Charleston Courtyard Courtyards are ideal outdoor living spaces, providing seclusion in an otherwise open backyard. As opposed to the more social front porch or open gazebo, they provide the perfect place to withdraw from the world. Lush tropical foliage brings new life to this courtyard & provides additional privacy. Buried bricks were recovered to add to the walls and patio, lending a sense of antiquity to the space. River stones around the base of the fountain reinforce a water theme.