The raised-basement house with either 1-1/2 or 2 stories above is a distinct style of the coast and bayous of Louisiana. Because of the high water table in these areas, few homes were built with below-grade basements. Our Lowlands House, designed by William H. Phillips, Jr., of Dauphin Island, Alabama, offers the option of building with or without the raised basement. Our updated version was inspired by a small plantation house on Bayou Lafourche. It's customary to use masonry at the raised-basement level and wood clapboard above. Here, the basement level is covered in a molded brick.