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14 JUNE SEDLAK MOONEY
Interior designer shares insights
on the furniture and design
19 PLACING EMPHASIS ON
Remodelers share their project
requests during this stay-at-home
42 BRINGING THE
Families find creative ways to
spend time together at home
30 SERIOUS ABOUT
Wall treatments and holiday
flourishes create a festive mood
in historic home
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the stage for a dramatic baby
grand piano that doubles as
a player piano in a German
Village condo. See Bringing the
Fun Home on page 42.
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on her industry and the current
Q How do you begin to design a room for a
A I ask a lot of questions regarding family members and
their lifestyle. I look for inspiration in artwork and floor
coverings that speak to my client’s personality. I get a
feel for what colors they like and get them involved in
the design process.
Q How did you get involved in this business?
A I’m fortunate to have been born into a family furniture
business that my father started in Cleveland in 1947.
When I was in high school, doing odd jobs for my
family’s store, I began to realize my passion for selling,
interior design and the furniture industry. In 2015,
after 38 years of full time work, I decided to move
to Columbus and open Studio J. Since then we’ve
grown to a staff of four designers, an office manager,
two warehouse workers, and my husband who is
Q How has Covid-19 affected your business?
A When all of this started happening, I thought we
would weather the storm fairly well. For the following
reasons: We sell mainly American-made furnishings,
that are middle to upper-end quality. With our clients
spending more time at home they have recognized
voids and needs for sprucing things up. Plus, we have
a 10,000-square-foot showroom and sell pieces
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gratification. We also have several vendors that are
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Q What trends are you seeing this year?
A Home offices are more important than ever. We’re
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into workspaces. With our clientele spending more
time at home, artwork and accessorizing has gained
Grays are becoming warmer, and shades of brown
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BY KAREN BRADNER
Nearly everyone is spending more
time at home due to Covid-19, and
there’s no doubt this shelter-inplace
experience has resulted in the
demand for home improvements.
According to Pam Patter, executive director
of National Association of Remodelers
(NARI) of Central Ohio Chapter, members
of that organization are seeing an increase
in requests for home offices, decks, closet
renovations and kitchen overhauls.
“To say their phones are ringing off
the hook is an absolute understatement,”
Patter says. “Many of them are booked solid
through the end of the year and into 2021.”
That’s true, according to April Howe,
Allied ASID, marketing coordinator at The
Cleary Company who says, “We’re busy!
We’ve had three months in a row of record
setting inquiries. Our designers are scheduled
out two to three months and our production
schedule is out six to nine months.”
“Covid has changed the pace in which we
are able to work due to limiting workers on
a job site,” says Bryce Jacob of J.S. Brown
& Co. “Material delays have also impacted
the efficiency in which we once started new
With these issues in mind, we’ve asked
several Columbus area remodelers about the
requests they are getting and the work that
they have been doing over the past several
months. Here is what they had to tell us:
We have been involved in
furnishing several outdoor
spaces since our clients
are not traveling and are
looking to these areas as
a place for the family to
relax and have fun.
–Kim Pheiffer, KP Designs & Associates LLC
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Let’s be honest—
a good soak in the tub
is the closest many
of us are getting to a
vacation these days.
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We added a covered
front porch to a home for a
family who wanted to visit
with friends and extended
family in an outdoor area
where they could socially
distance under cover.
–Bryce Jacob, J.S. Brown & Co.
We converted a 1908 basement to a
lower level gathering space for a
family, which includes a wine cellar,
kitchenette, and movie room.
– Dave Osmond, Dave Osmond Builders
The kitchen remodels we
are doing these days are
not about creating a larger
space, but rather using
that space more efficiently.
Including an entertainment
space adjacent to the
kitchen allows family and
friends to gather, and provides
a great space for eating,
talking and playing.
–Todd Schmidt, Renovations Unlimited
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We’re getting a lot of
requests for three and four
season rooms and basement
remodels. This particular
project was an outdoor
living space that includes an
attached roof structure with
a kitchenette and patio.
–Wes Graham, Third Space Builders, LLC
We took a small,
closed-in kitchen and
knocked down walls
to open it into a large
gathering space for
–Jared Mason, Owner,
The Creative Kitchen
We have seen an
increase in finished
basement requests as
homeowners seek to
fully utilize the space
within their homes."
–Shannon Weigand, CMKBD, ASID,
Eagle Specialty Remodeling
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With this front porch addition, we removed a
greenhouse our clients never used, relocated
and expanded their front door, and built a
lodge-style gabled porch on this country home.
