We all want to get outdoors more often and having an outdoor area where you can sit and relax alone or with friends can be just the encouragement you need!

Courtyard and patio designs can incorporate many disparate features such as beautiful stone sitting walls, fireplaces and hidden alcoves which act as trigger points for relaxation. When you first start thinking about a courtyard design consider how it will be used.  As one small example, if your ideal patio is a private hideaway, them you may luxuriate in a small concealed patio area with the sounds of of water and birds. If on the other hand the goal is a gathering place for friends and family you may want to consider how to provide extra seating for guests. Most designs incorporate a combination of both elements.