From an early age, J.R. Peter had an affinity for building things. While studying at Virginia Tech, he decided to combine a longtime passion for the outdoors with the field of landscape design. Today, as one of the principals of Colao & Peter Outdoor Environments, he says, “I have the ability to transform my clients’ properties into something more functional and beautiful, bringing joy to their everyday lives.”
Peter and his colleagues handle a wide array of projects, including landscape design and installation, pool construction, carpentry, and masonry. In 2007, Peter joined forces with Colao Stone to bring high-end design and Old World-quality masonry work under one roof.
On every project, Peter listens to clients to understand their vision and solve problems while keeping the channels of communication open throughout the design and installation process. “Collaborating with clients on how they will use a space in all seasons and in the coming years is the most important first step,” says the designer, who utilizes the latest technology. “Every project starts with a 3-D design, so clients can fully visualize the space prior to breaking ground.
“I believe it is important to work hand in hand with our clients,” he continues. “I see myself as their conduit into making their vision turn out a reality.”