I am always a fan of open spaces such as atriums, courtyards and patios. These open spaces provide the much needed ventilation, access to daylight and night sky, a garden and usually a fountain adorns its center. A piece of nirvana inside enclosed spaces.
There’s nothing like a gate that says “Come on in.” We have loved ours, since adding it 4 years ago. In fact, the entire courtyard was added at that time and made a significant improvement on the curb appeal of the home. It’s sometimes the small details that matter.