Custom Built Homes


The Desmond Group partners with custom builder Hickman Homes to provide you with the option of building the home of your dreams.  Hickman Homes blends the tradition of fine home building with the latest in new home technology.  No longer will the homebuyer have to accept a house that is just like his neighbors’. The result is light, bright homes that are a pleasure to live in, easy to maintain, and very affordable.  These are homes that will not go out of style, homes that will be appreciated more and more each passing year.

Founded by Mike Hickman in 1985, Hickman Homes has built more than 630 homes throughout Central Florida and is recognized and praised as one of the premier custom home builders in Polk County and a pioneer in the Green building movement. Mike’s homes reflect the best of timeless design, innovation and energy efficiency. Mike was inducted into the Florida Housing Hall of Fame in 2018 for his significant and lasting contributions to housing in Florida.



Mike welcomed his youngest son, Hunter, to the family business last. Hunter, a graduate of the University of Central Florida, grew up on job sites and shares his dad’s love of building. Hunter looks forward to carrying on the Hickman Homes tradition of quality craftsmanship and core values for decades to come.

There is no mistaking the passion the Hickman’s have for their homes and their community. That enthusiasm has been recognized in the numerous awards and praise they have garnered over the years.  Most recently, the Ashford model was awarded the “Home of the Year” during the 2022 Spring Parade of Homes.

In 2021, the Ashford model was awarded “Home of the Year” during the 2021 Spring Parade of Homes. The Ashford was the Showcase Home for the Spring Parade of Homes, and a brand new model by Hickman Homes.

In 2019, Hickman Homes also won the prestigious “Home of the Year” award from the Polk County Builders Association.  Hickman Homes swept all categories in the $360,000-$419,000 price category to win the prestigious Home of the Year award in the 2019 PCBA Fall Parade of Homes. The Stone Crest in Abbey Oaks was awarded best kitchen, best master bath, best overall quality and best exterior.

Click Here to view the Virtual Tour of The Ashford 

Click Here to view the Virtual Tour of The Stone Crest 

Click Here to view the Virtual Tour of The Stone Crest II Model

Click Here to view the Virtual Tour of the Delrose Model


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