Natural light can be harnessed to naturally heat your home during cooler months and, of course, there’s nothing better than basking in spring’s first sunny days from the comfort of your couch, cuppa in hand. Unfortunately, many inner-city blocks are long and narrow and you may not be blessed with perfect orientation. Hands up if you’ve got a dark, south-facing backyard? This is a situation where a courtyard design can be a real boon. You’ll be able to get light into the rear spaces and create a sunny outdoor space in the middle of the home. And it’s not just suited to south-facing backyards, either. You can grab north light from the side with a courtyard design too, so even if neighbours are breathing down your neck on all sides, creating some space for light in the middle of your home could be the answer.