Redoing kitchen and want to open load bearing wall to create a more open concept for an island with seating. Keeping a lip and column would be more cost effective and less labor intensive and potentially avoid additional problems from installing and imbedding an engineered beam. Wondering if a column so close to the front entry/ island will look odd? The other issue is flooring. Once you remove the wall, how do you transition flooring? Currently have tile in the kitchen (mud job) and wood flooring in the dining room. Would keeping the beam and column create a natural transition and would i need to redo all the flooring the same if we imbedded the beam? lots of questions, I know but everything seems to ”snowball.” Want my dream kitchen at a reasonable price and am willing to compromise.