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Attached Pergola

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I am contemplating building an elevated freestanding deck with a pergola attached to the house. I have a couple of questions.

First, are there any issues with the desk being freestanding and the pergola being attached?

Second, any suggestions on how to attach the pergola rafters to the ledger without using joist hangers? They're not all together attractive and they'd be VERY visible on the pergola. What do you guys do?

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You can thicken the lower half of the ledge (may need to make it slightly deeper also) and notch the pergola joists so that they sit on top. If you do this I would recommend making the joist slightly deeper also.

Chances are that your architect will select a joist deep for visual appearance that is deeper than what is required to prevent the joist from splitting at the notch.
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