Deck Construction - Allowing for future Pergola construction
If you are building the deck first generally run the posts up for the patio and incorporate these as part of the deck.
It will all depend on a couple…
Another Verandah question - quotes + drainage (roof slope)
The person who suggested the first option has no idea and would lead to a visual bad and hydraulically bad design.
The suggested Stratco method is exactly right.
I would stay well…
Alfresco - Retractable louvre roof ('vergola') Vs Skylight?
Flyovers like the ones here http://www.instylepatios.com.au/flyover-or-raised.html won't maximise the light but will give good ventilation.
Have you considered the Stratco Sunroof like the one here