This enclosed courtyard design with a central entertaining deck is the perfect layout for enjoying time outdoors while preserving privacy. The U shape created by the home practically begs for a courtyard deck. The idea of building the deck, versus leaving the area grassy, helps to define the space and make it special and purposeful. But leaving the tree intact and building around it directly connects nature to the man made space and it provides natural shade. A nice touch is adding some decorative lighting to the tree so that a nice ambiance may be experienced in the evenings. Al fresco meals are something to look forward to at that extra long table, as are secluded and cozy gatherings (even with many people). See more of this house here.
via Desire to Inspire