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Monterey homes benefit from creative courtyards

24 Apr 2013 12:48 PM
Monterey homes benefit from creative courtyards

Houses in Carmel-by-the-Sea are often defined by their relationship to two features: the sun and sea. Most of the houses in this beloved region face the Pacific and are designed to make the most of the rising morning sun. It's no surprise, then, that when homeowners decide to renovate their houses, they focus a great deal of attention on making the most out of these coveted elements.

A sun-soaked redesign
That was the case recently when two Carmel residents upgraded their 2,600-square-foot home to optimize its connection to the ocean and the sun. According to Houzz, Chicago's Dirk Denison Architects outfitted the home with full-wall windows, a semi-enclosed courtyard and other features to make it more peaceful and elegant.

The courtyard is perhaps the most original and compelling aspect of the home redesign. Connected to the master bedroom, the indoor courtyard features a glass ceiling that allows the residents to gaze peacefully at the evening sky - a proposition aided by the elegant reclining chairs that line the courtyard's walls. 

Courtyard inspiration
Many pieces of Monterey real estate feature courtyards, and residents have found that there are numerous ways to make use of them. Whether they are partly enclosed like the aforementioned Carmel example or entirely open to the elements, courtyards serve many purposes in a house and can be an ideal spot for entertaining. 

According to HGTV, optimizing your courtyard is easy and rewarding. Adding built-in seating options - such as long, padded benches - can help you turn your courtyard into the perfect space for everything from leisurely dinner parties to summer barbecues. 

Lighting is also an important feature to consider when designing your courtyard, and the source recommends getting creative by using strings of lights, heat lamps and ground lighting. 

Open connections
The advantages of having a courtyard extend well beyond their ability to serve as entertainment venues. When the Carmel homeowners decided to revamp their courtyard, they focused on improving its cross-ventilation benefits. By including large, glass sliding doors, the owners made their courtyard an ideal way to control temperature within the house.