Building Your Florida Home

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Why You Want a New Energy-Efficient Home

Energy-Wise, Quality Built
Learn more about EQ Factor

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If the walls of a new custom Florida home could talk, they wouldn’t tell you about their satiny shades of paint, or that the fun family-room mural was commissioned from a local artist.

No, they’d describe the thickness of the superior-grade insulation behind them, or how their precise construction produces an overall tighter building seal, which prevents air leakage and inflated power bills.

In today’s new homes, all those behind-the-studs components are as important as open floor plans, spa-like bathrooms and giant farm sinks in the kitchen. A home stocked with the latest energy-efficient […]

Should I Buy a Home in a Gated Community?

Good question! Gated communities offer more controlled access, privacy and security than a non-gated community. But there are some potential pitfalls. If you’re unsure where to build your new custom Florida home, it’s time to do some homework.

We’ll help you sort through whether you should buy a home in a gated community.
Start with the good stuff.
There are reasons home buyers pay additional fees and annual assessments to live in a gated community. Prestige — let’s not be shy about saying so — is one of them. Certain addresses are where some folks want to live, which is A-okay.

One example […]

Rest Easy: Tips For Planning Your Master Suite

One of the fun parts about building a new custom home is designing its master suite. If your current home contains one, you’ll likely want one in your new custom Florida home, and you’ll probably want to incorporate some lessons learned from your soon-to-be-ex-master-suite.

Read on for our tips for planning your new master suite.
You want space, but not too much
It’s temping to max out this part of your floor plan. The idea of flopping on a cushy sofa away from the rest of the house is tantalizing, but consider how you use your home.

If you only require a relaxing […]

Five Different Ways to Customize a Flex Room

A home that matches your household’s lifestyle is perhaps the top reason to build a new custom Florida home. You get the floorplan, lot and neighborhood that’s right for you and your family, no matter if they’re kindergartners or elderly parents digging their new in-law suite.

One way to do this is by utilizing flex space in your floorplan. It’s a staple of our award-winning plans at ICI Homes and it allows you to have flexible space for more than bedrooms, bathrooms and living areas. Need an office, or space for teenagers to gather with friends? Done.

The best news is your flex […]

Awesome Tips for Designing Your New Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of today’s home, so it hosts more activities than mere cooking and dining. Massive islands serve as perches for kids to do homework and for friends to gather for cocktails. Built-in desks and shelves make the kitchen a part-time office, and TV nooks keep the cook(s) entertained.

You want the primary function to proceed with ease, however, and fortunately there are numerous tricks and tips to glean from smart kitchen designers and experienced cooks. Read on for awesome tips for designing your new kitchen.
Keep people out of the cook’s way
If the kitchen is Grand Central […]

Four Good Reasons to Build a Custom Home

Which is Right For You? Spec Home or Custom Build?

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When you’re in the market for a new home, you usually have three choices: a resale, a “spec” home (we’ll explain) and a custom home built just for you and your household.

Hmmm. Which would you prefer? A resale means you’re buying a home someone else is selling, usually not a new home. A spec home, also known as an inventory home or showcase home, is a new home built to sell. It’s usually a builder’s popular floor plan and what you see is what you get, especially if the […]

Six Reasons You Should Have a Summer Kitchen

One perk of living in the Sunshine State is that you can enjoy outdoor living year-round. Only the chilliest winter day (we do occasionally have one) may make you hesitate at the front or back door. Otherwise, it’s nearly always a good idea to jump in the pool, settle on the porch in time for sunset, or garden up a storm in the backyard.

May we add cooking to the list? In Florida, summer kitchens, aka outdoor kitchens, might be a pleasant surprise to those of you moving here from colder climates. But they’re a must-have staple for many new-home […]

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 […]