Actually more like when I got hit with the carpet install bill The septic was more than the carpet however I anticipated it would be higher than it turned out to be.
As for columns I took an idea someone posted here and basically am working on making a "base" for each column to sit in raising it up about 5" or so. It may not be "ideal" but in reality we all have to sacrifice in some aspects of our build. Basically I had the columns roughly framed out with 1/2" ply supported by 2x3's in the rear. I then took some left over MDF and made "boxes" that will fit around the bottom of the columns but stick out the 3/4" to give the columns some character. This saved me from making ALL new columns as all I will have to do now is cut down the tops to get the proper height. For reference I made 2 columns for each column (a bottom and a top) that will mount to 2x4s secured to the wall. What I need to figure out now is the covers that will go over the opening where the speakers sit. What to frame those out of that will be sturdy enough to handle the tension of the fabric that will be wrapped over them. Any suggestions?