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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 […]

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 […]

Building a New Home? Mistakes to Avoid

So you’re moving to Florida and you’re intent on building a custom home. At ICI Homes, this is what we do. We’re known for our customizable floor plans and creativity, and our customers’ wish lists often are the launching pad for many happy builder-buyer partnerships.

However, since we’ve built custom homes all over the state for more than three decades, our designers and architects are really good at sniffing out potential problems. We’ve cataloged some of the most universal ones below. Read on to avoid these mistakes when you build your new custom home — with us in Florida, or wherever […]

Seeking a Custom Home? Choose Your Builder Carefully

You’re in the market for a new home and want a truly “new” home. No resale for you and yours! Whether’s a family, retirement, multi-generational or vacation home, you and your household want what you want, fresh from scratch. But finding the right custom Florida home builder can be tricky. Some builders try to steer you to their interpretation of what you want rather than customize a plan to your specifications. ICI Homes won’t do that. We’re known as Florida’s Custom Home Builder, and we’re sharing tips on how to select the right builder for your new custom home.
Beware […]

How to Transform a Room with Paint

We probably all can agree that our homes, no matter their characteristics, are utilitarian structures. They’re refuges, headquarters, repositories and playgrounds. And, they’re meant to be used. Every day. But, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t embellish them! No matter how low-key and practical your lifestyle may be, there’s likely a part of your new custom Florida home that you’d like to plan and furnish a bit more extravagantly. Right? We thought so. Read on for tips on creating memorable spaces.
Create an Oasis

Pick a room in your home, then transform it into what you’d most like it to be. This […]

Customize Before You Buy: Put Our Experts To Work

Looking for a versatile home plan for your new Florida home? Have ideas you’d like to add to an existing plan? You’re in the right spot. Not only has ICI Homes built custom homes all over the state of Florida for more than three decades, we’ve built our business on making sure customers get the home they want, not the one we think they should have. We do it with award-winning floor plans that allow for mixing and matching, at a price that’s right to you. Read on to find out how you can test your customization ideas before you […]

Guide to Choosing Your Bathroom Flooring

You’ll make many decisions when you build your new custom Florida home with ICI Homes, but few decisions are more important than choosing bathroom flooring material. Get it wrong, and you might be constantly mopping. Get it right, and you’ll be happy each time you step in or out of the shower. Since there isn’t one magic bathroom flooring choice for all households, read on for more on how to make that decision.
Decide Taste, Style and Color
When you choose flooring for a new custom home, think how it will frame your interiors. A casual coastal decor might not require […]

Don’t Make These 7 Home-Design Mistakes

Building a custom Florida home should be an exciting exercise for you and your building and design teams. But, sometimes the finished product doesn’t live so perfectly — a fact almost always traceable to poor planning. The solution? Do your homework! The more specific lifestyle information you can bring to brainstorming sessions with your designers, the more practical and truly customized your new home will be. Read on for seven top design mistakes to avoid.
You Don’t Consider the Future
It’s tempting to build a new home for your current lifestyle. Pause first, and talk to your household. Will you live […]

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 […]