Our sales agent responded that that was possible for $1.5-2K, however we'd need to keep four columns as structural supports and a header at the ceiling, which was expected. And, she said they were great looking columns, not these weird round spindly things we have down here in our rental basement. I asked to see a picture, and she led me to a virtual tour on the builders website of a house with a column. I took some screen shots to show the column features.
So here's the bottom of the column. Notice the nice crown molding - I like it!
The problem lies with the top of the column:
What's with the column supporting the header? Does anyone else think that looks really funny? I was looking online for some other pictures of columns, and I did find a manufacturer who did the same look, where the column header is not completely flush with the ceiling. Is there anything we can do (cheaply) to mitigate the look?
cross-posted to my journal