Since this is about arranging your courtyard, if you own enough space, you should integrate a gazebo. It is a small construction, the size of a room, made of wood, usually intended to protect you from the sunshine, the rain, the snow and the wind, depending on how much you close it.
It is an ideal option to enjoy the outside even on days when the weather is not friendly, and if you count the fact that it can be furnished with everything you need for your own comfort, the gazebo can be turned into a small outdoor living room.
To all these advantages, add the fact that in case you have children, the gazebo is a tempting alternative for a playground. Thus, even if the sun is too hot in summer or if it snows too much in winter, you will be able to let your children play inside the gazebo. They will feel much better than if they were playing inside the house and you, as parent, will have peace inside the house and less cleaning to do.
Not forgetting the fact that the gazebos are a piece of outdoor furniture that will beautify your yard and will give it a nice rustic appearance, take into account that you should purchase it when you arrive to the chapter entitled backyard furniture, and ,in time, you will see all the benefits that it offers.