Want a Versatile Living Area? Try These Hacks

Moving to the Sunshine State and ready for a sunnier interior design than what’s in your current home?

Many people are! Lightening up and paring down are popular strategies for many new Florida homeowners. The living generally is more informal here compared to other North American locales, and many ICI Homes customers take that approach.

Our advice? Versatility is key when it comes to planning your new living area. These hacks show you how.
There are no rules…
It’s Florida. It’s a living space. Consider the easy, outdoorsy lifestyles inherent in a subtropical climate and plan accordingly.

Stiff, formal furniture might not be the […]

Forget Institutional: How to Create Interesting Kitchens

While shopping for a new home, we’ve probably all entered at least one stark, monochromatic kitchen that recalled our elementary-school cafeterias.

Even if you attended a hip elementary school with hip decor, its kitchen was likely faceless. Efficiency was the daily priority and plain white and stainless steel worked fine.

But why would you want that in your new custom Florida home?

We at ICI Homes think most of us don’t. Although to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with an all-white kitchen warmed with textured countertops, cabinet pulls, or an imaginative backsplash and signature lighting. That look’s an enduring classic for a […]

Selling a Home? Try Do-It-Yourself-Staging

If you’re vacating your abode for a new custom Florida home, but the current one needs some decorative help before hitting the market, there are ways around this conundrum.

You might need to do some decluttering first. Then some thorough cleaning, especially if you have kids and pets.

Once you get past those two hurdles, however, don’t think your only option is to call a home-staging specialist. You already may own everything you need, and everything you don’t own is very affordable and easily acquired.

If this sounds intimidating, it’s not — even if you have zero interest or experience in interior […]

Home for Sale? Vanish During Showings

The truth is… your real estate agent doesn’t need any help.

Seriously. It’s the opposite of what most people would think. Common sense seems to indicate that a seller who stays on the premises, can answer questions, plus provide information that the seller’s real estate agent might not know.

But it doesn’t work that way — or very well, at least. Prospective buyers who drop by during an open house, or during a showing by your real estate agent, don’t want your viewpoint. They want neutrality. And the best thing you can do is give it to them. Here’s why you […]

Don’t Make These Moving Mistakes

Moving into a new home simply isn’t quick and easy. It can go smoother and be less hassle than you think, which should be your goal if you don’t have much experience with moving. But there are too many moving pieces — pardon the pun — to assume there won’t be hiccups along the way.

Regardless of your moving experience, it’s smart to avoid the following blunders. These are the gaffes that will cost you money, go viral on social media or possibly be rehashed at family holiday dinners.

So, don’t make these moving mistakes.
You don’t plan ahead
Moving due to a […]

ICI Homes Featured in the Tampa Bay Relocation Guide

Thank you to our friends at Berkshire Hathaway Home Services for featuring us in their Tampa Bay Relocation Guide!

The relocation guide features information about Tampa Bay area State Parks, schools, jobs, theme parks, shopping, and so much more. Of course, local homes are also included – such as the communities ICI Homes builds in. You can find us in FishHawk Ranch in Lithia, Bexley in Land O’Lakes, and Asturia in Odessa.

Ready for your custom ICI Home in Tampa? Talk to us here.

ICI Homes Wins Three Awards at Parade of Homes Jacksonville 2019

The 2019 Parade of Homes Jax Awards are in. ICI Homes is proud to announce that we took home 3 awards this year! We had winners in our Magnolia Preserve at Julington Creek community in St. John’s and in Tamaya in Jacksonville.
This year’s winners

The Egret V at Magnolia Preserve:

The Gold Award for the $1,000,000 – $1,050,000 Price Range
People’s Choice Awards for Best Interior Design

The Brooke at Tamaya:

The Gold Award for the $900,00 – $940,000 Price Range

Quick Dos and Don’ts For Selling Your Home

If it’s springtime where you live, and you’re about to put your existing home on the market, congratulations on your timing. Spring kicks off the traditional buying and selling season in residential real estate, and you’ll likely attract more interest than other times of year.

But don’t think it’s difficult to sell your home during another season. It’s perfectly doable any time, especially if you must make an unplanned move due to career, personal or family reasons.

With that in mind, we’re offering a few top-line suggestions for what TO DO to sell your existing home, and what TO AVOID DOING. […]

ICI Homes on the Front Page of Laker/Lutz News Homes Section

We are excited to announce that ICI Homes was featured on the front page of the Homes Section in Laker/Lutz news this May. We are planning our grand opening for our new model in Phase III in Asturia for this June. Information about our homes in Asturia was featured in the article, as well as information about our final 3 homes being built in nearby Bexley.
“ICI Homes offers more one-story plans than other builders in our price range,” [said Leah Turner, Tampa Sales Manager for ICI Homes.] “Plus, we give buyers the ability to customize their floor plans to meet […]

Port Orange: Come Live in One of Florida’s Safest Cities

The Port Orange area is a happening place in Florida, and we’ve got just the spot for you.

Our Woodhaven community is our newest residential offering in this area. It features a range of single-family homes and townhomes, plus great amenities such as a gated entrance, swimming pool, cabana, and playground.

But, we have another reason for singling out Woodhaven and its Port Orange address. The city of Port Orange — one of several historic, booming municipalities that comprise the greater Daytona Beach area — recently was named the second safest city in Florida by SafeWise.com.

The reasons why come from the […]