We often think of ways we can capture a little peace and quiet in our homes. A Hacienda Style courtyard home offers just that, plus so much more.
Imagine yourself sitting amongst the soothing sounds of water slpashing gently in a fountain, a gentle breeze playing with the leaves and grasses of your beautifully landscaped garden and how completely refreshed you feel each time you wander out into this magical place. It can happen.
Other intrinsic benefits of courtyard homes are that they provide extra security from intruders as well as a barrier to diminish harsher weather conditions.
If you plan to have a swimming pool or hot tub in your yard, it would be especially beneficial to consider having a courtyard to keep small children or pets from harm. You can easily divide a water feature from the rest of the yard with a courtyard design.
Don’t Overlook Proper Drainage
Whether you are building a new home or wanting to add this fabulous space to your existing home, most homes can be altered to accept a courtyard design. However, there is one factor that should not be overlooked and that’s proper drainage.
It is vital to the health and well-being of your home to have a good drainage system to carry off excess water when it rains or for melting snow. Without proper drainage you could end up with quite a mess, such as water pooling in your courtyard, erosion problems, a damp basement (if you have one) and/or foundation problems in your home.
So, while you are planning your courtyard, it is imperative to consult with a properly certified and well experienced professional to design and incorporate a good drainage system during construction.
Courtyard style homes have been around for centuries.
In fact, they have been found in residential homes dating back as far a 3000 BC. Most commonly, they are seen in largely populated urban areas such as Paris and London.
In New Orleans you will also find beautiful courtyards encapsulated amongst the buildings of the French Quarter.
However, you need not live in the city to benefit from a courtyard house plan. Suburban and rural homes alike are perfect for creating your own sanctuary to capture a little peace and quiet just outside your home.