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Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes Video

TerraWise CEO David Shacter Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes Video

Video Thmbn TerraWise Solar Net Zero Home VideoTerraWise Homes is Jacksonville’s only dedicated Net-Zero Energy home builder. Company founder David Shacter has been on the forefront of the concept from the beginning. Learn how TerraWise takes energy efficient design to the next level by adding solar power to achieve net-zero homes that generate as much electricity as they use.

The already highly energy efficient TerraWise Home design allows for greater overall efficiency reducing the amount of solar power coverage needed. TerraWise works with Clear Sky Solar to install state-of-the-art PV Solar Systems. This combination results in savings across the board for TerraWise homeowners, from initial investment through years of monthly savings on energy bills over the life of the solar system.

Watch the short video with David and Luke Gillam of Clear Sky to learn more about Solar Powered Net-Zero Energy Homes.

Hurricane Irma Aftermath




Energy Efficient Home Design Video

TerraWise Energy Efficient Home Design Video

Energy Efficient Home Design Video Thumbn TerraWiseHomesTerraWise Homes’ David Shacter takes you inside and behind the walls of a home under construction for a primer on the latest energy efficient home design techniques.

David makes it fun and informative in this “Builder 101” video to help home buyers understand what makes a truly energy efficient home.  And why TerraWise homes have HERS Scores significantly lower than the standard builder offerings.

Watch it now and check the TerraWise YouTube Channel for other videos.

Meet Home Buyers The Stevens Video Interview

Video Interview: TerraWise Buyers The Stevens Discuss “Butterfly” Home

Stevens Resident Testimonial Video Thmbn TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes residents Eric and Heather Stevens share their story about discovering the Mid-Century Modern designs TerraWise Homes has revived in Cedarbook.

Learn why they chose the innovative Satilla Modern home with its unique “butterfly” roof design.  They also discuss the decision to go solar for a full Net-Zero Energy home.  The video includes drone footage of the roof and interiors of the amazing home.

Watch it now and see more videos on the TerraWise YouTube Channel.

Construction Unearths Family History in Historic Springfield

Crew Installing Irrigation Finds Buried Gravestone

Springfield Historic Gravestone Found by TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes has been leading the revival of new homes in historic Springfield since 2013. During that time, they have built several homes bringing forward the latest energy efficient net-zero energy technology while maintaining the character of the neighborhood by designing homes that blend perfectly with the historic architecture. Recently, they went from creating new family histories to turning up a chapter of forgotten history for one of Springfield’s early families.

According to company president Melody Shacter, a new irrigation system was being installed at the TerraWise Homes’ model at 1221 North Liberty Street when the crew uncovered an old gravestone of Martha H. Troeger. Shacter contacted the Springfield Improvement Association and Archives and their historian Jeff Gardner researched the family.

Troeger is actually buried in the Evergreen Cemetery.   She was a nursing student and nearly 26 when she died in 1925. Gardner is attempting to determine why Martha’s family had two headstones made for her, and why one came to rest at this location; however, the property where the TerraWise model is located was originally her parent’s home. Gardner’s research led to a few of Troeger’s relatives and he took the lead in trying to make contact. He was finally successful in early June.

“I made three calls to people I had determined were relatives of our Martha H. Troeger,” said Gardner. “I was able to connect with one of them, Frederica Mathewes-Green, who lives in Baltimore. Her grandmother, Esther Viola Troeger Oetjen, was Martha’s sister. She is very excited about the find and wishes to acquire the gravestone on behalf of her family. She also has a sister who lives in Jacksonville, so this will likely be its next, final resting place.”

Gardner, along with Melody and David Shacter, made a presentation of the gravestone to the heirs on Saturday, June 17 at the TerraWise Homes model.

“Between completed homes and those currently under construction there are now over 30 TerraWise Homes in Springfield,” said Shacter. “Our office is also here on Main Street and we are proud to be a part of the revival of this great neighborhood and now to play a small part in the preservation of its storied history.”

Free Solar Included On Cedar Bay Broward River Homes

Cedar Bay Aerial Feature Homes TerraWise HomesTwo fantastic homes are underway on the river in Cedar Bay. Both include the exclusive TerraWise special features,
the latest energy efficient designs and a free PV Solar Power System. Don’t miss this chance to own a Net-Zero
Energy Home with a beautiful river view in a great north side neighborhood.

