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What are the latest trends in condominium designs?

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Among recent trends in condominium designs as of 2014 are home automation systems, outdoor living spaces and thematic decorating. In addition, "green" condo developments are on the upswing, featuring such design elements as high-efficiency appliances and sustainable construction choices.

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High-tech home automation systems allow condo owners to control electronics, lighting, security and indoor climate through a single device. Some of these devices also allow for remote control or adjust automatically to conserve energy.

Outdoor spaces are increasingly important to condo dwellers. Some condos now feature screened decks or balconies that function as outdoor living rooms and even include fireplaces. Newer condos often feature larger patios or balconies than in the past to allow for outdoor plants and even vegetable gardens.

Elaborate and themed decorating schemes are on the rise, putting an end to the clean, modern lines that characterized most condos for many years. Many condo owners now want a cozier feel to their homes. In addition, designers are more likely to carry a design theme throughout the entire condo rather than decorating on a room-by-room basis.

New condo design and construction is increasingly environmentally sustainable, especially in the choice of materials used for construction and decorating. Condo purchasers are often interested in energy-efficiency measurements and sometimes look for condos that meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standards.

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