anthracite, in a soft-to-the-touch finish known as Supermat, which is rapidly gaining in popularity. In this case it serves as the foundation of the design, used for the carcass of the custom cabinet itself, as well as the open shelving and desk surface on the left, which is creatively angled in front of the job in the wall. Anthracite nicely balances against the soft, lighter gray tone of the client’s walls.

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Sliding door panels part to reveal a TV.

This built-in wall unit serves also as a media center, and the center of the cabinet is faced with sliding door panels in a woodgrain melamine called River Rock. The tracks for the sliding door panels are embedded in the Anthracite structure, and (being made of aluminum) nicely blend into the dark gray. The upper (lift-up) and lower (hinged) doors on this custom cabinetry use high-gloss White laminate, which nicely reflects light from the adjacent window. The fourth finish at work here is the factory-painted accent shelf that spans the wall near the top, including bridging above the “floating” side bookshelf cabinet. In this case, a Benjamin Moore finish called Spa Day was used – our painter works with any colour provided in a variety of sheens, and sprays a gorgeous, even finish.

Here’s what the sliding doors on this custom cabinet look like “in action”:

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Here is another angle on this custom cabinet installation. All photos by Aaron Mason.

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We would love to help you get started on your custom cabinet project today! To begin, call us at 416.322.5575 during business ours, or fill out this form to request a free in-home consultation with one of our designers!


The Custom Master Bedroom Walk In Closet

Custom closets have long been the foundation of our business, and for good reason – storage is more and more at a premium in every house and condo in Toronto these days. We build custom cabinets for storage in every space in the home, and closets are no exception. Even a relatively simple closet organizer will likely feature a custom cabinet of some sort, as every solution we design and install is custom-fitted for your space and your needs. The custom master bedroom walk in closet featured in this post is a great example of the various features you may employ to truly get the most out of your closet.

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Custom walk-in closet in white with shaker-style fronts

This custom walk in closet shows how to handle a narrow yet long closet space. By placing all the clothes hanging along one wall, valuable walking space down the center of the closet is maintained, making access a cinch. Shelf and drawer space doesn’t require as much depth and clothes hanging, which is why this works so well. At the entrance to this space, to the left, a shallower tower of shoe shelves was installed, both providing easy access for shoes as well as easing the entry to the closet.

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Shoe shelving on either side of drawer towers makes for an interesting use of space

An interesting detail about this walk-in closet is that its entrance isn’t closed off from the bedroom with a door – instead, the passageway, adjacent to a window, is left exposed to better light the space. At the exposed end, we designed and installed a custom wardrobe cabinet, keeping the most easily-seen parts of the closet extra neat and tidy.

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A custom wardrobe within a closet offers additional order and keeps things elegant and tidy.

Keeping the walking space down the center of the walk-in closet clear not only makes access simple, it also helps bring extra light into the space. No dark corners here! A clearance of two feet wide down the middle is a good minimum; the three feet of space achieved here is even better. And there is still ample clothes hanging space along that one long wall – 18 feet of space for shorter clothes hanging (shirts, folded pants, skirts) and another 3 feet of long hanging space (dresses, gowns, pants hung long by the cuff), plus the wardrobe space.

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While sometimes a design challenge, a window in a custom closet brings light to the space.

Accessorize! Space Solutions offers a wide range of closet accessories to truly allow you to customize your closet. From pullout racks for tie, belts and scarves, to laundry solutions and custom jewelry drawer dividers, we custom design and install every closet to meet your needs and preferences.

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Custom dividers for jewelry and more.

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Laundry solutions come in multiple sizes and configurations.

Get started on your custom closet solution today, with an in-home consultation.

Photos by Aaron Mason.


A Murphy Bed with an eye for design

A perfect custom Murphy Bed should blend into its surroundings so that the room is transformed smoothly into a multi-function space. Murphy Beds will most often be part of a custom cabinet scenario that includes additional storage, but can also be used in conjunction with a desk in a home office, a wardrobe in a spare bedroom, a media / game center in a family room or toy storage in a child’s play area. In this case, it’s a home office; a desk runs underneath the window and there is more than enough room for a Murphy Bed on the adjacent wall.

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Double Side Tilt Murphy Bed in Sand and Southwester with stained wood desktop

This Murphy Bed design features a newly popular woodgrain melamine finish called Southwester, which has been getting a lot of use lately on our projects; it has elements of gray mixed in with the brown wood hues and conveys a natural, almost rustic look which really pops in a variety of projects. Here it serves as the foundation in this custom Murphy Bed, used as the trim, open shelving, back panels and fronts for the drawers under the desk top. Playing with the direction of the grain (subject to size and orientation of the piece) allows for some creative usage; on the backpanels the Southwester grain runs vertically, but on the drawer faces it runs horizontally.

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Double Side Tilt Murphy Bed in Sand and Southwester showing angled headboard

Two-tone combinations have long been popular on any type of custom cabinet installation, including wall units, wardrobes and entertainment centers, but traditionally the contrasting finish has often been white. In this Murphy Bed design, a supermat laminate called Sand Beige was selected. Supermat is a type of finish that is ultra smooth, and matte; it doesn’t have a gloss sheen to it, or even a typical melamine texture to it, it’s that smooth. Here it is used to great effect, as the door panel on the Murphy Bed itself, the overhead flip-up doors (concealing bedding storage) and the lower door and file drawers on the desk side. Using Sand Beige with Southwester here brings out the warmer tones in this layout and brightens the space, will keeping it soft and subtle. Supermat laminates are available in a variety of colours, and we have samples at our showroom – you’ll want to feel them for yourself!

