If you look at the pic there's a gap right under the door way, about 5 inches deep and high. The rim joist of the house is halfway behind the brick and the other half is exposed right under the door.
Can I just fill in the gap with say a 6x6 post and secure that to the rim joist, then attach my ledger board to that and through the brick veneer? Would that be an acceptable method of securing the ledger or are there any other options? Otherwise, I am considering a free-standing deck.