Gigantic Home Under Construction in Missouri

HIGHLANDVILLE, Mo. (AP) __ A 72,000-sq.-foot private home being built in southwest Missouri will be one of the largest in the United States when it’s completed.

The Springfield News-Leader reported that the home is being built by Steven Huff, who has family ties in Missouri and is chairman of Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems.

Not surprisingly it will be built out of the insulated concrete, manufactured and distributed by Huff’s company. Michigan-based Helix also is partnering in the project, providing the steel
reinforcement product that will be used.

Luke Pinkerton, founder of Helix, 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.

“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.”

Called Pensmore, the home includes two elevators, 13 bedrooms, 14 bathrooms, a billiard room, a home theater, a music room and a 1,600-sq.-foot library. Blueprints submitted in 2007 show the main level and second story span 44,641 sq. feet. There are another 23,020-sq. feet in the basement, and the garage is 4,000 sq. feet.

Copyright The Associated Press


One Comment

  1. Country Ham says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it !

    1. Hulaboy says:

      When a person builds a rustic cabin, it should be nobody’s business.

  2. SammieJo says:

    That’s just plain obnoxious!

  3. wayzata says:

    He will take a tax deduction for the business R&D.

  4. Dee says:

    Whatever does one do with a home that big? Golf carts to go from the living room to the dining room, for conversing with a person in an adjoining room, roller skates for the staff? And what a hassle furnishing it. Does one hire a hotel supply for that? Just amazing! The bigger question, for me anyway, is why? A nice 40,000sq ft. place that was gold plated and covered in pave diamonds would be more suitable, and easier to manage.

  5. DeweyD says:

    That ought to create about 150 jobs.

  6. Whites only pies says:

    Makes me think he mismanages his company. Poor PR move.

    1. Mike Rotch says:

      Of course. Because all companies that are profitable must be mismanaged. And because his wealth didn’t come from the government he must be corrupt. You’re an idiot. You have no idea what it takes to work and be successful. This guy is probably still working at night while you’re drinking PBR, eating pork rinds and watching Big Brother. Well done.

      1. spike says:

        Mike, LOVE the name! Wonder if anyone even gets it?

  7. The Libertarian says:

    Oh my, don’t publicize this! When the empty suit Obama finds out that some American is prospering, he’ll start demonizing these people as Captain Demagogue again.

    Obama flies around the county as Captain Demagogue in his Code Pink cape searching for any American that’s doing well without government help. When he finds these people he puts the call out to his minions (via his super secret mind penetrating teleprompter) to hate these successful Americans for daring to be prosperous.

    At the end of a long days work, Obama returns to the White House for more lavish parties, plan the following days rounds of golf and decide where to take the family on another extravagant vacation at the tax payers expense.

    1. DigitalBob says:

      Sounds like you’ve got his number.

    2. deRuiter says:

      You ought to write your own blog! This is so well put, so funny, so sadly true. Obama has no clue that American business people make the country prosperous, he wants “redistribution” so all will be poor. He wants to crush American business, except for GE and his buddy Imelt who pay no U. S. taxes.

      1. troy says:

        Obama does not realize that rich people spending money on things like homes, planes, and other material goods IS redistribution. The money goes out of their bank accounts, and into the hands of people who build homes, planes and other material goods.

        Of course, since the government is not involved in this transaction, there must be something inherently evil, shallow or greedy about it. Redistribution is only good if the government is involved, it doesn’t create jobs, and nothing of substance is built.

    3. Dee Smith says:

      can I steal that quote “code Pink cape”
      That’s is right on with the flotilla named” Audicity of Hope” where is the media on this coinsidence?

  8. DKC says:

    The guy has the money, he’s not juicing the taxpayers by relying on governmental money…why do any of you care what he does with HIS property? Anyone ever heard of property rights, or liberty anymore?

    1. Fooksie says:

      Took the words right out of my mouth! Kudos to you!

    2. David K. says:

      He got the money from the government. His own company website states “Mr. Huff was founder and CEO of Sensor Systems (later Overwatch) a company that creates leading commercial software products for medical, defense and intelligence applications.”

