Hi Sooth..yes I thought it odd that they left that weird half wall. I guess it was all the rage in the 1970s though. Funnier
still was that they left all the bricks inside. Oh well I will have my very own dedicated stock of reclamation brick.
I am planning on removing the 1/2 wall and putting in some additional support for the 2nd floor as the headers look just
a tad dodgy to me. Then I was thinking of trimming them out, haven`t decided if its square or round yet. There is a company
here in the GTA area that makes decorative columns that go around support posts. Oh and I am going to trim out the arch way
as right now it looks terrible. 1970s orange stained pine, not my fave look.
P.s. Just checked out the link in your post...those are some nice columns, maybe a bit glam for my humble little cottage.
My ceilings are not even 9 ft in the kitchen, so I will have simplify and scale down on the ornateness or it may seem more like a Greek temple than a settlers cottage. I really hate what is there now, its tacky and smacks of 1970s hunting lodge. Why
couldnt the POs just have left the original detail?
putting the 18 back in my 1872 Victorian farmhouse.