Photo: Jimi Smith

Outdoor Oasis

A modern pool scape boasts high-end finishes and a touch of glam

“We’re seeing a trend in the DC area toward modern landscape designs,” says Joe Colao of Fairfax-based Colao & Peter: Luxury Outdoor Living. A recent project illustrates his point: McLean homeowners tapped Tampa landscape-design firm Ryan Hughes Design | Build to create what Colao calls “a Florida-esque outdoor space,” complete with fireplace, lights and sleek sophistication.

Colao & Peter built the project, which centers on an infinity-edge pool flanked by a pergola and a covered kitchen/seating area. Limestone pavers unify the hardscape, while both structures are clad in stucco with pillars of sandblasted limestone.

Beneath the pergola, a hot tub features infinity edges that spill into a basin tiled in reflective glass mosaics. Limestone steppers “float” above the basin and a freestanding stucco wall holds a linear gas fireplace and decorative panels of glass-tile mosaics. Strategically placed LED lights add romantic allure.