This is what the back courtyard looked like when
we first purchased our new home in Ecuador
After the concrete platform dried,
the masonry work began in earnest!
After our container arrived, the finishing touches were added.
Viva la courtyard!
Naturally we have to have a grill! (It came on our container)
The window behind the grill is where our kitchen is.
Note the hummingbird feeder...we have guests every day!
Although the chiminea was the major piece of construction, there was also some other work involved. We removed the Ecuadorian laundry sink, built a small wall, added cabinetry to enclose the calaphon and propane tanks. Roger installed some ceramic light fixtures to replace bare bulbs, ran gas line extensions to our indoor laundry and for the gas grill. The entire courtyard also got some fresh paint and an electric fence was installed on the top of the wall for security. After the container arrival, it was also quite a chore to mount our tiles on the concrete walls. We got it all done, added some plants including a wall mounted orchid (a housewarming gift from local friends). The storage area under the chiminea now regularly holds two to three bundles of well dried Ecualyptus for firewood and our courtyard is utilized almost every day!
The courtyard even has a breakfast nook we enjoy almost every morning!
. The simple wooden table and chairs was our sole dining furniture
for weeks while we awaited our container arrival.
From an early morning coffee and a breakfast that includes hummingbird guests to a late evening glass of wine in front of the roaring fire, the courtyard at Casa Yazell has become one of our favorite places to be. It's yet another dream come true as we continue "juntos en el camino de la vida!"