Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher live in a dream home that they planned and constructed from the ground up.
Kutcher told Architectural Digest of the sprawling farmhouse he and his wife share with their children in Los Angeles, “We wanted the house to look like an old barn, something that had been here for decades, that was then converted into a house.” “But it also had to feel modern and relevant.”
And, based on the images in the June issue of the magazine, the Hollywood power couple brought the vision to life.
The 6-acre site, which includes a main house connected to a guesthouse/entertainment barn, as well as a freestanding barbecue pavilion, is built with reclaimed wood, board-form concrete, and glass.
Pinterest boards were used by Kunis and Kutcher to assess their personal design visions.
“When we looked at each other’s boards, 90% of the images we selected were the same, and most of the houses we pinned were designed by Howard,” Kutcher said, referring to architect Howard Backen of Backen & Gillam Architects.
Backen was naturally chosen for the project, which took five years to complete.
The property is not only beautiful, but it is also environmentally friendly. It’s entirely run on photovoltaics, and the couple grows their own food on the property, including a cornfield they planted during their COVID-19 stay-at-home orders.
Even though the property has a farmhouse vibe, it manages to feel glam and lavish at the same time.
Consider the entertainment barn, which is decked out in rustic wood but boasts a colossal crystal chandelier. “We thought it would be funny to have this incredibly opulent thing hanging in a barn,” Kunis joked. “It kind of takes the piss out of the property.”
And each meticulous detail contributes to a well-coordinated home that is tailored to their family’s needs.
“Everything needs to be in order in a space to feel tranquil,” Kutcher said. “If the world around you isn’t in order, it’s hard to get your brain in order. When we’re in our home, the world just makes sense.”
In the June issue of Architectural Digest, you will see more pictures and read the full story.