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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jr Peter and Dave Damato at the Home ShowRead More
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.
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.
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.
This is a 3D Rendering we just completed for a client presentation.
The client wanted a landscape package to include a spa, fireplace, patios and some falling water and asked us to complement his natural surroundings and the modern architectural style of the house.
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!
With the growth of our business and the attention we have been getting thanks to our award winning designs, we are proud to announce the creation of Colao & Peter, a full scale landscape architecture and construction firm.
Colao & Peter is a partnership between Joe Colao and J.R. Peter and is a full service provider of architectural landscape services and total site construction. Colao & Peter will work with clients for complete site design and construction, including creating all concept plans, 3D renderings and landscape construction drawings in-house.
At Colao Stone we will move away from design/build services and shift our focus back to providing our 15 years of award winning masonry installations for general contractors and home owners. Colao Stone will handle bidding work and acting as a subcontractor for commercial and residential stone veneer work and high-end stone importing and installation.
With the continued growth and acclaim of our company, we are very excited about the coming changes. Through Colao Stone and Colao & Peter, will be able to offer our clients better options and services to suit their specific needs while continuing to deliver the highest quality finished products available in the marketplace.
We want to thank our clients for the trust they have put into us over the years to allow this dream to be created.
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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.Read More
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.
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.Read More
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.Read More
It all started when we were invited to look at a “simple” pool renovation project. We visited a couple’s home where weeds had taken over the planting areas, flagstone steps were loose and tripping hazards were abundant. The owner was “tired of making up games with his children to swim underwater to see how many broken and fallen pool tiles they could collect.”Read More
With a program developed closely with the client, our team was able to create a multi-use space suitable for the client’s wants and needs as well as entertaining friends and family. The highlights of the new backyard included a custom gas and wood burning fireplace, a putting green, unique herringbone paving patterns, an outdoor kitchen, feet of usable seatwalls and established plantings.Read More