An Atrium-style home is normally configured in some type of a U-shape. It could also be called a “courtyard” style. There could be a literal courtyard, or it may be a private enclosed area with a swimming pool. Another use for the Atrium style home would be for lots referred to as “trash” lots. This type of home is normally lower than the road elevation so that the top of the house is earth-level or slightly above the road in order to put a garage and second entrance to the house on top of the house. This would also enable to the top of the house to be used as a second play area, as a covered porch, or as a garden.