–George Cleary, CR, Owner, The Cleary Company
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Wall treatments and holiday flourishes
create a festive mood in historic home
BY LEE RHODES | Photos by Daniel Feldkamp
The holidays traditionally represent a beacon of hope,
and we need that in 2020 like never before. Holiday sales
started early, holiday carols are flowing through stores and
coffeehouses, and for many, holiday decorating will be
particularly poignant this year.
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But Germantown’s Bret (“Stoney”) and
Vicki Stoneking have been capturing
the magic of the season long before
2020, and spreading joy in the process.
Their picture-perfect approach to
Christmas décor within their historic
Eastlake Italianate home captures both
the modern festivity of Christmas
and the nostalgia of Christmases long
past. Visitors and guests alike are
Built in the 1860s, the home was
one of dozens that the Stonekings
viewed online while house hunting.
“There were all the reasons not to buy
it,” Stoney recalls, yet the couple decided
to take a tour, as Vicki had lived in
a Victorian as a child. The rest is history.
Self-described wanderers, they
had never lived in any one place—or
home—more than a year or so, but
they’ve been in this home, and literally
decking the halls of it, since 2006.
It helps that the previous owners
spent 33 years bringing the home
up to a livable state. Still, Stoney
says, “Like any old large thing, it gets
your attention when it needs it.” The
family had to deal with not only the
draftiness of an old house but also the
challenge of very dark spaces, as all of
the windows have interior shutters.
The couple prowled antique stores for
vintage light fixtures, many featuring
stained glass and crystal, including one
with 3,000 crystals; they added mirrors
to create reflective light throughout;
and they brightened up many of
the spaces with stunning wallpapers.
1 Furnishings fit the home's circa
1860s, Eastlake Italianate style. 2 The
homeowners searched for light fixtures—including
several vintage crystal
fixtures—which would be appropriate
for the age of their home. 3 An
ornament honoring Lincoln, who was
most likely president when the home
was built, hangs on one of the many
trees. 4 Themes and color schemes
are carefully planned to coordinate
with their given space.
Color climbs the walls
Kevin O’Donnel of O’Donnel &
Company, whom Stoney calls a true
artist, tackled all of the wallpapers,
often using design sheets that Stoney
created in the Microsoft Paint program
and engineering them throughout
the home. “Engineering” is apropos
because each room took at least a week
to complete and each was like a jigsaw
puzzle. Fortunately, Kevin loves his
craft and didn’t mind that some rooms
contain up to 15 different wallpapers.
The wallpapers, all of which are
handmade and silk-screened, transformed
bland rooms into real-life
vignettes that are rich in color. A stunning
example of the craft is the Persian
papers in the Men’s Parlor. Here, as
in the stairwell ceilings, the deep blue
sky is adorned with shining stars. But
in this room, centered on the ceiling
is paper that recalls an antique Tabriz
rug. (“A flying carpet, if you will,” says
Stoney). Kevin also cites the “flying
carpet ceiling” in the men’s parlor as
an example of both the effective use of
color and the intricacy of the project:
“It required me to expand and contract
the wallpaper to make it appear not to
have a starting or ending point around
the border,” he explains. “This was
done on all of the ceilings.” ➻
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Not a cookie cutter affair
Just as each wallpaper is unique, so too is the
Christmas theme in each room. Also, the couple
never decorates the house the same from
year to year. And for Stoney, it’s personal. He
was born the day after Christmas and thus has
always had a passion for the holidays. “I tease
my wife and say if a month ends in ‘ber,’ I start
the Christmas season,” he says.
The library is always nutcracker-themed
and features some of the couple’s hundreds of
nutcrackers, including a Phantom of the Opera
nutcracker, Old King Cole nutcracker, and a
10-foot nutcracker constructed by Stoney. He
comprised it of industrial paper tubes, steel
pipes and spray paint. This is not unusual; the
couple handles all of the Christmas decorating
and the home’s overall interior design themselves,
relying on Vicki’s engineering skills and
Stoney’s proficiency in carpentry and as an
electrician. (The couple has four grown sons.
And regarding their parents’ Christmas obsession?
“They love it when they visit but don’t
want to help,” Stoney says with a laugh.) The
nutcracker tradition is based on the fact that
Stoney’s mother began collecting them the
day he was born, and the handcrafted one is
fashioned in such a way that it’s easy to move,
which was helpful when they loaned him out
to a local school band that was performing the
5 The ladies’ parlor features the
peacock tree and a collection of
angels that sits on the intricate
mantel. 6 O’Donnel points to the
"Persian rug ceiling" in the men’s
parlor to demonstrate the intricacy
of his work in this home. 7 The
side entrance is a great example
of multiple wallpapers used in the
same room. 8 The stars on the
entry/stairs ceilings carry all the
way to the third floor allowing for
a grand sky-like feel.
