With the increasing space crunch, houses are more congested and packed together with no open space around them. How to bring in more light into the house? Many a time there are no windows in some rooms and how to get some daylight? Open courtyards – interior courtyards can be the answer. With their open ceiling, they add to the beauty of the interiors by bringing in daylight directly to the interiors
Open courtyards are spaces open to sky – maybe with an optional partial glass ceiling – and with walls on all four sides. Some of them are designed with some soil beds in their corners for growing some plants, even some trees. Many of the homes use the corridor space or hallway space – spaces that will be otherwise extraneous or wasted – as the location to have the open courtyard.
Since they are open to sky, they bring sunlight to parts of house which would have been dark and stuffy without the courtyard. With a well-planned open courtyard right in the heart of your home, your living room, dining room, and even your bedroom can get a fair amount of sunlight effortlessly. Even if you do not happen to have a balcony or a patio, this courtyard will serve as an effective alternative for relaxing.
Painting the walls of the courtyard in complete white or all pastels may not give an idea of spaciousness. Deep shades may give an idea of depth and add character to the overall effect. You can think of planning for a vertical garden in one or more walls of the courtyard. You can think of wall fountains on one of the walls that will be a welcome sight with its soothing like music like water-trickle.
With complete glass walls – like floor to ceiling height windows, it will be possible to completely utilize the daylight streaming in via court yards; nicely lit wide open rooms adjacent to the yard with maximum sunlight. With windows open into court yard, there will be more cross ventilation within the rooms and the entire house.
If you are thinking of having an open courtyard in your home, you need to talk to your interior decorator. You may need building permission from the authorities and adhere to all safety standards and other requisition etc. Here are some of the courtyard images from Shinichiogawa. Just see how the entire house looks spacious and well lit!
Warmly Lit Wooden Dining Set
View of Living Room from Courtyard
View From Above
Open Yard Seen from Living Area at Night
Open Courtyard with Tree
Living Area with TV and Sofa
Light Filled with High Ceiling
Brightly Lit With Light Streaming In
Blue Sky Seen from Inside
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