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Tornado Proof Mega-Mansion Under Construction in Missouri Ozarks

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Pensmore will boast 13 bedrooms, two elevators and be damn near indestructible (so they say) once complete.
The home rising up over the Ozark hills of Highlandville, Missouri, is slated to be 72,000 square feet when completed next year, making it one of the ten largest homes ever constructed in America -- bigger than the Hearst Mansion and the White House.

Steven Huff, chairman of the Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems, is building his version of Xanadu -- called "Pensmore" -- to showcase his company's building products. Huff's company specializes in insulated concrete forms. According to a website for Huff's future new home, Pensmore will achieve the pinnacle in "green" building technology, bringing to life "a modern version of the Jeffersonian ideal of the self-sufficient sustainable estate."


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Pensmore's concrete walls are said to be tornado-proof.
As the Springfield New-Leader reports, building permits for Pensmore call for thirteen bedrooms, fourteen bathrooms, two elevators, a 1,600-square-foot library and a 4,000-square-foot garage. The house is slated to have a 23,000-square-foot basement, 22,800-square-foot main level and 21,800-square-foot second story. The material costs alone for the home will reach upwards of $7 million.

But it's the purported indestructibility of Pensmore that really caught our eye here at Daily RFT. Once complete, Pensmore should be able to withstand an F5 tornado, according to the home's website. That's worth noting, as the town of Highlandville lies smack dab in the middle of Tornado Alley and just 90 miles west of the tornado-ravaged town of Joplin.

If we were building Pensmore, we're not sure how much we'd want to taunt Mother Nature, no matter if our home was built with straw, sticks, bricks or -- yes -- insulated concrete forms.



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8 comments
Jack Rodwell
Jack Rodwell

very nice. the world is going into anarchy, you have build castles stock up on ammo and hunker down on defense .

Gooseg1962
Gooseg1962

I think you have to try things to see if they will work, but seriously, a house this size? His library alone is bigger than some peoples homes. I hate people flashing around how much they can have when others are struggling in todays economy.  And the money he spends on Materials alone 7 MILLION?  Maybe he should have pumped some of that in peoples homes in joplin rebuilding them of his so called fantastic material and giving some of the uninsured a break. How many homes of an average size could he have built for the people.

Mamaandpapa2325
Mamaandpapa2325

Welcome to MO, nothing withstands an F5 Tornado !!! Too much hype on the pour styrofoam block homes. The mold growth that it will experience in this climate is unstoppable. Not to mention the rats that will burrow thru it. Only thing "green" about this house was the trees removed too build it.

Muttmike
Muttmike

Umm, Chad, if it is 90 miles west of Joplin, then it would be in Kansas.

Mike Finn

Guest
Guest

Yeah... the builder of the Titanic thought the same of his "unsinkable" ship. We are no match for Nature...

Dude
Dude

I think you make a valid point.

Brett
Brett

besides, nothing says 'green' like a 72,000 SF house!

Jspell
Jspell

Actually you'd be in Oklahoma... Sorry guys. Youre both wrong.

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