Construction in Florida

Thinking of constructing a home in Florida? Learn about the new home building process and cutting edge technologies in the new home building industry.

Attitude and Expertise: ICI Homes’ Top Customer Service Tools

Earlier on the ICI Homes Blog, we discussed the importance of homebuilders’ customer service ratings and how our own — at 96 percent — leaves the current industry standard in its dust.

We’re extremely grateful for the many homeowners willing to give us a big thumbs-up.

But how does that happen?

It has much to do with ICI Homes’ history and mandates as it does with performance.

Here’s why attitude and expertise are two of our top customer service tools.
We know what we’re doing
Headquartered in Daytona Beach, with divisions in West Central, North and East Central Florida, ICI Homes has built custom homes […]

Home-Buying Lingo Explained: What’s ‘Exterior Elevation?’

Like any industry, the modern homebuilding scene has its own language and terminology that evolved out of need and circumstance.

Some terms you’ll hear are strictly slang — verbal shortcuts that most folks working in the business, instantly understand. Some terms are specific to the various disciplines in the homebuilding industry — plumbing terms used by contractors, for example.

Suffice it to say if you’re building a new custom Florida home, some of the jargon you’ll encounter may leave you feeling as if you’re learning a foreign language.

Being multi-lingual is, of course, a good thing. But learning by immersion isn’t always […]

How to Maximize the Helpfulness of ICI Homes’ Online Sales Consultants

If you’re searching for a new custom Florida home and you’ve discovered us at ICI Homes, you have an instant secret weapon you may not even realize.

It’s our online sales consultants, who field your first email inquiries and phone calls, then direct you forward. These folks aren’t genies in bottles. They’re real members of our sales staff and you’ll see their friendly faces pop up as you peruse our website.

But how best to strike up a productive relationship that will lead you to your new Florida home?

Follow along as we demonstrate how to maximize the helpfulness of ICI Homes’ […]

First-Time Home Builder? The Design Session, Explained

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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

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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

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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 […]