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Before construction began, the Nicolsons had to convince Yacouba, the head mason, that they wished to have the floor poured on the foundation before the walls were constructed. Under typical local building practices, a thin layer of concrete would be poured for the floor as the final step in the construction process. Fortunately, Yacouba was curious enough about the Nicolsons' "weird" ideas to try something new.
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