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A pavilion by Colao & Peter Luxury Outdoor Living. Photo: Curt Pulleyblank

Joseph Richardson Landscape Architecture created a painted-cedar pergola. Photo: FJP Photography

A pergola with a louvered roof by Fine Earth Landscape. Photo: Hilary Schwab

Cutting Edge

Outdoor pergolas and pavilions invite homeowners to gather al fresco

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. 

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. 

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. 


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