Thanks for your response. A ledger board would cover 2 windows and a sliding patio door, so my plan was to fasten the beams directly to the house outside these features. JazzbrekBrick veneer with wood framing?
Why is a ledger board not possible?
Thanks again for your comments and good pic's. Very nice looking...interestin construction...will be helpful in my planning. Larry @ jazzbrekSounds like you may be trying to deal with a situation somewhat like I had to - coming off a single story house resulting in the pergula being rather low.
One solution is to build it free standing but that did not appeal to me. So instead I removed the eave facer/facia boards allowing me to install a ledger board and subsequently the rafters 6-8" higher. I then placed the beams on top rather than on bottom to remove them from protruding down into the view, using what I call 'hanging posts'. I finished the connection to the house by boxing in the eave area and installing down lighting to wash the wall with light - looks great at night.
Here are some pictures. http://www.webjeepers.com/homestead.html
Hope this may help.