Collection by Diana Budds

Houses with Creative Courtyards

For outdoor dining or a private place to lounge in the sun, nothing beats a courtyard. Here are seven such spaces.

In a tightly packed Tokyo, a group of apartments shares a central courtyard. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
In a tightly packed Tokyo, a group of apartments shares a central courtyard. Photo by Dean Kaufman.
At night, opening the entire top floor is a breeze. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong are even planning of rigging some kind of sail over the back patio for shade. The hot tub is by Roberts Hot Tubs.
At night, opening the entire top floor is a breeze. Russell-Clarke and Moolsintong are even planning of rigging some kind of sail over the back patio for shade. The hot tub is by Roberts Hot Tubs.
A mix of polyethylene seating and rustic stonework is in the home's courtyard.
A mix of polyethylene seating and rustic stonework is in the home's courtyard.
A view into the private courtyard off the living room and office.
A view into the private courtyard off the living room and office.
The home’s interior design, featured in Vogue and widely celebrated, was an unusual foray into residential surrealism by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret.
The home’s interior design, featured in Vogue and widely celebrated, was an unusual foray into residential surrealism by Le Corbusier and his cousin, Pierre Jeanneret.
Four-year-old Ian plays in the courtyard, which is the center of family life in warmer months.
Four-year-old Ian plays in the courtyard, which is the center of family life in warmer months.
A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.
A single crepe myrtle, which sports red blossoms in summer, defines the courtyard.