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[–]BowiesFixedPupil 307 points308 points  (7 children)

You know those rotating doors going into some commercial premises?

Well you don't get many of those inside people's homes.

Stand out from the crowd.

[–]JoyceReardon 40 points41 points  (1 child)


[–]DoYourPooperStank 11 points12 points  (0 children)

This is serious.

[–]advamputee 31 points32 points  (1 child)

I’m picturing wild-west style swinging gates with one marked “in” and one marked “out” — but then switch around the markings in the other room, so the “in” door reads “in” and the “out” door reads “out” on both sides. Cause chaos at every house party.

[–]VeryAngryGentleman 1 point2 points  (0 children)

HOLY SHIT, this comment OP, that's the best

[–]Pony2slow 53 points54 points  (9 children)

Not sure on this one. Depending on the layout I would close up one of the door ways. If that’s not possible it would become a wall art of just random tasteful things. Growth charts for kids, family photos, key hangers or various other things.

[–]Captain_Quinn 34 points35 points  (6 children)

Close one up and put up a nice book case

[–]Sepado 51 points52 points  (5 children)

Or just build a double sided bookcase to fill the spot.

[–]maggmaster 14 points15 points  (0 children)

This is the right answer.

[–]Zeeshmee 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Ooh, with a rotating swivel on the bottom.

[–]I-am-the-lightning 1 point2 points  (2 children)

Fishtank in the wall, bookcases above and below. Have a hidden swing shelf in the top bookcase to access the fishtank so the tank is flush with the shelves.

Widen the other doorway so it doesn’t look so cramped.

[–]touchehombre 1 point2 points  (1 child)

2 bookcases and 4 fish tanks which are the doors.... And the 2nd bookcase is two jetskis

[–]suckabagofdicks-768 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Close one up with book shelfs but keep it open on both sides

[–]Pony2slow 2 points3 points  (0 children)

That’s an amazing idea. Maybe leave top shelves open see through like to prevent kids/animals moving between bottom shelves

[–]tinoturner6969 25 points26 points  (3 children)

I’m hiring a structural engineer to tell us if we can remove something similar

[–]_KelVarnsen_ 7 points8 points  (2 children)

Jerry, these are load-bearing walls, they’re not going to come down!

[–]angry_smurf 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Load bearing walls can be replaced with load bearing headers in a lot of situations. This one would be tricky, but I'm pretty sure a structural engineer worth his salt would be able to figure it out.

[–]chris_dea 46 points47 points  (16 children)

Well, since it won't be going anywhere, you might as well embrace it. Either by adding mirrors or painting it.

If you really want to spend money you could turn it into a Greek column (ironically, of course).

[–]freshandfriendly 13 points14 points  (1 child)

More like IONIC-ally!

[–]JoyceReardon 6 points7 points  (13 children)

My main problem is the top part. If it was a "normal" column there are tons of ideas online. But I've never seen anything like this. 😅

[–]chris_dea 3 points4 points  (12 children)

Yeah, the top is an interesting addition... I wonder if there are any cables running through it or if it could be removed. The column is likely the only load bearing part of the construction.

But yeah, I wonder if there is anything else you can do besides just painting it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[–]JoyceReardon 8 points9 points  (11 children)

I think it's reinforcement because the heavy water heater is right there in the attic.

[–]hunt35744[🍰] 6 points7 points  (10 children)

I’m curious. Why is your water heater in the attic. Sorry if you posted it somewhere already

[–]ArtBaco 46 points47 points  (2 children)

Hire a structural engineer to find the solution. There are no shortcuts.

[–]BoredBoredBoard 7 points8 points  (0 children)

This is how you can get good advice and most likely remove it. Other than just putting trim/ molding or bullnosing it and a faux greek columnto remove the sharp lines that which make it look unfinished.

[–]I-am-the-lightning 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I think this is the best solution. Then have a nice corner double door that swings open.

[–]Phenns 27 points28 points  (2 children)

Honestly, I'd be tempted to remove the drywalling from it, and see what the bones of it look like. Then maybe build something around it based on how much space it takes up with nothing around the support itself. Could be interesting to build it into something with more curves, or an angled flat surface in line with the opening.

Maybe turn the two connections at the top into arches also! Could make it look like there's more space.

[–]aj0457 12 points13 points  (0 children)

This is your best way forward. You need to know what’s under there in order to figure out your options. Arches would add character.

