Home Design

Designing Your New Home: Why Smart and Thrifty Pays Off

If you’ve never built a new home from scratch, you may not know that it’s your responsibility to select all the interior finishes and materials when the time arrives to do that.

Nope, that model home you’ve fallen for won’t be magically reproduced on your lot unless it’s exactly what you want and your budget allows. But the building process is more involved than walking into a model-home center and saying, “Yeah, this’ll work.”

That’s a good thing because all of us have individual tastes.

Buying a home as a couple or with your partner? One of you may adore the interior […]

Why It’s Important to Nail Your Design Sessions

Moving into a new home means the opportunity to change your decor along with your location.

Maybe you’re tired of the look you’ve lived with since college, your honeymoon or since the kids were in elementary school. It’s time to freshen up your interiors with a different style or color scheme.

Good news! If you’re building a new home with us, you’ll do that freshening up at the ICI Homes Design Center. It’s a required visit after you sign your contract. Our builders need to know what you want inside your home and how much of it to request on purchase […]

How Your Design Sessions Fit Our Work Flow

Timely visits to the ICI Homes Design Center = on-time home construction
The commitment to build or buy a new custom Florida home requires — like most business transactions — a contract between buyer and builder.

If you’re been through the building process before, you know what we mean. If you’re someone who’s bought an existing home, you have a pretty good idea. But if you’ve never built a home from scratch, let’s just say it’s a bit more complicated than purchasing a move-in-ready abode.

In a good way, because building from scratch guarantees you’ll get exactly what you want. Your household […]

How to Prepare for Your Design Sessions

You’re building a new custom Florida home with us at ICI Homes, and we’re pleased to be your partner! One of the most important things you’ll do for us (and yourself) is to select your interior design finishes and materials.

This is how you’ll individualize your new home, so it’s not something you’ll simply go through via an email link and, “check all the appropriate boxes.”

Nope. You’ll visit the ICI Homes Design Center and work with one of our design consultants. The design center is a bright, friendly studio environment stocked with samples of all sizes. With your consultant’s guidance, […]

The Latest Looks From the ICI Homes Design Center

It’s no secret that interior design trends come and go, much like the fashion we wear.

We at ICI Homes know this because we’ve built thousands of new custom homes all over the state of Florida for nearly four decades.

We also know this: no one spots interior design trends like our design consultants at the ICI Homes Design Center.

They are the pros who guide home-building customers through their choices of interior finishes and materials prior to construction. The role demands knowing the latest and greatest, plus being able to help customers tailor products to their dream interiors.

Big job, right?

But it’s […]

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 […]

What Not to Do For Your Design Sessions

The ICI Homes Design Center is where customers who are building homes from scratch, go to select all of their interior finishes and materials. It’s a comfy, well-lit studio environment filled with samples of all sorts and big tables to mix and match those samples for decision-making purposes.

After all, you’re putting together the life-size puzzle of your new home’s interior.

There are helpful ways to approach this process, and not so helpful ways. We’ll tell you what not to do with your design sessions in hopes it’ll spur you toward the other side. And, hopefully provoke a chuckle, too.
Not give […]

What Your ICI Homes Design Consultant Can Do For You

Did you know you get your own personal guide when you build a new custom Florida home with ICI Homes?

You do — for the interior design portion of the process. One of our design consultants at the ICI Homes Design Center will walk you through each aspect of choosing the interior finishes, colors and materials. For customers who admittedly aren’t tuned in to the design world, that’s often the scariest part.

Have no fear! You won’t go it alone.

Here’s a look at what your ICI Homes design consultant can do for you.
Buyer, know thyself
Before you arrive at the design center, […]

How to Plan Your Visit to the ICI Homes Design Center

One of the most fun tasks of building a new custom Florida home — or most dreaded, depending on your outlook — is choosing the interior design elements for it.

That’s all you, Dear Customer!

We’ll help you through every step. But, you must make those choices – on your own, or with the aid of a spouse, partner or family member. Why? We won’t live in your new home, and we want you to be happy with the entire homebuilding and ownership experience.

Fortunately for us and you, there’s an easy, and we think fun, solution with our ICI Homes Design […]

Two Design Sessions Make One Big Difference

If you build with us at ICI Homes, you’ll earn not one, but TWO trips to our ICI Homes Design Center.

“Cowabunga!” you might say. “Let me at it!”

Or, “Oh no…do I have to?”

If you’re a creative type, you might feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. If you can’t imagine why anyone would read home and garden magazines, you might view two obligatory trips to the design center as penance.

We’re here to explain why it’s important that you do this for us, plus give you a sneak peek at what you’ll do during both visits. They’re harmless. We promise!
The design […]