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I plan to build a pergola, with support beams running perpendicular to the house, and the rafters parallel. A ledger is not possible, how do I attach the beams to the brick wall?
 

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I plan to build a pergola, with support beams running perpendicular to the house, and the rafters parallel. A ledger is not possible, how do I attach the beams to the brick wall?
Don't attach it to the wall, make it free standing.
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Sounds 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.
 

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Sounds 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.
Thanks again for your comments and good pic's. Very nice looking...interestin construction...will be helpful in my planning. Larry @ jazzbrek
 
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