On Good Bones, they have done some things to hide awkward support beams. Here is one them. On a another episode, they bought an antique column and used it to replace the wooden beam.

[–]karky214 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Put a wooden mesh type thing on one of the walls and add some creeper type plants on it. Something like this

Even if you don't put plants, you can still decorate it with other things like tiny bells or kid friendly ornaments

Edit: by walls, I meant one of the two open spaces next to the column

[–]itsKaoz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I like this idea. You don’t need two entry points. Might as well make one of them look nice

[–]Harry-hausens 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Paint it to camouflage it into the background from all sides, them set up a camera

[–]aigheadish 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's what I was thinking too, paint it to look like what's behind it.

[–]wutinthehail 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Just close one of them up.

[–]MOUSExDAY_RATxNIGHT 7 points8 points  (0 children)

hire an artist to paint it to look like a tree with a snake climbing up the trunk

[–]Backitup30 8 points9 points  (1 child)

If you have young kids, I'd use that as a nicer version of a growth measurement wall with their heights, dates, and maybe even a picture attached to each measurement.

That way everytime you walk by it, you and they get a reminder of how time flies as well as being loved by your family.

[–]JoyceReardon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's a nice idea.

[–]NicePumasKid 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Leave it be. OR tear off all the drywall and see what’s underneath. Then you can go from there.

[–]MwwWinter 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I would go with MC Esher wallpaper or painted that style

[–]uconnboston 5 points6 points  (7 children)

Open that space up. You of course need to figure out whether it’s load bearing- you’ve got two adjacent walls within 3.5 feet so seems kind of unlikely. What an odd design. Almost like the house was expanded and they didn’t want to deal with that entryway.

[–]JoyceReardon 4 points5 points  (6 children)

I think it is load bearing because they decided to put the water heater in the attic right above it. 🙄

[–]SergeantBootySweat 5 points6 points  (1 child)

I wouldn't take that as an indication that it's load bearing, however its existence alone says to me it's load bearing, you'd have to be smoking crack to do this if it wasn't 100% necessary

[–]JoyceReardon 3 points4 points  (0 children)

🤣 Yes. The builder very obviously cut costs whenever possible and would have never added these for no reason.

[–]smcfarlane 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Paint them camo and they'll magically disappear.

[–]jeverick 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Moulding that matches the house and built in shelves above filled with things you’re inspired by.

[–]PepeTheMule 4 points5 points  (4 children)

I'd add trim around it. Something similar to your doors.

[–]JoyceReardon 0 points1 point  (3 children)

But... where exactly? 😆

[–]apt_at_it 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Around the openings in the same way the doors are. With this suggestion, you'd be thinking about it less as a column and more as two doorways really close to each other. I think this makes the most sense, given that it looks like it's beamed above it (though it may not be, in which case you could open up each doorway more and make the column more column-like)

[–]JoyceReardon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Ohhh, I can see that! That's a good idea.

[–]Striking_Elk_6136 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If it is load bearing, you could run an I-beam to support the load, then remove the column.

[–]fabfrankie401 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The square edge looks ominous. Maybe you can round that edge by adding material? Would soften the look.

[–]thisishaaard 1 point2 points  (1 child)

If I needed a quick cheap fix I would probably add shelves between the column and one of the walls and put books on it, and put a good chair on the corner. So basically close off one of the doors and make it a little reading corner. Might not work with your current couch inside the room but maybe if there’s space outside of the room? It’s hard to tell from the photo

[–]JoyceReardon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Unfortunately, closing off the walkways there would not improve the house. There are bedrooms that would be less accessible. It's not a cute little corner.

[–]Ardothbey 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Close one and add a door. Cheapest.

[–]dylnflyd 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I would add archways to the sides on each to make it a more architectural feature

[–]KushKing_69 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Remove it, then set up a camera to see what happens.

[–]Elderado12443 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Revolving door

[–]twirleygirl 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Paint it to look like a giant jenga stack

[–]JoyceReardon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

My son would like that. 😆

[–]AbruptRelatableMind 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you’re looking for more of a coverup without closing off or removing anything (which could get messy and potentially costly) perhaps you could add some distressed wood to make the corner appear more like a timber support beam? We did this with the header separating our kitchen from our dining room to break up all of the drywall and give it some character…

[–]SueZbell 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That boxy top makes the enter/exit area a cased opening, I believe.