      1. Twyla Davis says:

        His company EARNED the money for a service (creating software) that it provided. Get your facts straight or at least learn the difference between earning an income or being given a handout.

      2. David K. says:

        Twyla, my comment is that his wealth did come, at least partially from the government, which contradicts DKC’s statement above. Do you recall the $500 toilet seats bought by the government back in the 80’s? The government can, and often does, make or break a companies success. I ran my own business for 7 years, employed over 200 people, and found that the government doesn’t enforce the law evenly. My competitors stole and bribed their way to “success”, not a price I was, or am, willing to pay for profits.

      3. schmuck281 says:

        David K. Every penny the government spends came from the private sector. (except for the money that they create out of thin air at the Fed)

    3. darrell says:

      right on, if I had that kind of money I would build one in each state i wanted to live in that week!

    4. Cindy says:

      Seems like he read a little Ayn Rand…I want to go there…

    5. Brandon says:

      No company with that much money in Amerika got it through free market competition. They all get rich the same way anyone gets rich in a third world banana republic, by securing exclusive government contracts and lobbying to regulate out their competitors. Sickening that fraud hucksters like this pretend they are somehow part of a free market that has never existed in America.

      1. M 1 says:

        Bertram Scudder, is that you?

    6. WakeUpAmerica says:

      What do you mean he is not juicing the taxpayer? Where do you think all of those concrete forms along the freeways come from at hundreds of dollars a pop all paid for by the taxpayer based on a $12 bag of Portland cement and payment of low wages.

      I just wonder why the super rich are building fortresses as homes? What are they afraid of?

      1. M 1 says:

        Right, because some private company is preventing the government from building those barriers internally and taking advantages of the amazing efficiencies that we’ve all come to know and love from government programs.

        Or maybe you think the price of those barriers would go down if only the government forced the manufacturer to pay higher wages. Explain to me how that works, since I openly admit I lack the economic sense to make the math work.

        You have the inside line. Tell me, what do those barriers cost to make? What does it cost to transport them to the site and place them? What does it cost to store them when they aren’t in use? How much do they weigh, exactly? How many “$12 bags of Portland cement” do they use, exactly? How long does it take to make the form and how much plywood does it use? How long does it set? How many can you make at once? What is their lifespan?

        I mean, this is easy stuff, right? You have all the answers.

    7. IamRIGHTyouAREwrong says:

      Liberals – “Kill him, take his house, jail him, I should decide how big everyones housees are!”

      Republicans – “I hope to have his type of financial success one day. Live and let live.”

      Whose team are you on?

  9. bitters says:

    I hope it’s more attractive in real life than it is as depicted..The pic has all the charm of a prison..

    As far as size..that does sound like a bit much…even in these days of excess.

    1. Supermantoyou says:

      even in these days of excess, who’s excess? Oh so sorry, the government’s excess.

    2. Marcus says:

      The mansion in the picture is the Biltmore mansion in Ashville NC

      1. archovist says:

        No it isn’t – the Biltmore has a way more elaborate roof. If you look it up you’ll see.

  10. steve says:

    God bless him on the project. I admire people that can live like this. Wait, did he get any stimulus money

  11. John P says:

    No fair! He is getting all the forms for free.
    I just built one just like this and had to pay full price.

    1. JDS says:

      And where in the article did it say he was getting the forms for free?

  12. Snarfu says:

    Smaller than Al Gore’s place.

  13. Fanny Forbes Franklen says:

    There’s no place like home …. there’s no place like home …


  14. JDN says:

    Better not raise his taxes……. he obviously needs all the cash he can get.

    1. stew says:

      good for him! jealous? and it’s not for you or any of your other miserable, liberal, JEALOUS friends to decide how much he “needs” of HIS money.

    2. Buck says:

      I agree JDN, he should fire all the workers building his house and put his money in offshore accounts like Goldman Sacks and not create any jobs or tax revenue. Your Brilliant just like Obama. I agree again tax every millionaire so that the government can spend that money SO Wisely, Like War that’s a great place all the rich peoples money can be used for.

