A pergola with a louvered roof by Fine Earth Landscape. Photo: Hilary Schwab
A pavilion by Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living. Photo: Curt Pulleyblank
Joseph Richardson Landscape Architecture created a painted-cedar pergola. Photo: FJP Photography
A pavilion by Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living. Photo: Curt Pulleyblank
Joseph Richardson Landscape Architecture created a painted-cedar pergola. Photo: FJP Photography

Cutting Edge

Outdoor pergolas and pavilions invite homeowners to gather al fresco

OPEN & SHUT
As part of an extensive redo of their outdoor space, Bethesda clients asked Joel Hafner of Fine Earth Landscape to craft a pergola with a roof that can be closed, sheltering a seating area with a TV. “They wanted to be able to spend their weekends outside,” Hafner says. Modern Patio Covers supplied a solar-powered pergola system with aluminum louvers that open and close; the roof is supported on columns. Wood-look Zuri decking is inlaid in the flagstone patio, creating a rug-like effect beneath the pergola.

Landscape Design: Joel Hafner, Fine Earth Landscape, Poolesville, Maryland. Landscape Contractor: Sandy Spring Builders, Bethesda, Maryland. 

WOODED OASIS
An Annapolis couple tasked Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living with creating an outdoor living space complete with pool, pavilion and fireplace on their wooded property. “They wanted something family-friendly but elegant for entertaining,” says principal Joe Colao, “a cozy destination where they can light a fire and feel like they’re in the woods.” The structure is wrapped in synthetic Azek for longevity and topped with a standing-seam metal roof. Imported granite pavers and coping complement the quarried-stone fireplace.

Landscape Design: Joseph Colao, Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living, Fairfax, Virginia. 

INSPIRED DESIGN
After a Fairfax couple admired a pergola they saw at a favorite hotel, they asked landscape architect Joseph Richardson to design something similar as part of an extensive landscape plan. “The clients were looking for a contemporary outdoor structure to provide shade in the summer months,” Richardson recalls. The clean-lined, painted-cedar pergola anchors an outdoor environment with places to swim, sunbathe, dine, lounge and play. Hardscape materials include Western Maryland fieldstone on the wood-burning fireplace and a patio combining Pennsylvania bluestone and flagstone.

Landscape Architecture: Joseph Richardson Landscape Architecture, Washington, DC. Landscape Contractor: Wheat’s Landscape, Vienna, Virginia.