QUICK, SOMEONE CALL ARCHITECTURAL Digest! Alert House Beautiful! Tell everyone in Iowa who’s in the construction, home-furnishings or carpet business! Amid the very farms and fields where Tom Arnold grew up, he and Roseanne Arnold are planning their house. Stand back, Elvis. Says Roseanne: “It’s going to be our Graceland. We’ll probably even be buried there.”
Indeed, there is plenty of space for a tasteful little family plot on the couple’s newly purchased, 850-acre cornfield of dreams in southeastern Iowa. The house itself, they say, will be beyond king-size: 26,000 square feet, or about 1.5 Graceland equivalents. If all goes as planned, Arnoldland will most likely be the largest residence in Iowa.
Size will not be its only distinction. “It’s going to be a combination of three styles that me and the architect invented,” says Roseanne. “It has Victorian turrets, but with a farmhouse feel in how the rooms go together, and Gothic-like winding staircases and dark wood. It’s awesome.”
Somewhere in that 30-room awe-someness will be a 2,400-square-foot master bedroom—which is about 750 square feet larger than the average American house. In addition, “there’s lots of hidden places,” says Roseanne. “It’s real cozy.”
The couple estimate that all this coziness will cost about $4 million and hope to break ground in 1993. They will, they say, split their time between their Iowa house and their home in Brentwood, Calif. In the meantime they’re planning away. “We have every room sketched out,” says Roseanne, “right down to the furniture and fabric.” Now if they can just find a hyperactive housekeeper.