Renovation Slideshows

Hello, Second floor

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    They finished the flooring

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    Great detail around the tree

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    Stan working hard

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    Our future bedroom

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    The bathrooms will be along the back wall

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    Our open (future) stairway

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    Looking right down into the basement

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    Both bathrooms

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    Our slider opening

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    Our picture window will be on the corner

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    From inside the bathrooms

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    Looking great!

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    Putting the rafters in place

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    Starting to really get a feel for what it will look like

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    Paul cheesing!

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    Working through dusk

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    Stan checking measurements

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    About to call it a day

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    Looking amazing!

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    Our beams are in!

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    They are beautiful

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    Looking into the bathrooms

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    Two great guys just building a house

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Celebrating This Defective Beauty

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    The beautiful imperfections

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    Removing the bark

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    Nature is amazing

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    Mysterious tree eating bug...

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    Finally got all the bark off

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    Amazing tree

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    Getting ready for the crane

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    The opening for the tree behind the dormer windows

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    The tarp to protect from rain

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    The tree has dried some and needs cleaned of mold

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    Thanks to Classens for putting our tree in place

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    Making a game plan

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    Getting lined up

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    Very tight space to fit the tree through

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    Still getting lined up

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    Fingers crossed!

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    About to lift her, moment of truth

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    WOW!

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    Making sure she is lined up good!

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    The wind had her swaying pretty good

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    We made it through!

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    Making sure its perfect- no moving her once she is down!

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    Our stairs will wrap around this beauty.

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    The top of her is in the kitchen, fat bottom in the stairway. =D

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First Floor Structure

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    Our mess is coming together

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    Our driveway door looking in

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    The guys have removed the roof to lay plank flooring

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    Big mess coming together

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    They have got a lot of the flooring down

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    Looking beautiful

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    This tree will go through our kitchen island

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    Getting a feel for what it will look like

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    The area above the flooring will become two bathrooms here

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    This will all be the kitchen

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    VERY open!

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    Looks so much larger

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    The discolorations will eventually blend as the wood ages

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    More flooring down

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    Last picture before the rest of the roof will be removed

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    As far as we can go until the tree is in for the stairs

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Excavation

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    Four trucks, one excavator, six men and a girl with a camera

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    The front step is up

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    Jacks are in place lifting the house

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    Looking up through the bathroom "floor" from the basement

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    One of the cracks to be sealed

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    About to get started- our tree is in the background for size reference

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    First holes dug

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    This poor house needed a lot of work, we are getting there

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    Three men watching one work. =P

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    Just a little reference of depth

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    This was the old drainage pipe. It needed replaced.

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    I was bummed to see these flowers dug up, I managed to pull some aside

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    "Not another step Greg!"

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    Some more of the old pipe

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    We were able to move the lilac tree, hopefully she transplants well

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    Putting her in place

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    Digging around the garage's electric, very smooth!

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    Removing our metal septic pipe to replace it with updated material, PVC

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    "You know, just five guys standing around talking about crap." ;D

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    What a mess...

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    New drainage pipe is in place, this will help redirect water that collects at the front of the house

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    A beautiful day to dig up septic and foundation

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    The new drainage system

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    That my friends, is a big hole..

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    big hole continued..

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    Bricks are out to lay a straighter and stronger foundation

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    Four jacks in all to lift this side of the home

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    Our septic corner before

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    Our new Septic pipe coming in

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    Where our new septic pipe goes into the basement

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    The guys managed to get the form poured for the septic corner. This should last once dry

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    With the form removed, we now have a good, sturdy septic pipe and corner

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    New bricks being laid for a sturdy foundation

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    Lots of hard work from these two

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    Paul completing the finishing touches in the corner

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    Pauls working on the water barrier layer. Kind of like a pool liner now

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    He looks so good when he's working! ;D

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    The frost barrier

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    The handy little Kubota tractor

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    Finishing the covering with the Kubota

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    Paul is proud of his work! Actually, I just caught him in the middle of talking. :)

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    This should hold up to the Vermont winters now

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    Looks really good now that the hole is filled

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Posts & Beams

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    The tree that will be in our stairway

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    Finally got all the bark removed

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    The old entry way

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    Posts are getting put in place as well as the top part of the tree for a post

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    Living room posts and beams are up

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    The large center beam in place

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    The home is really starting to take shape

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    ...though it is still a mess

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    Living room and dining room are up

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    It is so much more sturdy now

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    Paul cheezin! :D

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    This is used to hold the walls together once the roof comes off

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    Top view from our bedroom window

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    Our chimney will be covered once complete

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    Such beautiful work notching the posts and beams

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    Making sure all of our ducks are in a row before proceeding

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    Messy, but getting there!

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deconstruction

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    The ramp created to fill the dumpster

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    First cut made

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    The start of what will be an open stairway

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    Our ceiling

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    Looking into the dining room and kitchen

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    Kitchen emptied

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    Oak walls we found in the bathroom under the first wall

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    He can visualize the home complete

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    Looking into Kadynce's room

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    This was the bathroom, it will become our laundry/pantry room

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  • Our ceiling

    Our ceiling will be vaulted once complete

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    Our ceiling almost removed

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    Our bedroom

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    The whole stairway will be removed and replaced with stairs less steep

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    The only carpet in the home was removed from the stairs

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    Starting to look really open

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    Looking from our room into Kadynce's

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    The lath boards removed from the home will be burned

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    Looking into the living room from the dining room

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  • The stairs will remain open

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    The living room

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    The stairs are officially out!

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    The downstairs bedroom will become our new mudroom

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    Looking into the basement

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    Down comes the upstairs floor to make room for the posts, beams and new flooring

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    Down stairs room

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    Getting cleaned up

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Pre-Demolition

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    Bathroom

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    Bathroom

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    Bathroom

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    Kadynce's Bedroom

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    Kadynce's Closet

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    Our Bedroom Entry

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    Our Bedroom

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    Kadynce's Entry

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    Down Stairs room

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    Bedroom Down Stairs

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    Bathroom

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    Stairway

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    Kadynce's Built in

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    Our Bedroom

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    Kitchen(Don't mind the mess, we were packing)

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    Stan before the first bit of demo

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    Built in baking area

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    Where the stove was

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    Paul anxiously awaiting making a mess

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    Kitchen

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    Can't wait to see the finished product!

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The Perfect Trees

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    Scoping out trees

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    First tree down

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    The trees to become our posts and beams

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    Cleaning up the tree for the mill

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    So much work to do

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    Log in position

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    Cuts like butter

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    What beautiful colors

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    Stan hard at work

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    Flipping the log to make the next cut

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    Lots of heavy lifting

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    Both Paul and Stan hard at work

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    Saw dust

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    Planing the posts

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    Nice and smooth

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    Our beautiful Hemlock

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    Our pile of posts

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