Courtyard Designs & Ideas

Monsoons in India are best enjoyed in a beautiful courtyard with a steaming cup of tea or coffee. A traditional courtyard design in Indian homes is to have walls on three sides which provides seclusion and privacy. Hence most of the courtyard areas are in the center or are adjacent to the house. A good courtyard design plan will not only be open-roofed but also be seamlessly connected to the house. A courtyard in the home has many advantages. It provides the utmost privacy and creates a microclimate for a variety of plants. In most homes, courtyards are open-air entertainment centers, while others house they serve as an extended outdoor kitchen. While browsing different courtyard ideas keep in mind the following
  • Don't block the view of the rain or blue skies. Don't add fences, walls or creepers that block out the light and air in the courtyard. If you have a really small courtyard inside the house do not add too many plants and make the place feel cluttered.
  • Pay attention to seating. Whatever the purpose, courtyards are a high foot traffic area. The traditional south Indian courtyard homes have stairs on all four sides that not only serve as an entrance but also as seating. Think about adding floor seating and ensure you opt for high-quality weatherproof furniture.
  • Don't be afraid to steer away from the tradition. Talk to a professional about your courtyard interior design. You can be extravagant and have a small swimming pool in your courtyard or be minimalist and have a few accessories or plants and enjoy the simple space.
If you are looking for ideas for a private outdoor space then look no more, we have the best courtyard pictures and designs on Houzz.

Radhika Pandit
Hang such lights from the jaal of backyard sunken so it is visible from the stilt bedroom - rahul_mittal76

Photography is the story I fail to put into words - michaelbowen909

atrium - premsekar_guna

Sebastian Zachariah
best of best relaxation seating outdoor - vishal_brar

A wall of bi-fold doors open to bring the outdoors inside the master bath. Photo by Linny Morris
tiny lil garden... peace lily... - iranna

An uplighted river rock bathtub is placed in the back of Javanese reclaimed wooden house. To indulge our bathing experience, this semi outdoor bathroom is given its own veranda with its own luscious vegetation and niche with stone figurine.
stone color of the tub - sharmista_rijhwani

Photos by Katrine Mardini
Plants behind sitting - kamal_kandhari

No matter how big or how small the back garden is, there is always room for a deck. Outside entertaining is always a must in Australia. If room allows there is always a place for a day bed for some sitting, relaxing, reading or just dreaming the day away.

Bob Elam, APLD

Leland Gebhardt
exact dinning area - madhavi_kodihal75

Terrace - kasi_nair

Exterior - androidadwani

Recently renovated, parts of this in-town home in Rasteau, France are 800 years old. Photography by Geoffrey Hodgdon
pool - dutt_priti

Joseph St. Pierre

Featured in Feb/Mar 2013 issue of Organic Gardening Magazine, this Boston-area courtyard functions as an entryway, parking space, driveway turnaround, and outdoor room. New York bluestone planks set into a sea of pea gravel can bear the weight of vehicles while allowing rainwater to permeate the ground, preventing run-off. Curving 7-foot-high green walls of shade-loving native plants create privacy and beauty, while native birch trees (Betula papyrifera) in the entry planters provide a handsome complement to the four-story Silver LEED-certified house by Wolf Architects, Inc. Landscape Architect: Julie Moir Messervy Design Studio Landscape contractor: Robert Hanss, Inc. Green wall: g_space Photographed by Susan Teare for Organic Gardening Magazine.

Design / Construction / Craftsmanship by: Arrow. Land+Structures. Marco Romani, RLA. Landscape Architect.
full stone work - stonezone44

Plants: Japanese maple and mixed planting behind storage box provide interest. The Michelia figo and buxus sempervirens layered hedge provide privacy, formality and a calm green backdrop to the courtyard patio. Fence: lattice was attached to to the existing run down fence and painted a very deep (almost black) blue. The dark color helps the fence recede and makes the green foliage stand out. The lattice brings texture which also helps soften the boundary. Paving: The simple paving pattern is one of the more difficult to lay - you need to make sure the perp lines are straight for it to look fabulous. But done well this is the most peaceful restful paving pattern. These pavers are Blue stone. The same stone as the retaining wall. The different texture is from the blue stone blocks in the wall being rough hewn, while the pavers have been cut with a diamond blade saw. Storage and bench seat: The storage bench Is practical, functional and good looking. It contains garden tools in waterproof boxes which means no garden shed taking up space in this inner city courtyard. And it is a lovely day bed, or bench seat for the table.
Pleasant sit out - san_dugga