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Birds find their perch
There is a pair of peacocks that roost
in various locations from year to year.
When the first peacock shipped, it
arrived without a tail, and the store
claimed to be out of them. So, the
Stonekings bought peacock feathers
and created a tail and, ultimately, a
peacock tree. “We have received a lot
of accolades over the years for the peacock
tree,” Stoney says.
In fact, there are 12-foot trees in
every room, and interestingly, each
room’s theme has an element that
carries into other rooms: the Persian
room has Persian nutcrackers. The
angel room boasts angel nutcrackers.
And there are Santa Clauses everywhere.
It’s fitting, perhaps. Because yes,
Virginia, there is a Santa Claus.
Especially when you consider a historic
home such as this, where there are
trinkets that date back to the 1800s,
while there are also modern conveniences
such as radiant heat and Alexa.
The home is at once historic and livable.
And always aesthetically pleasing.
“We can sit in our home theater
looking out the windows to the
Victorian mansion across the street
and the field beyond that. And especially
when it snows, it’s quite beautiful,”
9 The peacock tree had accidental
beginnings but grew to be a crowd
favorite. 10 The library’s 10-foot nutcracker
was built by the homeowner.
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SHOP OR SELL EVERYTHING UNCOMMON
HOME ENTERTAINMENT AND AUTOMATION TIPS FROM HANSON AUDIO VIDEO
Owner Troy Hanson shares his expertise on home theaters, hi-fi audio and smart home automation
1. What changes are you seeing with people spending more time in their homes these days?
• A tremendous growth in outdoor entertainment with
music and TVs.
• Home theaters and larger, higher quality TVs for
enjoyment of movies, concerts, and gaming as well.
• Whole house music and wireless speakers that can
be moved to the basement, garage, attic, patio or
throughout the house.
• Security improvements including various door
stations with video, motion detection, two-way
communication, recording of activity, cameras,
automated door locks, gate control and more.
• Lighting options with automation to control mood
settings, time of day changes, and automatic on and
off. You can check or control all lighting using a smart
phone, touchscreen in the home or from a remote
• Improved internet access in hard to reach places for
remote home and school work.
• Shades and blinds can be automated to work with
time of day, hard to reach places, or in conjunction
with specific functions like turning on a TV--when
you’d want the shades down.
• We have seen a big uptick in golf simulators where an
enthusiast can play major courses in the comfort of
their home. We even have a simulator that allows the
whole family to get involved by also playing up to 13
interactive experiences including soccer, baseball and
football. A favorite is Zombie Dodgeball which is a
blast for kids and their friends.
• Automation of temperature control, and internal
environment control of the home. This is also
beneficial for controlling heating and cooling costs.
2. Are home theaters still popular?
Home theater growth has accelerated with the closure of
many movie theaters and the increase use of streaming.
Media rooms can also double as a home theaters. Media
rooms are not “dedicated” as one may think of when
picturing a home theater but can still be setup with a large
TV or movie screen/projector and a great sound system in
a variety of layouts. Screens and projectors can be visible
or they can retract into the ceiling or fixtures to be out of
sight when not in use. The bottom line is a great in-home
experience for watching movies, concerts, video games,
sporting events and your favorite tv shows.
3. What is the future for televisions?
It’s all about smart TVs that are internet enabled with web
access to streaming and can share information with other
devices in the home. Over $200 million in smart TVs were
sold in 2019. That number is expected to grow to $266
million by 2025. The resolution continues to improve with
4K as today’s standard but with explosive growth taking
place in 8K as prices continue to decline especially in the
4. How do you help clients manage the complexity
associated with these systems?
Although usability is simplified, there is a level of
complexity behind the scenes making these electronic
systems work. This is not unique to the things we do but
is prevalent in so many things that impact our daily lives
from automobiles, appliances, phones, and computers.
Making sure things are always working can be a challenge
so it places a lot of emphasis on designing and building
the right system from the start to minimize issues that
could occur later. We have system designers with decades
of experience in doing this. Electronics being electronics,
things can stop working. For many of our clients we have
installed capabilities that allow us remote access to their
devices to monitor and fix issues. With our automated
monitoring software, we can often identify an issue and fix
it before the homeowner even knows a problem existed.
We even have a 24-hour-per-day, 365-day-per-year service
option for those customers who want to talk with a service
representative day or night. If an on-sight visit is required,
we have a dedicated service department that will dispatch
to the location and remedy the issue.
About the Expert: Hanson Audio Video is a locally
owned and operated business established in 1999.
