In Los Angeles’s crowded luxury home market, standing apart is no easy task. Tim Ralston of MLR, the Portland, Ore.-based development company, has created a truly remarkable residence in Beverly Hills, complete with a dinosaur skeleton in the entryway.
The $1.5 million Allosaurus, which lived 155 to 145 million years ago during the late Jurassic period, was acquired through a private collector. "It seems like there is a desire among some of these high-end homeowners to have a distinctive visual feature as a focal point of the home," he said.
Interior designer Lorenzo Cascino, brand ambassador for Italian design firm Visionnaire, collaborated with L.A.-based Ameen Ayoub Design Studio to create a space that is at once incredibly glamorous, modern and inviting.
The roughly 12,500-square-foot, five-bedroom property has a slate of other amenities that achieve the ultimate in luxury. There is a wellness center with a sauna and steam room, a massive wine display room, a movie theater and a game room. Located at the top of a 1,000-foot-long driveway with panoramic views over the surrounding hills all the way to the ocean, not much is left to desire.
Wine rooms have come a long way from the caves and catacombs of antiquity. The original purpose was simply to protect wine from temperature fluctuation and damaging UV light. With climate control systems and special glazing films, today's wine rooms offer much more than preservation: they serve as impressive displays and an additional space for social gatherings. No need to descend into a cave.
A modern wine room brings elegance and class to a home. Sliding glass panels, especially mounted to glass walls, are the ideal solution. In this project, Mr. Ralston turned to Krownlab's Baldur glass mount system to satisfy engineering requirements and serve as a primary architectural detail in the spacious first level.
"For this property we had to source the best, not only performance-wise but also the best aesthetic value," said Ralston. "Krownlab hardware delivered exactly what we were looking for."
For large, open spaces Baldur hardware provides both scale and a higher weight rating to handle larger, heavier door panels. For these installations commercial-grade hardware is essential.
Glass installations also typically require field adjustments, and Krownlab's Tru-Level System™ provides a suite of adjustment features in both the track and trolleys to handle any environment. In the end, everyone wins with a faster and more precise installation, from the property owner to the designer to the contractor.
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