If you're the owner of a concrete company, what do you build? Why, a massive chateau made entirely of concrete, of course.
A 72,000-square-foot single-family home (pictured above) is being built entirely out of concrete in Christian County, Mo., for Steven Huff, chairman of Wisconsin-based TF Concrete Forming Systems. The home has its own website, which should help the county officials who have been fielding inquiries about it from around the country. Lots of interest apparently, with no shortage of it coming from the bunker crowd, we suspect. (An architectural rendering of the finished project is below.)
Gallery: See Pensmore, the Concrete Castle
The estate between Branson and Springfield, called Pensmore, "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," according to the website -- which also notes notes that "the whole house is in essence a storm shelter." It sits on 500 acres, plenty of room to keep marauders at bay should it come to that.
This won't be the country's first massive though. An astute Gawker reader pointed out another one in Bucks County, Pa.
Concrete has been around the home-building world for quite some time of course. As our friends here at Houzz note, it's crept its way into our homes bit-by-bit (or should we say bag-by-bag?) -- polished concrete floors, stamped concrete patios, even interior concrete walls and concrete made to look like wood. Of course if you're going to try concrete furniture, you might want to consider upholstering the chair cushions. Just sayin'....
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