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First-Time Home Builder? The Design Session, Explained


When you decide to buy a home, you either buy an existing home or a new home.

Usually, the second option is more involved. We say “usually” because you might buy a fixer-upper and spend the next 10 years doing the fixing up yourself! If that’s your thing, go for it. If you’re reading this, chances are it’s not, which is okay too.

When you buy a new home, you (usually) have two options. You either buy an inventory home — a completed new home ready for move-in — or have one built from the ground up.

A third option is discovering […]

Our Top Four Suggestions for First-Time Home Builders


Ready to take the home-building plunge? As a newbie? All we at ICI Homes ask you to remember is this: even if the new custom Florida home you’re seeking or dreaming of isn’t the first home you’ve purchased, it’ll be a new experience if it’s the first home you’ll have built.

Having one built to your specifications requires more homework on your part. But we promise it’s worth it to get EXACTLY what you want.

To prepare, grab our handy brochure that details everything about your role in the building process. Then, consider the suggestions below.
Know what you want
As much […]

Build or Buy: Think Hard About Building


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 […]

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 […]

Pet Friendly Home Design By ICI Homes Covered on WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Spending on pet services is expected to see the largest growth for any other spending segment in the pet industry in 2017. That’s according to numbers from the American Pet Products Association, which found pet-industry spending in 2016 came in at a record high $66.75 billion, up from $60.28 billion in 2015, or a 10.7 percent growth. Spending on pet services is expected to grow by six percent in 2017.

For a lot of families, pet services includes outfitting our homes to make them more fur-baby friendly. And, more new-home builders are recognizing the increasing demand for […]

‘Pet-Friendly’ a Big Consideration for Millennial Home Buyers

According to a recent National Association of Realtors report, millennials — defined by the report as adults age 36 or younger — comprise the largest group of today’s U.S. home buyers, at 34 percent.

What’s a millennial? Roughly someone who began their adult years after the year 2000.

It means the younger end of today’s adult workforce and population are at the point where many of them are establishing or juggling careers, starting families and may be tired of renting or living with roommates or family members. They’re buying their first homes.

One trend-within-a-trend with this group? Aside from the traditional factors […]

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
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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. […]