Step 2: The Plan
The overall footprint of the 8 4x4 posts was 16'-6" x 23'-0". The 16'-6" dimension was a pain since most lumber yards max out at 16' for dimensional lumber. I was finally able to track down some 2x12x20' pine. This meant I could have three double-beams going in the 16'-6" direction and run 2x6x12' joists in the other direction. This seemed to be not only an easy plan, but also good looking.