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Silver Lake Makeover: The multimillion-dollar rehab of John Lautner’s Silvertop

The curving roof of SIlvertop

SILVER LAKE— The door knobs were inspired by a luxury hotel in Paris. A glass wall and ceiling in the master bath retract to create an outdoor shower. The lighting system alone cost $1 million. Welcome to Silvertop, the newly renovated John Lautner designed home that is featured in the Wall Street Journal.

The story takes readers into the space-age like home that at night glows on a ridge overlooking the Silver Lake Reservoir.

Beats Electronics president Luke Wood, who purchased the home for more than $8 million in 2014, hired Silver Lake architect Barbara Bestor to oversee the extensive and expensive rehab of the Mid-Century landmark.  Not much was left to chance.  Interior designer Jamie Bush created cardboard versions of sofas and rugs to make sure the real versions would be appropriate for the living room.

Wood was deeply involved in a remodeling project, selecting even the ice maker.  Said Bush:

“Luke is not the sort of client who gives you carte blanche,” says Bush. “It’s not that big of a house, but everything was labored over in an almost maniacal way. I’m pretty sure everyone has spilled blood in that house somewhere.”

The renovated home had a coming-out-party of sorts last October with 300 persons in attendance. “First of all, I have never seen anything like this,” director R.J. Cutle told the Hollywood Reporter.

How much did this renovation cost? The Journal estimates the remodeling probably cost as much as the purchase price.

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