First time post here, thank you for such a great resource! I've done a lot of research but am hoping I can get some help building a pretty large pergola.
I'm trying to be my own master contractor and hire subcontractors to build a long freestanding pergola with no post in the middle. My plan is to have an architect draw up plans, but before I started spending money I'm trying to see if this is even a viable project that a pretty handy person can manage. Basically am I crazy for attempting this?
Property details - main structure is a duplex - there is a detached four car carport/garage 12' from the back of the main structure. - trying to cover the space between the garage and the house with a slight hang over both structures.
Project details: - 24' L x 14' W. - I am hoping that a steel beam could span the length with no post. a) What's the max length span? It would be preferable to go greater than 24'L. b) Any guesstimates on what a beam this size would weigh? - Would 8" x 8" wood post be strong enough? a) how deep do footings need to go and how close can footing be to house foundation?