  15. OutInTheOC says:

    Capitalism at its finest! …..Thank you Steven Huff. You made the money and you should be able to spend it HOW YOU WANT!………Great Job!

  16. lynn says:

    He’s protecting himself from the coming New Madrid earthquake.

  17. M.C. says:

    The rich will need concrete reinforced homes when the surfs become restless.

    1. Jim says:

      Not in Missouri. Communist serfs will not fair well there with the hard working folk that just want to take care of their own and to be given a shot at wealth instead of bread lines. He was smart to move here.

      1. troy says:

        People do not realize that Missouri is a non-union state. A man with access to wholesale concrete can probably build anything he wants for about $2 a square foot. In all, he is probably spending no more than $750,000 for this home — about the same price as an efficiency apartment in Manhattan.

        People on the coast have no concept of how affordable things are here in the heartland. It’s great. I just bought a fully restored 1920’s home of five acres for $12,000.

  18. Alan Whitney says:

    More power to him!

  19. Clown says:

    Of course there have been local rumors since this project started, that this is a secret FEDGOV facility.

    Guess the secret is out now!

  20. A gargantuan mansion made of insulated concrete. Blech

    Sounds right…a cut-rate mansion for a disposable culture

    1. Ohiowordguy says:

      Who says it is “cut rate?” How did you conclude that? It’s going to be energy efficient, using a technology that his company is involved with.

      ICFs have been around for a while now, and are proven energy-saving devices. Again, how does that make it “cut rate?” Sounds to me like the place will be built strong as a fortress!

  21. Bruce says:

    Cut-rate? Disposable?

    “Cryptojournalist”.. how about using those journalism skills to learn what you are talking about. That method of construction is some of the strongest, safest and most permanant around!

  22. David K. says:

    Ha! It is from government money. The TF Forming Systems website states “Mr. Huff was founder and CEO of Sensor Systems (later Overwatch) a company that creates leading commercial software products for medical, defense and intelligence applications.”

    1. lm says:

      why are you posting the same comment again? can’t you think of anything new and witty to type? again, he sold a product, not took a handout. big difference….

    2. Darek says:

      Let it go. He earned his money while providing many jobs that Obama and his policies are killing right now. He can do what he wants with HIS money.

    3. M 1 says:

      Isn’t it funny how it’s always the fault of the contractor for taking government jobs, rather than the fault of the government for giving the work and money to these presumed-evil capitalists?

      Oh the poor government, being exploited by the citizenry. Sure they have police power and the ability to legislate, but these evil capitalists are just too wily.


  23. Chicago j says:

    This is sad and disgusting. No one needs a home that big. Obviously people like this need to be taxed more since they have more money. I wonder how much this person contributes to charity?? If people are that wealthily maybe they should be helping the homeless and people without jobs more..

    1. tas says:

      Quite frankly I find your comment sad and disgusting. Why vilify him for success. How many families does he support with all the people he employs. I am very tired of people vilifying others who have made it.

    2. Rose says:

      What makes you think they are not helping the homeless and/or people with jobs? Building this mansion will fill alot of jobs and then maintaining it will employee as well. The local community will thrive and prosper with the needs of their new neighbor. Why is this so difficult to grasp? So what if the owner is eccentric? So are alot of homeless people.

    3. nick says:

      Betcha he contributes substantially more than you, gross and per capita. Just a guess.

  24. TRW says:

    How dare this person be successful and build a big home! Doesn’t he know that he needs to redistribute his wealth to all those that don’t work and are not successful? Success is a dirty word in this country now…. sheesh…

  25. Sam says:

    Now that’s the way to stimulate the economy!

  26. Darrell Weible says:

    He needs a house that big for all his friends who also want to come see a beautiful place like Missouri. Real estate taxes and the cost of living in Missuri are so low one can afford a much larger home here that anywhere on either coast. Our highly skilled labor force is also affordable, making construction costs surprisingly low.

