Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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Top: A centerpiece at the restaurant is the wood burning outdoor pizza oven. To build it, August assembled the oven itself from a precast concrete kit, which came from France. Next he installed fiberglass batting, a layer of cinder, a reinforced concrete ceiling and then the stone and brick veneer. On either side of the oven door are recessed lights for nighttime use. Above: For the façade of the pizza oven, August took clinker bricks and sawed them into ½-inch slices and book matched the pieces from the center outward. Before setting, he cracked each piece to create a mosaic type effect. March 2014 27 When it came time to remodel the main house on the property, August was tasked with building a brick veranda that would run several hundred feet. His lack of experience again failed to be a barrier. And his creative nature led him to a new revelation: using bricks as a fluid medium. "I essentially created a paving pattern that could encompass three-dimensional curves without any dead ends so there were no lines butting into lines, bricks butting into bricks, so the curving lines could expand or contract smoothly," August says. (See following supplement) More jobs for well-off and well-known clients followed, including an outdoor living area for a top comedian and the remodeling of three houses on a 120-acre ranch in the exclusive Carmel Valley near Monterey, Calif. After taking time off to compete in triathlons, August moved to Maui, lured by the prospect of windsurfing. As people found out about his previ- ous work exploits, he found himself back creating hardscapes. August's originality was really allowed to stand out when he was asked to build an outdoor eat- ing area at an existing restaurant in a remote loca- tion on the island. After evaluating the situation, he gave the owner of the the Kula Lodge Garden Terrace three options: build a wood deck that would be inexpensive and fast, build a combina- tion of stone walls and a wood deck, or build the area with solid rock and brick and have something that will last forever. The owner opted for perma- nence. The eventual plan called for nine dining areas built from brick and stone walls with concrete benches, wooden tables and gazebos. August convinced the owner to let the crew dig down to bedrock for the foundation, then place the existing large stones to create the feeling of a natural rock formation. 026-031.indd 27 3/3/14 11:24 AM

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