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Three Ways An Architect Can Improve The Plans For Your Wellington Home

You may think you don't need an architect to help you with your Wellington building project especially if you are just doing renovations, but hiring someone qualified to draw up your plans can have benefits. So before you embark on your building project solo consider these ways in which an architect could help.

Planning tricky areas

Some rooms are simple, but others like bathrooms and kitchens can be harder to get right. These rooms need to be functional as well as stylish, and a good architect can combine these two aspects.

Often rooms like bathrooms are smaller and getting the layout right can be tricky so this is another area where a professional could help.

Knowing planning regulations

If you choose an architect who has spent some time in the area where you are building, they should have a good working knowledge of local planning regulations and any particular issues you might face.

This means you can start building knowing your plans are in order, and there should be no unwelcome visits from the council planning officer. It can also help you rethink your ideas in light of potential restrictions such as roof heights or boundary lines.

Dealing with difficult sites

If your site is tricky, then an architect may be able to create a design you had not thought of. With many plots in Wellington being on the hillside, it can take skill to make the most of the site for both the house and the garden.

An experienced architect, particularly one who has worked in Wellington and its surrounds will be able to skillfully plan your house and where it should be sited to maximise the living spaces.  They will also factor in things such as where the sun will hit the house.

Finding the right architect for you

Before you choose your architect, invite two or three to discuss the project and supply you with an estimate for the work.

Ask friends or family who have built which architect they used or ask for references from other happy customers. You may also be able to find other local properties designed by an architect you are considering which could help you decide if their style will suit you.

If you are planning on building in a particular style, for example, an eco-build or a character renovation, it could be better to seek an architect who has experience in the specific area as they may have more in-depth knowledge of any potential problems.

You should also find out how involved the architectural company will be as the build progresses. Will they only draw up initial plans or will they help you with any redesigns needed as the home is constructed? If you cannot be on site regularly, you may also need to find out if your architect is willing to liaise directly with a project manager or contractor should any questions arise.

Undertaking a new home build is a big task even if you have built or renovated previously so don’t feel bad about taking your time over choosing something important like an architect on Builderscrack. Making the right decision at the beginning will lessen regrets at the end.

Latest architecture and design articles

Our blog is full with helpful news and knowledge covering architecture and design related repairs and renovations around your home. Our trusted tradies will respond to your job, often within a few minutes. You decide who you want to communicate with. You’re in control the whole way.

Choosing Between Another Storey or Adding a House Extension

Posted 16/03/17

Extending your house or adding another storey can give you the much needed space a growing family needs. We look at the advantages and disadvantages of these two renovation options... How to choose between another storey or a house extension Depending on the size of your backyard, you can

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Understanding the Differences Among Tradespeople Accreditations

Posted 08/06/17

What does that trade logo on your tradie's website or vehicle mean? What benefit can it provide you, the homeowner? Read on to find out more about national trade accreditations in New Zealand... Some industry accreditations are mandatory, as government regulations require that certain wor

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Choosing and Using an Architect

Posted 05/10/12

A good working relationship between client and architect is a vital ingredient in the success of any building project. Therefore it's therefore essential to choose an architect whose design approach and practice philosophy best fit your requirements... However, you may have noticed there

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Architect, Draughtsman or Builder - Who Do You Need?

Posted 10/09/13

You want to renovate your home - so who do you call, a Draughtsman, Architect or Builder? We have a look at each of them does and how they can help you... Picking between an architect, draughtsman and builder An Architect will provide the buildings architectural design and also oversee the con

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Need to Add an Extra Bedroom for Your Kids?

Posted 10/11/16

Kiwi parents have on average 1.9 kids, which works fine for those who have three bedroom homes. Except when you have more than two children, have guests over to stay or want to use a bedroom as a study or home office. That’s when adding on an extra bedroom for your kids is a great solution to gi

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Successful Indoor Outdoor Flow in New Zealand Homes

Posted 13/05/15

One of the most popular selling points of a kiwi home is the indoor/outdoor flow. Whether you’re thinking of selling or just want to realise the potential of your home and the plot it stands on, considering indoor outdoor flow is important... Indoor outdoor flow The secret to unlocking the

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The Benefits of Building a Conservatory

Posted 22/10/14

If you've been thinking about adding an extension to your home, Building a conservatory is a clever way to add more living space without having to move to a larger home. One of the benefits of building a conservatory is the potential to add a lot of value to your home. Hiring an architect