Buyers of these two feature homes will save $26,464 on the Solar Package. Then they will be eligible for the 30% Federal Tax Credit for having solar in their new home.  But the even bigger value is the thousands they will save on their electric bills from having a Net-Zero Energy Home.  Top that off with classic craftsman architecture around an innovative floor plan in a home with great views of the Broward River and it’s a deal that’s hard to beat this summer.

St. Johns Craftsman TerraWise Homes

St. Johns Craftsman Elevation

St. Johns Craftsman • Lot 31 • Riverfront
$353,900 Including Solar
Ready for move in by August 2017

Ortega Craftsman • Lot 38 • Riverfront
$345,900 Including Solar
Ready for move in by October 2017

Download the flyer for more information.  See the floor plans for these homes online.  Then Preview the Cedar Bay community and contact our team to set up a tour.

Prices, and availability due to prior sales, subject to change without prior notice.  Federal Tax Credit subject to IRS rules.

Cedarbrook 2017 Sales Special

Free Appliance Packages At Cedarbrook

GE Energy Star Refrigerator TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes is kicking off the 2017 Fall Season with a special offer at Cedarbrook in Oceanway.

Be one of the first TerraWise Homes buyers at Cedarbrook and receive a free energy efficient GE appliance package.  Savings available up to $2,700 on sales contracts written after August 31, 2017.

Download the flyer for complete details.  Then visit the Cedarbrook Model and Sales Center to learn more about the amazing lineup of homes available with prices starting in the low $200s.

With a TerraWise Home the savings continue for a lifetime with lower energy bills thanks to Jacksonville’s most energy efficient design.

WJCT Lunch & Learn Program

TerraWise Homes Featured At WJCT Lunch & Learn

WJCT Lunch & Learn TerraWise HomesDon’t miss the May 24, 2017 Lunch & Learn at WJCT Studios featuring TerraWise Homes.  David and Melody Shacter will present Trends in New Home Design: From Energy Efficient to Net-Zero Energy Homes.

The popular informational series at the studios in Jacksonville is free and open to the public. RSVPs are required though and space is very limited.  There are only a few seats left at this time.

Come enjoy lunch in the beautiful WJCT Studios, meet David and Melody Shacter and learn about the latest trends in new home design, energy efficient construction, green building, solar power and much more.  It’s a fun way to spend your lunch hour and learn.

Learn more here and reserve your seat today.

The Satilla Butterfly Revival

David Shacter TerraWise Homes

David Shacter

Re-Introducing A Classic Butterfly Roof Design

Last year, we added a “Butterfly” roof design as an option on a few of our home offerings. Two buyers immediately were enamored with the exterior appearance and the interior room sloping heights. These homes are now complete and causing excitement at our Cedarbrook community.

Satilla Butterfly Roof Front TerraWise Homes
Satilla Butterfly Roof Side View TerraWise Homes
Satilla Butterfly Roof View TerraWise Homes

The butterfly roof has existed in this country for several decades although it’s hard to find any examples in our area. Melody and I thought it would be distinctive to offer it as an option.  Our first one completed is a Satilla Modern for buyers in Cedarbrook.

A “butterfly roof” is essentially a roof formed from an inversion of a standard sloped design. The two roof surfaces slope down from opposing edges to a valley in the center. It resembles the raised wings of a butterfly and therefore is usually referred to as a butterfly roof, although alternate names have included a ”V roof” and a “London Roof” according to Wikipedia.

Many observers of housing design in this country credit the butterfly roof to be the creation of William Krisel and Dan Palmer in Palm Springs, California during the late 1950s. Beginning in 1957, these two partners created nearly 2,000 houses in a series of developments known as the Alexander Tract. Historian Alan Hess describes their work as “the largest Modernist housing subdivision in the United States.” But Krisel is quick to point out that he was not the originator of this form.

Wikipedia research further shows that Butterfly Roofs have historic beginnings, at least dating back to the great French architect, Le Corbusier, who first used this structure in his design of a vacation home in Chile called Maison Errazuriz in 1930. Shortly after, in 1933, the Czech-born architect used this same form on a house in Japan featured in Architectural Record magazine in 1934. The celebrated German-born architect, Marcel Breuer, used this same form on his Geller House in Long Island, New York in 1945.

So, the Butterfly roof is not new, but it is certainly creating a lot of new excitement in one Jacksonville community. Stop by the Cedarbrook model and join one of our team for a tour of the community to see these cool new retro home designs.


