Nouveau Victorian: That's what architect/contractor Carolyn McCown calls a residential remodeling she is supervising in Pacific Palisades.
Located a few blocks north of Sunset Boulevard, the house is one of the oldest in the Palisades, but it certainly doesn't qualify as a Victorian--yet. It was built in the 1920s, according to Penelope Emerson, who is assisting the homeowner, Thomas James.
The house is being transformed from a one-story, two-bedroom structure with about 1,075 square feet to a multilevel structure with a two-car garage in the basement by a favorite method of McCown's: She's raising the house and building under it.
On Feb. 24, 1985, I described McCown's design for an expanded Westside house, using a similar method.
In certain instances, McCown, whose office is at 10506 W. Pico Blvd., prefers to raise a house and build under it, rather than resorting to more conventional second-story additions that involve reinforcing the foundation and putting on a new roof.