Turns out California's “King of Concrete” actually prefers log cabins

Turns out California's “King of Concrete” actually prefers log cabins

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location: Mount Shasta, California

price: $5.678 million

Known as the “King of Concrete,” Boyce Mewes and his wife, Joan, chose a wooded site near Mount Shasta to erect their custom log cabin that was so remote that a road had to be built to transport building materials.

The road, which cost $250,000, was not wide enough to accommodate the machinery, so they built the house remotely and then brought the parts in by truck, according to published reports. The total cost to build the house in 2012 was estimated at $4.6 million.

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Muse was homeless and living on the streets at age 14, then discovered construction at 19 and got a job digging ditches, according to CNBC, which described him as part of its “Blue Collar Millionaire” series. Six years later, in 1982, he and Joan founded Muse Concrete Contractors, based in Redding, California, and now one of the largest concrete contractors in California.

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The custom log home from Pioneer Log Homes in British Columbia features open mountain and water views and 7,600 square feet of interior space, said listing agent Todd Renfro, of California Nevada Outdoor Properties. “You look directly at Mount Shasta from the balcony there, and you also have a view of Lake Siskiyou.”

“The details of the property and the quality of construction are something you don't find,” he said. “Some of the largest records the company has ever used are on this property.”

The Meuse family lives full-time in Redding, Calif., and this is their weekend home, Renfro said. “They are downsizing and want to do more travel.”

The gated entrance leads to a half-mile-long paved driveway, he said. There is a three-car garage on the left as you pull up to the driveway.

“From the front door, the first thing you see is a huge carved tree with roots and a bear on it,” he said. “It's amazing, just sitting there in the middle of the first floor.”

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In addition to the signature 20-foot tree, the great room has a two-story fireplace, dining area and large kitchen. This main level also contains an office and the master bedroom suite, which has a vaulted ceiling, fireplace, walk-in closet, en-suite bathroom with bathtub, and sliding doors to the exterior.

The loft-like second floor has a seating area and play space for children. The lower level has a living room with fireplace, kitchenette and two-bedroom suites, each with a private bathroom, patio and an additional bedroom.


The 7,600-square-foot home has four bedrooms, three full bathrooms and one partial bathroom. It is located on a 55-acre plot of land. There is also a 1,700 square foot outdoor deck.

means of comfort

Amenities include a three-car garage with a guest suite above, three fireplaces, a half-mile driveway, a fire pit, a large deck with a gas barbecue, a wooden picnic table, and a covered gazebo with a hot tub.

Neighborhood notes

The home is located just 10 minutes from downtown Mount Shasta and five minutes from Lake Siskiyou, according to the listing. Other nearby attractions include the 18-hole golf course at Mount Shasta Resort, Mt. Shasta skiing and fishing on the Upper Sacramento and McCloud rivers and many options for hiking, biking, climbing, swimming, canoeing, golfing and kayaking.

Agent: Todd Renfro, CA Nevada Exterior Real Estate

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