Our Top Four Suggestions for First-Time Home Builders

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Ready to take the home-building plunge? As a newbie? All we at ICI Homes ask you to remember is this: even if the new custom Florida home you’re seeking or dreaming of isn’t the first home you’ve purchased, it’ll be a new experience if it’s the first home you’ll have built.

Having one built to your specifications requires more homework on your part. But we promise it’s worth it to get EXACTLY what you want.

To prepare, grab our handy brochure that details everything about your role in the building process. Then, consider the suggestions below.
Know what you want
As much […]

Build or Buy: Think Hard About Building

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Searching for a new home is frustrating when you can’t find a newly-finished home you like in a new community. Or, you’re not finding ANYTHING — new or in resale — that floats your boat.

Take it as a sign it might be time to build your own.

“Wait,” you say. “That’s an expensive hassle.”

Not finding a ready-built new home, especially if you’re facing a deadline to relocate, may be more of an expensive hassle. So we at ICI Homes encourage you to think deeper about building. It’s not nearly as scary as it seems. It simply takes a bit […]

Answers to Why on Earth You’d Want to Move to Florida

Florida Misconceptions: Or, Answers to Silly Reasons Not to Move Here

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The problem with moving to Florida is that inevitably, some folks will think that’s not a good idea. And they have no compunction about telling you.

Never mind if you must move to Florida because (A) your boss says so, (B) your in-laws or parents have promised to babysit every day if you’ll live within driving distance, or (C) you have family or personal concerns that aren’t our business, but require no explanation to anyone.

While we at ICI Homes are happy to claim Florida as our home state, we know […]

Seeking a New Custom Florida Home? We’re Building in Orlando

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If you’re Orlando-bound in your search for a new custom Florida home, we at ICI Homes offer two excellent choices.

Both are our communities, and located on the desirable south side of the City Beautiful, near convenient traffic corridors, Orlando International Airport, and, of course, those world-renowned Florida attractions (because we bet you’ll have visitors to entertain after you move).

Why Orlando’s south side? Because nearby highways can whisk you anywhere you need to go in Orlando proper. Because you’ll escape the ensconced congestion and built-out neighborhoods on the north side. And, because you’ll enjoy new shopping enclaves, dining and […]

ICI Homes Welcomes Ron Ferguson as West Florida Division Manager

“Ron has extensive knowledge and expertise of residential new home construction, and we are pleased he has joined the ICI Homes team,” said ICI Homes Chief Operating Officer Tom McCall. “We look forward to Ron guiding ICI Homes’ West Florida division through an exciting period of growth.”

In his role, Ron Ferguson will oversee the company’s communities in the Tampa region including Asturia, Bexley and FishHawk Ranch.

Click here to read the full Press Release.

The Here, Now and Future of Smart Homes

Intrigued about a smart home? Do you want your new custom Florida home to be equipped with the latest remote-controlled, digital and electronic capabilities?

Smart homes are one of the hottest trends in the home-building industry, but like any trend, they come with many options, cautions and positives. The technology for smart homes evolves constantly, which means opting for one can be daunting.
What a smart home is
You probably know the term “smart phone,” right? Sometimes it may feel like all-purpose magic at your fingertips — a computer, search engine, camera, games, live streaming video — rather than a mere phone.

A […]

Why Having a Community Garden Can Be a Good Thing

Interested in founding a community garden or becoming involved in an existing one? It’s a great way to meet neighbors and new friends, plus grow your own salad ingredients!

But the community-garden concept is more layered than the actual gardening aspect — although that’s the reason most of us love dabbling in the dirt to begin with, right?

First, you must find the ideal location. Second, you must get all the necessary approvals, permitting and paperwork taken care of, if applicable. Third, you must prepare the site. And fourth, you must have enough support — meaning other equally enthusiastic gardeners — […]

ICI Homes Featured in St. Augustine Record – Home Designs for Aging in Place

Don Wilford, Northeast Florida division president of ICI Homes, said with the Baby Boomer generation so active in the new home market, it’s important for builders to give them options to suit their needs now and into the future. Those options can range from something as significant as an elevator to something as simple as a walk-in shower.
“We as a builder, maybe one out of five houses we’re doing something that makes their lives easier,” Wilford said. “Over the next few years, I think you’re going to see a lot of single-family homes that are going to have aging […]

Have Info, Will Buy: Millennials’ Influence on Homebuilding Industry

Over the last 100-plus years, each generation of U.S. home buyers has exhibited specific preferences and behaviors when buying and selling their homes. Millennials — generally thought of as folks who reached early adulthood in the early 2000s — are no different.

Like Baby Boomers and Generation X-ers before them, Millennials are shaped by the cultural, economic and political trends of their era. But, what are their tendencies when they enter the housing market?

We’ll give you a big hint: they’re not let’s-drive-around-and-see-what-we-see types. To them, serendipity happens only after extensive research.

Are these ironclad traits? Of course not; we’re all different […]

Things You Can Do in Today’s Smart Homes

So you’ve decided to go all-in with a new custom smart home, and you want to automate it like the alternate reality of your favorite science-fiction novel. Just think — inanimate objects will spring into action at the sound of your voice while a robot pours your morning coffee.

We wish, but it’s not quite yet so. Until science fiction truly becomes reality, you’ll have to continue to clean out your closets yourself. But here’s the takeaway: today’s home automation is muchfurther along than you might realize.

Depending how smart you’d like your new custom home to be, you can cue […]