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It’s such a welcoming sign and makes a real statement the moment anyone walks into the space. It’s a garden living area that comes closest to being another outdoor room. An elegant space that can provide either a great entertainment area or a real sense of privacy.
If you have an existing space, there’s a lot you can do to create a special atmospheric mood around your pool. So when you are planning to add a courtyard, think about how it is orientated to the sun and how you will enter and exit from the house and the garden. The more entries you have, the more likely you are to use the space.
When you are working out the type of paving you need make sure no matter the material used, that it drains away from the house. Also consider ways to provide a partial canopy by extending the rafters of the roof over the new courtyard.
If your home is already built, plan a courtyard when adding onto the house. This may not add as much to the project as you might think. For example when adding a study, an extra bedroom or even an attached garage, you can add the same structure 15 or 20 ft from the house.
A defining characteristic of a courtyard is having the space feel as though it has four “solid” walls. A vine covered trellis or hedge may close in a small space without making it claustrophobic. If you’re looking to add an even greater sense of closure, an open roof or canopy would be ideal. Whatever structure you choose, definitely allow an abundance of light to enter the courtyard so it always creates that wonderful sense of welcoming.
In regards to design, you definitely have control over scale. The total absence of a roof makes the space feel a lot bigger than it actually is. A grouping of tables and chairs on an open patio may certainly look cramped in a walled courtyard, so keep the space uncluttered and roomy. Scale also comes into play when selecting plants. In terms of design and horticulture, it works better to have fewer and larger pots than many little pots that can dry out quickly and blow away when ever there’s a strong breeze.
The ideal picture for a courtyard is having a view into it, rather than out of it. When you design your courtyard, take a look at views from windows, including those overhead and doors that enter the courtyard. If you have an attractive view from the courtyard, a clever idea would be to consider cutting a window in a wall of the courtyard to frame it.
If you need some real assistance in deciding how a courtyard will fit into your pool plans, come and talk to us at Albatross Pools. We can give you tips and all the advice you need. We even have a special range of Courtyard Pools for those confined spaces. You can choose from The Petite 4m x 2m, The Classique, 5m x 2.5m, or The Grande, 5.5m x 2.75m.