Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC

Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC is a partnership between Gary Salathe and Martin Murphy.  It is a residential home building company that builds homes primarily in west and north St. Tammany.

Gary Salathe has over 36 years of experience ranging from residential construction, home design, land development and real estate sales.   Martin Murphy has over 20 years experience in residential construction, being the project manager for over 700 homes during140-st-calais-2 those years.  In 1999 Gary was Senior Vice President of Design and Sales of the largest custom home builder in St. Tammany Parish at the time.  He left the  company and started Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC with Martin Murphy.  Prior to creating their new company Martin also worked at the company with Gary as the head construction manager overseeing a staff that had consistently built over seventy homes per year, most of the homes being over 3,500 square feet of living area in size.

Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC  is a design/build custom home building company.   Gary and Martin are hands-on owners of their company.  Gary meets with each customer  to do a design interview, designs their home, does the pricing and packages up the project for Martin to then take over and build  the house.  Martin personally oversees the construction of each house.
They have designed and built everything from small starter homes to huge mansions on their customers’ lot or acreage.

140-st-calais“They come to us with their ideas, requirements and budget and I design a home for them to meet these parameters. Each one is totally different,” Gary says.  

Martin adds, “We long ago came up with a system that allows us to build every home to each customer’s taste, design needs and budget.”

In addition to their custom home business Martin and Gary have developed a specialty in designing and building Garden Homes.  They are one of only a few builders in St. Tammany that have both design and building experience in “zero lot line” Courtyard Style Garden Homes.

Martin and Gary have designed and built many garden homes in Countryside Subdivision and were selected as the exclusive builder in the late Archbishop Philip Hannan’s Terra Mariae Subdivision where they spent three years building out Phase I of the age restricted garden home subdivision.  They are now bringing their expertise to Bedico Creek where they have a Model Home currently under construction in the Garden Home section of the subdivision.  Everyone at Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC is excited about their commitment to the subdivision and is looking forward to participating in its growth.

Martin and Gary have developed an excellent reputation for creative designs, quality workmanship, attention to customers’ needs and personal integrity. They have a proven track record of tailoring the design of a home exactly the way the customer wants it and then building it quickly, with no surprises, and for the agreed price with no cost overruns. They are very proud of the fact that much of their new business is referral business.  Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC is a member of good standing with the St. Tammany/Washington Parishes Home Builders Association, the Louisiana Home Builders Association, and the National Association of Home Builders.


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Alternative Design/Build Group, LLC
State License Number: 84245
PO Box 908
Madisonville, LA 70447
Office: 985-892-4848
Fax: 985-892-4850