Stone Patio, Porch, Deck, Exterior, House Building Type, Wood Siding Material, and Metal Roof Material The architect incorporated a central courtyard in the house, an unusual but intelligent design response for the region with a temperate climate. “The house sets up an interesting tension between two established [courtyard and farmhouse] typologies,” Crump explains.  Photo 5 of 11 in These Courtyards Bring Indoor/Outdoor Living to 10 Modern Homes from Lookout House