Outdoor, Concrete Patio, Porch, Deck, Back Yard, Trees, and Large Patio, Porch, Deck One of the biggest challenges of the project was keeping the open courtyard cool enough for the residents to enjoy it. The architects used a low impact water feature to create ambient cooling and two native flamboyant trees to provide shade.  All-White Homes in Scorching Hot Climates by Luke Hopping