Get a call a few weeks back from a real close friend of the family. Wanted to know if I was interested in installing a patio/walkway for him. I said I'd do it. I was going to give him a deal and basically give him all the materials at cost and not charge for my labor (We are owner/operated). Anyhow, it was going to come out to be something between 16-18 p/sqft for me to do it. However, long story short I couldn't get it done in time for his sons graduation party. He went out and got three quotes, two companies of which I heard of & one I never heard of. Go prices from $10 a square to $13.50 a square installed. The first thing I thought was that three companies were simply charging by the square foot. He said two of them simply wrote the square foot price on a piece of there company letterhead and said it doesn't matter what the patio size was. The were the ones under 13 per square. So I start telling him that I think that is really low and seems as if they are going to skip things or are only putting in a two inch base, etc...So he asked company ABC some of the questions I told him to ask and sure enough everything was what it should be. So he decides to go with company ABC. I get to the party yesterday afternoon and my first impression when walking into the back yard was wow, looks really nice. Nice smooth turns, bordering soldier course, straight lines on the pattern, etc. Company ABC used Techo's classique 6x9 in a herringbone pattern. As I start walking further down the path that leads to the patio and get into the turn I realize how he can charge a few bucks less. Instead of cutting the soldier course of 6x9's to match the curve he just gapped them for outside curves and cut them in half and gapped them for inside curves. Some of the gaps where as much as an inch. AWFUL!! At least he filled them with polymetric sand so it will last a few more months before they start rocking in there.