Giant Concrete House Draws Solid Attention

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If you're the owner of a concrete company, what kind of house 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.)



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 concrete house 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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July 24 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Buckingham's

The perfect place to do a remake of "the Haunting of Hill House"!

July 24 2011 at 3:01 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
valjohnfb

It looks like a bad copy of the Biltmore Estate house

July 24 2011 at 1:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bxirish

Looks like a prison from the outside. That's curb appeal for you !

July 23 2011 at 8:58 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Harold Warren

Houses of concrete are hardly a new idea. Thomas Alva Edison experimented with building concrete houses about a hundred years ago. At least one of those houses still stands and is in use today.....:-)

July 23 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

In france, they build entire subdivisions out of preformed concrete. I have stayed with my cousin there and his house is typical in his subdivision, and all structural parts are concrete

John

July 23 2011 at 7:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
alfredschrader

You can save on concrete costs if you use flag stones in the walls. Flag stones look great too..... Alfred-

July 23 2011 at 6:03 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Virginia

Let's hope there are no earthquakes.

July 23 2011 at 12:41 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Fred

Who writes this stuff?
"... home (pictured above) is being built entirely out of concrete in Christian County, Mo., ..."
Even a cursory glance shows a conventionally built house with steel studs and just a concrete slab overlay on the outside. Built entirely? Not hardly.

July 23 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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BoBo the Monkey

Go to the house's website ( in article ) to see how the walls are constructed. I think you are confusing the concrete forms with the actual walls. The walls appear to be solid concrete.

July 23 2011 at 1:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dad

where i live,Summertime typhoons make concrete houses mandatory. If you build with rust-proof re-bar,and salt-free sand in your concrete,you have a 200 year old house there easily with hardly any deterioration.This in turn has spawned a blue-collar work-force that is second to none in masonry,suspended slab,concrete,and forms technology.Also,house insurance premiums are a lot lower,and i could go on and on,but to each,his own.Okinawa,Japan.

July 21 2011 at 8:15 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply