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CustomMasonry, Chimneys, and Fireplaces

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BrickFace Fireplaces

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Thewarmth of a brick fireplace

In"traditional"homes, a brick fireplace canprovide charm and old-fashioned elegance. When you're building a fireplace or chimney for your home, there's simply no substitute for genuine, clay brick. Brick is naturally beautiful. It has warmth and human scale. Put into place by hand, one by one, only brick gives that touch of craftsmanship, authenticity, and timeless elegance you want for your home. Brickcomes in a wide range of colors,tones, and textures,from the soft, historic look of a classic handmade, to the clean,precise lines of a wire-cut. And when you consider all the differentcolored mortars that are available, your design possibilities becomepractically endless."
"A heritage of "hearth and home" that goes back thousands of years. Strength, durability and richness that will make your fireplace the centerpiece of your home. That's the beauty of genuine clay brick.

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Stone Fireplaces

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Theunforgettable look of a stone fireplace

Ruralundertones. Orstrikingly contemporary.Whatever your style, chances are there’s a stone veneer tomatch. Create an environment that emits warmth. A place that is perfectfor get-togethers with family and friends—or simply forenjoying the peacefulness of solitude. These are times spent near thefireplace.Choosefrom hundreds of varieties of CulturedStone®or Eldorado®manufactured stone veneers to begin your fireplace or chimney project.

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CulturedStone
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Stucco/PlasterFace Fireplaces

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Theperfect fireplace - inside and outdoors

Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design are experts in building a varietyof inside and outside fireplaces made of stucco and plaster. Whetherit's a custom stucco fireplace in a southwest motif nestled in a cozycorner of your home or on full display in your backyard intertainmentcenter, we have a "custom" "one-of-kind" design for you.

By incorporating various stone, tile, and brick elements within youroutdoor fireplace, we can build the perfect outdoor retreat for you andyour family. Warm yourself by the fire, barbecue, and entertain yourfriends.

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TileFace Fireplaces

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Designingfireplaces in tile....thepossibilities are endless.

With millions of styles, types, and textures, tile is a very popularbuilding material to complement any fireplace design.

Custom Masonry and Fireplace design will work with you to create theperfect tile fireplace surround that fits the needs of your home. Wewill work with your design expert or offer our services to make yourfireplace custom and unique.

We guarantee quality workmanship from every piece of tile we set untilthe finished product is completed.

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MarbleFace Fireplaces

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Livingwith Elegance

Marble is found in the mountainous regions of Canada, Italy, Germany,Spain, the U.S., and other countries worldwide. Marble adds asophisticated element to your home, and its wonderful appearance,beauty, elegance, superior engineering characteristics, and ease ofmaintenance makes it a natural choice for floors, countertops, floors,foyers, windowsills, and of course fireplace facings and hearths.

Because marble comes in hundreds of different

stylesor typesand is readily available from local suppliers in the San Diego area,Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design can build you a custom marblefireplace to your exact specifications.

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BatchelderTile Fireplaces

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HistoricalElegance of a Batchelder Tile Fireplace

BatchelderTile Fireplace Restoration involvesa great deal of patience and expertise. Working from drawings or photosour supplier can reproduce tiles
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in any style, pattern, or color to match your existing BatchelderFireplace.
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Outdoor Fireplaces

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Outdoor entertainment just got better

An outdoor fireplace is the perfect compliment to your backyard patio. Entertain your freinds and family by the warmth of a custom outdoor fireplace designed and built by Paul Walker.

The Outdoor "Masonry" Fireplace
We build the genuine outdoor patio fireplace. We use traditionl masonry construction materials including block, brick, natural stone and stone veneers.

We build them to last a lifetime!

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Fireplace Design - Construction

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RumfordFireplace Construction

Buildinga RumfordFireplace - byPaul Walker

San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (18)ARumford fireplace is a work of art.
It's appreciated for its unique design and elegance, and well known forits superb heating efficiency.

I began building Authentic Rumford fireplaces in London, England many years ago,and continue that tradition today in San Diego dedicated to old-worldexpertise and quality workmanship.

