Thursday, January 31, 2008

Courtyard House Plans Offer a Place for Peace and Quiet

Out of the hustle and bustle of our busy lives we often think of ways we can capture a little peace and quiet. A courtyard house plan offers just that, plus so much more. Imagine yourself sitting amongst the soothing sounds of water flowing through its winding path, a gentle breeze playing with the leaves and grasses of your beautifully landscaped garden and how completely refreshed you feel each time you wander out into this magical place. It can happen.

Other intrinsic benefits of courtyard house plans are that they provide extra security from intruders as well as a barrier to diminish harsher weather conditions. If you plan to have a swimming pool or hot tub in your yard, you will especially want to consider having a courtyard to keep small ones from harm. Which, as a bonus, could help lower the cost of your homeowner’s insurance. However, not all insurance companies offer this type of discount, so please discuss this topic with your insurance agent regarding your particular homeowner's policy.

There are many benefits, as you can see, to having a courtyard, and just a few are named here. Whether you are building a new home or wanting to add this fabulous space to your existing home, most home plans can easily be accommodating. However, there is one factor that should not be overlooked and that's proper drainage.

It is vital to the health and well-being of your home to have a good drainage system to carry off excess water when it rains or for melting snow. Without proper drainage you could end up with quite a mess, such as water pooling in your courtyard, erosion problems, a damp basement (if you have one) and/or foundation problems in your home. So, while you are planning your courtyard, it is imperative to consult with a properly certified and well experienced professional to design and incorporate a good drainage system during construction.

Courtyards have been around for centuries. In fact, they have been found in residential homes dating back as far a 3000 BC. Most commonly, they are seen in largely populated urban areas such as Paris and London. In New Orleans you will also find beautiful courtyards encapsulated amongst the buildings of the French Quarter. However, you need not live in the city to benefit from a courtyard house plan. Suburban and rural homes alike are perfect for creating your own sanctuary to capture a little peace and quiet just outside your home.

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