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Home design: 3 emerging trends

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Editor's note: The following item is republished with permission of houzz.com. See the original article: 8 Influential Home Design Trends for 2012. The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) annually conducts its Best in American Living Awards (BALA). These awards, open to builders and design professionals, acknowledge that good design "is not and should not be limited to high-priced and custom homes." The NAHB uses these design awards to look for upcoming trends for new home design. This year the jurors identified eight design trends that will have an influence on new home designs in 2012 and into the future.When speaking about these trends at the International Builders Show, held in February in Orlando, Fla., BALA jurors Heather McCune, Mark Kiner and Victor Mirontshuk all noted that new home design is significantly better now than just a few years ago. Unlike in the recent boom years, when just about anything built was sold, strong competition...