Dallas architectural designer Michael Lyons was contracted to build a Mediterranean style residence with Tuscan influences on this property that backs up to the Byron Nelson Tournament Players Club (TPC) golf course in Irving, Texas. In back, the large outdoor veranda with infinity pool and extensive second floor balcony off the game/media room were designed to allow many viewing angles to watch the professional golfers. Inside, the home design balances warmth and coziness with large open spaces connecting the entertaining areas culminating in the large keeping kitchen with generous wet bar. This custom Mediterranean home also features an award-winning wine cellar for the owner’s extensive collection of wines that architect Lyons designed.


The owners of this Northwood Hills home in Dallas, with an existing eclectic French exterior, requested a clean contemporary look for the interior. Carefully manipulating the existing floor plan, Lyons enlarged the master bath and closets without adding new foundation. The 8’ x 8’ floor-to-ceiling butt-jointed glass exterior wall in the bathroom looks out onto a vine-covered wall. New contemporary shelving was designed for the master bedroom and study. The flat ceiling in the dining room was changed to a segmental arch with LED cove lighting and a mahogany recessed ceiling trough to house contemporary, low-voltage cable lighting.


The clients wanted to change the dated 60’s contemporary to a more forward-looking mid century modern home style. However, it was very important that the finished house look and feel like it belonged in the neighborhood. The interior was gutted to create an open plan with the kitchen, dining and living areas. A continuous expanse of window was added to elaborate the view to the adjacent golf course and wooded area.

Projects by Residential architect Michael Lyons

Lyons’ projects range from small to large and include single room remodels and other interior remodels of all kinds, exterior remodels, home additions, complete custom home design and sustainable design (also known as “green design”). Lyons has a deep passion for architectural history that allows him to be proficient working in any period or style when creating a residence, whether it’s contemporary, traditional or eclectic. Most importantly, Michael uses his architectural expertise in residential design to create homes that combine comfort with functionality and that truly reflect his clients’ personalities and lifestyles. Above are a select few of his projects.