A question on interior columns @ entry to room
This is more of a design question and it’s pertaining to a detail that I’ve seen in a lot of older houses. I have an old Craftsman-hybrid house that has a few unique details common to that period. However, my house was built more as a simple, working-class house, more like a ‘cottage’ than an upscale house for it’s time. The detail that I’m asking about is one that I’ve seen in more upscale Craftsman houses and want to add it to mine.
The detail is one you often see at the entry to a main room such as a living room or dining room. The entry to the room typically will have a large entry opening with no doors, perhpas 5′ to 8′ wide with height at typical door height. At the sides there is a small partial wall that extend out from the sides of the opening. On top of those two partial walls are columns that rest on the top of the partical walls and terminate at the top of the opening. Is there a name for this detail? I’ve seen tons of them in various design and building books and there never was a ‘term’ used to describe it. Just wondering if there is a formal or informal name for this type of detail.
I’m in no rush to get this done and have a general idea of the dimensions. What I may do before I start drawing up the elevations in AutoCAD is to get some cardboard and make a mock-up to get a feel for what height and width the partial walls on the sides should be to create the optimal look.
Any ideas or suggestions would be welcomed!