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3-Bedroom Transitional Single-Story Home with Courtyard and Covered Porch (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,054 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom transitional single-story home. Here’s the floor plan: Graceful gables, steep rooflines, decorative arches, and stone accents adorn this 3-bedroom transitional home. It features a large private courtyard that provides great outdoor entertaining. The courtyard opens …

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Two-Story Modern Style 5-Bedroom Home for a Wide Lot with Courtyard Entry Garage and Poolhouse (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,404 Bedrooms: 5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story modern style 5-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This 5-bedroom modern home offers a sprawling floor plan featuring a courtyard entry garage and an expansive terrace with a poolhouse and bathroom perfect for outdoor entertaining. …

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3-Bedroom Single-Story Transitional Home with Courtyard Entry Garage and Covered Lanai (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,114 Bedrooms: 3 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 3-bedroom single-story transitional home. Here’s the floor plan: This transitional home boasts an exquisite facade graced with stone and stucco siding, low-pitched hip roofs, deep overhangs, and a covered entry lined with stone pillars. Upon entry, …

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Single-Story 2-Bedroom Mid-Century Modern Home with Courtyard Garage and Open Living Space (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,116 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 2-bedroom mid-century modern home. Here’s the floor plan: Stone and stucco siding, sleek lines, metal roofs, and large windows bring a modern appeal to this 2-bedroom Mid-century home. It features a courtyard entry garage with …

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4-Bedroom Neo-Prairie Style Two-Story Home with Courtyard and Family Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,349 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom neo-prairie style two-story home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom neo-prairie style home features modern touches with stone and stucco siding, frosted glass garage doors, and a multitude of windows that bathe the interior with …

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Exclusive 4-Bedroom Two-Story Tuscan Style Home with Front Courtyard, Bar, and Balcony (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,910 Bedrooms: 2-4 Bathrooms: 0.5+ Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom two-story Tuscan-style home. Here’s the floor plan: A graceful gable topping the garage and arched portico adds a striking appeal to this two-story Tuscan home. Walk past the portico and find a loggia that takes …

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Single-Story Tuscan Style 2-Bedroom Home with Private Courtyard and Split-Load Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,067 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story Tuscan style 2-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story Tuscan home radiates a timeless feel with its stone and stucco siding, gable rooflines, and an arched entry leading to a private courtyard. The courtyard …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Tuscan Home with Courtyard and Octagonal Balcony (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,719 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5+ Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom Tuscan home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom dreamy home exudes a Tuscan charm with its stone and stucco siding, clay tile roofs, arched windows, and a welcoming courtyard. An eight-sided vaulted gallery greets …

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5-Bedroom Tuscan Style Single-Story Home with Open-Air Courtyard and Optional Basement (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,770 Bedrooms: 2-5 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom Tuscan-style single-story home. Here’s the floor plan: Stone accents and clay tile roofs add a striking character to this single-story Tuscan home. It features multiple garages and an optional basement perfect for a growing family. …

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5-Bedroom Two-Story Modern Mid Century Home with Courtyard and Angled 3-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,837 Bedrooms: 4-5 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 5-bedroom two-story modern mid-century home. Here’s the floor plan: Mixed sidings and flat rooflines with varying heights embellish this 5-bedroom modern mid-century home. A spacious courtyard with a designated spa along with a foyer separates the …

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Modern 4-Bedroom Two-Story Mid Century Home with Courtyard and Roof Deck (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,006 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a modern 4-bedroom two-story mid-century home. Here’s the floor plan: A combination of flat and shed rooflines along with mixed sidings brings an immense curb appeal to this modern mid-century home. The house plan wraps around a …

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Single-Story Rustic 2-Bedroom Ranch for a Sloped Lot with Courtyard and Wet Bar (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,469 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 4 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story rustic 2-bedroom ranch. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story ranch exudes a rustic charm with its stone and stucco siding, hipped rooflines, an arched dormer, and a gabled entry porch. It features a beautiful front …

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4-Bedroom Modern Style Two-Story Northwest Home with Open Living Area and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,003 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4.5 Stories: 2 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 4-bedroom modern style two-story Northwest home. Here’s the floor plan: This two-story Northwest home exhibits a modern appeal with its concrete panels, stone skirting, and a multitude of large windows bathing the interior with ample natural …

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Single-Story 4-Bedroom Hill Country Ranch with Courtyard and Open Living Space (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,258 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 4-bedroom hill country ranch. Here’s the floor plan: This hill country ranch offers a functional floor plan that promotes comfortable and convenient living with its open floor plan. A covered front porch topped with charming …

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3-Bedroom Single-Story Mountain Modern Home for a Sloped Lot with Courtyard and Angled 3-Car Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,516 Bedrooms: 3 (two are on lower level) Bathrooms: 2 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 1-bedroom single-story mountain modern home. Here’s the floor plan: A mixture of board and batten siding, rustic wood, and stone brings an immense curb appeal to this single-story mountain modern home. …

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Single-Story Mediterranean Style 4-Bedroom Home for a Sloped Lot with Wet Bar and Courtyard Entry (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 2,263 Bedrooms: 2-4 Bathrooms: 2.5-3.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story Mediterranean style 4-bedroom home. Here’s the floor plan: This single-story Mediterranean home showcases an exquisite facade adorned with hipped rooflines, stucco exterior, stone accents, and a beautiful courtyard entry that creates a warm welcome. Inside, …

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Single-Story 2-Bedroom Craftsman Home for a Sloping Lot with Wet Bar and Courtyard Entry Garage (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,321 Bedrooms: 2 Bathrooms: 2.5 Stories: 1 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a single-story 2-bedroom craftsman home. Here’s the floor plan:   This single-story home exhibits a craftsman charm with its stone and cedar shake siding, gable rooflines, rustic wood trims, and an inviting covered entry. A courtyard entry …

