La Metairie 2A

La Metarie 2A French Country House Plan
La Metairie 2A (2 car garage shown above)

 small landholding in France is known as la metairie.  Our house plan after the same name conveys the feeling of a country cottage with its typically French construction materials, and design.  The La Metairie 2 has the same look and appeal as La Metairie, with the benefits of a larger floor plan and a lower level terrace walk-out making it perfect for a sloping site.

La Matairie 2A with 3 car garage and basement walk-out.

We have attempted to recreate the country charm of a French cottage in a new version suited for today's lifestyles.  Design elements reminiscent of French country design such as exposed rafter tails, stone construction accented by heavy timbers and infill of brick or stucco echo the charm of another world.  Steeply pitched roof lines and generous overhangs mimic construction techniques of the region years ago.


Our La Metairie 2A features a large walk-in shower  (for two!) in the master bath, enlarged autumn porch, an expanded three car garage with additional work area, laundry room off the kitchen, and a generous inlaw or guest suite above with its own sitting room, reading alcove and large private bath.

The welcoming courtyard at the entrance greets visitors with a sense of privacy and warmth.  It would be ideal for a small flower and herb garden tucked just off the motor court and visible enough to draw one in past the rectangular stair tower that hints at the spaces above.  A terrace level below the first contains surprising space with two large bedrooms, each with their own private bath and a 17' x 23' den.  All have a view to the back and open directly to a covered terrace below the porch above.

This functional, three story floor plan offers a generous 3,338 square feet of space and conveniences of an open floor plan with character.  The centrally located stair tower off the entry foyer wraps around an elevator and leads to the second floor.  A generous master bedroom suite on the ground floor offers a sunny sitting area overlooking the garden and has direct access to the covered autumn porch with exterior fireplace...the perfect spot for early morning coffee with the newspaper!  The double vanity, private toilet and large shower provide an added level of luxury to the master suite.  Two large closets allow for separate access and wardrobe storage opening directly to the bedroom. 


A large great room with fireplace and high beamed ceiling adjoins the dining room and a generous kitchen.  The two car garage with storage is conveniently located past the powder room and laundry area toward the front of the house.  Locating the garage to the front creates a cozy, private area to greet guests.  

Reached by stair or convenient elevator, the second floor is full of surprisingly interesting space for the active family.  A room for an office or study lies at the top of the steps and overlooks the great room below.  Additional room for a fourth bedroom or playroom is next to this space and a large bonus area above the garage offers great possibilities for a large play/media room.


All in all, this house is surprisingly large and elegant for a "small landholding."

Welcoming detailing of La Metairie. (2 car garage shown)
A "Classic" house plan Designed exclusively for the Southern Living House Plans Program.

Plan Details

4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths

5,545 Square Feet

Two fireplaces

Three car garage

Ceiling heights: 10' first, 9' second

Overall Dimensions: 107'-4" x 54-0"'


(Basement  walk-out)


































New!  Enlarged covered terrace



Terrace Level

1,467 SF


Den  17'-0"x23'-0"

Bedroom #2 12'x16'-0"

Bedroom #3 13'x14'-0"

Storage  6'-6"x25'-0"

Covered patio  525 SF


























New!  Enlarged master shower and enlarged covered porch








Ground Floor

2,054 SF


Great Room  17'-6"x29'

Dining Room  11'x18'-6"

Kitchen  11'-6"x23'

Master Bedroom 16'x20'-6"

Covered Porch 504 SF

Garage  30"-0"x32'-0"






New!  Three car garage













































Second Floor

2,024 SF


Study  14'-8"x17'-0"

Bedroom #4  14'-8"x15'-6"

Sitting Room  14'-8"x9'-4"

Reading Alcove  9'-8"x8'-0"




New!  Guest suite with sitting room above garage

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