Sunday, July 20, 2008

Removed column apparently load-bearing

BINFORD - A kitchen redesign went horribly awry yesterday when a contractor cut through a column that was supporting the stairs and part of the floor.

"We definitively established that this was not a cosmetic column," said drywall specialist Donald Handel. "[Homeowner] Mr. Fenton and I debated whether [the 4x4 post] was necessary, and I said 'Well, there's one easy way to find out.'"

Fenton and Handel escaped injury from the collapse, but must now face inquiry from Mrs. Fenton upon her return home.

"We've drafted some preliminary ideas that involve the newly expanded space," said Fenton.
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