CPTZ Concealed Post tie, by Simpson Strong-TieWhat a slick way to anchor a post in concrete and protect it from rot: Slip the kerfed end of a post over the bolted-down base, then tap three pins in place, just like a timber framer.
In case we need to build a carport on our future house. This one is perhaps a little too minimal considering the AZ sun, but is the right idea if you have to build a carport that goes in front of the house. Modern carport image by fibrisan on Photobucket
Shade structures add elegance to outside spaces. Past the sitting area and across the pond will be the table and shed. The pond (hopefully a kind of river) will be heading downstream (to the left in the photo) etc.