Home Customization

New home customization is not as difficult or expensive as you might think. Don’t settle! Get tips and advice for building a custom home that suites you.

Awesome Customer Service is Part of ICI Homes’ DNA

In the third blog of our series on how ICI Homes earns such eye-opening customer service ratings — a sparkling 96 percent as of this writing — let’s review East Central Florida Division President Samuel D. Morrisett’s Part I summation of how we approach customer satisfaction.

“There are three things that are critical,” Morrisett says of customers’ expectations. “They want the home they choose to be built on time, they want it delivered 100 percent complete at closing, and they want timely warranty service.”

Let’s use Morrisett’s stomping grounds as a case study.
Walking the talk
Like all our divisions, East Central Florida […]

How to Design a Flexible Flex Space

Many of ICI Homes’ floor plans come with what’s known as flex space or a bonus room. Whatever you call it, the home buyer decides its ultimate function and those choices can be endless.

Home offices, kids’ playrooms, craft rooms and home theaters all are examples of what you can do with your own flex space. Its usage depends on your household, your seasons of life, and the lifestyles you lead.

So, what do you do when your flex space needs to make everyone happy?

You get creative. Here’re our tips to planning a flexible flex space.
Decide who’s using it
Maybe it’s a […]

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 […]

Dreaming Big? Statement Items for Your New Owner’s Suite

You’re finally committing to the new custom Florida home you want, and your carefully curated wish list contains a number of must-haves for your secret hideaway — A.K.A., the owner’s suite.

Go ahead and plan a backyard tree house for the kids, or a pool for party fun. But if you don’t get that soaking tub in the bathroom, you might as well not move, right?

We can help! ICI Homes has built custom homes all over Florida for more than four decades. We’ve made thousands of dreams come true. So if you’re dreaming big, follow along. We’ll share some statement […]

Fun Ideas to Turn Your Backyard into a Weekday Oasis

If you’re building a new custom home with ICI Homes, you’ll find no end of inspiration and options for outdoor living.

We live in the Sunshine State, so of course all of our homes come with a lanai of some shape and size. In most of our floorplans, you can opt for a large sliding glass door to open up your lanai to your gathering room and really bring the outdoors in. You may also choose to screen in your lanai, or go with a plethora of other upgrades. A favorite upgrade and staple of Florida living — the summer kitchen […]

Practicality with Panache: Four Fun Ways to Outfit Your Bathroom

Who said one of the most necessary areas of a new custom Florida home must look strictly functional rather than inviting?

Sometimes customers choose bathroom design elements and materials based on how difficult those elements are to clean and maintain, rather than how aesthetically pleasing they’ll look. We won’t steer you in the opposite direction, but there’s a happy medium that allows you to enjoy design AND minimal upkeep. And you won’t have to over-pay for it, either.

In fact, some of these tips are downright thrifty! Others simply involve making the right choices for you and your household.

Here are four fun […]

Cool, or What? Creative Features for Custom Homes

When you’re designing a new custom Florida home, you’re usually concentrating on the elements that work best for you and your family, and the must-haves you know must be in your floorplan.

It’s easy to overlook out-of-the-box thinking to solve design conundrums, or to add a little architectural pizazz to your new pad.

Fear not. We at ICI Homes have your back. Here are a few creative features for custom homes.
Incorporate a drop zone with a mini-home office
You’re probably aware of the popularity of mudrooms or “drop zones.” They’re entrances off the garage where each family member has an individual space […]

Laker Lutz News Feature – ICI Homes Affordable Customization

“Many people would love to build a custom home for their family, but do not have the time or knowledge to properly oversee its construction, or arrange for construction loans needed in advance of closing. Instead, they compromise what they really want, and end up going with a traditional production builder that allows minimal customization of their floor plans, which often is expensive, and the builder does reluctantly.
But now, Tampa Bay homebuyers have a third option — ICI Homes, which brings together a buyer’s specific custom requests with the resources of an established and reputable production builder.”

Thank you, Laker […]

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 […]

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 […]