A courtyard helps isolate the interior of the house visually and acoustically from its urban surroundings, and provides a large opening on the envelope of the house, where light and shadow play enhance the colors and textures of the building throughout the day.  Tagged: Outdoor, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Side Yard.  Photo 8 of 18 in Before and After: A Cramped Home in Mexico Gets a Drastic Makeover on a Tight Budget