Traditional Chinese courtyard house is a secluded area with at least three walls, usually on the outside of a house near the front yard. These courtyards provide complete privacy while keeping the outdoors inside. Designing a house around a courtyard gives a green living space in homes on small lots and provides light for interior rooms that have no exterior walls.
Design a house around a traditional Chinese courtyard house with glass walls the height of the house. Access from inside the house on all four sides of the yard so residents can travel from room to room by stepping outside without leaving home. Choose both high and low growing plants. Larger bamboo will grow into the second story of the house and give a green vista for interior space. Install large sliding doors so that the courtyard house can be opened to the house in beautiful weather, or in the evenings for outdoor entertaining. Add screens to areas with pest problems.
Plumb farm for a small pool or fountain. Add electricity to lighting or a hot tub. How to dress the farm depends on its size, but some common elements are a water feature, rock formations, seating and greenery. Tile floor in the yard. Bright colors add a focal point. More cushioned tiles create a uniform space. Choose design elements that can stand up to the weather, such as canvas sun protection, stone benches and brick walkways. Give for drainage. A soft slope against a central drainage ensures that the yard will not fill up with water or snow, which can cause water damage in the house.