I am going to build a small deck for a front porch to replace a concrete slab. The slab had a column that held up a post going to the roof above.
If I replace the slab with a deck, the corner post needs to go through the deck to support the roof overhang of the house above it. What are my options for accomplishing this? Should I have a post go all the way from a footer to the roof and then attach my deck to it somehow? What are the choices? Notching? What about making my footer come up high enough so that the rim joists of the deck can rest on it? Another alternative might be to pour or build a column of concrete (with brick or stone on it) and then attach the deck to that somehow.
The picture shows the old column that I tore out. There is a temporary support in place now. The old column was hollow, made from 1x lumber. Should I go back with a solid 6x6 post?. That seems overkill, not to mention how heavy it would be to lift it up there.
Thanks for any and all ideas.