How to Build a Fireplace for Less than $2500 (not including my labor)

My tile installer charged $600 to install the stone and it took 2 guys ~7 hours.  I did everything else myself.   He charges $2/SF to install the porcelain "wood look" tile flooring and it took 4 guys approx 4 days to do the entire house.  It's dead flat with minimal grout lines.   He did such a good job, I had him tile our entire 800SF patio with a tile that looks like stone.