I'm in the process of removing a brick covered patio slab and a Nextwood deck and replacing with colored concrete pavers. Total area of 640 sq ft. I built a covered patio which is supported by two vertical columns and ledgers against the house. The contractor will saw cut around the columns to keep the footing support for the columns. Light fixtures are mounted on the columns. I want to incorporate another 6 foot unsupported free standing column in the "field" of pavers. I intend to dig a 18"x18" footing about 12" deep and fill with concrete and use a Simpson base cap to mount a 4X4 post as the basis for the column.
My concern is how steady and solid will this free standing column be? It can't be supported with any type of horizontal bracing (it wouldn't look good).
Looking for suggestions on how to reinforce the column and make it really solid. Your comments appreciated.