Since their founding, Hanson’s primary objective is to
help you select the optimum solution for Home Theater,
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5. How do your clients determine
what is best for them from
a usability, quality and price
Hanson is somewhat unique in
the respect that we have two
award-winning showrooms where
our clients can try something
before they buy it. This is a huge
advantage as we can demonstrate
products in a good, better, best and
ultimate environment to match
their desires with a price point
that accomplishes their goal. Our
objective is always to build lifetime
customers vs. one-time sales, so we
don’t try to “sell” anything to our
clients, we simply help them buy
what is best for them.
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Families find creative ways to
spend time together at home
BY KAREN BRADNER
Kingston enjoys indoor swing.
Designer: Camden and Heather
Johnson Leeds; Contractor:
Construction and Design
Photo by Craig Thompson
20 Years of Housetrends Showcase
in Bexley. Contractor:
Architect: Gary Alexander.
Go climb a tree
It’s a bit of a challenge to travel these days, but we all crave getting out of
the house for a bit of fresh air. Consider trading the big house for a smaller
one out back, tucked away among the trees. Rigging up a pulley system to
send snacks and drinks back and forth is a great way to revisit early social
There’s no doubt that during these past few months, many of us have been passing our evenings and
weekends binge watching Breaking Bad, Schitt’s Creek, Selling Sunset, The Walking Dead or even
going back and revisiting The Office. But those of us who have grown tired of couch surfing have taken
to finding creative ways to have fun in the safety of our homes. As Housetrends celebrates our 20th
anniversary, during this year of 2020, we thought we’d share some spaces that we’ve featured over
the years that provide a bit of an at-home, family-fun getaway. »
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Hone your craft
Call it a man cave, she shed, whatever you want to call
it, but it’s wonderful to have a space that’s set up and
ready to go when it comes to your hobbies and pastimes.
Woodworking, card making and gift wrapping, all go
smoother when your tools and supplies are right where
they need to be.
2018. Columbus. Craft room in New Albany. Builder:
Ghiloni Custom Builders. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
2011. Cincinnati. Artist studio in Montgomery. Contractor: Neal’s Design-
Remodel, Interior design: Arbor Living. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
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Avoid the nightly news and escape
to your library and pick your favorite
piece of fiction to take you away from
it all. If you are not in the mood to
read, but need to participate in a virtual
call, these book-filled backdrops are
about as classy a look as you can get
for a Zoom or Teams backdrop. »
Library in Northern Kentucky.
Builder: Toebben Builders.
Interior design: Henry Vittetoe.
Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
Photos by Daniel Feldkamp
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If your favorite sports team
has gone virtual, you can get
up-close coverage in your
team-themed room dedicated
for viewing the big games.
While you still may be in front
of a TV—or several TVs for
that matter—you’re still moving
a bit when you yell at the
screen or get up for a cold
2013. Cincinnati. Family room turned sports bar.
Woodworking: Transformations Custom Wood Design. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
While you need a considerable
amount of room for a basketball
court or bowling alley, there are
modified versions of both that
might work for your space. If not,
a good old-fashioned hoop bolted
above your garage door, a cornhole
set or bocce balls will get your
heart rate up just about as well.
2009. Dayton. Brunswick bowling alley. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
2009. Columbus. OSU-themed room. Designer: Bella Casa;
Contractor: Cornerstone Construction and Remodeling. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
Create your own soundtrack
If you happen to have a musician, or wanna-be musician in your family, now is a great time to dedicate a space to
hone that skill. Whether it’s an elegant grand piano in a first-floor music room or a sound-insulated studio tucked
away in a basement, it’s great to have a set-up ready to go when you are up for practicing or performing. »
2008. Cincinnati. Music room in HOMEARAMA ® . Builder: Spencer Hill Estate Homes;
Interior design: June Surber & Associates. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
2014. Columbus. Baby grand in
German Village. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
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cue up and Get on board
It’s a great time to chalk your pool stick, dust off the Scrabble set, count your cards or take the time to read the instructions
for a new board game. If you are a glutton for punishment, there’s actually a game called Pandemic where “skilled members of
disease fighting team work together to keep the world safe from outbreaks and epidemics.” Good luck with that.
Game room during
holidays. Interior design:
Library of Design
Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
2012. Dayton. Outdoor chess board in Springfield. Hardscapes:
Custom Outdoor Structures. Photo by Daniel Feldkamp
2008. Cincinnati. Game room in HOMEARAMA ® . Interior
design: Nancy Paul and Julie Bell. Furnishings: Walton’s Games.
