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Courtyard Design and Planning

A courtyard is defined by open space surrounded by walls or buildings. If you are planning the design of such a space, the possibilities are endless. No matter how large of an area you have to work with, your courtyard can become your own private little oasis, as well as a striking nucleus for your yard. Create a quaint country garden, a graceful Italian terrace, or a simple clean patio. Basically, you can use your courtyard for any purpose. Add unofficial square footage to your home while creating delightful outdoor living.

So you have your space, now it’s time to build from the ground up. There are many durable options for groundcover. Cement is a clean option and can be dressed up with colorful stamps or patterned pavers. Porcelain, granite, wood, or clay tiles are also attractive choices. Brick pavers are a timeless classic, and natural pavers are full of simple charm. For additional space, consider building rock or brick benches around the perimeter for practical definition. Add little features such as a barbeque pit, koi pond, or cascading fountain.

Next, create your centerpiece. Perhaps you want a gurgling fountain, a bird-bath with birds splashing happily, or comfortable patio furniture surrounded by vibrant flower beds. If entertaining is your forte, outdoor kitchens are trendy – complete with a wet-bar, refrigerator, and sound-system.

Install adequate lighting, including strategically placed recessed landscape lights, motion sensors, patio lights, and teaky lamps for ambiance.

Make your courtyard versatile. You can make it usable in any weather by adding shade trees, an awning, or a gazebo. Choose materials that are waterproof, heat resistant, and low in maintenance. Your courtyard should signify relaxation, not extra work.

Finally, have fun with your private getaway. Create an inviting space that welcomes you home each night and creates that restful, restorative feeling. Including plenty of planters, flower beds, and lush greenery greatly contributes to the overall affect. Call one of our certified design and landscaping contractors today to receive a free estimate for creating the courtyard of your dreams.


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