I am currently planning on building a 12×16 pergola with a wooden deck.
Now the idea is to have 5 6×6 (or 8×8 ? ) posts going all the way up to the top and support both the deck beams and the pergola.
However I understand that the correct installation for a rim beam on a pole is to make a notch in the pole (like this http://www.decks.com/how-to/81/post-beam-connections ) in order to not have the weight supported only by the bolts like in the “sandwich style” beams we often see.
Is it even possible to have a poles support both the pergola and the deck ?
Thank you by advance for your advices and your helpl !