3 Courtyard Designs
This great masonry arch and doorway are essentially the front door of the house, with the courtyard being the foyer to the home. The use of a door rather than a gate also elevates the space stylistically. If your house fronts a busy street, this solves two issues: First, the courtyard puts a bit more space between the street and the house, allowing it to sit farther back from the noise. Second, it makes your usable living space seem so much larger and will actually encourage you to use the space more.
The walkway forms a straight line that draws the eye down the garden, over the fountain, and to the statue in back. The statue acts as a terminus. It stops the eye and offers you something to focus on that has visual interest. It draws you into the space. I love this. Furthermore, by keeping everything very orderly and symmetrical, the space naturally seems a bit larger. Remember, clutter crowds.
Notice how close the neighboring house is just beyond the wall. Air circulation was an issue, especially in a Texas summer. The solution the homeowners came up with here is one of the best I’ve seen. They installed misters that gently spray the courtyard and keep inhabitants cool.