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Open an Interior with Columns

Built-in columns do the work of walls without shutting out light and views

How do you open up a space without robbing the original rooms of their definition and purpose? Architect Laurie Erickson' frequent solution is engaged columns, which are columns attached to a half-wall, cabinet, or even the wall itself. Here, Erickson explains how these elements can lend architectural interest and order to a new floor plan, while looking like the've been there all along.

From Inspired House8 , pp. 36-41