Flush beam and dropped beam combo
I have attached ledger boards (either side of bay) and continuous with existing deck. I had planned on two beams: one 5'6" from the ledger the other 6' 6" from the first, both using (2) 2x8. To use the existing grade I want to use a flush beam configuration with hangers to the first beam and than run the joists over a dropped beam for the second (farthest from the ledger) to accommodate a 2' cantilever, In addition to avoiding grading issues I would than be handling joists lengths of only 8-12 feet, a big plus as I work alone as a DIY. As I could not find a reference to this combo of beam types I wonder if I am violating some basic framing principles?