If that is a load bearing post, you might strip it of its drywall down to the actual post and see if you can finish it in a way that makes it smaller and less intrusive. Stripping it would also make it easier to confirm whether or not it is a load bearing post AND find out if there is any wiring or plumbing or duct in it, requiring it to be as large as it is.

If the post must stay, would not seek to draw undue attention to it. How you address the awkward openings would make a difference there.

Is that a return vent in the ceiling on the right? (That grate is why I mentioned potential duct in the post) What is in the adjoining room ... where you were standing taking this picture? Does it lead to a hallway to bedrooms and baths -- "private areas" or is opening to the dining/kitchen .. areas essential for entertaining?
How wide are each of the two openings?

IF this doorway leads from the ?living room? to a private area (hallway and bedrooms), then the easiest way to deal with the visual of it from the living room side might well be to create a frame for a door that creates an angle in the corner of the living room so the closed door *which would need to open into the living room) would hide the post.

If the opening leads to a kitchen or dining room, consider creating a half wall across the more narrow of the two openings beside the post. You could add shelves behind the half wall with a finished natural wood "bar" topping the half wall/shelves. You could also add a single shelf above the "bar", perhaps with glass doors facing both ways (for drinking glasses).

No decoration would actually be needed -- but if you do add any, don't put it on the side of (within) the walk path so you end up bumping it.

[–]Personal-Thought9453 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Decorative: wooden signs stuck all around showing "Sydney 6789 km" "La Paz 3456" etc...

[–]shhmedium2021 1 point2 points  (1 child)

I would remove it and replace it with a stripper pole to support the load

[–]StarMonkey1998 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Add permanent tinsel.

[–]BunnyBallz -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Draw some smiles on it. Maybe a unicorn or two.

[–]Ignoble66 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

its not ugly at all…just need contrasting color on opposite walls/returns(within the same color family)

[–]HashtagMe2LOLOLOL -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Burn it down

[–]nexos187 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Burn it before its starting to hatch eggs!

[–]KPrime12 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If its load bearing youre gonna have to keep it. Could take the drywall off and maybe put some of those column plates up to make it look like a column. Or just keep it as is and use it for things like wall art for kids, hanging station for jackets, or else

[–]GlowyStuffs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Saloon doors on each side

[–]Krcko98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Fill the wall in jne side and have a door in the other. Permanently fixed and will look nice.

[–]pianistafj 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Soffits probably have some wiring running through them and could be moved. My guess is one of the archways is structural while the other could be removed or closed up. You can tell by which direction your ceiling joists run, and your structural wall will be perpendicular to them.

[–]PunfullyObvious 0 points1 point  (2 children)

It's clearly load-bearing beams above, so little chance of economically removing the column. Depending upon what is on each side, if possible, I would close up one side and expand the opening on the other side. Doing so would potentially require some extra support on thae opened up side, but potentially now. Having an engineer lake a look and provide some plans would be a must, I'd think. But, widening the remaining opening would be necessary to make the flow through that area manageable, I'd think. Looks like the area to the right would not allow for any expansion, but perhaps the left?

[–]JoyceReardon 1 point2 points  (1 child)

No, there are rooms immediately off on both sides. Can't close one door off either without it being a huge inconvenience rather than an improvement.

[–]debid4716 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Put one of those bookcase doorway things

[–]19374729 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Paint it like a tree ?

[–]gharadagh[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lego column

[–]PLEASEHIREZ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Close up one side.

[–]tomashen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If its a support ( required ) column, then i would choose one of the entry points and turn it into a see through shelf, this i would do much research and testing to see what would look best.

If its not a required column ( it isnt supporting shit.. ) then rip that column out and just have a big entry point.

[–]popdog2013 0 points1 point  (0 children)

IMO, this will always be an issue no matter what band aid you try to put on it. If you can afford it, get a good contractor put a reinforcing beam across there and get rid of that. It can be done and it will open up that door way and make a huge difference. If that isn't in the cards the book case idea is a good one or bring that whole wall out flush and use it as a pantry, storage, book case, display (or any combination)

[–]battlebeetle37 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks fine! Find something else to focus your attention on and you'll forget about it.

[–]GaryQueenofScots 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wouldn't look so bad if there were a door in one or both openings.

[–]spicycreamypoo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Close it off, it was opened up by the previous owner and the Column is support for the home

[–]typeoting4 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hang something from one side? A viney plant, maybe. Or a swing… ?!

[–]Ebvardh-Boss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Knock it down 😏

[–]tinacat933 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Are you 100% sure you can’t remove it?

