Question about support column
We are renovating after Sandy. Kitchen and eating area are becoming open plan and the roof was raised to allow for a more expansive feel. Contractor first thought we'd need a supportive post, then said no, now says we need one. On the plan it is 4"x4" and abuts a new kitchen island. Thoughts? Would it be better to make the post larger and perhaps have some shelves, a charging station? Or is it better to leave it small? Should the contractor be thinking about making it look nice (like a rounded column)? I think right now it's a 4x4 and that's it. Thanks!