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Hot New Home Design Trends for 2011
Despite the economy, new homes are still being built in areas that have started to stabilize — just in modest numbers and without the flamboyance we saw during the housing boom. Today's consumer is focused on simplicity, efficiency and practicality. Gone are the days of the McMansion, today's homebuyer wants an affordable home with a modest footprint. Our architects and designers have put together a list of home design trends consumers can expect to see in 2011:
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Top Home Remodeling Trends
Demand for home improvements are changing as consumers are trending towards staying at home rather than taking an expensive vacation, which is good news for the home improvement industry.

Since everyone enjoys gathering in the kitchen, consumers continue to crave an open and functional kitchen space with plenty of space for cooking, dining and socializing. This can easily be achieved by adding an island or peninsula into your kitchen design.
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Editor’s Favorite Products

Beauty & Performance

Optimal Ventilation

Dressing your home in CedarBoards™ Insulated Siding by CertainTeed® is like wrapping your family in a cozy green blanket, since it is made from 60% recycled content. Inside you will enjoy a quieter, more comfortable home and outside you will appreciate the authentic look of natural wood.

The Lumen Ventilation Hood by Miele® offers excellent air extraction, optimizing a careful balance between air removal and energy efficiency. Thanks to a special sound dampening acoustic package you can actually converse with family and friends without shouting while cooking.

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Green Living Tips
Have an energy audit done by your local utility company, or visit Home Energy Saver. Audits can help pinpoint problem areas and measure energy savings after you improve your home's efficiency.

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