Our Story

How did we get here?

The short story: Years ago we sat perched on the top of Mt. Whitney, having just “officially” completed the 240 mile John Muir Trail as a fundraiser and realized that the next adventure was on the horizon. The idea of Summit spawned from those moments after our final climb – or on the way down. Who knows…we were exhausted.

Serving the Bay Area since 2013, Summit’s ownership combines Ryan’s experience in the general construction, sales management, and finance industries with Ted's experience in the accounting and finance world. As a fully licensed contractor we are one of the only local shops that can legally offer in-house installation and personally schedule your job to ensure your satisfaction. We also work with a plumber and electrician to provide a comprehensive experience - and to hopefully make your life easier. Check out our product pages for links to brands and manufacturers we carry. Our selection of fireplaces and fireplace inserts includes classic, traditional, and contemporary styles.

Our Fireplace & Barbecue Grill Showroom & Design Center

Our fireplace and BBQ showroom-design center is conveniently located in Castro Valley on Castro Valley Boulevard, right off 580 – just minutes from the freeway. Nestled in between Hayward and Pleasanton, and close to the Oakland and Tri-Valley areas, we offer a place in which to view our wide range of products in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. Dogs and kids are welcome. We will take the time to ensure you leave with the knowledge you need and the products you want.

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Ted graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2002 with a degree in Business Economics and also set off to tour the world with his band. As with Ryan, music ran its course for Ted and he settled into working as an accountant for a few large companies in the LA area. After spending 1 year in Tanzania Ted moved back to the Bay Area in 2015 and joined with Ryan and Derek at Summit, becoming an owner in 2017.

When not working Ted is hanging with his daughter and family, playing music, riding his road bike, camping, snowboarding, backpacking, or reading a decent book with some okay coffee.


Ryan graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 2003 with a degree in Business Economics and set off to tour the world with his band. Music ran it's course and Ryan got into the construction industry in 2007. Ryan co-founded Summit in 2013 with his friend Derek. After realizing it was long overdue, he got his general contracting license in 2018.

When not working Ryan is hanging with his son & daughter, out backpacking (the full JMT in 2012), mountain biking, camping, snowboarding, somewhere in the mountains, playing music, or reading a good book with some spectacular tea.

2620 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, CA 94546

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: by Appt only
Thursday: 10am - 5pm
Friday: 10am - 2pm
Saturday: by Appt only

Email info@summitfireca.com
Call 510-397-6506. Thanks!

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