    1. RetiredPara says:

      Well put Darrell! I love living here in MO with my family. You all are great people and like minded Americans are heartily welcomed by the native Missourians. MO is a great place!

  27. CC says:

    Nothing wrong with success – I strive for it too. But building a big home like that to glorify your own selfishness does not impress me and reeks of arrogance. We all should strive for success…it’s what you do with it that will define you.

  28. moonmac says:

    He would of lost Billions if not for the Wall Street Bailouts! So we did all pay for his house. We should be able to crash there!

  29. RetiredPara says:

    I live near his place. A lot of us have moved to SW MO as folks here are Christian, Patriotic, and independant. Not many leftists in this area. I suggest you move here too if you are of like mind, before the whole shebang crumbles.

  30. Jack says:

    I think everyone else missed this except me. Americans need to start paying attention to the world around them, they can’t even pick up on this type of humor.

    1. Alice Herrick-Davis says:

      Hey, I got it when I saw it….
      But Country Ham at 5:26pm said it first, in a round-about way🙂
      “I’ll believe it when I see it!”

    2. leslie says:

      nope….got it in one, right off the bat….

    3. Teeph says:

      I got it (and right away, too). It just isn’t THAT funny.

  31. Edward says:

    Not as nice as Rushs’ 58,000 square feet house in palm beach but i like it!!!!

  32. Alice Herrick-Davis says:

    Envy. Jealousy… you people complaining about a man who enjoys succes as if he stole it from you…
    Go become as determined as he is, then get some of that reward for yourself.
    BTW sitting on your lazy and not-too-smart rear will not get you there… no matter how much you desire it, you must act on it.

  33. lionelhutz says:

    His architect ripped off The Biltmore

    1. archovist says:

      And the Biltmore architect ripped off the whole of France.

  34. Chad says:

    will look like any other Haitian hut if the New madrid awakens…other than that I like it..seriously

  35. JaredK says:

    The Bible says that God blesses whom He wishes to bless. It IS NOT our place to criticise them or judge them for the way they use their money.
    It IS our place to WORK HARD (a phrase that is rapidly becoming illegal in the US) and PRAY (another disappearing word) for our nation.
    I love the USA. Let’s put it back into shape and not tear it apart or let
    “Mr. Change” do it either.

  36. Joe Architect says:

    at least get an architect, ugliest piece of garbage I’ve see,. Looks like it was designed by a child. Horrendous graphics with stupid proportions.If you can’t afford good design, how can you fund this vile structure?

    1. Troy says:

      Hey Joe. That pic is of the Vanderbilt Mansion, albeit a poorly rendered one.

      It’s not the mansion being built.

      Yes — now go tell all your friends that the Vanderbilt mansion is horrendous, stupid and looks like it was designed by a child.

  37. Alice Herrick-Davis says:

    Nice communistic statement – flavored with just a little “charity” to make it LOOK good.
    How about we take your house, too, while we are at it? Sound good now?

  38. cdakel says:

    this is an old story………..

  39. OzarkGal says:

    By the Government? There is a little thing called the Bill of Rights that specifically prevents the seizure of private property.

  40. Ralph says:

    Looks like someone visited Ashville, NC>

  41. jworth says:

    I can’t believe I looked at most responses…need to get some sleep…but let me shed some light on why he and the other company are building this home…in a word, MARKETING. Build it and they will come and write about it and photograph it and tourists will visit and he will allow celebrities to stay and on and on and on and thus his business will grow. Not only that but if he employees 150 people to build it over three yrs, Obama’s math will allow him to say he created 450 jobs (150×3). Don’t laugh that is exactly how the labor department is getting its “Jobs created” numbers. Steve, this is brilliant marketing and, as such, a tax write-off!!!

    1. lm says:

      exactly my thought! it is the best marketing tool he can employ….shows off his product in the best possible light….”Look what we can do with xxx…., we can even build energy efficient green, lower cost mansions”, plus all this media attention….I think he’s brilliant.