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Upper detail around Murphy Bed, showing varying grain direction, depths and top cap treatment

Anytime we are installing custom cabinets around a corner or window (or both, as in this case) this gives us an opportunity to creatively solve a problem or how to bring materials together and keep the flow continuous. Sometimes walls aren’t straight, angles may not be perfect and at the end of the day the solution needs to make sense functionally as well as structurally – it has to go together somehow. Here we elected to have the shelving next to the Murphy Bed step back twice, with the deepest shelving directly over the bed, and the shallowest – display depth – in the corner facing the side of the desk, overhanging a recessed backer. This stepping feature is also mimicked across the top where we have provided cap shelves to fill the space at the ceiling, with a simple yet elegant detail as those pieces sit proud. The vertical trim next to the shallowest shelf area tucks in neatly behind the window frame.

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File drawers (left) and pencil drawers (right) sit underneath the stained wood desktop

For the desk surface itself we used solid wood, and had it stained to compliment the flooring in this space. Under the desk at the seating area we provided a pair of pencil drawers, and on the lower left, in easy reach from a seated position, a pair of drawers for hanging files. While it is unlikely you would be sitting at that desk while the Murphy Bed is in use, there’s just enough space in this arrangement to do so if you wish. Contemporary brushed chrome handles on the Murphy Bed, file drawers, liftup doors (and the little door in the corner) unify the design and add a touch of flair to the space.

This Murphy Bed project is one of 5 areas in the same North Toronto home that were recently custom designed and installed by Space Solutions, and we’ll be sharing more from this shoot with you soon. Photographs by Aaron Mason.


5 custom storage projects to inspire you in 2016

How are you going to get organized in 2016? Maybe it’s time to overhaul your closet with a custom closet design, or you’re ready to tackle the family room with custom cabinets, or maybe this is the year you get your home office fully organized and set up to take that next step. Space Solutions offers solutions for these and other spaces throughout your home with custom cabinetry in endless finish options. You’re ready to take that next step – here are 5 projects from our Houzz listing to inspire you, and get you on your way to clearing your New Year’s resolutions.

A contemporary home office

This installation showcases an L-shaped home office scenario, with included wire management channels room for two work stations. The laminates used on the custom cabinets are white “super matte” (an exciting, ultra-smooth finish, available in a variety of solid colours) and southwester woodgrain melamine. Drawers feature lateral file runners, for both legal and letter sized files. We also installed high-intensity LED strip lighting, embedded in the underside of the upper cabinets on both sides.

Custom closets

Even a simple reachin closet, done right, is an elegant effective solution to get you started on the right foot in 2016. Custom design allows us to design a custom closet that suits your needs, your space, your taste and your budget.

A custom Murphy bed

This side-tilt double Murphy bed uses chrome pulls and a beautiful melamine finish called “Linen”. The overhead and adjacent storage is stepped back, with the top-most levels all sitting just a little proud, creating a nice, simple detail. We also built a small desk area to the left of the bed, complete with over head storage and drawers. We can build our Murphy beds using a wide range of styles and finishes, and complement them with fully custom cabinetry around them, making your spare bedroom a home office, family room, library or more.

A wall unit with a fireplace

This project offers a bit of everything: wardrobes, drawer and laundry storage, a space for the TV and even a wall-mounted electric fireplace. When working with fireplaces you supply your own, and we build the cabinet to suit. Modern flat-panel fireplaces, just like flat-screen televisions, lend themselves nicely towards working with custom cabinets in any room.

A traditional library

This den was outfitted with luxurious stained wood to create a beautiful and functional library. The ultimate in custom cabinetry, featuring traditional five-piece solid wood on doors and drawer fronts, and real wood (maple) veneer on shelves and side panels, Space Solutions will have your custom den, home office, wall unit or library stained to suit and beautifully finished.

Free in-home consultation

Feeling inspired yet? These are merely a starting point of what Space Solutions can do for you. Get organized in 2016 with custom cabinets and storage solutions throughout your home. Book your free in-home consultation now by calling us at 416.322.5575 or make a request with this handy form.


Sliding doors – 26 standard board colours!

closet doors room divider custom doorsBecause we produce our custom sliding doors in-house, we are able to offer a wide range of options for finishing details. The European aluminum hardware can accommodate a variety of insert materials. Most often we use what is known as ‘white lami’ glass, a composite glass product using two sheets of clear glass, joined with a white film that both gives the glass a semi-opaque frosted appearance and also acts as a safety backing to prevent breakage; you will see this in the majority of the images on our Doors page. Other glass products include mirror and back-painted glass, the latter being completely customizable, as our glass supplier will colour-match any paint sample of your choosing. But more and more we are working board panels into the mix, which can offer a wide range of looks and also a more economical price point than glass.

At Space Solutions we are happy to be able to offer the widest range of finish options for our custom products in the industry, and that includes our sliding door offerings. We currently offer 26 different 1/4″ melamine finishes for our custom doors! These 26 options are all double-sided, so they may be used in room divider applications where both sides are seen, and even better, all of these finishes are available in the thicker 3/4″ board that we use for our cabinet structures, meaning you can have your custom closet doors match your closet organizer, your wall unit, your room.

So, how many finishes can you select from for your custom sliding door project? This many*:

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* and if that’s not enough, there’s even more options; we can have MDF factory-painted to the color of your preference, or, we can also have board laminated using any of a few hundred formica or arborite laminates.


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