Building a New Home? 10 Can’t-Live-Without Features

In today’s home-building market, the design choices you make as a homeowner should fit your household’s lifestyle and locale. Increasingly, those choices are becoming environmentally friendly, which is a good thing for our planet and wallets.

Regardless of whether you’re considering building a new Florida home, or are about to begin the process, lend us your attention. We’ve compiled a cheat-sheet of some of the top features we’re seeing throughout the industry and from our own customers. Here are 10 can’t-live-without features you should consider for your new home.
Whole-house choices
The systems that function invisibly behind your drywall and internal forest […]

How NOT to Design Your New Home

Research almost any how-to topic, and you’ll find limitless information on how to do it. That’s thanks to the great information highway known as the internet. You’ll find far less, however — online or anywhere — on how NOT to tackle a how-to topic.

If it exists, it’s usually tacked on the end of a post, article or video, or couched as “tips.” Since there are few greater how-to undertakings than buying, planning and designing a new custom home, we’d thought we’d have some fun and turn our how-to advice into how-NOT-to tips.

Creating a royal mess you’ll regret is easy […]

Outta Here! Rev Up the Sale Potential on Your Old Home

Does one of these moving-van situations apply to you?

Your boss just green-lighted a job transfer to Florida. Your family has given you a countdown clock for your retirement at the end of the year. Yours or your spouse’s parents have promised to watch the kids ALL THE TIME if you move to Sunshine State headquarters.

For all the reasons listed above and myriad others, you’re so ready to pursue buying a new custom Florida home. But there’s the slight problem of your existing home, which you must sell before you can buy a new one from ICI Homes.

We’ll assume you haven’t […]

Add These Genius Features to Your New Home

Chances are, you’ve read home-and-garden magazines until you could start your own recycling company. You’ve culled endless ideas from blogs and social-media sites. You’ve compiled all your favorite discoveries into one epic list of must-haves for your new custom Florida home.

Can we suggest a few more? Rather than lightning-bolt ideas, these are smaller bits of inspiration that may elude you at the beginning of the building process. Their potential impact could make you wish you’d thought of them sooner, so we thought we’d save you the aggravation now.

We know the features listed below may or may not be on your […]

What Working Women Want in a New Home

No matter the industry, job or career path, women who command board rooms, teams, divisions and departments usually know what they want and need when it’s time to buy a new home. For dual-career couples, the new-home search can be tricky unless both partners’ job requirements are compatible. Convenience, commutes and access to work sites all are critical factors. So how do women balance their work needs when choosing a new home? Read on.
They need a home office
Or a studio, drafting table or writing room. Regardless of the types of jobs or careers, working women are as big a […]

New Home? Don’t Make These Landscaping Mistakes

If you’re a new homeowner, you may or may not know your way around a lawnmower or sprinkler system. You also may not want to. But if you do, and you’re willing to admit you’re “green” about how to tackle lawn and gardening chores, don’t begin spraying, cutting and trimming without following a few basic guidelines. Here’s our common-sense tips to avoid big landscaping mistakes at your new home.
Read the directions!
Never eradicated dandelions? Crabgrass? It’s tempting to blast away all repugnant greenery with that gallon sprayer of weed killer, but you could kill your new sod while you’re at […]

Hines Selects ICI Homes to Join Builder Family at Asturia

ICI Homes has become the latest builder to join the Asturia builder family. Developed by Hines, the international real estate firm, Asturia is a signature mixed-use master planned community located in the high-growth corridor on SR54 in Pasco County. ICI Homes is an award-winning custom homebuilder that builds quality, energy-efficient homes with innovative design features, incorporating the best of the Florida lifestyle into each home.

Read more here.

Update Your Interiors With These Thrifty Tactics

If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you probably have a few interior-design tweaks you’d like to make. Maybe the closet off the garage isn’t large enough for jackets, backpacks AND athletic gear. Maybe you’re done scrubbing those white kitchen cabinets you thought would be simple to clean. We all run across design elements we liked when we moved in, but ultimately don’t fit our household. Changing them, however, doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. Think quick and cheap! Read on for some thrifty tactics to update your interiors.
Paint ideas
For the cost of one gallon of […]

Moving Van In Your Future? How To Sell Your Current Home First

A new custom Florida home is on your radar, but, oops — you must first lose the old one. Hold that excitement. Most folks aren’t liquid enough to place the current abode on the market, then head south to buy the new home at the same time. You can’t either? No worries. We’re here with helpful tips for selling your current home faster that you might think.
Don’t set an unreasonable price
You likely had a parent warn, “moderation in all things,” at some point when you were a kid, right? The same principal applies here. You may think your current […]

Single Parent? Live Alone? You Can Own a Home

For many of us, home-buying may seem the primary domain of families and couples. Another fact many of us may take for granted is that there’s likely more than one income for those two household categories.

But as society has evolved over the past seven decades, so have trends in household composition, which — not surprisingly — can affect home buying. Here’s a look at how households have evolved in the United States during that time period, and how folks in any household category can making home buying a reality.
Statistics tell a story
The 2016 Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic […]