We initially engaged JR Peter/Joe Colao for the landscape design/build/ master plan for a 16,000 sq ft Georgian home being built on the Potomac River. After the successful completion of the design phase, we contracted with them for the exterior stone veneer on the house, stone retaining walls, thousands of square feet of stone terraces, storm water management, swimming pool, spa and all of the softscapes. 

These guys are real professionals, the best of the best.  Though I knew, all along, they were most capable of performing the design/build for the plantings, terraces and retaining walls, I was a little reticent, initially, of having them do the pool and spa (as opposed to having an outside pool company do that part of the work), but it turned out great and was really easy having them as sole source for the entire exterior of the project. JR is an outstanding Landscape Architect and no one knows stone better than Joe Colao. They actually helped me source some of the interior marble as well....

Most helpful and they continue to follow through with small additions and accessories (urns, planters etc..)

- Alexandria, VA

"Hi, J.R.

Rich and I are so pleased with the beautiful patio design, stone selections, and the quality of the work. It is fantastic!!! We were thrilled to see the landscaping today. The flowers and plants are the icing on the cake. It is such an inviting space and a wonderful addition to our living environment. We will enjoy this space with our friends, family, dogs and know it will be a little retreat for us.

Thank you so much for taking on this project and completing it with all the special additions. I feel very fortunate that Jack recommended you. Thank you for making that possible and for being able to do it all in time for our party on Saturday. We are just so grateful.

I'll talk to you soon. Thanks again for the outstanding job!


 - Maryland

"My wife and I hired Colao Stone to replace the steps, walkway, front patio garden planter, and installed flagstone on our back patio for our Capitol Hill row home in Washington, D.C.

Before we contacted Mike Moser at Colao Stone, we had reached out to multiple masons and landscape architects and had been unsatisfied with their exorbitant estimates and long projected lead times.  Everything changed when we met Mike, however; he was extremely prompt, professional, and responsive, and provided a very reasonable estimate and timeframe for our renovation project.  


The estimate from Colao was so much better than their competitors that we also decided to place flagstone on our back patio -- and all for the same estimate as some masons proposed to simply replace our stairs and walkway.  Colao also recommended that we choose our stone from a local quarry in Maryland that carried an enormous amount of beautiful stone; my wife was very pleased with the price and selection.


Making matters even easier, Mike offered to begin the work while we were away from town over the Christmas holidays.  While this took a leap of faith, Mike's professionalism and daily email updates during our absence made the process very smooth.  Colao's crews completely transformed our relatively-small rowhome entrance and back patio; the crew even broke the stone by hand for our new front yard planter. The excellent quality of the masonry is apparent at first sight.


In short, if you're looking for professional, timely, reasonable stonework in the Washington, D.C., area, choose Calao Stone.  Mike Moser was a pleasure to work with and we recommend him and Colao without reservation."

- Washington DC

"JR, Terri and I are overwhelmed by the job you did.  It was truly extraordinary!  Thanks for being so patient with us through the process.  We will be your referral hub."

- Clarksville, Maryland 


"I am extremely happy with the work that Colao did for us! JR originally came up with a concept

design for our front yard. After we were done I was so impressed that I told him what I pictured

for our backyard. He came back with a few ideas and we started work in the back. Throughout

the entire process I told him about my budget and he kept that in mind and would give me

multiple ideas and cost saving ideas. JR never tried to make a sales pitch or pressure me to go out

of my budget limits. They did full design and installation. JR even helped with some plantings

that weren't included in our plans.

I am an investment adviser and already referred Colao to the CEO and VP of a very prominent

company in NoVa. I am already planning more work with them for the upcoming spring!

Thank you,"

 - Oakton, Virginia 

"I would not hesitate to recommend Colao and his crew to anyone looking to design and install

a landscape and hardscape project. They were a pleasure to work with, they were responsive to

our needs, they completed the project in a timely fashion and they provided good value for the

money spent. They also had a very hardworking and honest crew.

I honestly have no complaints about them; nothing I was less then happy about. It was

definitely the most pleasant home improvement project that I've ever experienced."

- Fairfax Station, Virginia 

 " I've had significant experience with home and garden contractors over the years. In the past three

years alone, we've had major structural and remodeling work done to the house. In every instance, we

first screened potential contractors, and have rejected many. For example, we

hired three separate architects before settling on a interior remodel design. The same is true for the

structural work. And the same is true for the landscaping. We selected J.R. and Colao Stone only after

evaluating the design and cost proposals from several other reputable firms. Like any large job of this

type, you need to have close professional on-site control of the project. You need experienced craftsman

who take personal pride in their work and who are artisans in their own right. And you need confidence

that correct decisions will be made, especially when they need to be made on the spot, i.e.,

when a previously unknown site condition reveals itself. J.R., Joe Colao, Clint (the Master Mason) and

others have provided all this and more throughout the project. There are several design features that

were added sue sponte  during the installation that are simply fantastic. In fact, the folks who just

purchased the home next door have said that our back yard was a significant factor in their decision to

buy the house. We can hardly wait for better weather so that the project can be completed (e.g.,

add trees and ground cover, re-sod front yard, finalizing hardscape in upper garden bed, etc.).

Also, seeing the enormity of the undertaking and the skill with which everything has

been done, I'm very, very happy that we decided to have J.R. and Colao Stone not only do the design

but also the installation work."

- Alexandria, Virginia

“Hi J.R.,

Just wanted to let you know that we love the patio and water feature! It is just beautiful and the crew

worked so hard and were so good!”

- Glenwood, Maryland



We are sitting outside having a glass of wine on our anniversary on this late evening and talking about the house.  I don't know if you realized your guys installed the 97 year old lights with the wonderful "Paris France 1916" stamp facing out like it should be.  World class.  Subtle things like that show what you guys have trained your people.  I am a reference for Colao for life.  Thanks for finishing or dream house!  Next is the kitchen!"

- Oakton, Fairfax, Virginia


Dear Craig, 

Jeff and I really enjoy the patios, kitchen & firepit.  We did try the outdoor grill and burned wood in our fire pit twice!  Our friends admired your beautiful designs and the whole renovation project!  Best, XX

 - Great Falls, VA