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The Tiny Home Movement in New Zealand

Posted 18/03/15

The tiny home movement is a trend that seems to be here to stay. But why has this movement gained so much traction? Is it a genuine trend that’s both socially and economically advantageous? Or is it just the next not-so-big thing in house design?... Exploring NZ's tiny home movement Since

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5 Tips for Spring Home Renovations

Posted 29/10/14

We've talked to industry insiders and experts, and have put together a list of our top 5 tips for getting started your spring home renovations. Spring home renovations Coming out of a cold winter, spring home renovations may seem like a daunting prospect.  Yes, you've been thinking about i

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Check out how homeowners like you are using Architects on Builderscrack to build, repair and improve their homes right now.

Bathroom in basement

Posted 2 weeks ago

We are looking to put a bathroom in our basement in our 1920s house. We are concerned about the structural aspects of this so want someone to take a look before we get drawings done. I think we may need someone who understands the engineering aspects too.

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Ensuite

Posted 1 week ago

We want to build a basic ensuite in the master bedroom. We already have a drawing and a builder lined up. We need a detailed plan to be submitted to council

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Deck Draughting

Posted 1 month ago

Part 1: Help design and draught deck area at the rear of seaside bungalow to align levels and make a usable area with flow from house to garden Part 2: Draught front for seaside bungalow to include pagoda, deck and sliding doors

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Studio apartment/s above a garage

Posted 1 month ago

Concept and feasibility design for studio apartment/s above a double garage. Envisioning a glass opening front, corrugated sides, gable roof and lift with stair access.

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Turning an ex veranda, now sunroom, into an ensuite

Posted 3 weeks ago

We have a 1920s bungalow and want to change a sunroom (ex verandah) into an ensuite: also looking at building internal stairs down to garage under the house.

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Bathroom plans

Posted 6 days ago

Looking for a suitably qualified person to prepare bathroom plans suitable for building consent. Bathroom is going into an existing garage.

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New build

Posted 1 month ago

Fully designed pole house

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Studio above the garage

Posted 3 weeks ago

Hi, help required to design for studio above the garage. The size of space is 6.88m x 3.66m. The following living infrastructure are accessible near the garage(see photos), should be used with the project(?) : - storm pipe - waste pipe - cold water pipe - electricity We see within the studio: bathroom with shower, sink, and toilet, kitchen space, living space, sleeping space, outdoor area(deck?) PS: if you can do the city council consents, it is a bonus

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Beach house alteration

Posted 2 months ago

permit plan for 2-3 bed cottage, change floor plan arround ,requires bracing schedule. shift bathroom to south side and kitchen to north, put on 2 bedrooms, alter main entrance, preliminary drawings done . now requires council approval.

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Design and consent approval for converting garage into a bedroom

Posted 2 months ago

Hi, For my property, I would like to convert an internal garage into a bedroom and bathroom. Also, build a carport and deck. I need someone who can start the concept design asap. If you need more information please feel free to reach me

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Extensions to house

Posted 1 week ago

We are looking to put in extensions on our house, currently we have two ideas - one is to extend the lounge and a bedroom on the first floor, or build up on the second floor for an extra two rooms & toilet. So we need an architect or draftsman to help us with firming up our options and provide a quote on the design for our renovation. Also assistance with engineering and consent process would be a bonus. Thanks.

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Initial consultation / quote - 1958 Johnsonville house renovations

Posted 3 months ago

I just recently purchased a house in Johnsonville that needs renovating. There are a few things I am looking at changing but I don't know what is and isn't possible at this stage without over-capitalising. So I would like to discuss with a professional initially before getting drawings done. I am looking at possibly: Moving a stair case Renovating the bathroom Adding a bathroom Extending the kitchen into the laundry (moving hot water cylinder) Removing a wall

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Consultation/drafting of room over garage.

Posted 3 months ago

We have a few ideas about how to use the flat tiled area on our garage roof, but would like some expert advice from an architect on what would be possible and what building consents would be required. Needs to look OK with 1920s typical wellington bungalow.

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Existing Floor and Plumbing Plans

Posted 5 days ago

I am adding an additional toilet into a stand-along 1960's dwelling, as part of the consent I need existing floor plans and existing plumbing plans.

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Tawa renovations #2

Posted 1 week ago

Converting double garage into living room, with internal stairs and bathroom. Adding another bedroom off the house.

