The Lyons House

10751 Cross Street
(Owners: Patrick and A’Laina Lyons)

You might have seen this house before, when it was on the 1993 Home Tour as the Jurisich house. Present owners, Patrick and A’Laina Lyons, bought the home in the fall of 2015, and have reinvented it.  You will not believe the transformation of this three-bedroom, 2 ½- bath home.

The Lysons House

The Lysons House

The Lyonses were frequent visitors to Amador County for ten years and decided to buy a home in Amador City because of its small town charm. They were especially drawn to this home because of the expansive wraparound porch, perfect for relaxing outdoors with friends and family.

The style can be described as “modern farmhouse”, with a modern, light-filled interior. Admire the impressive 22-foot ceiling height as you enter the living area. The living room, dining area and kitchen have a spacious open floor plan. Old fashion board and batten cover some of the walls throughout the house. Furnishings are comfortable, casual and eclectic, because A’Laina has taken “found treasures” and put them to new uses.

The owners used local craftsmen and materials in the remodel, including the owner’s stepfather, Mick Smyth, to oversee the project and contribute his woodworking skills. Local cabinetmaker Greg Stremcha helped redesign the kitchen. Simple white Shaker cabinets and rustic open shelving create a relaxed and un-fussy farmhouse style.  Countertops are honed engineered quartz. Classic subway tiles form the backsplash. Flooring throughout most of the rooms is eco-friendly bamboo.

The three bedrooms continue the neutral palette of white, linen and gray, with pops of barn red for accent. Sliding barn doors conceal the closets. Bathrooms have classic subway tile on the walls and old-fashioned white hex tiles on the floors.   Upstairs, a bonus loft area affords a dizzying view of the living area below, a great space for an office and extra guests.

A final must see is the old fashioned sleeping porch at the back of the house, inspired by childhood memories of summer, where the kids’ beds were in a screened-in porch for a giant outdoor slumber party. The Lyons can’t wait for summer to try it out.