Dogtown Craftsman


Building a Forever Home in a Beloved St Louis Neighborhood

When Rick & Meredith Schaper, owners of St Louis favorite Dogtown Pizza, decided they were ready to build a new home where they could retire, they looked to Hibbs Homes to help them carve out a little slice of the Historic Dogtown Neighborhood that was perfect for these hardworking entrepreneurs.

As the couple's packaged foods business began to grow, they decided the time was right to begin building their dream home in the neighborhood that means so much to them. Many of the existing homes in Dogtown were built around the end of the 1890s, with a few neighborhoods popping up in the 1920s and the 1950s. They decided that they wanted a more energy-efficient home that would incorporate universal design principles - an important feature that means they cab continue to live in the home beyond retirement.

The Craftsman-style home they designed borrows from the character of the homes that have made Dogtown so unique and builds upon it by incorporating the energy-efficient and sustainable home features that are the signatures of our Better-Built Custom Homes.

Custom Home Features:

  • 1.5 Story Custom Floorplan
  • 2,200 sq. ft.
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 3.5 Bathrooms
  • 3 Car Garage
  • Special Rooms include a main floor master bathroom, private deck on the second floor, and a double-height family room.

The exterior of the home is clad in Royal Building Products premium Estate line of siding in Iron Stone and contrasting board and batten gables in bright white. The front porch columns were wrapped in James Hardie and Cliffstone Boardwalk stone, which is also used for the double-sided fireplace exterior and interior finishing.


Rick and Meredith agreed to allow the Hibbs Homes podcast team to follow them through their new home design and construction journey. In Season 2 of our podcast, The Art of Custom, we follow along from excavation to closing and give our listeners a real insider's perspective of the home building process - from surprises like prohibition-era artifacts to important decisions about systems and finishes.

Neighborhood Information:

  • Franz Park/Historic Dogtown Neighborhood
  • St Louis Public School District

    • Mason Elementary
    • Long Middle Community Education Center
    • Roosevelt High School

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