PermaBase Clads Concrete Castle
PermaBase® BRAND Cement Board clads a-72,000-square-foot fortress under construction in Missouri's Ozark Mountains. The house, named Pensmore, looks like a castle and is as unique as its owner.
Steven T. Huff founded a software company to supply military and intelligence agencies before founding TF Concrete Forming Systems. He is using his forming system to build his home which will showcase the less expensive, easier to install, and patented concrete construction method. Huff's contractor and business partner ordered the five truckloads of PermaBase, which is part of the system, from Lowe's.
"We were invited to come to the house for a meeting with the contractor and Lowe's," said NGC Sales Representative Jeff Emry. "Everything about the project is secretive. We asked many questions about the system, but got few answers."
Pensmore, situated on 500 acres, has 15 bedrooms, including a 13,000-square-foot master suite, 14 bathrooms, a 16,000-square-foot library, various elevators, and a home theater. It is approximately 50 miles from Joplin, MO, which was devastated this spring by a tornado. If a storm of that magnitude comes through the area again, the house also has a 23,000 square-foot basement.
In addition to its durability, which the owner measures in centuries, not years, the structure is super-insulated and should consume very little energy.
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