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A Haven

Posted August 02, 2012 in Community Featured, Johnston

Denny Schneider and Mary Kelly moved to their home on Crabapple Lane just last October.

“We moved out here from West Des Moines,” said Schneider. “We’ve always liked the area.”

Though they are relatively new to the neighborhood, Schneider and Kelly have admired the area for quite some time.

“The first time I came out here was during the home show in the 1970s,” Schneider recalls. “The area outside this backyard was a field. Everything’s grown up since then, and we just like the area.”

Schneider has owned Play It Again Sports in West Des Moines for the past 20 years, and for him the Johnston home has become a haven.

“When I walked in, I knew I liked it right away.” He said. “I love the fireplace. Our décor is somewhat rustic. I love the natural wood ceilings. But the screened-in porch is what sold us on it. It backs up to a greenbelt, it’s a three season porch, and it’s just great in the mornings. We eat out there, and it’s just a great space.”

Inside, the home features high ceilings with natural wood beams. The master bed and bath are on the main floor, along with the guest room, kitchen, porch, living and dining areas. The home’s “rustic décor” lends itself nicely to Schneider’s collection of Americana; saddles, Native American and western-themed artwork and cowboy paraphernalia adorn the walls and bannister overlooking the staircase to the lower level. The lower level itself features a modest floor plan featuring a small second guest bedroom, a large storage area and an entertainment space.

Schneider and Kelly haven’t changed much since moving in and plan on keeping the look of the home largely intact.

“We’ve painted, but not a lot else,” said Schneider. “We’re going to re-do the baths. Especially the one in the master bedroom, and we’re going to enlarge the downstairs one.”

Other than collecting American art, Schneider has found another interest since moving in.

“I wasn’t really much of a yard guy before this,” he said with a smile. “But I find I’m getting into it now.”

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