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Courtyard Homes

What is a courtyard house?

Courtyard houses are homes that have been designed to, typically, have an inner courtyard, which is usually enclosed by walls. They feature a square or rectangular floor plan, with rooms leading off the indoor courtyard. The central courtyard is often used as a private outdoor space and is sometimes landscaped with plants or a water feature.

However, courtyards can either be fully enclosed or have at least three sides open to the outdoors. An open, outdoor courtyard creates a more spacious feel, connecting seamlessly with the surroundings, offering unrestricted views, abundant natural light and breezes, and a greater sense of expansiveness.

A courtyard can be finished with decorative loose gravels, in concrete or with a natural hardwood deck.

If you’re looking for a home that offers privacy, space and style, a courtyard house may be the perfect option for you. Browse our range of courtyard house designs, or contact Hamlan Homes to discuss your needs with one of our experienced builders in Geelong.

What is the purpose of a courtyard in a house?

Temperature Regulation: Courtyard houses are common in warmer climates, as they help to keep the home cool by providing shade and ventilation. This not only enhances the overall living experience but also contributes to energy efficiency.

Privacy and Tranquility: They are also popular in urban areas, as the courtyard can act as a private oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Plus, they add a level of luxury and sophistication to any home.

Indoor-Outdoor Connection: The internal areas flow seamlessly into the outdoor environment, creating a cohesive and integrated living space with nature.

Large glass doors and windows, sliding panels, lofty ceilings, and open-plan layouts also complement courtyards to further amplify and extend the relaxed living zones of the home outdoors, allowing natural light and ventilation to flood internal spaces and providing uninterrupted views of the surrounding landscape.

Courtyards also provide an opportunity to introduce greenery and natural elements into the family home, such as water features and landscaping.

Versatility of Use: Courtyards can be multifunctional spaces. They can accommodate an outdoor dining area, serve as extensions of living areas or bedrooms, or become beautifully landscaped areas for relaxation and entertainment.

Types of Courtyard Homes



Traditional courtyard homes are often inspired by Spanish or Mediterranean architecture. They usually feature tiled roofs, archways and stonework and are often built around a central fountain or garden.


Modern courtyard homes often feature clean lines and a minimalistic design. They make use of glass and steel to create a light and airy feel, and the courtyard is often landscaped with simple, low-maintenance plants.

Why Choose Hamlan Homes to Build Your Courtyard Home in Geelong?

Hamlan Homes offers a range of courtyard house designs to suit your lifestyle and budget. Our team of experts can customise any of our floor plans to create your perfect home. We will work with you to add or remove rooms or to change the layout of the internal courtyard to suit your needs. We also guide you through the necessary council approvals process, so you can rest assured that your home will be compliant with all relevant regulations.

For more information about our house plans with courtyards or to discuss your requirements with one of our team, contact us today.

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