ANDERSON, Ind. — Setting unmatched craftsmanship on land rife with wildlife, the builders of John and Susie Schieve’s home unwittingly created a paradise for the couple. Susie has enjoyed the location that backs up to the Anderson Country Club for approximately 38 years – and can’t imagine leaving.
“It’s like being in the country, but it’s right in town,” said John, a financial adviser at UBS. “We have three wooded acres here.”
“We get a lot of wildlife – raccoons, deer, foxes,” said Susie, who has also filled the house, yard and garage with dogs and cats. As the director of the Madison County Humane Society, her heart strings are often pulled by strays. “I love the quaintness of the house. It has a lot of old charm.”
Built in the mid-1930s, the home sports many features that simply ooze character.
“We have documents that show it was built for $19,000 and the quality of materials and the workmanship are outstanding,” said John. “They just don’t make them like this anymore. There are oak floors and copper guttering and the fireplace is beautiful.”
Over the years the couple has needed to update the home and change the configuration of some rooms to accommodate the family, but have been careful not to alter the integrity of the house. When they remodeled the kitchen, they came very close to replacing the stainless steel countertops – a very uncommon feature.
“I thought about removing them, but I’m so glad I didn’t,” said Susie. “I have changed a few things over the years that I wish I hadn’t, but mostly we have worked to keep the craftsmanship. We did add several skylights, which really helped with the lighting.”
It’s easy to imagine how dark the house would be without these additions.