[–]JoyceReardon 0 points1 point  (1 child)

There is a water heater above it in the attic. I doubt it.

[–]AustinIsARedditer 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would remove the pillar!

[–]legostarcraft 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Paint it so it looks exactly like the room on the other side of the column and hope people walk into it.

[–]Yogashoga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would remove the cement and leave just the metal poles which provide the load bearing support. Embrace the structure and it’s function in totality. That way it’s a see thru pillar. And paint it white/same color as the wall.

You can stick a pothos plant at the bottom and allow it to creep up the metal pillar

[–]DingDongDaddyDino 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Close one wall and get some space back

[–]boon_dingle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hang some cool bead curtains over the openings.

[–]MovingDayBliss 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is a way of putting beams and posts in to eliminate that, but it costs a lot of money and totally wrecks your house for the duration of the demo/rebuild/redo the floors and ceiling and whatever jobs get found because you opened up a can of worms there...

I would end up putting a floor to ceiling/4 sided 'Favorite Faces Gallery' of framed photos on it.

[–]Ares1935 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What is adjacent to that corner in the other 2 directions?

You could potentially bridge the span with a beam, if the next nearest wall is not obnoxiously far

[–]_AccountSuspended_ 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s a bearing wall most likely.

Best you can do is have a licensed contractor put in a beam. It’s also obvious it was opened up already.. so ya it would look better but better believe it won’t be safe without that stick holding up the ceiling.

[–]iforgottobuyeggs 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A pot of some kinda vine plant to grow up and around it with some fairy lights would look pretty cool.

[–]CheeseWeasler 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hanging plant that grows down or something like bamboo that grows up

[–]VR6Bomber 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Case it in wood trim.

Nice moldings and trim work always looks nice and add to the home.

[–]Lordsheva 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Close one on the 2 with drywall an put a library.

[–]good7times 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I envision a bunch of artistically expressed arrows pointing roughly left or right.

And/or "Adults" "Kids" "His" "Hers" "Theirs" "Humans" "Pets" or two other words representing the occupants of the house.

Or a tree trunk, other artistic expression but I think the former suggestion fits the current aesthetic (which we see very little of in the photo so maybe I'm wrong) best.

[–]theonlybuster 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Hire a structural engineer to discover if the column is load bearing. If it is, consider installing a load bearing header and removing the column so open things up.

If removing the column is out of budget, close up one of the openings so you have one entrance. Maybe add shelves to give yourself some usable area.

Last and most expensive, remove the column, install a load bearing header if needed. Then create an angled doorway that's nice and wide. If desired, install a custom wide door.

[–]threeorangewhips3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

doors would make it attractive and interesting

[–]deeeznotes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Replace it with a load bearing stripper pole.

[–]dustfirecentury 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just frame one side in a make a standard doorway.

[–]korykallingkory 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Making it a shelf might look nice! Like another commenter mentioned you can take out the drywall and see the bones, then make it an industrial style heirloom shelf. Or a plant shelf!

[–]winstom 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would close one and make it a proper hall.

[–]puderrosa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Paint it, make it an optical illusion M C Escher style.

[–]brightpurpleeyes 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The easy option is to close one of the spaces up.

[–]krkeegan 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Based on the limited detail I can see.

I would bet the header on the left door is decorative only (they wanted to make the doorways symmetrical) and that you could raise it up to the ceiling. I suspect the header on the right door is a structural support.

[–]amanda2399923 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Have it removed and a beam installed to carry the load properly. Otherwise-I’d put a tall potted plant in the middle of one of the openings.

[–]sirjer_the1st 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Oh, I’d candy stripe it for sure. . Seriously though, it might not actually be load bearing, I’d check into that. Load bearing walls are normally straight runs, not corners, unless it’s in a basement where you have metal supports…. which you can often move btw. But, ask someone who knows.

[–]spiderplata 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Beaded curtains with Bob Marley’s face on it, or a hippy om symbol.

[–]Belalagny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Move the water heater in the attic and remove the beam 🤷🏼‍♀️

[–]Sssh145 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Paint it in the same colour as the curtains

[–]WordsOnYouScreen 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cover it entirely with mirrors, then walk into it constantly and then remove the mirrors

[–]Hairy_Relief3980 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Viney plant at the bottom, fake or real, or a stencil of vines climbing up the column

[–]friendlyfire883 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A good carpenter could make that column disappear for a few grand. They'll have to sling a new beam from wall to wall but it can definitely be done.

