Outdoor, Trees, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, and Side Yard 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.   Best Photos from Before & After: A Cramped Home in Mexico Gets a Drastic Makeover on a Tight Budget