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Nevada man fighting to build huge home in Wyoming

Joyce Lupiani

Nevada man fighting to build huge home in Wyoming

CREATED Aug. 17, 2012

JACKSON, Wyo. (AP) -- A Henderson, Nevada man has gone to court to win permission to build a 16,000-square-foot house near Jackson.

Teton County regulations limit houses to 8,000 square feet but that doesn't include basements.

The Jackson Hole Daily reported Thursday that one of the main issues is how a basement is defined.

Lawyers for Fintan Ryan say county planners at first said the building could start an elevation of 6,168 feet but then lowered the starting elevation by seven feet. They claim the lower elevation would make it more difficult to make the home's lower level a legal basement and avoid groundwater.

Regulations say basements must be at least four feet below ground. Ryan has been moving dirt to form a berm around the lower level but the county says that isn't acceptable.

Information from: Jackson Hole (Wyo.) News And Guide,