Behind the Walls

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Behind the Walls in Today’s Smart Homes

Since more of us than you’d think might have difficulty figuring out why we should want to remotely activate our washing machine via a command from our smart phone, let’s take a look behind the scenes at what makes smart homes, well, smart.

We see you, all you folks who admit you need the process broken down. It’s not necessarily easy!

Still, it’s “smart” to get acclimated to the smart home concept because it’s a future that’s here to stay in the home-building industry. We’re more digitally and remotely connected than ever as a society — social media, anyone? — and […]

Test Your Smart Home IQ: What You Should Know

Let’s talk about smart homes. Having one can make everyday life just a little — or a lot — easier and more efficient, especially for busy homeowners. Confirming via a mobile-phone app that indeed, you turned off the iron, can be a sweet thing as you rush to the airport.

But some of you might ask what makes a smart home, “smart?” Good question. We at ICI Homes will walk you through some basics.
Smart homes can work for everyone
You don’t have to be a super-busy career person to appreciate how a smart home can streamline your daily routine. Parents struggling […]

Go ‘Green’ at FishHawk Ranch

Energy-Wise, Quality Built
Learn more about EQ Factor

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Finding that new custom Florida home can take time. Given the choice, most of us prefer to slow down the process and research our options. Some of us, however, aren’t as lucky. We’re the ones who must make expedited moving decisions due to jobs, family issues or even retirement sneaking up on us.

Regardless of whether you should’ve decided yesterday where to buy your new home, or have time to deliberate between choices, we at ICI Homes can help you make that decision, especially if you’re targeting west Central Florida and the Tampa-St. […]

Which Flooring is Best For Your Family’s Needs

When you build a home, one of your biggest design decisions is what to put underfoot. Floors take a literal pounding — perhaps more than any other home component — so your choices should be smart and considered. But, you don’t have to debate them endlessly. Here’s a streamlined guide to choosing between three of the most popular flooring options for your new custom Florida home.
Wood: Real Vs. Laminate
Real wood floors are classics for a reason. If cared for, they last a long time, and their inevitable nicks, scuffs and scratches only contribute character. Their lifespan also can be […]

10 Must-Have Features For Your Next Home

Energy-conscious and environmentally-friendly building materials are fast becoming the norm for most home buyers and builders. When consumer behavior turns the default choice for a product into a “green” one, that choice becomes more desirable for buyers and builders alike. Here’s a list of 10 must-have features for your next home.
Super-Duper Insulation
You never see it — unless you spend significant time in your unfinished attic — but quality insulation thickly applied all over the house gives your utility bills a big break. Plus, it keeps your household comfortable during toasty Florida summers and rare winter cold.
Folding Patio Doors
If you’re […]

Top Splurge-worthy spots in your home

You’re building a new custom home. Congratulations! Do anything you want!

We’re kidding. Most of us operate on a budget and building a home is a major budget item. How do you juggle saving on certain details in a new home versus upgrading other…without blowing your bottom line?

You do it by being budget-wise. The key is allocating your resources where they can have the most impact, which frees you to splurge on features important to you. Here are five areas where your biggest home-building dollars can make a difference.
Appliances
You get what you pay for with these purchases. Appliances are some […]