Most projects begin with marking the edges and laying a soldier course of bricks or pavers. Once the edges are set, laying field courses goes quickly.
Seams in a running-bond pattern are offset by a half-brick. As seams “catch up” to each other on curves, inserting a cut paver resets the pattern.
To create clean borders for inlays, all field pavers are set and compacted, then the pattern is cut out.
Mortar trowelled along the edge of the soldier course serves as an edge restraint. The author has found that this detail holds up well to freeze-thaw cycles.