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Two-Story 4-Bedroom Traditional Home with Front Courtyard and Bonus Room (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 3,858 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 5 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story 4-bedroom traditional home. Here’s the floor plan: This 4-bedroom home is flowing with an immense curb appeal embellished with a striking stone exterior, ridge turret, a multitude of windows, and a wonderful courtyard that greets …

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Two-Story Neo-Prairie Style 4-Bedroom C-Shaped Home with Courtyard, Bar, and Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 4,237 Bedrooms: 4 Bathrooms: 4 Stories: 2 Garage: 3 Welcome to photos and footprint for a two-story Neo-Prairie style 4-bedroom C-shaped home. Here’s the floor plan: Wrapped in stone and stucco siding, this 4-bedroom neo-prairie style home features an exquisite facade with an eccentric pivot entry door and an oversized garage that …

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6-Bedroom Contemporary Three-Story Colonial Home with Courtyard, Wet Bar, and Loft (Floor Plan)

Specifications: Sq. Ft.: 5,618 Bedrooms: 6 Bathrooms: 7 Stories: 3 Garage: 2 Welcome to photos and footprint for a 6-bedroom contemporary three-story colonial home. Here’s the floor plan: This three-story colonial home offers a spacious open floor plan that enables comfortable living and convenient gathering. Enter from the garage where you’ll find the mudroom and …

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How much do houses with a courtyard cost per square foot (approximately)?

Courtyards are far more common in some styles of building than others, but just about any style of home can have a courtyard. The cost of building a home with a courtyard is only 10 percent more expensive than building a home without a courtyard, unless you are building in an area where real estate is very expensive or you have to do extensive excavation to use a sloping lot. Expect to find some plans for homes you can build for as little as $125 per square foot. Prices go up from there.

Are there plans for houses with a courtyard that come with a detached garage?  Is it possible?

You will have to look hard for plans for houses with a courtyard that come with plans for a detached garage in the same style, but these plans exist. You won’t find them for most styles of building, however. And there won’t be a lot of options in that style.

Do houses with a courtyard usually come with a garage?  

Most houses built with a courtyard have an attached garage, most often with a side entry. It is harder to find plans for a house with a courtyard that has rear entry or that is oversized.

Is a house with a courtyard style considered a grand or luxury style of home?  Is the style used for mansions or normally regular-sized homes?

Many luxury homes have private courtyards. These are usually homes built in an Adobe, Southwestern, European, or Mediterranean style.

Is a house with a courtyard =ever built as a “small” home?  Can it be built economically?

There are ways to build relatively small homes with a courtyard. Place two modular small homes, as small as 300 square feet, together at a 45-degree angle. Then you have room for a semi-open courtyard. But plans for conventionally styled homes with courtyards begin at about 1150 square feet.

Can a house with a courtyard be open concept inside?

It is almost impossible to find plans for houses with a courtyard that are built on an open concept. Usually smaller rooms are built around the courtyard, and the courtyard itself provides the open space for outdoor living. You can find plans for homes with unusually high square footage, 4000 square feet and up, that have the feel of an open-concept floor plan because of the size of the great room or the size of the kitchen, but they are not really “open-concept.”

What are popular house exteriors for houses with a courtyard?

The exteriors of the house facing the courtyard are often painted in neutral colors, beiges, whites,and grays to allow the eye to travel to flowers, a fountain, or a pool within the courtyard. Because courtyards are all about private outdoor living, usually the walls of the house facing the street are painted in a neutral color, too.

Can you build a house with a courtyard on a narrow lot? 

There are plans for building houses with (tiny) courtyards that have a footprint just 25 feet wide. Unless you are building a townhouse, your lot will need to be wider.

Can this style be built on a wide lot?

Wide lots that are at least 30 feet deep, after allowing for distance from the curb, can accommodate a house with a courtyard. The courtyard, however, will be relatively small, allowing for an outdoor respite rather than for outdoor living.

Can a house with a courtyard be built on a sloping lot?

You can find hundreds of plans for houses with a courtyard built on a sloping lot. There are plans in all architectural styles and all sizes over about 1150 square feet.

How many floors or stories does a house with a courtyard usually have?

As many as you want! It’s far more common to build a house with a courtyard with just one floor than it is to build a house with a courtyard with multiple floors, but there are plans for building houses with courtyards with four and more floors.

Do houses with a courtyard ever have a basement?

Most houses that have courtyards don’t have basements, but you can find hundreds of plans for houses with courtyards that do. If you want a pool in your courtyard, then drainage and water protection for your basement get a little tricky, and you will need to consult a home builder or architect.

Does this style of house ever come with a bonus room?

There are dozens of plans for houses with courtyards that include a bonus room for uses to be decided later. Another approach to this design concept is to choose plans that call for more one or two more bedrooms that you think you will need.

Do houses with a courtyard come with energy efficient options?

There are many plans for energy-efficient houses with courtyards. Usually this feature is advertised for larger houses. But for smaller houses, the courtyard itself is an energy efficient option. Courtyards capture warmth in the winter and reduce the need for air conditioning in the summer.

Is a porch a common design feature with houses that have a courtyard?

Most homeowners consider porches redundant when they have a house with a courtyard. When you build a house with a courtyard, you have a wrap-around house instead of a wrap-around porch.

What type of roof does a house with a courtyard typically have?

Houses with courtyards usually have flat roofs, although you can find a few plans for Craftsman, Traditional, and Victorian houses with gabled roofs and a courtyard.

Does house with a courtyard work well with a rustic interior decor?  Or is it more suited to a contemporary interior?

Houses with courtyards are typically decorated in contemporary style. But a log cabin or a beach house with a courtyard works with a rustic interior.