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No question about it, new home neighborhoods and custom homes in Bend and Redmond are at the cutting edge of national design trends. This observation follows presentation of Best in American Living Awards earlier this year at the 2016 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas.

Award-winning single-family, multi-family, remodeling and community projects showcase design trends that home buyers can expect to see over the next several years, according to a spokesperson for National Assn. of Home Builders, the award program sponsor. Some of the most prominent trends include:

Small outdoor space with fire pit.

Small outdoor space with fire pit.

Intimate outdoor spaces. Found in many single-family production and custom homes, spaces geared toward smaller gatherings feature outdoor fireplaces or fire pits and cozy seating, rather than extended family-size back yards.

Mid-Century Modern detailing. This “21st century chic” style is trending in furniture, elevation design and detailing. California and Nevada are leading the way, possibly a disputable observation when one sees the many MCM homes in Bend’s new neighborhoods.

Indoor-outdoor convergence. What was once a distinct line between two living areas has been replaced by floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls and screens. Residents have the ability to transition seamlessly between indoor and outdoor space.

Mid-Century Modern  home.

Mid-Century Modern home.

Troughs and spouts. Outdoor tables with open, trough-like water channels add zest to outdoor entertaining space. The water feature often culminates in a delicate waterfall off the edge of the table into a pool or water feature below.

Board and batten used inside and out. This new home feature adds a three-dimensional layer to interior finishes and provides an interesting alternative to paint and wallpaper.

Copper bathtubs. These have become a popular bathroom feature in several award-winning homes and are a striking addition to any home–rustic, modern or traditional.

White with exotic or repurposed wood accents. Many winning interiors feature stark, modern white paired with rich wood accents, a striking combination in floors, ceilings and cabinets.

Waterfall islands. Still trending are waterfall kitchen islands. Made of wood, granite, quartz or marble, they emphasize clean, modern lines.

Popular barn door treatment.

Popular barn door treatment.

Barn doors. They are appearing everywhere inside the home including kitchens, dens, mud rooms and closets. Barn doors become a design feature of the home, unlike pocket doors or traditional side-hung doors.

Intricate stairways. Stairways are becoming more prominent and sophisticated features. Award winners featured curved glass railings, detailed iron newel posts, unique stair accent walls, glass treads and intricate tile work.

Low-impact design. Green features are incorporated into landscaping. Many award winners and entrants included sustainable and green features in their designs. Among them were permeable pavers, native species in landscape design and thoughtful site design.

(Photos of current or previous listings by Harcourts The Garner Group Real Estate.)