I have always been enamored of courtyard buildings.
Look at this smart, stylish use of rock.
This artisan did an amazing job of pulling together a entryway, two retaining walls, stairs, and a garden sitting area, into a very attractive environment.
Clinker bricks are bricks that were fired in a very hot kiln when they were still a bit wet . The water and high heat causes them to have interesting earthy colors and more organic shapes. Until their use was popularized by the architecture firm of Charles and Henry Greene, they were often discarded. Now they are collectible. Note, the name “Clinker” comes from the distinctive bright “clink” sound they make if struck against something. Snohomish, WA, USA
The spring flowers lend a winsome charm.
Painted brick with the details nicely highlighted in black and white.
Ballard, Seattle, WA, USA
This pair of bay windows really enliven the facade of this building. The paint color with the textures of the wood and brick is fantastic. The brick detailing in the parapet wall is exceptional. (above the bay windows) Ballard, Seattle, WA, USA