Courtyards can be inviting entries into a house or secluded private places that are attractive from the street side. The front courtyard house design is the first part of the home visitors see, and it sets the theme for the outdoor design. The front courtyard house design should be carefully planned to serve functional purposes, while complementing the home’s design and adding beauty. Look at books and websites featuring courtyards and glean design ideas that you can incorporate into your front courtyard. You can find ideas for ponds, container plantings, and plants that will do well in your lighting conditions. Pictures of other courtyards and how they are decorated will help you determine your design preferences before you start decorating. Some courtyards are fully paved and all plantings are in containers. Other courtyards may have planting beds available. You will need to determine your lighting, water and soil conditions. There are tools available for this at your local garden center.