Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

MAR 2014

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30 LC DBM August currently resides in Volcano, on the Big Island of Hawaii. His latest endeavor is building concrete houses, starting with his own. It is being constructed with an interlocking mortarless block that he invented and patented. The house will have a built-in catchment and built-in convective ventilation. To proceed, August received a variance from the local building per- mit department to use the blocks and another variance to use basalt instead of steel for re-enforcement. According to August, "The basalt bars are just 20 percent the weight of steel and have two times the tensile strength of steel, are non-corro- sive, and resistant to either alkaline or acidic environments." He believes use of basalt products will eventually replace all steel in reinforced concrete construction. And he plans to be at the forefront of these innovative building concepts. "This is the direction I'm heading," he states, "total concept hous- ing design." Never having settled for ordinary and predictable, August's origi- nality endures. For all the passion his works present, he sums up his calling modestly. "I always felt there was a place for art in construction." More information about John August's work and products can be found at www.geckostone.com Hardscape Highlights Works by John August and others demonstrate that creativity and innovation are part and parcel to the industry. DBM LC This entry walkway at a residence on Maui, Hawaii (left), is made up of interlocking concrete pavers that were designed by August who then made 40 polyurethane molds and cast each piece. The pavers were sealed with a chemically reactive sealer, not just a surface coating. August installed a hidden concrete barrier on either side below the soil line. Black basalt fines were used instead of silica to give greater contrast. Called GeckoStones©, they are 2.5 inches thick, 16 inches long and 14 inches wide. They have been featured in four math textbooks in articles about tessellation. FrogRocks© (right) are another example of his original work. Photo: John August • geckostones Are © by John August 1994 And 1998. Frogrocks Are © by John August 1997. All rights reserved. The front veranda at this residence in Malibu, Calif., was built using August's proprietary brick paving method that can encompass 3-D curves without any dead-end lines. Photo: John August This granite millstone, estimated to weigh around 1,400 lbs, was installed by Natures Elite Landscaping of Meredith, N.H., using a boom truck and the help of local granite supplier, Swenson's Granite, at a residence in Alton, N.H., to help meet the homeowners' desire to have a circular theme to their driveway. The pavers used are from Belgard. Existing Pennsylvania fieldstone boulders and reclaimed eight-inch by eight-inch white oak posts were used as building elements for a tree house at this rustic residence in Lafayette Hill, Pa. The landscape company, ThinkGreen LLC, terminated some of the posts on top of boulder accent footings. The dive rock at this pool in Newark, Del., started out as a rectangular piece of granite. Evergreen Hardscaping used a diamond chain saw and a sledge hammer to carve it and create the step and final shape while keeping it natural looking. The coping and pool deck are a mix of Pennsylvania antique flagstone and Pennsylvania bluestone from Rotunno Stone Yard. Porous Pave is a pour in place pavement material using stone, recycled rubber and a binder material. LEED qualified, it is available in several colors for trails, sidewalks, driveways, patios, pool surrounds and more. Its 29 percent void space allows over 6,200 gallons of water per hour, per foot to flow through. Smalls Landscaping cemented six-foot-tall by three- to four- foot-wide pieces of flagstone into the ground to hide the air conditioners, generator and other utilities at this home in Michigan City, Ind. They left an opening to allow for maintenance. 026-031.indd 30 3/3/14 11:24 AM

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