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 entire Bay Area, Summit’s ownership combines Derek’s 12+ years as a sub-contractor in the fireplace industry and Ryan’s 12+ years in the general construction and finance industries. As a licensed contractor we are one of the only local shops that can offer in-house installation and personally schedule your job to ensure your satisfaction. Summit provides all things fireplace and grill related - from the simple to the more involved. Our products range from fireplace tools and accessories to various log sets and custom glass doors. Our selection of fireplaces and fireplace inserts includes classic, traditional, and contemporary styles. Come visit us to get prepped for the summertime as well. Whether you are looking to build your outdoor living room or simply shopping for a BBQ to entertain some friends and family – we can help.

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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Prior to Summit, Derek worked for 12 years as a licensed, NFI Certified, installer for many of the local shops in the East Bay. His attention to detail and craftsmanship earned him a place as one of the most utilized sub-contractors in the Bay Area for all things Fireplace/Hearth related. With Summit, Derek is responsible for installations done for you as the customer.


Prior to Summit, Ryan worked as a Sales Manager for a local construction company for over 6 years. His additional responsibilities included project design and bid development. Before that he toiled as a musician, suffered boredom as a financial accountant, and gleefully attended U.C.S.B., where he earned a Bachelor’s in Business Economics. With Summit, Ryan works to efficiently schedule jobs and oversees the showroom/design center.

2620 Castro Valley Blvd., Castro Valley, CA 94546

Store Hours:

Tues - Fri: 10am - 5:30pm
Sa: 11am - 4pm
Sunday: By Appointment Only
Monday: Closed

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California Contractor CA Lic. 943469

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