It’s hard to miss the brick prairie style home at 20053 130th Street with its row of square windows and clean horizontal lines. The house owned by Chuck and Julie Scheib has a definite Frank Lloyd Wright quality, but the Scheibs are quick to mention their home was not designed by the famous American architect.
“I’ve always liked Frank Lloyd Wright style,” Chuck says. “It’s not a Frank Lloyd Wright house, but it’s reminiscent of that. It’s kind of a hybrid.”
When the Scheibs decided to move from Chuck’s childhood home — a 150-year old farm homestead — they knew they wanted to build an all brick house. It still took several years of looking through plans before settling on the prairie style design. The Scheibs moved into their home 10 years ago.
The house features many characteristics that dominate the prairie style, including beveled glass, high ceilings and an open floor plan centered on a two-story great room. A wrap-around porch with brick columns fills the front, while a stone courtyard and a smaller patio create private outdoor living space in the back.
Inside, the home is decorated with simple white walls and warm woods. A red sandstone fireplace dominates the great room, stretching 17 feet to the second-story ceiling. Julie says the open space created by the high ceilings presented a unique decorating challenge.
To fill the wall space on the upper level, she asked Tom and Jackie Moberg of Moberg Gallery in Des Moines to create a mural. The result was two three-dimensional wall sculptures of bonsai trees, one on each side of the great room. The Mobergs used drywall metal mesh corner bead to create the three-dimensional effect.
The basement is decorated much like the great room with sandstone and wood as well as a second fireplace. Chuck installed the basement’s walnut trim, doors and cabinets using wood he had cut from his uncle’s farm and stored in a barn 35 years ago.
When asked what they like best about their home, the Scheibs struggle to choose one feature. Julie loves the white walls that help to showcase her art collection, and Chuck, who describes himself as “an old farm boy,” likes the simplicity of the woodwork and the overall design.
“We will never change anything,” Chuck says.