(ORLANDO, Fla.) — A home under construction in Florida could hold the distinction of being the largest house in the United States if it is completed.
The American Versailles, at 90,000 square feet, is bigger than a 747 airplane hangar and includes amenities like a bowling alley. Other features include nine kitchens, 30 bathrooms and two movie theaters. The home’s mahogany doors and windows alone cost $4 million.
The owners, vacation time-share mogul David Siegel, 77, and former beauty queen Jackie Siegel, 46, said they had originally planned for the home to be smaller.
“We didn’t start out having a 90,000 square foot house. It was more like a normal 60,000 square foot house,” David Siegel said with a chuckle.
“…But then I said, ‘I want a bowling alley,'” Jackie Siegel continued. “And then he said, ‘Well, I want a health spa.’ You know, so we just kept going back and forth and adding on things.”
Construction on the home, which was modeled after the Palace of Versailles in France, began in 2003, but was stopped for four years when the recession hit. But now that business is good again, the Siegels intend to continue building.
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