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.
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.
TerraWise 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.”
Two 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 • 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
Prices, and availability due to prior sales, subject to change without prior notice. Federal Tax Credit subject to IRS rules.
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.
With a TerraWise Home the savings continue for a lifetime with lower energy bills thanks to Jacksonville’s most energy efficient design.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jacksonville.com and watch for more updates here on the TerraWise Homes’ Blog.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
The Chamber’s prestigious Small Business Leader awards recognize one member from each of its 12 councils. It’s a highly coveted honor for local small businesses. Members must meet minimum qualifications to be eligible including:
-Be a member of the JAX Chamber in good standing
-Be an owner, partner or shareholder of at least 25 percent of the business
-Be active in the day-to-day management of the company
-Be established locally in the same business for at least three years
-Demonstrate professional business acumen and leadership
-Have gross revenues of less than 5 million dollars per year for the previous three years
Recipients nominated are selected by the Small Business Leaders from the previous year. One council member is awarded the overall award at the Chambers 2017 Annual Meeting in January.
Congratulations to Melody! Watch a short video interview to learn more about her and TerraWise Homes.