Beautiful Water Features

Added to an exterior landscape, water features not only become a beautiful focal point, but the sound of falling water adds a relaxing element to the outdoor enivronment.    Water features come in all shapes and sizes and are custom designed for the right effect our clients are searching for, including proper pump sizing to ensure the correct flow of water.  More modern features can also include LED lights to add a beautiful effect to your night-scape,    

LCA Grand Award- Great Falls Country Living - Before and After

At the recent 2016 LCA Awards, we were very pleased to have won three grand awards for craftsmanship.  These awards are the highest distinction in the category and are given to projects that demonstrate the creative use of materials, installed to the highest tolerances of industry standards.  

In the project showcased below, we worked on an entire exterior renovation project which included a complete pool rehab.  The client wanted to a conjure the imagery of a French country estate.  As such we used light paving and wall materials, in this case custom ordered travertine (including 36”x 36” pavers with antique finish) from the same blocks, which we sourced directly and inspected in Turkey prior to shipping.  We also minimized paving by using pea gravel for the driveway and walkways to keep the more natural feel of the wooded lot.

The project scope consisted of a full front and back renovation, including front entranceway, driveway, pool renovation, pool decks, fire pit, water and fire features, patios, raised terraces, drainage, plantings, low-voltage lighting and custom accents throughout.  We are extremely proud of the way the design/build effort came together on this project and appreciate greatly the client’s trust in us to deliver them an architectural pleasing and functional space they can use for years to come.  

Amazing Realism in 3D Designs: Before - 3D - After

3D modelling software has made it so clients can see a project a before a shovel goes into the ground.  The pictures below represent a completed job site prior to design, one of the 3D images used to show the client the finished product and then the finished product itself.  

Note the almost perfect match of the 3D renderings and the finished project.  Our clients will never wonder what the finished product will look like.  They can see their project prior to the build from any angle and from any time of day they wish, taking all the mystery out of construction and the final product.   

The "before" view of the area prior to the landscape build. 

The "before" view of the area prior to the landscape build. 

The approved 3D design of the project.

The approved 3D design of the project.

The completed project.

The completed project.

Colao & Peter Wins Three Major Awards At 2016 LCAs

It was announced that Colao & Peter was awarded three awards for superior craftsmanship at the 2016 LCA.  The awards, given for the best landscaping projects in the Washington DC metropolitan area, were very special to us because each was given for a completely different architectural style.  

We are extremely thankful to all the hard work and dedication by our staff who designs and installs these amazing projects and to our clients for allowing us the privilege to work with them in creating their dream outdoor environment.

Alexandria, VA Georgian Residence on the Potomac

Alexandria, VA Georgian Residence on the Potomac

Great Falls, VA French Country Living

Great Falls, VA French Country Living

Alexandria, VA Modern Exterior

Alexandria, VA Modern Exterior

Modern Living

Wonderful clients in Alexandria, VA hired us to create a modern outdoor living environment for them and their children to enjoy.  Among the parameters of the project were to create connected but defined destinations for their various entertaining needs, while also maintaining green space and gardens.

Using a mixture of steel accents, reclaimed wood and custom stone, we were able to create a visually interesting and extremely usable outdoor environment that included an outdoor kitchen, a fire-pit with seating area, a secret garden and additional patios and play areas for their children to use.

The client couldn't be happier with the finished result and we are proud of our design and installation teams for their level of detail and craftsmanship on this project.

Chrome fountainsline path between outdoor dining and fire-pit patio.

Chrome fountainsline path between outdoor dining and fire-pit patio.

Tiled outdoor kitchen with reclaimed wood backdrop to hide existing shed structure.

Tiled outdoor kitchen with reclaimed wood backdrop to hide existing shed structure.

View of connected patios and outdoor living spaces.

View of connected patios and outdoor living spaces.

Close-up of custom stainless steel fire-pit with tile risers and granite cap.

Close-up of custom stainless steel fire-pit with tile risers and granite cap.

Boulders and rock garden with modern low voltage lighting features.

Boulders and rock garden with modern low voltage lighting features.

Reclaimed wood seat wall around deck.

Reclaimed wood seat wall around deck.

Modern pergola.

Modern pergola.

Close-up of painted steel and synthetic materials.

