What’s a ‘Lanai’? ICI Homes Tells All

If you’re not familiar with Florida living, you’re probably googling the word “lanai.”

We’ll save you by telling you that “lanai” has two distinct meanings, one of which applies to architecture and another that’s helpful for geographical trivia.

For our purposes, a lanai is an outdoor living space in a coastal or tropical climate. It’s also known as a patio, porch, or veranda, but in Florida, lanais usually are covered spaces with hard flooring such as concrete, tile or decorative pavers. They can be screened or glassed-in — or not.

Whatever you call them, lanais are in high demand around here. Outdoor living space is a must-have in the Sunshine State, and the year-round warmth and temperate winters allow lanais to be outfitted for anything from pool parties to marshmallow roasts.

That other definition? “Lanai” also is a Hawaiian island. Plus, it’s a Hawaiian word with two meanings — the island of Lanai, and an outdoor living space called a lanai.

But this isn’t a linguistics class. Let’s talk about lanais in relation to prospective home buyers.

Why lanais are important to us

We know a lot about lanais because we build them every day. Every ICI Homes floor plan includes a lanai — an outdoor living

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