Concrete jungle: The so-called château is being built for Steven Huff, the chairman of Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems
With its turrets and picturesque setting in the Ozark mountains, this house should be like a fairy-tale castle.
But this vast 72,000 square-foot gothic château has been drawing bemused comments from across the U.S.
The private home in southwest Missouri being made from concrete and will be one of the largest in the country when it is completed.
It is the brainchild of millionaire concrete company chairman Steven T.Huff.
He is building the home using materials manufactured by his Wisconsin-based company TF Concrete Forming Systems.
The local planning office has been fielding calls from all corners of the country about the massive construction.
'It's got to the point where it's capturing national attention,' said Todd Wiesehan, planning and zoning administrator for Christian County.
Called Pensmore, the home includes two elevators, 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a billiard room, a home theatre, a music room and a 1,600 square-foot library.
Blueprints submitted in 2007 show the main level and second story span 44,641 square-feet.
How it will look: These grand plans show how the finished product will look, but the giant project is expected to be completed within the next two years
There is another 23,020 square-feet of space in the basement and the garage is 4,000 square-feet.
Luke Pinkerton who is working on the building said the idea was to create a home that uses very low energy, as well as having strong resistance to tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, fire, flood and insect damage.
The home is less than 90 miles from Joplin, which was devastated when it was hit by a tornado that killed 159 people in May.
'What we're able to do is develop a home that has very, very good insulating properties for heating and cooling,' he said. 'It's very robust and strong.'
A building permit shows that the cost of just the materials being used to build the home is $6.89 million.
Pensmore, which sits on 500 acres of land, has been in construction since 2007, said Mr Wiesehan.
He estimates it's another year or two away from completion.
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