Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
The courtyard neighborhood concept - Larry Garnett, Larry Garnett Designs
Larry Garnett's design submission blends the setting of a cozy courtyard neighborhood with a narrow footprint that wraps the home around an inviting and functional side yard.
Common courtyards are nothing new. One of the most prominent concepts in California in the early 1900s, these historic neighborhoods are incredibly sought after today. Recent developments based on this idea have also enjoyed success.
Our design blends the setting of a cozy courtyard neighborhood with a narrow footprint that wraps the home around an inviting and functional side yard, complete with a fireplace, covered dining space, and a cooking area. A carefully designed courtyard such as this provides a certain allure and tangible sense of safety that cannot be duplicated with most typical home designs.
The generously sized front porch provides a semi-private place to relax with family and friends. A rear lane accommodates automobiles, reserving the front of the home as a safe and delightful place for neighbors to visit and children to play. Such a unique design offers the two key elements — emotional appeal and a functional daily living experience — that can inspire people to purchase a new home.
A. Carriage house
B. Courtyard homes offer private outdoor living areas
C. Inset parking — parallel parking for guests
D. Each home faces the common courtyard
E. Lane (alley) access for automobiles
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