I have notice and researched the Richardsonian Romanesque style
(usually with the Red Sandstone or Sioux Quartzite)houses of the late
1800s and than they almost completely stopped construction of these
types of houses by the early 1900s! Is it now illegal to use Red
Sandstone or Sioux Quartzite in new construction? Supposed I win the
lottery or make a HUGE killing on the stock market which would allow me
to easily spend $5-10 million on a home or about 8500-10,000 square
feet. My ultimate dream house if I would be able to afford it and be
allowed to build it would have the ICF construction conbinded with
using Sioux Quartzite (a pink stone which I think my girlfriend would
really love. Pink in different shades is her favorite color) and very
strong shatterproof windows to minimized tornado damage and I would
want the house to have exterior walls at least two feet thick if I can
legally build it. If I was that rich I would not hesistate to spend
$500-700 per square foot on my ultimate dream castle! Now I need to win
the Powerball! :-)
As far as construction capabilities anything that was ever built can be
built today - it's just going to cost you. Codes and such are
limitations, but not necessarily total prohibitions. If you can prove
the safety, and have time and money to fight for your cause, you will
probably prevail - eventually. Again, it's just going to cost you.
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