HGTV Green Home 2012: Barbecue Courtyard Pictures

The courtyard serves as a second dining area, a plein-air extension of the kitchen and living room.

The courtyard was born of architect Steve Kemp's vision for a truly green design. A central outdoor space replaces the conventional backyard, which would have required excess soil displacement and construction of retaining walls. \"Now the 'yard' is open to almost every room in the house, rather than being open to one or two rooms,\" he says.

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