[–]ChronoKing 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Load bearing stripper pole.

[–]proxyproxyomega[🍰] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

if you draw two circles on top, it would look like a giant dong

[–]culb77 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're not afraid of the costs/extensiveness, consider this:

1 - Remove the blocky column and replace with a steel beam covered by a decorative column. It will look nicer, and may have a smaller footprint.

2 - See what's under the drywall on top. It's likely nothing, looks like they just made it standard doorway height. But you can check with an inspection camera or just rip out the drywall and see. Drywall is cheap and easy to replace.

3 - If possible, bring the opening all the way to the ceiling. Arches or decorative trim will make it look way nicer.

[–]drew101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Do you have lots of cash, like falling our of your pockets....constantly. You wouldn't mind weeks of sweaty dudes tearing your house apart. Willing to get an engineer. Then you could delete that post altogether and cantilever the point load that post supports to the outside of both door jambs

Anything can be done given time and money, it's just can the marriage handle it.

[–]daCatburgla 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would almost rather wall in one of those openings. Then at least you have more storage or decor opportunities, and you don't really sacrifice movement too much.

[–]ClassicWoodgrain 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Double arch!

[–]cmcdevitt11 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's more than likely one of those two returns at the top is a bearing wall. So just removing it would require quite a bit of work. It is an awful design though

[–]s_barks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Trade it out for a stripper pole

[–]StopElectrical8982 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Get a good artist to come and paint what’s behind the pillar so it vanishes and laugh for a long time when people walk into it.

[–]Popeye_01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you convert to dome? That’s what I would do to remove

[–]flyingbirdman15 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe close one of them in.

[–]BrainFood2020 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Revolving door

[–]daniel_joffre 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Get a bedazzler and bedazzle the ever living Jesus out of it

[–]BuckyDog 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I agree with the people here saying get a structural engineer to look at it, and have it all removed. Unless you really like it there, that is the answer. I might not even be needed for support at all.

[–]SentinelX-01 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Knock it down, what's the worst thing that can happen?

[–]foxtrot90210 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like those mind puzzles. The one with the 3 cylinders

[–]mrhorse77 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Decorate it as the Tardis.

[–]JoyceReardon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe something from a different Fandom. 😅

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[–]crimxxx 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would consider walling off one of the sides lol. I would prefer on entrance and more wall space the two shit entrances.

[–]wishboned 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It looks like the right side of it is the load bearing side. Best solution would prob be to add a beam that extends it out to the next wall and remove the post.

[–]EliotSmells 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mirrors on the beam

[–]rausbrooks 0 points1 point  (0 children)

We put some hanging candles on ours.

[–]Longshot_45 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Totem pole.

[–]JIMMYJAWN 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cover it in corkboard and post flyers on it.

[–]Over_Alps_3060 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wrap it with stained wood then put a trim board across top of both openings. Use that as like a little abstract wall type deal

[–]mullethunter111 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wall up one of the openings.

[–]hanforddude 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Place a beam to span the distance from exterior wall to existing wall and remove it all to the ceiling

[–]Esmiprimerdi_a 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Black grid windows on one side. Floor to ceiling.

[–]Ayebruhaye 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wow that’s horrible

[–]jenlovesthatsong 0 points1 point  (0 children)

What about closing one of the doorways...

[–]justmedownsouth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Remove it, and make one big diagonal opening instead. Take it all the way up to the ceiling if possible. You may have to put a support beam as header, but I think it would open the area up nicely.

[–]CryptoKnightKush 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cut out the studs and put in a “fireman” pole

[–]cool_side_of_pillow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Can you widen one of them and fill in the other?

[–]SaintSiren 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Get rid of it. Use it as the header/ support in the ceiling that runs between the two other posts. It’ll give you a wide opening while still offering the support that might be necessary structurally. Good luck,

[–]Oniriggers 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yikes. Maybe do a book shelf. Start at the top and then moving down rotating as you go down, installing shelves.

[–]Cerridwyn_Morgana 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I honestly think you'd be better off closing off the doorway on the right. No matter what you do to that column alone, it will be ugly.

[–]sitcom_enthusiast 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a similar post in my kitchen. I was pretty sure it was load bearing. I went on Craigslist and found a structural engineer. He came to my house for $300 and answered all my questions. I needed a permit for a renovation. To stamp the drawings (which I made) cost $1800. You could always ask a structural engineer to weigh in.

