Highlandville -- At 72,000 square feet, a gigantic private residence being built south of Ozark is stirring plenty of talk -- at home and far way.
Todd Wiesehan, planning and zoning administrator for Christian County, is fielding calls from all over the U.S. about the massive home.
"It's got to the point where it's capturing national attention," he said.
The residence -- called Pensmore -- is to be the home of Steven Huff, chairman of Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems. Huff has family ties in Missouri, Wiesehan said.
It's not clear why Huff is building such a large home -- messages left at his office were not returned -- but a website does try to explain its existence, much to the relief of Wiesehan.
"I'm really happy (about the website)," he said. "They had talked back in March about trying to create a website so they could put some factual information out there."
All the speculation over its sheer size -- once completed, it will be considered one of the largest residential homes in the U.S. -- and the fact that it's being made of concrete has caused plenty of rumors to go around, Wiesehan said.
According to the website -- www.pensmore.com
-- the house "represents what we believe will be a practical application of new technologies to bring to life a modern version of the Jeffersonian ideal of the self-sufficient sustainable estate."
Luke Pinkerton, founder of Michigan-based Helix, said his company partnered with Huff and his company to build the home just off Woods Fork Road east of U.S. 65, a few miles south of Christian County EE.
Huff used Pinkerton's steel reinforcement product in the insulated concrete, manufactured and distributed by TF Concrete Forming Systems, to build the concrete home.
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, Pinkerton said. ...