I'm getting ready to build a pergola and will mount the 6x6 red cedar posts onto Simpson Strong Ties
and concrete footings. After the pergola is finished, I'm having pavers installed and want them to butt up tight around the posts.
Here's my dilemma: If the bottom of the posts are level with the top of the pavers (above grade and away from any trapped water), then that means the top of the footings would be level with the pavers. This isn't the look I want since the pavers would have to be placed around the visible footing.
My other option is to have the top of the footings just below the pavers (so the pavers will butt up against the post bracket - what I want). But this means that the bottom part of the cedar posts will be below the pavers and may have exposure to trapped water. Even if I taper the top of the footing away from center, the seal between the paver and the footing may still hold water. What should I do?