Landowner/Master Residential Developer

Smart Living, LLC

Louis W. Breland, owner of Breland Companies and Smart Living, LLC. has developed more than 30,000 single/multi-family homes as well as office buildings, high-rise condominiums, retail centers, and self storage facilities throughout Alabama and the Southeast since 1975. Louis is a serial entrepreneur and has sold three of his companies to New York Stock Exchange companies. At the time Louis sold Breland Homes, it was ranked the 38th largest homebuilder in the United States by Builder Magazine.


Master Plan Designer

Founded in 1980 by internationally famous designers, Andres Duany and Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, DPZ’s goal is to develop and grow thriving communities. Their focus is on cities, towns and neighborhoods, which encourage walking, diversity and complexity. As the face of ‘New Urbanism’, Andres Duany is the Master Plan Designer for Town Madison. The universal principles of the New Urbanism movement are to promote the creation of real communities with pedestrian-oriented, transit-ready neighborhoods. These neighborhoods encourage mixed uses, and allow the landscape to shape their streets. These principles project a sustainable quality of life that competes with the conventional suburban dream. Visit the DPZ CoDesign website.

DPZ CoDesign Portfolio - Click the images below for a larger view.


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Town Architect

At Smith Gee Studio, we believe that great design is truly holistic endeavor that meets our clients’ goals and contributes to a better community. That’s why we “connect the dots” by considering the neighborhood, the architecture and the interior spaces as we plan. Through a culture of collaboration, we assemble the right team of architects, urban planners and interior designers to create meaningful, timeless places that engage people, encourage interaction and stitch together communities.

Smith Gee Studio’s four Principals worked together for many years prior to starting the firm in 2010. Our experience focuses on creating memorable places through architecture, master planning, design guidelines, and design review consulting as “Town Architect” for several master-planned communities, which include:

  • Durham Farms – Hendersonville, TN
  • Stephens Valley – Nashville, Davidson County & Williamson County, TN
  • Carothers Crossing – Nashville, TN
  • Lendon – Huntsville, AL
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