Partners J.R. Peter and Joseph Colao of Colao & Peter, Luxury Outdoor Living employ about 40 full-time staff members devoted to creating stunning architectural outdoor environments that meet the aesthetic and budgetary needs of clients. The company adheres to a “no ego” policy where clients are interactive in the design process and their goals are paramount.
Complementary skill sets make the partners a good fit: Colao has a passion for construction and architecture, while Peter is drawn to nature. “For me, the outdoors is synonymous with fun and relaxation—two elements I want to bring more of to peoples’ lives,” Peter says. “Being a landscape architect allows me to create and share beautiful, relaxing outdoor environments with my clients, making an impact on the quality of their lives.”
Colao & Peter, Luxury Outdoor Living begins each project by understanding the needs of its clients, both present and future. A thorough grasp of construction enables the company to accurately analyze budget parameters, ensuring a design that will meet their financial objectives.
A frequent Landscape Contractors Association award-winner during the last decade, Colao & Peter was recently selected as one of Northern Virginia’s top four pool builders. The company has received beautification awards from the city of Alexandria, and its projects have been featured in many publications, including Luxury Pools, a top national magazine.