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Masonry - how to fill in space between brick pillars when enclosing porch

(Pic links included below) We are doing a full renovation of a fixer upper that was once a duplex and is now a single family home. One of the items on our wish list is to convert the right entry porch to an enclosed sunroom that is a part of the home’s interior and is weather/bug proof.

A contractor has told us there is no way to fill in the empty space with additional brick, that we’d have to demo the entire existing brick pillars and re-mason the whole area. He is suggesting that If we want to keep the existing brick, that we use wood to fill in the spaces between each column. I can’t visualize how that could ever look good. Below is links to photos of the existing porch to give you some idea of what I mean. We’re demoing the stairs leading to the porch and will remove the screened doorway and continue full brick on the bottom half of the porch to close it in. Then do windows above the brick instead of screens. Photo links below. Hoping for a solution that is both estetically attractive and cost effective. We’re painting the house so brick doesn’t need to be an exact match. Thanks so much!


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