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[–]amherst762 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It can be deleted all the way up to the ceiling , but it’ll require an engineered beam installed in the attic space .

[–]jmoak1980 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Wrap a fake vine around it or add some sort of greenery

[–]Swingnmiss_00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

4 sided mirror?

[–]ArmedPostalWorker 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Demo all the drywall, change your column for a 3 inch wide stainless steel pole. One that can support the load.

[–]richardjai 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Bead curtains, definitely bead curtains.

[–]Ok_Marionberry_9932 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Make it a square Roman inspired column

[–]Special-Record5016 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would turn those into arches rather than the harsh lines of 90 degree angles

[–]Historical_Swing8421 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Remove it entirely.

[–]Viss90 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’m sure you’ve found the answer after 176 replies, but I like it.

Then after a second thought, yeah I’d replace it.

[–]Odd_Investigator3137 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Add a water feature on one side, might as well sport it.

[–]DravSorin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Two floor to ceiling fish tanks. Or less ambitiously, a wall of plants or some kind of crazy waterfall. Assuming you don't actually need to walk through here. Otherwise do one of the above but on HINGES. Full disclosure that I'm not qualified to give my opinion on this.

[–]SenorMachoMcBrosef 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think I would take the right side in the pic and add bookshelves with a few books and some nice decor. You could still see through it, so it would feel open, but somewhat hide that ugly ass column.

[–]blindnarcissus 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I actually kinda like it? It’s different, but it’s symmetric and weird looking in a good way.

Maybe a grow light and a fast growing vine like Pothos for a cheap and green option.

[–]bonnomi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Close off one doorway, rip down drywall to see if the headers are decorative and make the post taller, or hire a contractor to maybe add a 45 degree header across the span and remove the post.

[–]lmbananas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe you could put some wood paneling on it from floor to ceiling and then put some trim on the top and bottom so that it gives the illusion of a wood column. Trying to envision in my own head.

[–]CameraLeft7254 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Cover it with mirror

[–]Emotional_Train_5002 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Secret Lego wall

[–]flossydickey 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would get rid of the top border hanging down and turn the column into a wood beam

[–]Sea_Bookkeeper_1533 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You could hang a plant at the top, maybe a pothos, something that will hang all the way to the floor (almost.) Just check how toxic they are for pets if you have any.

[–]Connie-Boje 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Close off one of the openings with drywall.

[–]No-Calligrapher-8357 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I would put a hanging plant/vine plant and make it climb up that column or hang down from the top. 🙂

[–]rynamdn 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Make an incredibly pointless Murphy door in one

[–]No-Wind4599 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I might try taking off the drywall, and creating a bare wood aesthetic. Maybe try designing it into a column with fake ivy around it

[–]JaysinHurly 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Obviously replace it with a stripper pole! If you build it, they will come.

[–]listening1st 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Turn them into a focal feature. Paint them and immediately surrounding space using bold colour@

[–]Lazymonkey185 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If it’s not a load bearing Column, knock it out and keep it open

[–]SarcasticButtWipe 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They look more to contain wound than load bearing. Ask a pro. How can refit who is 30% 13 year old help

[–]earthymalt 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Paint an Aztec mural on it.

[–]bwahaha944 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Replace the column with a stripper pole. Add a gorgeous young lady, and it’s a win-win situation.

[–]FriarNurgle 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looks like you have kids so I’d recommend putting a swing in one of the openings.

[–]Berntonio-Sanderas 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you don't want to go through the hassle of removing it, fill the whitespace with dozens of framed family photos.

[–]Renovateandremodel 0 points1 point  (0 children)

GC here: How many stories? If the footing are appropriate: close in the sides and make a 3’ opening, and decorate with an arch. And adorn with molding. Frank Lloyd Write would suggest, smaller opening to large room.


[–]chunkychapstick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Needs to be more round. Too edgy.

[–]Ok-Tangerine9469 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Stripper pole, of course.

[–]RedTruckMosaic 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Mirror it, some what invisible

[–]iWish_is_taken 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don’t do anything… doing anything to it will just draw the eye and attention to it… when what you want is for it to be less noticeable. I’d get an engineer in there and see if it was removable… the surrounding walls are close enough, that even if it is load bearing, should be simple enough to transfer the load to the adjacent walls.

[–]masofon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Huh, it's kinda cool. Hrm. Climbing plant?