Storage column instead of a wall A floor-to-ceiling column replaced a nonbearing wall that separateda small kitchen from an adjacent dining room and den. Better circulationand shared views make the kitchen seem larger and less isolated from therest of the house than it was before. Industrial vinyl flooring in allthree rooms visually ties them together. The wooden column conceals plenty of storage space; from the top,it has a cabinet, a drawer for silverware, a pull-out chopping block,and a cabinet with pull-out wire bins for fruit and vegetables. Made ofgum wood, the 2-foot-square column rises 7 feet to a lowered ceiling.
Design was by homeowner Janice Butler of Portland. Photo: Wooden storage column opens up small kitchen to views of denand dining room Photo: Richly grained facing on pull-out cutting board looks like adrawer front