The house built on a spectacular hilltop above the historical LA enclave by Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis will inspire a Beverly Hillbillies quip. High power transplants in Hollywood have dug out a well on the land to irrigate, planted (and harvested) a maize field while locked up in the COVID and have named the region KuKu Farms. Jed, Granny, and the rest of the Clampetts took on a far more traditional approach to the glory of Beverly Hills — in the early 1930s the architect Sumner Spauldings designed the extensive French Neoclassical manor pictured in the credit line.
The six hectare property currently houses a main building linked to a guesthouse/entertainment grill, as well as an independent BBQ pavilion, all painstakingly arranged along a central axis to capture the captivating views from and between the various structures. “We wanted the house to look like a decades-old barn which had become home,” says the designer. However, it should also be fresh and relevant,” adds Kutcher.
The five-year journey started with the design-obsessed team that created separate Pinterest boards for each project.
“Building a house from the ground up takes a lot of work. Kunis adds that the project “was either to do or break us” that was potentially divisive. Fortunately, their artistic tastes were in keeping with each other. “Ninety per cent of the images we chose were the same when we looked at each other’s boards, and most of the houses which we pinned were designed by Howard,” says Kutcher, referring to Backen & Gillam Architects, an AD100 company.
“Mila was expecting her first child when we started this journey. We have been studying materials and colours for months in order to develop the correct visual language. We not only spoke of the land and the design but also of the future of their family,” remembers Charles. “When the time went by, the design evolved into a more modern farmhouse. For this figure, iron worked candlesticks and large chesterfields were inadequate,” she continues.
The spirit of Kutcher/Kunis home, despite its self-effacing lightness, is rooted in the pair’s meticulous design and their designers’ obsessive attention to all aspects of the project. “All in a space must be there to be peace,” says Kutcher. “It’s hard to get your brain in order if your environment isn’t right. When we’re at home, everything seems meaningful.”
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