Staircase: Cincinnati Stair. Builder: Kurlemann Custom Building
Group. Photo by Robin Victor Goetz
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Yes, hand sanitizers, masks and social distancing made a strong statement at this year’s
HOMEARAMA ® , but they could not compete with the spectacular views that were the
clear focus for show attendees. All of the four-story homes on display were topped with
rooftop open-air gathering spaces capitalizing on sweeping views of the Ohio River, the
hills of Northern Kentucky and the downtown Cincinnati skyline.
There was a decidedly more urban feel to this year’s entries that was in fitting with their
location within the City of Cincinnati’s East End, nestled between Columbia Parkway and
the Ohio River. Builders, designers and landscapers worked together to complement
Photo by Connie Kimsey
rather than rival the views. ➻ housetrends idea book 2020 51
BRIGHTideဂ Give yourself breathing room
All of the homes took full advantage of the views off the rear-facing rooms of all three floors. In
most of the homes, glass walls or screens disappeared into recesses in the walls allowing for a
spectacular panoramic view. Gathering areas grew considerably when these walls of windows were
opened up for an easy flow between interior and exterior spaces. All of the homes reserved a major
portion of their top floors for entertaining with indoor bars, outdoor lounging and dining areas. In
The Conductor by Redknot Homes, windows fold away to open up service for two guests who may
choose to belly up to the bar. ➻
(Page 51) An exposed bulb light fixture hangs in the stairwell of Bella Vista by Sterling Home. 1 Glass panels recess into the
walls to open up the flow to this inviting screened porch in The Berkley by Sterling Homes. 2 Windows above the wet bar
open to serve guests sitting on the terrace in The Conductor by Redknot Homes. Windows: Pella Window & Door 3 The
view of the river and skyline draws guests to the rooftop in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders. 4 Artificial turf provides
an opportunity for outdoor games in The Silverthorne by JNB Custom Homes. 5 A retractable screen opens between a covered
outdoor living area and a deck on the first floor of Bella Vista from Sterling Homes. Photos this spread by Greg Grupenhof
housetrends idea book 2020 53
Ditch the traditional dining room
Without interior walls separating them from the kitchen and great
room areas, dining spaces held center stage allowing diners to feel
included in, rather than excluded from the activity surrounding them.
Show attendee Robbin Holliday commented that she loved how family
dining was just steps away from the stove, adding that “Dinners could
be casual or formal depending on how you set the table.” ➻
1 Furnishings add to the vintage style that was found throughout
The Royal Blue by Redknot Homes. Table and chairs:
Everything But The House. Cabinetry: Western Custom
Cabinetry. 2 The open kitchen and dining space continue to
the veranda, which opens via recessing glass panels, in The
Berkley by Sterling Homes. Flooring: McSwain Carpets &
Floors. 3 Understated furnishings allowed rich architectural
details to shine in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders.
Interior design: KShiels Interiors. Photos this spread by Greg
housetrends idea book 2020 55
BRIGHTideဂ Go with the glow
Each year, light fixtures are eye-catching standouts at the show and this year
was definitely no exception. All of the homes added statements of their
own with carefully selected light pendants, chandeliers and sconces. In The
Silverthorne, by JNB Custom Homes a “wall of light,” a fixture drops gracefully
alongside the three-story staircase and was hand-made in the Ukraine.
“The inspiration for this piece was to connect the three floors with a unified
form that reveals itself throughout the space,” says interior designer, Renan
1 A dramatic light fixture in the entry invites guests into The Conductor by Redknot Homes. Flower containers:
Renaissance Garden Accents. Photo by Connie Kimsey 2 Bold, contemporary light fixtures loft added drama to the kitchen
in The Silverthorne by JNB Custom Homes. Appliances: The Appliance Loft. Photo by Greg Grupenhof 3 Pendant lights
add a transitional touch over the kitchen island in The Berkley from Sterling Homes. Flooring: McSwain Carpets & Floors.
Photo by Greg Grupenhof
A “wall of light” adds contemporary
flair in The Silverthorne by JNB
Custom Homes. Design: RM Interiors.
Staircase: Cincinnati Stair & Handrail.
Photo by Connie Kimsey
housetrends idea book 2020 57
A staircase winds dramatically through four floors in The Millard Fillmore by Wieland Builders. Photo by Greg Grupenhof
BRIGHTideဂ Let stairs make a statement
Inside each of the homes, elegant staircases led visitors graciously between floors. An unexpected twist: in about half of the
homes the first floors were reserved for a master suite and guest bedrooms, with the more public rooms—kitchen, dining area,
and family room--on the second floor where they were perched for a slightly higher view. The others featured the flip of that--
with the upper position reserved for the master suite.
In all of the floor plans, homeowners, and guests, had elevators serving the lower level, first, second and third floors—where
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