It'smypleasure to share with you just one of the many Rumford fireplaceprojects that have brought warmth and beauty to the homes of many of myfriends.


FireplaceLocation- Initial Layout

Whenwebegin your Rumford fireplace project we make sure it's safe and meetsmodern building code standards.

We work with you to meet your needs, and assure you that your Rumfordfireplace is a

"newtechnology fireplace"that meets or exceeds the U.S. EPA Phase II emissions standard. It'sCalifornia Certified!
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Fromstart to finish.....we guarantee quality workmanship!


Floorcut prior tofoundation

San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (20)Inthisexample we were working on an older home restoration project and neededto cut through the floor in preparation for laying a sturdy foundationfor the fireplace and chimney.

We cut through the floor and dug a twelve inch deep hole in the groundfor the foundation. Then we reframed new floor joists to resupport thepieces that we cut out.

Thenextstep involves pouring the concrete fireplace foundation.


Fireplacefoundation - chimney support

Thefoundation (or footer) for a masonry fireplace is made of reinforcedconcrete poured at least 12" below undesturbed ground . If thefireplace is built in a house with a slab-on-grade foundation, the slabunder the fireplace and extending 6" outside the fireplace walls mustbe 12" thick. Here we have half inch steel framework horizontally withsix bars rising vertically in hole. San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (21)

Nextweget inspection from the city and after inspection we then build up thefireplace structure with blockwork .


Laidup block work

San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (22)Whenweget to the required height with block we place another pad of steel ontop of block which will serve to support our cantilevered hearth ,wethen pour a new minimum four inch concrete hearth which will supportthe outer edge of the fireplace , this area is called the hearth andits purpose is to keep combustible materials away from the opening

Whenbuilding up the back wall we extend any vertical steel. Most chimneysonly need four. Building code requires more steel depending on the sizeof the chimney brest.


Goingthrough theroof

Nextwego to the roof and cut out holes for the chimney breast. We need a twoinch clearance here to combustible. Then we place two earthquake strapsonto two by fours and tie off onto at least four joists in roof. Wealso need to reframe through the roof with two by six studs toreinforce and strengthen any studs we had to cut out. San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (23)

Thenwefinish the constructionof the chimneyadding the flues as we build theblockwork, add a concrete crown, and place a spark arrester on top ofchimney.


Fireboxconstruction - reinforcing your fireplace with steel

San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (24)Everyeighteen inches we place a horizontal tie through the masonry. We use aquarter inch steel pencil rod for this. We leave out at least eighteeninches of the rod protruding from the block to tie into the stone faceas we build it ,we will add more quarter inch steel to the stone facealso on eighteen inch center which will make a continuous loop aroundthe vertical steel.

Next,webegin laying the first course of split firebrick within the firebox.


Buildingthe firebox

Atthispoint we've double checked our Rumford firebox dimensions, and in thiscase we used a spectacular "herringbone" design with split firebrick.

Later we installed a Rumford throat damper and smoke chamber as webuilt up on top of firebox leading to the first flue.

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Steelrods extend out from the block used to make the firebox wall and willtie into the stone face as we build it.


Buildingthe stoneface

Herewebegan building up the face with decorative stone in this case with anarch.

At a desired point at least twelve inches above fireplace opening weplace the Mantle. We have this distance for combustible reasons.

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Next,wecontinue to add charm and beauty to the fireplace by adding moredecorative stone and embelish the hearth with tile.


Fireplacenearingcompletion

Withourmantle installed we continue the building process with decorative stoneabove the mantle all the way to the ceiling.>Chimney constructionis nearly complete and thehome owners are almost ready to enjoy their new Rumford fireplace.San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (27)

Next,wewill finish the hearth to complement the work we've done and tieeverything together.


Finishingthe hearth

Inthiscase we used spanish tile to add contrast to the decorative stone andcut the flooring in a gentle arch to fit.San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (28)

Withourfireplace almost done and built to code, the homeowners can be veryproud of their quality-built "certified" Rumford fireplace.


