Courtyard Plans and Designs

This is what the front of our house looks like now.

The picture below shows the foundation before I applied the stucco.

Below is what our front courtyard looked like when we bought our house.  

I removed all the old concrete and dug out about 7" deep.  I hauled a load of pea gravel enough to fill it in about 3 inches.  Next, I made a form for the step up near the door and my husband and I mixed by hand a special concrete mixture and poured it over the deteriorated step.  To prepare the damaged step before pouring new concrete, we had to get rid of all the loose concrete and clean it really well with a pressure washer. 

I primed it with a concrete primer and used a special kind of cement to resurface the old step.  I also had to raise the drain so the concrete didn't slop down at such a drastic pitch.  Using a long board and a level I made sure the water would run toward the drain when the concrete was poured.  I had all this marked on the house so it was ready to go when our concrete guy friend came to pour the concrete.  It was poured to about 4" thick. I made a form for the step going down to the walkway and poured it using the same method I used for the other step.

Before the concrete was poured I installed an expansion foam padding against the walls so the concrete could expand and contract and applied an industrial caulking all along the walls.  I did the same for the courtyard we built in the back of our house.

Here's a close-up of our front door.

I was able to custom order two of the same castle style doors for our back courtyard.

I hired a contractor to help me install the the huge 7' doors.  

I stuccoed this same color all around the foundation of the house (front show in previous pics above). It was a big improvement and ties it all together.

Then I added the brick veneer pieces at the top of the courtyard later.  That also gave it a more cohesive look tying the brick columns to the house brick.

 

Hope you enjoyed my article about our old world courtyard.  You may also be interested in my invention, the BLADEater® holster. It has a built-in blade snapper. Keeps new and used blades safely contained and off the floor. 

 

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