About COLAO & PETER – Luxury Outdoor Living
in Sterling, Great Falls, Leesburg, Arlington, McLean, VA, Washington, DC, and Surrounding Areas

Colao & Peter began as Colao Stone, a custom stone and masonry company. With masonry comprising more than 50% of most landscape projects, our origins in the masonry & stone industry give us a competitive advantage over other landscape companies. We are able to design our landscapes so that they can be installed in the field efficiently, providing our clients with a project that is delivered on time and on budget.
Colao & Peter is a partnership between Joe Colao and JR Peter. Joe Colao comes from a long line of stone masons with Joe Sr. being a first generation Italian stone mason working along the Hudson River in New York. JR Peter is a Registered Landscape Architect having graduated from Virginia Tech, one of the top architecture programs in the nation.
The management team of Colao & Peter brings very specific skill sets that allow for the success of even the most complicated projects. Fusing an understanding of architecture and creative design, combined with the ability to specify and install the right stone, ensures the completion of projects within their specific parameters.
Over a decade later, Colao & Peter continues to be recognized with the highest-level awards, featured in national and international magazines including “Home & Design” Top Designers and “Modern Luxury” Top Five. Since 2012, we have won over twenty LCA Awards and continue to be named one of the top landscape architect firms in the area.

Our Firm’s Philosophy

Colao & Peter’s approach and process today has not changed from when we first started the firm, we have always wanted to maintain a client first, no ego driven design.
As the landscape industry has not always been perceived as a high-end, luxurious industry, we wanted to change that perception by creating a white glove service that starts from initial concepts all the way to the completion of the project. Our firm’s philosophy is to give clients a “five star resort like experience” from checking-in to checking-out and this is accomplished through the quality of our work and designs and the service that our sales team and designers, production team, and project managers provide.

Our Awards & Affiliations