A front yard courtyard provide comfortable areas for visitors awaiting entrance into your home. A front yard courtyard extends your landscaping theme throughout the property. Use the front yard courtyard as a continuation of landscape planting and gardening style to enhance focal points, such as the driveway and front entrance. The main characteristic of front yard courtyard is enclosure; either with fencing or walls, sometimes hedges. Most are open to the sky, though some may have a roof that can make the yard dark unless window openings are cut into the walls. This might be an ideal setup in a hotter climate, where both ventilation and shade are desirable. The purpose of enclosure is privacy, shielding the entry from the street and allowing a buffer zone between the house and traffic noise.
A front yard courtyard is almost always paved in some way. Flagstones, concrete paving blocks or even bricks may be used, depending on the design. A simple patio floor can be a uniform surface, or ground cover may be planted in between stones. Colored gravel is probably more economical but will have to be replenished as people walk on it. If homeowners plan to use the courtyard for entertaining, a solid surface that is less prone to causing falls is a better choice.