New Retail Coming To Springfield

New Coffee Shop and Miro Brews Opening On N. Main

Social Grounds Springfield Rendering

Artist Rendering of Social Grounds

The Florida Times Union reports today on several new establishments opening soon on North Main Street in Springfield.  Great news for all our TerraWise Homes customers and everyone that lives in Jacksonville’s great historic neighborhood.  Here’s what the FTU says is on tap:

Social Grounds coffee shop is expected to open in April at 1712 N. Main Street.

Hyperion Brewing Company is opening just a few storefronts away.

One block south, Main and Six Brewing Company is in the process of being built out.

Read the full story on and watch for more updates here on the TerraWise Homes’ Blog.

TerraWise Homes Partners With Watson Realty

Melody Shacter and Crissie Cudd TerraWise Homes

Melody Shacter(L) and Crissie Cudd

TerraWise Homes has partnered with Watson Realty for an exclusive sales representation agreement. The Watson team, under direction of Crissie Cudd, Vice President and Managing Broker Watson Realty Southside Office, began managing all aspects of sales for TerraWise Homes late last year.

“We are pleased to be partnered with Watson Realty as we continue to expand our unique net-zero energy home concept in Northeast Florida,” said Shacter. “I have known Crissie for many years and she brings a successful track record and strong real estate experience, along with the great Watson Realty brand, to assist our customers with the highest level of sales professionalism.”

Joni Stout

Charles Mizelle Watson Realty TerraWise Homes

Charles Mizelle

Karon Saul Waston Realty TerraWise Homes

Karon Saul

Watson has sales agents full time at the TerraWise Homes’ models in historic Springfield and the Cedarbrook community in Oceanway. Both locations are open daily. The Watson Realty team includes Karon Saul in Springfield and Charles Mizelle and Joni Stout in Cedarbrook. These agents also sell TerraWise Homes in the company’s newest community Cedar Bay on the Broward River and anywhere with the TerraWise Homes “On Your Lot” program.

“Watson is one of the most respected independent real estate brokerages in Jacksonville and the entire region,” said Melody. “They have great relationships within the professional real estate community and will continue to help us across the board with our Realtor co-broker relations.”

TerraWise Homes offers co-broker sales opportunities with all area Realtors and brokerages. The company and their Watson team welcomes all agents to show and sell TerraWise Homes to their clients.

“We are really enjoying sharing the unique new home designs and construction techniques TerraWise Homes is bringing to Jacksonville with homebuyers and Realtors,” said Crissie Cudd. “It’s exciting to be a part of the team bringing net-zero energy homes to Northeast Florida.”

A Tale Of Two Satillas

David Shacter TerraWise Homes

David Shacter

Same Floor Plan – Two Unique Homes

We are focused on innovation at TerraWise Homes. Around here that means across the spectrum of home building from design to energy efficiency and everything in between.

One of the things I like to do is work with our architects to design different elevations (the outside look of a home) for most all our floor plans. This allows us to offer great plans in a variety of architectural styles making the same house look very different from the outside. That is particularly important in communities like Cedarbrook to keep the street scene varied while offering buyers the opportunity to select the most popular plans.

Satilla Craftsman & Modern Cedarbrook TerraWise Homes

Satilla Craftsman(L) & Modern(R.)

We just finished two of our new Satilla homes in Cedarbrook that really demonstrate how TerraWise Homes goes way beyond the typical builder approach of just flipping the garage or other minor cosmetic changes. As you can see from the photo here of these two side-by-side Satillas (candid shot with one household moving in and our team working to finish up the other), there is a lot more going on than just having the garages on the right and the left.

Yes, these two homes have the exact same floor plan. But way different looks to say the least. The one on the right has the new Modern elevation “Butterfly Roof” while the house on the left has the Craftsman elevation.  Hard to believe but truly the very same plan.

We will post more photos of these two houses here on the blog now that they are completed and the move-in clutter is over. You can also drive through Cedarbrook to check them. This community is fast becoming a neighborhood now and well past the “pioneering” phase after just a few months. Having all the unique TerraWise Homes’ elevations is really giving Cedarbrook a special look from most communities in the Oceanway area.  Top that off with many being Net-Zero Energy homes and it’s also one of Jacksonville’s most innovative new home communities.

Preview all of the Cedarbrook floor plans on our website and visit the St. Johns model open daily in Cedarbrook.