Building a New Home? 10 Can’t-Live-Without Features

In today’s home-building market, the design choices you make as a homeowner should fit your household’s lifestyle and locale. Increasingly, those choices are becoming environmentally friendly, which is a good thing for our planet and wallets.

Regardless of whether you’re considering building a new Florida home, or are about to begin the process, lend us your attention. We’ve compiled a cheat-sheet of some of the top features we’re seeing throughout the industry and from our own customers. Here are 10 can’t-live-without features you should consider for your new home.
Whole-house choices
The systems that function invisibly behind your drywall and internal forest […]

How NOT to Design Your New Home

Research almost any how-to topic, and you’ll find limitless information on how to do it. That’s thanks to the great information highway known as the internet. You’ll find far less, however — online or anywhere — on how NOT to tackle a how-to topic.

If it exists, it’s usually tacked on the end of a post, article or video, or couched as “tips.” Since there are few greater how-to undertakings than buying, planning and designing a new custom home, we’d thought we’d have some fun and turn our how-to advice into how-NOT-to tips.

Creating a royal mess you’ll regret is easy […]

Add These Genius Features to Your New Home

Chances are, you’ve read home-and-garden magazines until you could start your own recycling company. You’ve culled endless ideas from blogs and social-media sites. You’ve compiled all your favorite discoveries into one epic list of must-haves for your new custom Florida home.

Can we suggest a few more? Rather than lightning-bolt ideas, these are smaller bits of inspiration that may elude you at the beginning of the building process. Their potential impact could make you wish you’d thought of them sooner, so we thought we’d save you the aggravation now.

We know the features listed below may or may not be on your […]

Update Your Interiors With These Thrifty Tactics

If you’ve lived in your home for a while, you probably have a few interior-design tweaks you’d like to make. Maybe the closet off the garage isn’t large enough for jackets, backpacks AND athletic gear. Maybe you’re done scrubbing those white kitchen cabinets you thought would be simple to clean. We all run across design elements we liked when we moved in, but ultimately don’t fit our household. Changing them, however, doesn’t have to be expensive and time-consuming. Think quick and cheap! Read on for some thrifty tactics to update your interiors.
Paint ideas
For the cost of one gallon of […]

ICI Homes Wins Five Awards at 2017 Jacksonville Area Parade of Homes

The Jacksonville Area Parade of Homes Banquet was held on March 18th, 2017. ICI Homes was the proud recipient of five awards.

Silver: The Serena at Tamaya
400k-420k Category

Silver: The Brooke at Outlook at Nocatee
560k-580k Category

Gold: The Egret II at Amelia National
420k-440k Category

Gold: The Egret V at Amelia National
540k-560k Category

Gold: The Brooke at Tamaya
560k-580k Category

Shopping List After Moving In Your New Home

So you’ve moved into a new home and conquered all those cardboard moving boxes. Some of what came out of them may not look all that great against a fresh backdrop. Or, you’re over that 25-year-old stainless steel cutlery and not putting in a new kitchen drawer. If you’re like most of us, moving can prompt both urgent and spur-of-the-moment purchases once you’re settled in your new abode. Here are items that frequently top those post-moving-day shopping lists.
Furniture
Your family will never part with that comfortable leather couch and Aunt Janie’s heirloom china cabinet goes wherever you go. You even […]

Laundry Rooms That Make You Want to Do Laundry

When a room’s focal point is the pair of appliances that dominate it, “decorative” probably isn’t the word you’d use to describe it. But laundry rooms — or utility rooms as they’re sometimes called — are as critical as any showstopper kitchen or spa bathroom. We all must do laundry and associated tasks. If you’re building a new custom Florida home or plan to do so, why not make that room a fun place to be? Read on and we’ll help you create a laundry room that will make you want to do the laundry.
Design Your Laundry Room
Instead of […]

Find Great Space for Telecommuting-In Your Home

As our working world evolves along with business and technological advances, so does where and how we work. Folks who are self-employed or lucky enough to work for a company willing to experiment with employee hours and remote processes, often can do some, if not all, of their jobs at home. Telecommuting — or e-commuting — is here to stay, thanks to commuting hassles and savings in gas expenses, office space and time. The “gig” economy is growing! So, follow us. We’ll show you how to work office space into your new custom Florida home.
Go Big, Or Go To […]

Four Tips to Personalize Your Home

A home’s interior design should reflect who lives there, not the whim of painters, its flooring crew or imaginary customers who might’ve been used as the builder’s inspiration. The blank canvas of a new home can be exactly the impetus you need to try your own style. Consider hobbies, recreational preferences and family history for decorating clues. Personalizing a home stamps it as uniquely yours. It’s also an opportunity to display collections that might be stuffed out of view. Read on for a few suggestions to get you started.
Trace Your Roots
If you’re an antique buff or haunter of flea […]

Six Ways to Maximize Your Outdoor Space

If you’re looking for a new Florida home, don’t overlook the outdoor living opportunities that accompany it. The Sunshine State boasts a fabulous climate — likely one reason you’re seeking to relocate or retire here — so take advantage when you choose your home plan. Consider how you’ll use an outdoor living space, how you’ll maintain it and how to budget for it. Whether it’s a classic covered lanai or a gourmet outdoor kitchen, be sure you create space to enjoy the fresh Florida air. Here are six suggestions.

Light a Fire
“In balmy Florida?” you say? Absolutely! The cooler months […]