Madisonville and Covington Countryside Garden Homes
Building in Countryside Gardens, Covington, Louisiana


  • Located only 10 minutes from Covington & 5 minutes from the Hwy 21 commercial corridor
  • Ample areas of wooded greenspace behind each lot
  • Walking paths through a natural woodland environment

Open House Dates and Times:

Gary Salathe, co-owner of Alternative Design Build, will hold open a Countryside model garden home located at 372 Beebalm Circle in west St. Tammany.
He will have all of his Countryside garden home designs for display and will be ready to answer any questions you may have.

Manned Open House

This will be the last manned open house of the year.

Sunday November 19th 2 PM until 5 PM

**** Unmanned Open Houses ****

These dates will be the last unmanned open houses of the year.

Wednesday November 15th 10 AM until 4 PM
Friday November 17th 10 AM until 4 PM
Saturday November 18th 10 AM until 4 PM

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Sample Photos of Countryside Gardens Garden Homes

Garden Homes at Countryside Gardens

In Countryside Gardens you will find a style of home design popular around the country which lessens yard work for homeowners wanting to spend more time on themselves.

THE CONCEPT: Lots of privacy, less yard work!

Garden homes, also known as "courtyard homes", significantly reduce the home's yard area without sacrificing the privacy most homeowners desire. Each home is set on one side of the lot only inches from the property line, creating a 20' to 30' wide courtyard on the other side of the house. The side brick wall of the neighbor's home (which has no windows) serves as backdrop for the courtyard, creating the privacy many think can only be achieved with large spaces between neighbors.

Garden Homes at Countryside Gardens

The interior of the home is designed to focus attention towards the courtyard, allowing it to become an integral part of the inside living experience. In a garden home, it is very common for a homeowner to be seated at their dining room table and have a fountain or bird feeder just a few feet away and in full view through large windows.

In Countryside Gardens, each homeowner owns their lot and is free to express their landscaping creativity while leaving the job of cutting grass to others. Homeowners maintain only the area within their courtyard and any front yard gardens, while the Homeowner's Association maintains the front lawn and common areas.

Example of Courtyard Style Garden Homes

Don't be fooled — all "Garden Homes" are not created equal!

Many St. Tammany builders and developers are incorrectly calling their homes "garden homes". Some builders design their "garden homes" with the main living areas having a view out to the rear instead of into a side courtyard. This allows your rear neighbor to have a direct view into your home and you into their home! Some developers have designed their subdivisions so that the homes are set close together and have windows on both sides of the houses! Each of these type of home designs reduce a homeowner's privacy, not improve it. The homes are no different from the typical home that has been built for the last fifty years in New Orleans and Metairie. There really isn't anything about these types of designs that would cause them to be called "garden homes". They are really just small houses on small lots.

In many "garden home" developments the homeowner does not own the land within the yard areas. Each square foot of the yards are owned by the Homeowner's Association and have many restrictions on how they can be used by the homeowner or what gardens may be planted within them. In Countryside subdivision your home will be on an individual lot that you own. Your home ownership is the same as in any typical St. Tammany parish single family home subdivision.

THE HOMES: Creative innovation, personal choice!

Garden Homes at Countryside Gardens

Gary Salathe, co-owner of Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC, has created over 40 garden home designs for Countryside Gardens offering customers a broad spectrum of homes and prices to select from.

The efficient designs meet the customer's needs using the least amount of square footage, thereby reducing the cost of the house or allowing these savings to be used for upgraded amenities. Any of the designs can be modified at the request of the customer and there is no limit to the selections the customer can make for interior materials and amenities.

The homes start at 1,500 square feet of living area and go up to 2,700 sq. ft. of living area. Prices start in the $250’s for a two bedroom, two bath home.

Design categories available for
Countryside Gardens garden homes are:

2 bedrooms, 2 baths
2 equal size master bedrooms and master baths, powder room
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, computer area
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, study/formal dining room
2 bedrooms, 2 baths, study/formal dining room, computer area
3 bedrooms, 2 baths
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, computer area
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, study/formal dining room
3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, study/formal dining room
3 bedrooms, 2 baths, study/formal dining room, computer area
3 bedrooms, 3 baths
3 bedrooms, 3 baths, study/formal dining room
3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, formal dining room, keeping room
4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, study/formal dining room
4 bedrooms, 3 baths, formal dining room, computer area

© Copyright Alternative Design/Build Group, LLCCountryside Gardens Floor Plan
The Countryside model home design.
Available for purchase.

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