Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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26 LC DBM The source of John August's creative hardscape works can be traced to his childhood when after helping his father build a brick patio in their back- yard, he came up with the idea of making pavers that interlock. This revelation however, did not mean that his career path was set in stone. Innovative Groundwork In his early twenties, August found himself at work as a finish carpenter on what he describes as a "real interesting house" in Southern California. The results caught the attention of a renowned contractor who hired August to remodel a celeb- rity's guesthouse in Malibu. As he recalls, that as- signment was a leap of faith. "I had virtually no experience in construction," he admits. "I had winged it on the first job." Put in charge of the project, with a 30-day time- frame, he took his borrowed tools and a newly bought book on modern carpentry and got to work. "I stayed up at night drawing up plans for build- ers on things that I had never done before," August states. Putting in 12 hour days, seven days a week with up to 20 people helping out, he got the project done and impressed the contractor and the home- owner. Above: The outdoor area at the Kula Lodge Garden Terrace restaurant on the island of Maui in Hawaii was designed and built by John August and his crew. It includes nine dining areas in gazebo settings. The walls of the gazebo bases are three layers. The inner wall is built of site-cast cellular concrete blocks. The outer wall is basalt stones and reclaimed bricks set with ½-inch joints of cement mortar. In between them, August installed #4 rebar through holes drilled into the bedrock and secured them with epoxy. Concrete was then poured into this cavity. August designed both the tables and the gazebos and had them shop fabricated. All Photos: John August (excePt As noted) An Off the Wall Original Mike Dahl, LC/DBM Editor h e f o u n d a t i o n o f i n d i v i d u a l c r e a t i v i t y m a y b e a m y s t e r y b u t t h e r e s u l t s o f i t c a n b e c l e a r , a s c a n t h e e f f e c t s t h a t t h e s e r e s u l t s b r i n g a b o u t : i n s p i r a t i o n , j o y , c o m f o r t , a m u s e m e n t a n d m o r e . 026-031.indd 26 3/3/14 11:24 AM

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