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Plans for House Renovation

Posted 1 month ago

We require detailed plans drawn up for renovation of 1920’s home, in order to apply and gain building consent. There will be a structural element involved in the job, so any relevant experience (or contacts) in structural engineering would be an advantage. Timeframe is as soon as possible.

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Draftsman - plans for building consent

Posted 2 months ago

We are looking at add a toilet into an existing laundry where there is currently a shelf. We need help with a drawing for this and advice for the council consent.

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Minor renovation

Posted 2 months ago

Large 4 bedroom house. Current house needs some minor walls changed, bathroom slightly moved and rooms repurposed. I know what needs to be changed just need some drawn up plans. Need to see if building consent required. Ideally need something with WCC in January if building consent required.

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AutoCAD draughting service

Posted 5 days ago

Looking to establish an ongoing relationship with and AutoCAD draughtperson for ongoing structural details and a small amount of ongoing Architectural concept work First job approx two A3 sheets showing a layout plan and subfloor strengthening details for a house. I normally work on a basis of trust were the contractor bills for work done when the job is complete

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Villa extension and floor plan configuratin changes

Posted 1 month ago

Hi, We are looking for someone to draw up some plans for a renovation we are looking to undertake. The scale of the work (at a high level) will be around removal of the lean-to at the back of the house (pictured) and replacing it with a new extension. In addition to this, there are some internal floorplan configuration changes I have in mind (mainly around where the bathroom and kitchen are). Looking to talk to someone (on-site) about the changes, and moving forward from there to get a...

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Garage conversion #2

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Create plans for extra room for submission to council consent

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New doorway

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Council plans for small -medium sized renovations

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13th March 2020

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Drafting and consent

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Ridgeway Reno

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25th August 2019

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Draughting services

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Curb crossing

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17th January 2020

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Plans for new deck and doors

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6th November 2019

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Home renovation blueprints & consents

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14th May 2020

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Draftsman wanted

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6th August 2019

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Garage renovation

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Terra Restaurant

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4th May 2019

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Renovation drafting

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29th April 2020

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South wall reclad etc

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29th January 2020

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Draft to apply for bathroom consent

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23rd November 2019

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Deck design

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26th February 2020

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Design for a new bathroom and laundry area

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4th February 2020

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Gaynor carport close-in


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draughtsman for drawings

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4th September 2019

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AlphaBuildNZ Ltd

Joined December 2019

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Skinner n Skinner building company

Joined September 2010

Hi, We've been building new houses and renovating old ones for the last 15 years. We've been in wellington for the last 15 years and have worked on jobs around the city as well as in regional parts of wellington. While we specialize in major renovations and new builds we also do smaller jobs from time to time. We are very professional and work hard to meet deadlines for project completion. We prid...

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microbimm nz ltd

Joined January 2017

We deliver high quality Architectural Design/CAD Drafting Services 3D Modelling BIM - Building Information Modelling to our clients. Our highly skilled team of Architectural CAD Drafters have in-depth knowledge in simple to Intelligent Architectural CAD Drafting/3D Modelling Services as well as in delivering detailed set of Architectural Drawings and Construction Documents in accordance to the app...

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Global Partnership and Development Ltd

Joined July 2012

Global Partnership and Development Ltd The Art of House Flipping, Renovation, and Design Your Assets Matter! We, therefore, focus on durability and quality. Global Partnership and Development Ltd has supported more than 100 micro business entrepreneurs in the least developed countries. Why us? We have completed houses in Hamilton, Taupo, Tokoroa, Rotorua, Tauranga, Putaruru, Cambridge, a...

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Onemind Design

Joined November 2018

Whether you have a potential renovation/addition to your existing home, require a second dwelling, new garage, a garden overhaul or simply want to improve a couple of rooms, deck or a patio area, we can assist in making your aspirations quickly become a reality. For over 15 years we have loved designing beautiful and functional architecture to make the best use of our clients resources and budg...

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Archemics Design

Joined April 2019

Archemics Design is an architectural design, structural engineering and interiors studio based in Auckland. We provide design services from pre design briefing, concept design through to full building drawings and documentation and consents. We have worked on both residential and commercial projects in New Zealand that form the basis of our industry knowledge. With a design focused env...

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Click Works

Joined February 2008

Click Works is a Dunedin based company specialising in Architectural Design and Drafting work. We service clients all around NZ with current projects in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Central Otago. From a simple renovation through to large scale residential builds, apartment blocks and light commercial - we've significant experience in all. We also provide a draughting service...

