Outdoor Living Area Design/Build Category


Grand Award Winners


Colao & Peter
D.C.—Historic

We were fortunate to be chosen to be the design/build contractor for this historic D.C. property, originally designed by the architect of Mount Vernon. The client wanted a luxurious pool and entertainment retreat where the family’s six kids still had room to play. We delivered a very sophisticated environment that was still playful for the children. The overall project consisted of a new driveway, a pool and spa, a pergola, entertainment space, a fire pit, plantings, screen trees (for the local baseball diamond), and a comprehensive irrigation and lighting package.

Surrounds, Inc.
Parkview Hills Residence

The project was a complete rear renovation involving a new swimming pool, patio areas, fireplace, outdoor kitchen, deck renovation, and surrounding landscape and lighting.

Wheat's Lawn & Custom Landscape, Inc.
A Bethesda, Maryland Outdoor Living Space

This landscape project began as a referral from a prominent swimming pool builder. In our mind, the priority was to design a unique focal element immediately outside the large dining room window and before the edge of the pool deck. In the end, the unique focal element became a Zen garden in the foreground with a linear border of granite cobbles and Mexican beach pebbles, randomly placed natural boulders to portray “islands” in a sea of river stone pea gravel, and perennial groundcover to soften some of the harsh edges. Finally, we integrated linear bluestone slabs to bridge the garden and finalize the connection between the existing dining and sitting areas.

Honorable Mention Award Winner


Colao & Peter
Aldie–Infinity Pool and Pavillion

Our client was a businessman who constantly found himself in remote places around the globe. He had one wish, which was to return to his Aldie estate and enjoy a serene outdoor environment with ample outdoor cooking and entertaining areas. The client wanted a free-form infinity pool with substantial water flow so that he could enjoy it from his house and three season room. Looking to cook outdoors, he also wanted a rustic pavilion where he could have a large kitchen with all his favorite cooking amenities.