anyone know how hard it is to put up the stacked stone pillars about 3 feet tall? then columns up to the ceiling?
Really hard to say. Are you looking to DIY this?
I suspect you'd build a base of block and then face it with stone. Assuming the slab is already supporting the roof it should not require new footings to support the new stone pillars and post to the roof.
Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.
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If you are using cultured or faux stone the base will have to be large enough to incorporate the corners as well as flats. The company that I deal with has developed a stone panel system for 6"X6" post if your demensions are in that catagory.
Even 16"X16" block foundations are hard to get regular cultured stone to appear natural given that you have to alternate corners and flats and sometimes there is not enough room to make it appear correct.
Depending on the look your after will determine the base demensions as well as the post it supports.
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