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 […]

Five Tips For Making Your Closet a Storage Star

If our closets could talk, what would they say? Aside from, “Clean me!”

Most of us need an occasional closet makeover like we need the occasional wardrobe makeover. The roots of it often lie in how well or not so well our closets function physically. 

Dim, overstuffed and inadequate closets don’t function, they frustrate. But restoring one doesn’t have to be an epic renovation. Here are five easy tips to winning back your closet.
Whose closet are you renovating?
Let’s assume it’s the one(s) in the master suite. If two people share that suite, and there are two closets, each person gets their […]

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 […]

Junior Designers: Helping Kids Decorate Their New Rooms!

Your family contains little ones and you’ve just moved into a new custom Florida home, or perhaps you’re preparing to do so. The moving experience can be hectic and sometimes unsettling for young children, so we’re here with a few fun tips on how to help your small guys and gals settle into their new abodes.

Although stacked moving boxes might seem overwhelming, let’s begin with the children’s bedrooms. Plan to unpack their belongings first (after household necessities, of course), then peruse these tricks for helping your kids decorate their new rooms.
No-theme is the way to go
Resist the urge to […]

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 […]

Practice Calm: Feng Shui Tips for Busy People

So many of today’s lifestyles are go-go-go, packed with social, familial and work obligations. Those of us who aren’t yet retirees often juggle competing priorities and important people. Add the complications of managing a household, plus tending to home projects and maintenance, and it’s enough to make some folks curl up in a ball.. or, to binge-watch on-demand movies.

We at ICI Homes are right there with you. But we’re sharing a positive rebuttal to all that stress and all those constant demands. It’s called Feng Shui tips for busy people. Or, how to practice calm.
What’s Feng Shui?
You already might […]