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th review_fromh2hFrom House to Home

Published: January, 2009






pic review_fromh2h1When Vicky and Craig Lyon bought their Lava Hot Springs home, they weren't even in the market for a new home. But they had watched with intrigue as a neighboring property was transformed from a small brick bungalow to a 5,600-square-foot, lodge-style homestead. When it was put on the market, they decided to take a look inside.

"We hadn't even anticipated buying a big house. But we walked in, and I said, 'I think this has been my house in another life,'" explains Vicky.

Owners Karen and Thayne Vargason had spent years updating the home. The blueprint is anchored around a turret tower that transitions the circulation from the kitchen to the living room. The turret also helps mark the division from the original home to the addition. It gives a point of reference to the new design that features outdoor decks and wraparound porches on the facade and 30-foot ceilings that accommodate the loft-style division of interior spaces.

Vicky and Craig wanted to keep the integrity of the remodel, but they needed a much bigger kitchen. With help from Blaine Thomas, owner of Classic Marble & Granite in Pocatello, and his wife, Kim, they beefed up the footprint. They replaced laminate countertops with book-matched slabs of exotic stone and extended the center island to about 19 feet. Vicky treated herself to a pellet stove and inherited a top-of-the-line Astra espresso machine that now anchors the coffee bar in the corner of the new kitchen. An old-fashioned freestanding popcorn machine is a surprising hit with everyone, including the Lyons' cat, who enjoys snacking on the buttery treats.

Dell's Home Appliance & Mattress Center in Pocatello helped her determine the work triangle and supplied the new appliances, but a 60-inch Bluestar range was shipped from Massachusetts, and it is often called to service. The home is a gathering place, and the Lyons graciously host family and friends for weddings and garden parties.

The rustic color palette includes a wood-paneled vaulted ceiling in the kitchen area and reclaimed barn wood that runs the length of the 30-foot walls in the main living room. There is a beautiful floor-to-ceiling lava-rock fireplace, newly installed hand-scraped hickory floors, and trophy mounts that were left by the previous owners because they looked so at home there.

pic review_fromh2h2In the living room, the furniture is upholstered in rich red velvet that reminds Vicky of a favorite neighbor who lived down the street from her when she was a girl; she was always intrigued by the neighbor's red furniture and green carpet. Vicky's red-velvet furniture was acquired from a local bed-and-breakfast that had ordered extra pieces from Malaysia. The frames feature hand-carved lion heads and are perfectly suited for the space.

With plenty of windows and open circulation, the home lives both inside and out. Six beautifully landscaped wooded acres surround it with natural beauty, and the outdoor decks are easily accessible from different parts of the house. An outside shower and hot tub and a granite-topped outdoor dining table are just a few of the amenities that extend the living beyond the interior.

Vicky credits her granite supplier with the idea for the table, and she couldn't be happier. There was a square hole in the front deck, which was originally framed to accommodate a live tree. When the tree died and was removed, the space was not very functional until Thomas came up with a solution. "One day, Blaine came and put a huge slab of granite on top, and I use it as a big buffet serving table," says Vicky.

Despite the maintenance required to keep the wood decks oiled and the real-cedar siding and shingles in perfect order, the Lyons cherish every moment of their time here.

"Our house is nothing we will ever part with. It is our family heirloom," says the woman who wasn't even shopping for a house when she found this one. Her favorite moment was when her 80-year-old father, Vick Thompson, saw it for the first time. All his life, he had encouraged his daughter to find a property and build her dream house, and now, thanks to the efforts of the previous owners and the vision of the current ones, the dream is real.

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