Must-Have Design Features More Important Than Ever

Home offices. Outdoor living spaces. Smart homes. Must-Have Design Features More Important Than EverThese design features are perennially popular among buyers of new custom Florida homes, and our recent global health crisis has magnified their appeal. Spending more time than usual in our current homes means figuring out what we really need in our future homes.

If you’re set on moving soon, the health crisis probably spotlighted those design features. Interior and exterior spaces that work well for daily living, also nourish us in our surroundings and make our homes even more important and enjoyable.

We at ICI Homes have been building new custom homes all over the state of Florida for 40 years, and we incorporate these and many more features into our award-winning floor plans.

Here’s a closer look at those popular design features that are more important than ever.

Outdoor living spaces

Being able to relax on the covered lanai that’s part of every ICI Homes floor plan is classic Florida living.Outdoor Living Design Features Residents can enjoy this additional living space year-round thanks to the state’s mild climate.


Our health crisis spotlighted how soothing and energizing it is to be outside in fresh air and sunshine. If you’re seeking a new custom Florida home, bring your wish list to any discussion with our sales associates. They and our talented designers can make your outdoor-living plans come true!

Home offices

Working from home was a critical part of many folks’ professional lives before our global health crisis. Now we really know how important it is to have a space in our homes where we can get work done AND attend virtual meetings.

ICI Homes builds flex spaces into many of our floor plans that are perfect for home-office use.Design Feature Home Office A flex space is a great place to start as you debate the location of a future home office. Depending on the size and needs of your household, a bedroom space also can be a possibility, as can our nook spaces near kitchens.

Bonus points if that space can accommodate more than one household member working from home.

Smart homes

New custom Florida homes built with the latest technology and security devices make working from home — and monitoring it — a breeze.

ICI Homes not only prioritizes the latest construction techniques, we also build EQ Factor homes that incorporate the newest energy-efficient systems, materials and appliances.

In fact, we build in many communities that prioritize smart and sustainable living. We call your attention to Mosaic, our master-planned community in Daytona Beach. Every home in Mosaic is a smart home. We also offer smart home packages in Oakmont, our Gainesville community. A community in which we are the preferred builder, eTown in Jacksonville, also has a heavy emphasis on smart homes and connectivity. And that’s just to name a few!

Speaking of master planning…

Master-planned communities

These communities contain numerous amenities that make for easy, fun and secure living. Community walking trails and gated entrances are only a few examples.

Enjoying outdoor exercise and peace of mind in a secure environment was an important part of living in these communities during our health crisis — and it remains even more so today.

Ready for your new custom Florida home? Talk to ICI Homes here.