Close-up of painted steel and synthetic materials.

Secret garden with water feature.

Secret garden with water feature.

Before photo of backyard.

Before photo of backyard.

Close-up of before the project started.

Close-up of before the project started.

Colao Stone Goes Commercial

We have begun the installation of a commercial stone project at a high-end residential condo building in Washington DC.  The building needed a little face lift and as part of it it is getting all new driveway, including new granite curbing and a new granite entry way to greet its tenants and guests.  

Based on our years of knowledge of importing and installing natural stone, we were brought in by the GC to do the masonry portion of the build.  

We will never forget our roots in the stone industry and will continue to grow our commercial stone division as our design/build arm solidifies itself as one of he top firms in the industry.  

Setting a 600 lbs granite curb.

Setting a 600 lbs granite curb.

Verifying the levels and lines of the driveway and set stone.

Verifying the levels and lines of the driveway and set stone.

Setting the granite curbs

Setting the granite curbs

Hand Carved Limestone to Accentuate a Project's Architecture

Originally designed out of wood, our client agreed to enhance the Georgian Architecture of his new home by using a more authentic material, limestone, for his entry portico.  Based on color and ability to work the stone, we chose a french stone for the project.

Trying to stay true to the architecture and add structural strength to the portico, each piece was cut from a solid piece of stone, with the coffered ceiling being hand carved by french artisans.

The portico was laid out in the factory to ensure that the it would assemble correctly on site. After the inspection at the factory, we shipped the stone to Alexandria, where our masons installed the massive pieces of limestone.  A final piece of copper will be installed on top of the limestone to protect the stone. 

 

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Pools for the summer!

This pool in Alexandria on the Potomac River is the first of four new pools being built by us in June and July.  We also have several pool rehabs under way that will be completed and the pools opened in the next few weeks.  

All projects are design/built by Colao & Peter and all stonework in the project photos are installed by our in-house masonry teams.

Capital Home + Garden Show Success!

We want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who visited the Colao & Peter Landscape Architecture & Construction booth this past weekend at the Capital Home + Garden Show.  We had a lot of interest in our booth and services, making the show a huge success!

We also had the opportunity to do two presentations on the main stage both titled, "The Future of Landscape Architecture -3D Visualization."  Sunday's presentation went exceptionally well with 60-70 attendees.  

Finally, we were awarded “Rookie of the Year” by show management based upon our booth design and presence at the show, which was a great way to cap off the whole weekend. 

Thanks again to everyone who stopped by.  You made our weekend!

Final booth setup.

Final booth setup.

Example projects and renderings.

Example projects and renderings.

The team proudly showing off our Rookie of the Year Award.

The team proudly showing off our Rookie of the Year Award.

Services column and booth and putting green.

Services column and booth and putting green.

Natural Jerusalem Limestone pillar and base.

Natural Jerusalem Limestone pillar and base.

Our Rookie of the Year Award!

Our Rookie of the Year Award!

Colao Stone Wins 2013 LCA Awards

We are very happy to announce that we won awards for projects entered in this years LCA (Landscape Contractors Association) awards competition for best landscaping projects in the tri-state area.  Our projects were voted amongst the best designed and executed in 2013.  Attached are some photos of those entries.

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Fairfax Station Deck and Landscape Get a Facelift

For this project in the Fairfax Station, Virginia, our client wanted to resurface the existing deck, add a fireplace and update the existing landscaping.     

To soften the transition from the deck, which was resurfaced using synthetic materials and a new wrought iron rail, our design team removed the existing stairs and created a series of terraces.  This created new space in otherwise unusable land and a gradual descent to the lower terrace and patio.   

 

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The "Guts" of a Project

The most important part of a project is often time missed.  Great detail and planning goes into figuring out how a project comes together and how all the elements will be supported and work together for a successful final product.  The following photos show a project under current construction.  The project consists of an elevated terrace and coy pond.  

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August 9, 2013: Aldie Residence Completed

With an estate overlooking the sprawling hills of Aldie, Virginia, our client wanted a landscape project that maximized his magnificent views.  The project included a pool house (including full bath, kitchen, fireplace and audio visual system), an infinity edge pool, hot tub, fire pit, deck, screened room and a sitting area with pergola.

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