This is a very small space that measures approximately 20x14 feet and gets very little sunlight. The client is from New Orleans where they still maintain a house and wanted something that would remind them of home so we went with a contemporary take on the New Orleans-style courtyard. This space was unused and the landscape died as a result of poor soil conditions, poor drainage and heavy shade long before we took on the project. Our mission was to 1) Invite the homeowner into a space they were familiar and comfortable with, and 2) Involve all of their senses (aesthetics for the eyes, water fountain for the ears, fragrant flowers and herbs for the nose).
This picture is the left side of this outdoor living space which features a refurbished fountain. The client had this fountain laying in the corner of the courtyard, broken and forgotten. We had a specialist restore it and give it the patina that creates the sort of character you would expect from a New Orleans style courtyard.
Again, this is a very small area that was unused and is now a permanent and regular part of this client's daily living.