Can I remove these columns and give my house a different elevation/frontage?
My husband and I bought this house when we were newlyweds, not realizing we'd end up staying it it long-term (for almost eleven years now). Since we're in a very good location and the value of the homes around us is continually going up, we're considering staying and renovating and/or adding on instead of moving (as was always the original plan). However, one of my single biggest issues with this house are these ridiculous 1970s-style columns on the front. My question for any contractor or builder out there is this: would it be possible to just take these columns completely OFF if we took the roofline back so that it was fluid with the roofline across the other side of the house (ie. the right side in the photo)? I don't think these columns are load-bearing for the house itself but instead simply hold up that particular slope of the roof. Does that make sense? I'd like to modernize the frontage and give myself a cleaner, more traditional palette to work with - not something so stuck in the'70s.