Need a New Family Home? Build With Us at Asturia

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Looking to relocate your brood? If you’re headed to the Tampa area — or only moving across Tampa Bay — there’s a place you should check out. We know because we build new custom homes there, and we at ICI Homes know the exciting neighborhood it’s shaping up to be.

That place is Asturia, a master-planned community northeast of Tampa, in Odessa, Florida. Asturia’s 536 acres are being developed slowly and in an environmentally sensitive manner. On the community’s southern boundary near its entrance, expect future shops, office space, and more.

The property is replete with wide, meadow-like […]

Live an Active Lifestyle at FishHawk Ranch

So, you’re seriously interested in FishHawk Ranch near the Tampa-St. Petersburg metroplex.

Outstanding choice! We should know. ICI Homes builds all over the Tampa area and as of this writing, are active in at least three master-planned communities in west Central Florida.

Trust us when we tell you that they’re all worth checking out. But here, we’re calling your attention to FishHawk Ranch, a 4,400-acre neighborhood tucked in Hillsborough County’s southeast corner. Tampa proper is a short, 30-minute drive away. Interstate 75 — a hop, skip and jump west from FishHawk Ranch — is your north-south gateway to the all of […]

A New Take on Tradition at Asturia

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The fictional town of Mayberry in TV’s classic The Andy Griffith Show never existed, but these days, it’s being resurrected approximately a half hour north of Tampa, Florida.

Well, sort of. Mayberry is remembered by many TV enthusiasts as the near-perfect, unpretentious small town. Those are fine attributes to ascribe to, and in real life, Asturia, a master-planned community in Odessa, Florida, may be the next best thing.

Its 536 acres are yielding new neighborhoods tailored by classic architectural forms. Expect front porches, sidewalks, a vibrant community center and amazing amenities. Better yet, Asturia is located along […]

Area Real Estate Markets Expected to Remain Strong

Rosemary Messina, vice president for marketing at ICI Homes, said judging by the activity from the company’s online sales center, there is continued enthusiasm for new homes.

We’re seeing the same enthusiasm throughout all our divisions. The strong real estate market is expected to continue in spite of hurricane season. If anything, people in older homes are looking to build newer, stronger homes. Click here to read article in The St. Augustine Record

 

 

Why You Want a New Energy-Efficient Home

Energy-Wise, Quality Built
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If the walls of a new custom Florida home could talk, they wouldn’t tell you about their satiny shades of paint, or that the fun family-room mural was commissioned from a local artist.

No, they’d describe the thickness of the superior-grade insulation behind them, or how their precise construction produces an overall tighter building seal, which prevents air leakage and inflated power bills.

In today’s new homes, all those behind-the-studs components are as important as open floor plans, spa-like bathrooms and giant farm sinks in the kitchen. A home stocked with the latest energy-efficient […]

Should I Buy a Home in a Gated Community?

Good question! Gated communities offer more controlled access, privacy and security than a non-gated community. But there are some potential pitfalls. If you’re unsure where to build your new custom Florida home, it’s time to do some homework.

We’ll help you sort through whether you should buy a home in a gated community.
Start with the good stuff.
There are reasons home buyers pay additional fees and annual assessments to live in a gated community. Prestige — let’s not be shy about saying so — is one of them. Certain addresses are where some folks want to live, which is A-okay.

One example […]

Rest Easy: Tips For Planning Your Master Suite

One of the fun parts about building a new custom home is designing its master suite. If your current home contains one, you’ll likely want one in your new custom Florida home, and you’ll probably want to incorporate some lessons learned from your soon-to-be-ex-master-suite.

Read on for our tips for planning your new master suite.
You want space, but not too much
It’s temping to max out this part of your floor plan. The idea of flopping on a cushy sofa away from the rest of the house is tantalizing, but consider how you use your home.

If you only require a relaxing […]

Five Tips For Making Your Closet a Storage Star

If our closets could talk, what would they say? Aside from, “Clean me!”

Most of us need an occasional closet makeover like we need the occasional wardrobe makeover. The roots of it often lie in how well or not so well our closets function physically. 

Dim, overstuffed and inadequate closets don’t function, they frustrate. But restoring one doesn’t have to be an epic renovation. Here are five easy tips to winning back your closet.
Whose closet are you renovating?
Let’s assume it’s the one(s) in the master suite. If two people share that suite, and there are two closets, each person gets their […]

Five Different Ways to Customize a Flex Room

A home that matches your household’s lifestyle is perhaps the top reason to build a new custom Florida home. You get the floorplan, lot and neighborhood that’s right for you and your family, no matter if they’re kindergartners or elderly parents digging their new in-law suite.

One way to do this is by utilizing flex space in your floorplan. It’s a staple of our award-winning plans at ICI Homes and it allows you to have flexible space for more than bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. Need an office, or space for teenagers to gather with friends? Done.

The best news is your flex […]

Awesome Tips for Designing Your New Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of today’s home, so it hosts more activities than mere cooking and dining. Massive islands serve as perches for kids to do homework and for friends to gather for cocktails. Built-in desks and shelves make the kitchen a part-time office, and TV nooks keep the cook(s) entertained.

You want the primary function to proceed with ease, however, and fortunately there are numerous tricks and tips to glean from smart kitchen designers and experienced cooks. Read on for awesome tips for designing your new kitchen.
Keep people out of the cook’s way
If the kitchen is Grand Central […]