A well executed courtyard makes a house memorable as well as more livable. The strong indoor-outdoor connection is a powerful lure but also the geometry of the space, its openings and wall surfaces, and paving materials play important roles,as you can see in modern plan on this post.
Is there room for furniture around it? I like the way the great room fireplace in modern prairie style, below is part of a wall with built-in storage for media and books. A fireplace too close to a doorway is not very useful.