Home Design and Trends

Navigating the complicated world of home design can be difficult unless you have someone that can guide you. Learn about the latest in new home design and trends in the state of Florida and beyond. And when you are ready, let our experts guide you through the process making it pain free and fun!

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 […]

Want a Versatile Living Area? Try These Hacks

Moving to the Sunshine State and ready for a sunnier interior design than what’s in your current home?

Many people are! Lightening up and paring down are popular strategies for many new Florida homeowners. The living generally is more informal here compared to other North American locales, and many ICI Homes customers take that approach.

Our advice? Versatility is key when it comes to planning your new living area. These hacks show you how.
There are no rules…
It’s Florida. It’s a living space. Consider the easy, outdoorsy lifestyles inherent in a subtropical climate and plan accordingly.

Stiff, formal furniture might not be the […]

Forget Institutional: How to Create Interesting Kitchens

While shopping for a new home, we’ve probably all entered at least one stark, monochromatic kitchen that recalled our elementary-school cafeterias.

Even if you attended a hip elementary school with hip decor, its kitchen was likely faceless. Efficiency was the daily priority and plain white and stainless steel worked fine.

But why would you want that in your new custom Florida home?

We at ICI Homes think most of us don’t. Although to be clear, there’s nothing wrong with an all-white kitchen warmed with textured countertops, cabinet pulls, or an imaginative backsplash and signature lighting. That look’s an enduring classic for a […]

How to Tame Your New Pantry

One of life’s residential truisms is that too much storage space is never enough.

Closets, drawers and garages get crammed full of current, former and forgotten items, and the search for them can resemble a volcanic eruption.

But, there are innumerable ways to tame the storage beast, especially in the kitchen. If you’re building a new custom Florida home or thinking about it, your kitchen pantry is one area that can, and should be, designed to control the chaos.

Don’t fall into the trap of tossing everything in there when you move and think you’ll figure it out later! Moving is hectic […]

Tips to Make Your Bedroom the Restful, Peaceful Place It Should Be

In today’s modern life, bedrooms often support more than their original function.

They’re for snoozing, of course, but also for lounging, TV watching, catching up with loved ones, reading and, unfortunately, working. Larger bedrooms also contain a separate seating area and spa-like adjoining bathrooms.

No matter your bedroom’s size or contents, its first priority should be to provide you with a quiet place to recharge. Just remember that ongoing research about the corrosive effects of stress make it even more imperative to get your eight hours of shuteye.

Here’s our tips to make your bedroom the restful, peaceful place it should be.
Ban […]

How to Create a Showstopper Entry for Your New Home

Most of us enter our homes via a side entrance.

You know, from the garage. Past a mudroom, laundry room or kitchen.

Thankfully these days we’re putting more thought into ergonomics and making every space in our homes as functionally pleasing as possible. Well-designed-and-lit family entries with stash zones for belongings, and whimsical laundry rooms as carefully curated as the rest of your new custom Florida home, are more the norm than the exception.

No more tromping through a boring corridor, past unattractive washers, dryers and ironing boards!

But what about our front door? The entry used by visitors, repair people and neighbors […]

Think Like a Designer: Tips For Your New Home’s Decor

You’re ready to build your new custom Florida home, or already are under contract and underway.

Yay!

Now you must decorate it.

Ugh.

That’s often the reaction from folks who aren’t into such things, or who’ve never had to tackle the assignment. Choosing paint colors just isn’t on their bucket list, and they’re fine with whatever their spouse or partner or kids want.

But if every member of your household is in a we’ve-never-done-this design quandary, never fear. If you take advantage of the complimentary customization consultation available to every potential ICI Homes customer (please do!), you’ll have one of our talented floor plan […]

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 […]

ICI Homes Wins Five Awards at Flagler County Parade of Homes 2019

The Flagler County Parade of Homes 2019 awards results are in. ICI Homes is proud to announce that we took home 5 awards this year! We had entries in our Ormond Beach community of Plantation Bay Golf and Country Club, as well as in Palm Coast for our “On Your Lot” division.
This year’s winners
The Egret II in Plantation Bay:
• The Parade of Homes Award of Excellence
• The Realtor Choice Award: 2nd Place for $525,000 and Above

The Blossom II in Plantation Bay:
• The Parade of Homes Award of Excellence

The Serena in Plantation Bay:
• Grand Award

The Juliette in Palm Coast:
• The Parade […]

ICI Homes Wins Three Awards in Tampa Bay Parade of Homes 2019

We are excited to announce that ICI Homes has won three awards in this year’s Tampa Bay Parade of Homes. Our models in Asturia in Odessa, Florida and FishHawk Ranch in Lithia, Florida both took home awards.
This year’s awards

The Serena in Asturia: The Silver Award for the $500-$549k Price Range

The Serena in Asturia: Best in Class for Merchandising

The Shenandoah at FishHawk Ranch: The Grand Award for the $1 Million – $1.2 Million Price Range
Multi-year award winners
Not only did both our Serena model home and Shenandoah model home win awards this year, but both were also winners in previous Parade […]