Am I missing where the pictures are?
You obviously haven't seen what the Mexican's will do it for around here....there is a corporate builder here that runs ads on craigslist from time to time paying $260 per K, @ 5.25 brick per sq ft they're probably getting it done close to $3 per ft.......and where do they get $2.70 per sq.ft.? You can't buy the cheapest brick out there for that. Add mud and labor ? I think the author is ill informed.