Column Consultation: Incorporating Columns into Your Design

Big screen TV in basement with sectional and decorative columnsColumns can be an integral part of your home’s structure. However, that doesn’t mean that they can’t be a beautiful design element too. Whether incorporated into your basement, living room or kitchen design, here are some tips from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on creating a perfect pillar.

“When working on a renovation, oftentimes there can be plumbing or mechanics that have already been set in place,” said Leslie. “If we know about a pipe in a critical location and determine that it will be costly too move then it often makes sense to disguise it with a decorative column.”

Casual dining space separated by columns and cabinets from kitchen“However, columns can be decorative too. For instance, although one column might be hiding mechanicals, you can add more that are purely decorative. Or, you can also use columns as a way to tie two rooms together,” added Leslie.

Curious how a column is created? Typically, this part is handled by Normandy’s skilled set of carpenters, who fabricate the columns. In most instances, especially for a basement or entryway, the column will be comprised of customized millwork from the lumberyard. Once the carpenter fabricates the column to the designer’s specifications, it is installed and painted.
In the case of a kitchen remodel, the column can also be wrapped with cabinetry material. This helps it to better blend with its surroundings.

Kitchen with structural column in the island“Columns aren’t just to disguise construction components,” said Leslie. “For example, there can be structural requirements when you are adding on an addition to your kitchen. In that case, we may be required to incorporate a column in your kitchen design. However, the good news is that we have the tools and skills to make it look like a design element.”

For more information on unique design solutions, follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. You can also register to attend one of our upcoming seminars to learn more about the remodeling process.  You can also visit our photo gallery for more home remodeling design ideas.

Lower level basement bar with performance stageLounge area and bar in lower level

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