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The Lure Of A Courtyard

Courtyards have been used in residences and businesses worldwide throughout history. Along with their inviting appeal, they can also be energy efficient spaces.

One study examined how the use of courtyards in the Mediterranean area also serves a functional purpose as passive energy systems. The walls, placement and size of courtyards can lend to considerably cooler temperatures in warmer weather.

Courtyards are popular in many regions where the weather is accommodating to outdoor living.

From Klopf Architecture, this Eichler style remodel incorporated existing gables and a centrally located garden turning the home into an open and inviting place.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

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The new enclosed courtyard is open yet still retains its privacy. Accessible from the wraparound rooms, it provides a place for solitude as well as a welcoming communal area.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: klopfarchitecture.com

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: klopfarchitecture.com

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: klopfarchitecture.com

Gorgeous interior glass walls make the most of the outdoor views.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: klopfarchitecture.com

Outdoor living spaces do not have to have a luxurious spot to reside. Any designated area with space for sitting, shade or favorite outdoor fixtures can be set up with courtyard flair.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: onekindesign.com

Reused furniture, do it yourself patio projects and budget designs can turn a few ideas into an accessible outdoor area.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: honestlywtf.com

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: honestlywtf.com

Painting or staining mismatched pieces in the same or corresponding colors can pull the space together.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: honestlywtf.com

In contrast, color block techniques that incorporate bold colors or patterns can also be applied to brighten up a sunny lounging spot.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: honestlywtf.com

For more courtyard inspiration, check out Honestly WTF and 1 Kind Design for compilations of outdoor rooms.

Hectic days and busy schedules are reasons to find more ways to work in some time for getting outdoors.

The Lure Of A Courtyard

Image source: onekindesign.com

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