03/16/2012 01:58 pm ET Updated Mar 16, 2012

Mitt Romney Applied For Application To Construct Basement Larger Than Existing House

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has filed an application to create a finished basement larger than his existing house in La Jolla, Calif., reports the Wall Street Journal.

The Journal reports that Romney wants to replace the existing 3,000 square-foot beach house with a 7,400 square-foot home with an additional 3,600 square feet of underground space.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported in August 2011 that Romney planned to quadruple the size of his waterfront home, expanding it to encompass just over 11,000 square feet. Construction will not begin until the campaign is finished, according to the Romney campaign.

Romney disputed the Union-Tribune's story to New Hampshire Union-Leader publisher Joe McQuaid:

It's not accurate, Romney said, simply. The application he made, two years ago, was to double the living space by turning one story into two. The "quadrupling'' was a measurement of added nonliving space, including a basement and garage.

The Romneys' official residence is in Belmont, Mass., where they raised their family. They also own a $10 million vacation home on Lake Winnipesaukee in Wolfeboro, N.H.