Rear courtyard ideas

The rear courtyard is going to be used any time you want a wind sheltered spot and more privacy than the front garden.
– although with the garage raising the front of the garden, the front garden should be more private than it would otherwise have been.

These are few ideas for the courtyard, in no particular order:


The courtyard will have slate tile flooring, but maybe some wall wooden cladding that ties in with the cladding on the building could soften it all. Plants will certainly look good. But they’ll need to not take up too much space and although I like this look (below), keeping a vertical wall is the planning approved design.
– I think it would eat too much into the rear slope and reduce privacy from the rear of the property down into the living area and rear courtyard.

In the pic below, there is wood and a tile floor. Then the sheet of rusting metal, water and plants all seem to work well. There are also edge up lights.

courtyard ideas

The wall could also have a streak of art sunlight !

courtyard art

With other colour splashes from furniture.

The space isn’t actually that big, so it won’t make sense to have full time outside big tables and chairs here.

But widening the stairs up to the rear could open it up, but the width shold line up with the other building lines.

There will be an outside shower in the courtyard. In the SW corner by the door to the plant room. This will be below the stairs that go up from the rear to the top floor home office / study.

So there could be lights from the bottom of the stairs to the shower area?

shower - with bench and light all under the over-hang

Their should be the option to detach and use the shower on a shower hose for getting all the sand, mud … off people, wetsuits, kids, dogs ….

If the south wall to the courtyard was white, which will fit the rest of the lower floor render, it’ll keep the courtyard brighter:

shower - 04

It’d be good to have a shelf or 2 in the wall for shower products etc.

Also some hooks for towels and wetsuits on their initial dry out.

shower - 03

In the picture below from Claire at Illumina Lighting, there’s great plant courtyard uplighting:

courtyard lighting idea

External Layout

Rob from ra-studio is continuing to come up with amazing architectural and design solutions for the project. Successfully converting my “living requirements”, tear sheets,  thoughts and ideas into something that is really coming together.

As the house layout gets closer to something that will need to be costed up, we need to add in the context of the space in front and behind the house, so I went through my notes and found this magazine page and sketch:

I like the low wall from the patio, for sitting on, then a flower bed, instead of a wall. Central steps that’d go down to the flat grass over the garage roof. I don’t like the drop in height from what will be the lounge.

Interesting to find this early days sketch layout:

  • The idea of the external hot shower being under the stairs down from the rear parking, so you can look out through the stairs at the view. This assumed the stairs wouldn’t be in the ground behind the rear courtyard, which is the current likely and sensible plan.
  • Suggests downstairs utility to include a shower.
  • Small side walls to the living space courtyard. I wonder if these will now be included or not. I’ll leave that for Rob’s input.
  • I’d forgotten the idea of a space for bins on bin day. The current idea, is that there could be a side door from here into the garage.

There is also the “Droskyn Development” planned for the land to the south of the house. Below is an annotated illustration from the thus far proposed plans. This means there will be properties, across a road to the rear of the property.

Proposed Droskyn Development plans - impact on Silver Spray

Artwork idea – cut outs from rusting metal sheets

I saw these in an art gallery in Kalk Bay, Cape Town.

I like the idea of taking an old sheet of rusting metal. Chalk (or something) drawing on some shapes, cutting them out and then ending up with the cut outs to perhaps put in the house and the sheet with it’s holes put in the garden or some such.

Maybe dolphins, fish and flying fish ?

Move the rear garage ?

The initial ideas back from the first architect show that access from the higher rear, to the rear sun courtyard is going to be a challenge.

I’d said to not move the rear garage, but perhaps by doing so, there are better ways to enter the property from the rear parking?

Architect proposed rear stairways:

Idea 1: Move the garage back and left


Idea 2: Move the garage back (or make it shorter)