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3DR Design & Draughting Ltd

Joined September 2015

Architectural design and draughting service specialising in residential design for new houses and alterations and additions from concept design to building consent including all plans ,resource consents (if required) speciation's. We will work with you help you get your dream to reality.

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R CREATIVE DESIGN

Joined June 2020

R Creative Designs Ltd is a Hamilton based Architectural drafting firm offering a wide range of creative designs for your housing requirement. From conceptual plans to set of plans for Council submission for Building Consent & Constructions. R forte lies in our R better understanding of R clients needs and in R ability to help bring their dreams in to reality with precise designs within given b...

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Xpress Design & Drafting

Joined January 2020

Hi, we are a cost-effective Architectural firm specializing primarily in concept design and building consent documentation. From the smallest of renovation/alteration to complex new builds including hill builds. We also provide a wholesale schedule of fees (trade rates) for ongoing working relationships. Keywords in our toolbox being: NZS 3604, New Zealand Building Code, Timber Framed and Steel F...

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Core Civil Solutions nz Limited

Joined December 2019

Hi, we have been involved in the rebuild of Christchurch for over 7 years. We have experienced LBP builders and able to do a wide range of building works and construction. We are specialist in foundation re-level works and retaining walls, Our team are able to provide a solution that works for you. Please look at our web site for more information. ...

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TASdesign Limited

Joined February 2018

Hi there, we're a professional design company offering drafting services for Concept Design and Building Consents. We also specialize in taking your design and creating comprehensive Manufacturing/Shop drawings and Assembly Instructions as part of our unique SmartPLANZ 3D Plan Packages, which are specifically created to ensure a time and cost effective build. We offer competitive quotes and pricin...

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Forturo Design Ltd

Joined April 2019

Operating in the Wellington region since 2005 Simon Law the director of Forturo Design designs everything in the field of residential Architecture. From moving internal walls, new bathrooms, kitchen refurbishments, internal alterations, extensions and new builds. Residential work is our specialty. We can also organise the construction of your project if you wish

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hausplan

Joined February 2021

We’re a Wellington-based architecture and digital design company that specialises in designing residential homes with our clients. We focus on bringing our clients in as partners to ensure we’re delivering what you need. One size doesn’t fit all. Each space we create is shaped by its own unique context and purpose. We consider all influencing factors on every project - the user, the environment...

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Designshop Architecture

Joined September 2011

Hi there! We'd love to discuss your project with you! We listen carefully to give you what you need, offer valuable and relevant comment, and think outside the square to make sure you get "the best bang for buck"! And give you an estimate or preferably a fixed fee quote for our services. Designshop Architecture is an award winning business handling all sizes and types of project, new work, a...

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TAP Construction

Joined July 2014

We specialises in small subdivisions and new builds. If you have been thinking about subdividing your large section and building on your new title we are the people to see. We can take care of everything from the subdivision process right through to Code Compliance. We also renovate old homes, from the repile through to the reclad. We have trade qualified builders and in todays busy, progres...

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DGi Architecture Ltd

Joined November 2015

LBP Design Class 3 Architectural technician with sound knowledge base across residential, commercial and retail design, end to end. Concept brief through feasibility, detailing, specification, consent applications, contract management and final Code Compliance. Wellington Region based but prepared to travel. LBP Design Class 3 Over 30 years experience, New Zealand, Central Europe and the UK.

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Phil Davey Projects

Joined July 2015

20 Years building industry experience on residential and commercial projects. Affiliate Member of the New Zealand Institute of Quantity surveyors. M6084 New homes and Alterations Landscaping, Fences, decks, pools, earthworks and Design and Consultation services Planning and Resource Consents (... c Certification) Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors

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Whisk Renovators

Joined February 2009

Whisk Renovators is a renovations company, providing innovative solutions to Kitchen and bathroom consenting, design and build projects. Whisk services the greater Wellington region in both the residential and commercial sectors. Whisk has been a member of New Zealand Master Painters since 2009, providing quality service and workmanship guarantees to our Clients. We won National awards in ......

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Holmes Architecture

Joined May 2020

Holmes Architecture is a Wellington-based architectural studio specialising in bespoke home design, renovations, and commercial work. From multi-unit housing to complex renovations, commercial interior fit-outs and new home builds, leading edge design technology alongside a passion for contemporary architecture ensures highly crafted and considered architectural design and project delivery. We bel...

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