La Metairie

La Metarie French Country House Plan
La Metairie in cast or thin stone (Click image to enlarge)

 small landholding in France is known as la metairie.  Our small house after the same name conveys the feeling of a country cottage with its typically French construction materials, and design.  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. 


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.

This efficient floor plan offers a comfortable 2,941 square feet of space and conveniences of an open floor plan with character.  A master bedroom suite on the ground floor overlooks the front, walled garden and has easy access to the rest of the house.  The sizable master bath is cleverly arranged for privacy and functionality.  The double vanity can be utilized without intruding on the tub and shower areas.  Two large closets allow for separate access and wardrobe storage.  A large great room with fireplace adjoins a generous kitchen and breakfast area.  A room for dining or study overlooks the covered autumn porch with outside fireplace... The perfect setting for those chilly evenings.  The two car garage is conveniently located past the powder room and storage area toward the front of the house.  Locating the garage to the front creates a cozy, private area to greet guests. (see left side elevation, above) The centrally located stair tower hides a laundry and leads to the second floor.

At the top of the stairs are three additional bedrooms.  Two share a bath and one has a private bath with shower.  Linen storage and more closet space provide additional convenience.  A room for an office or play room lies at the top of the steps, and a large bonus space above the garage offer great possibilities for another bedroom and bath or a large play/media room.


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

We have an alternate floor upper floor plan for our LaMetairie that offers just a bit of added luxory.  This plan boasts three bedrooms as before, but each bedroom has it own private bath.  One bath can be shared with the media/play area at the top of the steps. 


This plan can come with a two car garage and bonus space above or a three car garage with even more media/play area (shown above) and lots of room for an in-law suite or more bedrooms!

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A "Classic" house plan designed exclusively for the Southern Living House Plan Program.

Plan Details


4 Bedrooms, 3 1/2 Baths

2,941 Square Feet

Two fireplaces

Two car garage

Ceiling heights: 10' first, 9' second

Overall Dimensions:  82'-0" x 52'-0"




This plan is now available with a three car garage, expanded master bedroom, bath and shower.  Also we have enlarged bedrooms on the second floor with all private baths. The enlarged garage provides 30% more space in the bonus room above, which could be used for any variety of purposes such as in-law suite, game room, office, or more bedrooms.


Total heated and cooled: 4,078 SF





















Ground Floor


Great room  17'-6"x22'

Kitchen  13'x17'

Breakfast room  10'x11'

Study  13'x14'

Master bedroom  14"x16'-8"

Storage  7'x11'-4"

Garage  23'-4"x23'-8"





































Second Floor


Bedroom #2  12'x14'

Bedroom #3  12'x13'-10"

Bedroom #4  12'x14'-4"

Media/Playroom  13'-8"x14'-6"

Bonus Room  533 SF



































Alternate Second Floor plan


Bedroom #2  12'x14'

Bedroom #3  12'x13'-10"

Bedroom #4  12'x14'-4"

Media/Playroom  17'x15'

Bonus Room  623 SF


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