      1. Troy says:

        This is the correct motorcycle. The only segment of the economy that is growing right now are the very wealthy. Building this home will showcase his product, and make it a more attractive option for the athletes, movie stars, corporate execs, and entrepreneurs who want a “price is no issue” home.

  42. Eric Dusik says:

    Don’t you people see that this house is also a proof of concept? A steel and concrete low energy mansion? Not the normal rich guy set up ya know? Jworth gets it.

  43. CMW says:

    72,000 sq ft., and only a 4,000 sq ft. garage?

    What, did he let his wife design the place?

  44. John C says:

    Obscene profits always seem to happen to someone else because when they happen to you, it’s not obscene because you deserve it.

  45. Jim in HCMC says:

    I salute any person who takes risks and prospers. If this is his dream home, what’s the discussion about? Let the class-envy losers ventilate their grievances at the next Democratic Party Convention. America is about winning. And believe me, those folks treading the Rio Grande are not risking their lives for a slice of U.S. government cheese (Or any other cheesy handout the Dems are doling out.)

  46. RWA says:

    resistant to tornados,hurricanes floods,etc.? Perhaps also a rich man’s bomb shelter? Interesting… I wonder what the real purpose of a house like this is?

  47. Fargin Bastiges says:

    In a couple of generations it will be another Biltmore.

  48. JimAKAblue says:

    I wonder if he uses IKEA furnishings.

  49. Sheena says:

    Pinkerton – don’t they transport loads of money for banks?

    1. Kay says:

      This is a different Pinkerton.

  50. Justin says:

    The people who have a problem with it are just jealous that he’d would never in his right mind invite you over to his house. Grow up, get out of the welfare line, and start becoming productive citizens before you start running your mouth about the ones that pay for you to smoke your crack and drink your 40’s

  51. JeffRambo says:

    Obama finally gets a shovel-ready job. He might have to back off on the jet tax, though, so the owner can jet out to supervise.

  52. Tubes says:

    Another cheezy blight on SW Missouri. The reason this guy has got the money to build this place is that his company pays rock bottom wages to local people to work for him. There are no good paying jobs in SW Missouri. People move there because due to the repressed job market, the cost of living is low if you’ve got a stash. Then you can start your own company and pay your work force peanuts.

  53. Richard Kelly says:

    Yes, it’s his money, he earned it, and he has every right to do with it as he pleases. But c’mon, even if you are Randian you have to concede this is a bit over-the-top. And we have every right, especially because he has made his new hovel such a cause célèbre, to call him on his taste. Vulgar is vulgar no matter how much money you spend. This is vulgar. As to being a brilliant marketing ploy…??? Whatever. In six months everyone will have forgotten about it.It’s no Chenonceau, just another pile of concrete; a monument to vulgarity.

    1. M 1 says:

      I haven’t seen a single response celebrating the aesthetics of the place, but the comments of the detractors make it clear that isn’t really the main topic of discussion here. The “Randian” responses are pretty consistently hitting the nail on the head.

      Why does “over the top” matter at all? Why should you care? I see nothing in the article which says he made a big deal out of it. Bill Gates’ home is full of computers and automation, is this also “vulgar” because he employed elements of the passion that made him wealthy into his home?

  54. Chris says:

    A monument to bad taste and excess. In an era where unemployment is rampant, our nations debt is drowing us, and people are losing their homes, this guy builds a shrine to greed.

    Sure, it’s his money, but he could have done some actual good with it.

    1. Jackboots says:

      He did do some good with it….he built a house.

  55. Brandon says:

    M1 thinks he’s a free marketeer by defending the fascists who are all the top companies in this country through government contracts and lobbying for regulations. I support the true free marketeers who are the much smaller businessmen who actually are competing as opposed to selling their souls to corporate welfare system like this schlub. It really is ok to hate rich people if they got that way through cooperating with the kings and princes.

  56. JoobyJoobersonJr says:

    Wow, I hope to have his kind of success one day. All you class warfare idiots need to pump your brakes.

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