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Pool Cabana
Pool Cabana
Nyhus Design Group
Designed to compliment the existing single story home in a densely wooded setting, this Pool Cabana serves as outdoor kitchen, dining, bar, bathroom/changing room, and storage. Photos by Ross Pushinaitus.
Carman Bay Cottage (Lake Minnetonka)
Carman Bay Cottage (Lake Minnetonka)
John Kraemer & Sons
Builder: John Kraemer & Sons | Architect: Swan Architecture | Interiors: Katie Redpath Constable | Landscaping: Bechler Landscapes | Photography: Landmark Photography
Gary + Gayle: Cincinnati, Ohio
Gary + Gayle: Cincinnati, Ohio
Adrienne DeRosa
Trees line the perimeter of the back yard, while a sunken gathering area highlights the landscape. "We wanted [the basement] to have attractive outside access and a restful garden sitting area of its own", Gayle explains. Leading into lowest level of the home, the patio brings outdoor elements inside, making the basement feel more like another level, as opposed to a closed-off space. The benches were found at a local gardening center and re-stained by the homeowners, and the fire pit was sourced from the Sundance catalogue. Adrienne DeRosa Photography © 2013 Houzz
ArchitecTor PC  / Arizona Desert Mountain Retreat
ArchitecTor PC / Arizona Desert Mountain Retreat
Thompson Photographic
ArchitecTor PC Built by Gemini Development Corp. Interior and landscape design by Joni Wilkerson Photos by ThompsonPhotographic.com
Malibu Farm House
Malibu Farm House
Burdge & Associates Architects
Malibu Modern Farmhouse by Burdge & Associates Architects in Malibu, California. Interiors by Alexander Design Fiore Landscaping Photos by Tessa Neustadt
Guest House Exterior
Guest House Exterior
Paragon Custom Builders
The Guest House has pocketing lift and slide steel doors to provide an indoor/outdoor living space. The gravel patio connects the area to the rest of the landscape.
Fire Features
Fire Features
Markham Landscape Products, Inc.
Traditional Style Fire Feature - the Prescott Fire Pit - using Techo-Bloc's Prescott wall & Piedimonte cap.
Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival
Denny-Blaine Outdoor Revival
Board & Vellum
A spacious patio means room for dining and play without sacrificing the beauty of the space as a whole. Photo by Meghan Montgomery.
Family Compound
Family Compound
Paul Hendershot Design, Inc.
Many outdoor rooms interconnect around this entire “Family Compound,” a back house, and adjourning guest home. There is everything you need to entertain a giant family and to have friends over for a pool party. Some elements include a huge agave orchard with courtyards, an outdoor BBQ kitchen, a vegetable garden with fruit trees, a swimming pool, patios and levels. The landscape design also addresses drought tolerance and organic gardening. Paul Hendershot Design Inc. furniture: https://www.houzz.com/photos/products/seller--paulhendershot PC | Alicia Cattoni for paulhendershotdesign.com
Del Mar Exterior Renovation
Del Mar Exterior Renovation
SJS Studios Inc.
Bluestone Pavers, custom Teak Wood banquette with cement tile inlay, Bluestone firepit, custom outdoor kitchen with Teak Wood, concrete waterfall countertop with Teak surround.
Typically a paved area, a well-planned courtyard or patio can serve multiple functions – be it a spot for entertaining, cooking, dining or relaxing – so it’s important you ask yourself how you intend to use the space. Will it need to cater to a large group of friends, or small intimate gatherings, for instance? Whether it’s comprised of stone, brick or concrete, your courtyard should blend in seamlessly with your garden, and provide you with a functional outdoor living area. Courtyards are a great way to break up a large garden, are low-maintenance and can save you money on your landscaping, too. Just add practical outdoor furniture, such as lounge chairs, a sofa, barbecue or dining table and chairs to maximise the space.

What materials should I use to construct my courtyard or patio?


Stone pavers and bricks are the most common materials used for courtyards, while concrete, tiles and gravel are also popular. When deciding on which surface material to use, first consider the style of your home. Stone paving is usually at the top end of the price bracket, but is highly durable and the most natural-looking of the surface materials available. Brick courtyards, on the other hand, are relatively easy to lay, and provide a warm, rich colour that can complement traditional homes. Concrete courtyards are one of the least expensive to build and are also very durable, while gravel is quick and easy to install.

You will also need to decide whether you want your courtyard or patio covered or left uncovered. You can add roofing if you plan on using the space regularly, or opt for a pergola, trellis or umbrella for shade instead. Courtyard enclosures, usually made from glass or mesh screens, can also transform your space into an outdoor room.

What decor and outdoor furniture should I add?


A courtyard can be so much more than just a paved slab, if you add the right additions. An outdoor kitchen and bar will help make the space the life of the party, while high-quality, low-slung chairs will make you want to stay outside for longer. If you have the budget, you may even consider adding a spa or pool. To make it the ideal al fresco area even when temperatures drop, a fire pit or fireplace will be able to keep you and your company toasty warm.

To entice you and your guests into the space, make some room for greenery, even if you just a place a pot plant atop a table. It will help tie in the area to the surrounding garden. Fairy lights, garden torches and citronella candles will also help set the mood and keep the mozzies at bay, while soft furnishings such as waterproof rugs, pillows and chair cushions will add personality. For something striking, consider adding a water feature or vertical garden.

Whether you want inspiration for planning a courtyards renovation or are building a designer courtyards from scratch, Houzz has 458,307 images from the best designers, decorators, and architects in the country, including Arete Culture and Butterbrodt Design Inc.. Look through courtyards photos in different colours and styles and when you find a courtyards design that inspires you, save it to an Ideabook or contact the Pro who made it happen to see what kind of design ideas they have for your home. Explore the beautiful courtyards ideas photo gallery and find out exactly why Houzz is the best experience for home renovation and design.
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