A man with ties to the defense industry is constructing a massive home in Highlandville. The home's nearly 73,000-square-foot size is drawing lots of attention from interested onlookers.
According to the Census Bureau, the average new home size over the last five years was between 2,100 and 2,500 square feet. The house under construction could fit close to 29 average homes inside, with room to spare.
At 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, President Obama and his family share 55,000 square feet.
On 2700 Woods Fork Road in Highlandville, Steven T. Huff and family will share more than 72,000 square feet.
The Huff home “has gained attention because of that,” Christian County Planning and Zoning Administrator Bob Atchley said.
Neighbors talk about the “Highlandville high rise” -- but not on camera. Posted on a usually locked gate are signs warning them to keep out, and another sign warning of video surveillance. “About all we know is we've been told the property will be a private residence,” Atchley said.
Steven T. Huff Family LLC applied for the permit in March 2008, just days before the county's new planning and zoning regulations took effect. The property is grandfathered in. “We have not completed any inspections on the actual structure. We don't have that ability,” Atchley said.
The project manager -- Steven's brother, Joe Huff -- did invite county workers to the site. “It's our understanding it is an ICF -- basically an insulated concrete form structure,” Atchley said. The family may be protecting the construction itself. They could be interested in trying to keep it confidential for a possible patent.
No matter why the property owners are private, the structure stands out in the rolling hills of the Ozarks. The blueprints show two elevators, 15 bedrooms, a 1,600-square-foot library, and a nearly 1,300-square-foot master bedroom.
Steven Huff is reportedly an engineer and chief technology officer of Overwatch Systems, Ltd. According to the company’s website, it delivers multi-source intelligence to the defense department.
The permit for the Highlandville structure requires that one family live in it at one time. It also states the owners cannot rent, lease or sell any rooms.
Blueprints show the 23,000-square-foot basement will be used mostly for "storage." It will also include a billiard room, exercise room and home theater.