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The Satilla Butterfly Revival

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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.

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.


Melody Shacter Voted Small Business Leader

Jax Chamber Arlington Council Small Business Leader

Melody Shacter Video Interview Thmbn TerraWise HomesTerraWise Homes President Melody Shacter has been voted 2017 Small Business Leader of the Year for the Jax Chamber Arlington Council.

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.

Cedarbook Phase II Homesites Released

Sites Now Available For Sale

Cedarbrook Phase II Site Plan TerraWise HomesTerrawise Homes has opened its Cedarbrook Phase II homesites for sale.

These 15 new homesites are some of the best in the entire master planned community. The majority of the sites are on a cul de sac and feature preserve and pond views. They are also adjacent to the future community park and amenity center.

TerraWise Homes’ President Melody Shacter says she and the team at Cedarbrook are very excited to open these Phase II homesites for sale.

“Interest has been building for a while now on the second phase at Cedarbrook as the available homesites in the first phase are limited,” said Melody. “We are accepting purchase agreements for homes on these lots and sales are already pending.”

She said plans are also moving forward for the community park and recreational amenity, which will be located in the second phase. More information will be announced soon here on the blog.

Click here for a closer view of the new homesites.  To learn more about the TerraWise Homes Phase II homesites and home plans contact us or visit the St. Johns model sales center open daily at Cedarbrook.

Paul Kosmowsky Video On Buying & Living In Springfield

Kosmowsky Video Thumnail TerraWisePaul Kosmowsky is a young professional working in the downtown Jacksonville area.  He wanted a home in the area and looked at several neighborhoods.  Find out how he discovered TerraWise Homes and why he chose to live in historic Springfield in an energy-efficient new home.

Watch the video now.  Then, check out the TerraWise YouTube Channel to see more videos and interviews.

Oceanway TerraWise Buyers The Johnsons Video Interview

Video Thumbnail Johnson Interview TerraWise HomesConnie Johnson, her daughter and her mother will be moving into a new TerraWise Home in Oceanway.  The multi-generational family was looking for a home that would accommodate the space needs of three generations.  Find out why they chose TerraWise to build their new energy-efficient home in this short video interview.

Connie and Connie share why they love the Oceanway area and their story of working with company founder David Shacter to create the perfect floor plan to meet their needs.

Watch their video interview.  Then check out the TerraWise YouTube Channel to see more videos.

Meet Melody Shacter TerraWise President In Short Video

Melody Shacter Video Interview Thmbn TerraWise HomesMelody Shacter, TerraWise Homes President, shares insights and vision of bringing Net-Zero Energy Homes to Northeast, Florida in this short video interview.

She and husband David Shacter, company chairman, have been local builders since the 1980s with hundreds of homes and happy customers across the First Coast.  It’s hard not to share her passion as Melody discusses why they started TerraWise with the goal of building the most energy efficient homes possible.

Watch the video to learn more about Net-Zero Energy and where she sees the company going now and in the future.  See more videos and customer testimonials on the TerraWise YouTube Channel.

Net Zero Energy Home Video Shows Energy Saving Home Design

Net-Zero Energy Home Video ThumbnailIn this video TerraWise Homes’ Founder David Shacter goes deep into the design behind his trend setting Net-Zero Energy Homes.  Learn and see how a home becomes Net-Zero to achieve the highest possible energy efficiency with special wall design, special insulation in the walls and attic, EnergyStar appliances, zoned A/C system, solar power generation and more.

It’s a fun and informative watch from the leader of energy efficient Net-Zero solar homes for Northeast Florida.  Click here to see it.  Then, visit a TerraWise Homes model to experience it first hand at Cedarbrook in Oceanway and historic Springflield.

Vote Yes In August For Solar Amendment 4

The Sunshine State should be leading the nation in solar power generation – but it’s NOT!  The Florida August primary offers voters the chance to change that by voting YES to Amendment 4.

Floridians for Solar Choice Vote Yes on 4 in August and No on 1 in November

Click here to read more about the Amendments.

Big power monopolies, heavily dependent on fossil fuels, have been waging a strong campaign to defeat this amendment.  It has been effective in creating confusion with the public in an effort to swing the vote no in August and yes for their sponsored Amendment 1 on the November ballot.  Don’t be fooled, Amendment 1 is designed to limit solar power in Florida.

There are many reasons to vote but if you are pro solar (and why would anyone not be for generating power from the sun?) this is an election you must participate in.  Absentee ballots for the August primary hit mailboxes this week, early voting starts August 20th and election day is August 30th.  Make plans now to make your voice heard by voting:

YES to Amendment 4 in August 

NO to Amendment 1 In November

Learn more about these amendments at the Floridians For Solar Choice website.

Sweetwater Model At Springfield Video Preview

Video Thumbnail TerraWise Homes Sweetwater ModelThe award-winning TerraWise Homes Sweetwater Model in Springfield is true to the historical Jacksonville neighborhood on the outside and all TerraWise style and Net-Zero energy on the inside.

Watch this short video including a walk through of the model and aerial view of the solar panel array that gives it a Net-Zero HERS Score rating.  Then, plan to visit it in person. The model is open daily at 1221 North Liberty Street in historic Springfield.

The Ortega II -Coming Soon!

The Ortega II Model Elevation Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes.

The Ortega II Model Elevation Net Zero Energy Home from TerraWise Homes. Click Here to Download the PDF.

The Ortega II is a lovely TerraWise Homes Plan. It has the following characteristics:

Size: 2,892 sf
Bedrooms: 4
Bathrooms: 3
Garage: 2 car
Type: 2 story
Base Price: $CONTACT US

The Ortega II is just one of our many unique plans. Look over all of our plans to find out more about us and the designs that separate us from the rest. We are your local hometown builder and the only one combining years of experience with our Net Zero Energy home plans.

Our sustainable building is the difference that will pay you back over and over again through the years. Enjoy one of our Net Zero Energy Homes and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime. Contact us directly if you are interested in this or any other home.