RumfordFireplace -finished project

CustomMasonry and Fireplace Design

A San Diego Rumford Fireplace builder.

"Wetake pride in our work andguarantee quality craftsmanship on every Rumford fireplace that webuild"....PaulWalker

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"ThanksPaul, I love my fireplace. All the best!"
GregAndrews SanDiego> readtestimonial


RumfordFireplace - Design and Construction
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Fireplace Refacing Project

Typicalreface of afireplace - byPaul Walker


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Inthis project, using Eldorado stone andhearthstones, we created a rustic and beautiful warm fireplace thisfamily will enjoy for many years to come.

In thistwo-day project we took downthe old face, rebuild it back up, and covered it with Eldorado Stone.
(Mantle was installed at a later date.)

Belowwewill show a series of photos from a typical reface of a fireplace.
If you have any questions please call me at 619-287-6464.


Takingdown the old face

Westarted with a typical brick fireplace and hearth. Next, we isolatedthe working area with a protective screen and began removing brick fromthe old face.

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Aswecarefully removed the old brick we checked the structural integrity ofthe wall and looked for any signs of deterioration.


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Removingthe old hearth
This was an illegalhearth, where the wood was tooclose to the firebox, so we removed the wood and prepared to build anew hearth foundation to code.

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Rebuildingthe Hearth and Face

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Atthisstage in the process it is important to build a safe and sturdyfoundation in preparation for the masonry face. Ourmasonry face provides a suitible surface to apply our stone. Before webegin a refacing project we have to determine how we will bond thestone to the surface. If the surface were brick or block we could applystone straight over the existing material as long as the surface has nosealer, as the sealed masonry would not provide a strong enough bond tothe surface and would eventually fall off.


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Acommonproblem with fireplaces in the home tends to be that at some point theface has been painted ,this once again would prevent the stone frombonding properly .When presented with this problem, it is generallyquickest and easiest to take down the existing face and rebuild backwith block and brick and apply stone over the new surface.

Refacingwith Eldorado stone

Now,webegin laying the first course of Eldorado stone to the face of ourfireplace, spaced above the hearth foundation to accomodate thethickness of our hearth stones which will be layed down later.

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Duringthe installation process we moisten the surface and using type s mortarwe apply the stone. Depending on the color of stone would determine ifwe would apply any color to our mortar.

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Asweinstall the stone, we usually use a cakemix type bag called a blow bagto fill any joints that need more mortar and then we use small trowelsto finish off joints, making them uniform and continuous. Finally wewould use a wisp broom to clean off the face.


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Layingdown the hearth stones

Onmostrefacing's we tend to use the hearthstones supplied by Eldorado orCultured stone. These stones are twenty inches square, about two inchesthick and come in a variety of colors. They are also layed with thetype s mortar. We also have the option of using a real stone here tocompliment whatever stone we would use on face. San Diego Fireplace Contractor - Fireplace Design, Inspection, and Repair in San Diego (55)

Theyarealso layed with the type s mortar.We also have the option of using areal stone here to compliment whatever stone we would use on face.

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Finally,the last course of facing stone is applied below the hearth stones asour refacing project comes to completion.


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Thefinished fireplace refacing project was completed in twodays...ontime...and on budget. Photos: courtesy of the happyhomeowners! Thankyou - PaulWalker


Before After
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AFireplace Refacing Project

If you have a fireplacethat needsremodeling please call us today at 619 287-6464. We can transform your old fireplace into abeautiful showcase for yourhome.

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After:New Stone Fireplace
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FireplaceMantels and Surrounds

At Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design we worktogether with local SanDiego carpenters and furniture builders to produce custom handmade woodfireplace mantels and fireplace surrounds to fit your specificrequirements.A fireplace mantel designed for you for your living room, study orfamily room will reflect your personal taste and character.

TheWoodFurniture Factory
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Combineour custom fireplace mantels or fireplace surrounds
with builtin bookcases or other fine cabinetry.

"Weare committed to the highest quality for our fireplace mantels andsurrounds!"



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Maple Mantel andSurround Bookcases

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