Planning a courtyard in an odd spot
I don't know if this is the right place for this, maybe the remodel forum would be better, but I like the design energy here.
Here is what we have so far. The original house and a dining room addition we are currently building.
Originally we wanted a courtyard with pergola type "roof" over it. But I can't see it with the various roof lines. We've talked about a brick wall along the edge of the patio or redwood posts with lattice or something that will let air flow through, and rain water flow under to the dry stream beside the patio. There is a water faucet on the patio so we need a gate to access it - something that isn't too obvious maybe?
The two windows on either side of the fireplace is our living room, and I'd like greenery growing against the fence/wall so there is something pretty to look at through the windows. Right now, our view is the driveway and not only is it unattractive, but when there are cars parked there, the sun reflects off the windows and can be blinding inside.
My thoughts on the fence, if we can't do a pergola over the whole thing, is to put a fence with an arbor over it, something that would match the trellis in our back yard.
I'd like it, and the dining room, to look like they were built with the house, which is a fairly plain, pioneer style ranch.
We're also going to put a fence and gate between the new dining room and the garage, so it could match that.
Any ideas? I've looked at this so long I can't think of anything new.