Fireplace & Chimney
New Construction - Repairs - Remodels - Restoration


Owner: Paul Walker  
San Diego Masonry Contractor
Trained in England, he has 24 years of experience in masonry construction. The first five years were in and around London, where he served working with tradesmen who passed down their skills and knowledge acquired from previous generations.

Building Fireplaces & Chimneys since 1992
Paul Walker is a recognized expert in: He is trained in all areas of masonry construction focusing mainly on the comprehensive aspects of  fireplace and chimney construction, including outdoor cooking ovens and BBQs using real stone stonework, True stone, Rox Pro rock, Eldorado and Cultured stone.

Paul Walker California Licensed Contractor. Click here to view CSLB license.
Licensed C29 Masonry Contractor #851233
Liability Insurance $2 million
$1 million per occurance

If you have a fireplace that needs remodeling we can transform your old fireplace into a beautiful showcase for your home.  


"We take pride in our work and guarantee quality craftsmanship"
- Paul Walker

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  • Fireplace and Chimney
  • New construction masonry fireplaces
  • and chimneys. Expert design & craftsmanship
  • Chimney inspections
  • Acquire permits from city
  • Reline existing chimneys
  • Reface fireplaces with brick, tile, veneer stone, Precast mantles.
  • Repair existing chimneys, chimney crowns
  • New dampers, spark arresters, heat shields

  • Custom Masonry  
  • Expert masonry brickwork
  • Eldorado and cultured stone specialist Truestone, Rox Pro rock
  • » Masonry outdoor fireplaces, cooking ovens and BBQs

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San Diego Residential Fireplace and Chimney Repair and Remodeling

“Paul Walker, owner of Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design Inc., is considered by many to be San Diego County's #1 Fireplace & Chimney Contractor. He does the job right the first time and has established a reputation as "The Most Trusted San Diego Chimney Repair Service"

Affordable Fireplace and Chimney Repair for Your San Diego Home

 Repair or Build a New Chimney?

» Is your chimney safe?
» Homeowners - Diagnose your chimney and fireplace problems

Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design will do a complete inspection of your existing chimney. 
Based on the results of our inspection we will give you a detailed description of the chimney repair and a competitive bid.
New Chimney Construction and Repair
If your chimney is beyond repair we can »
 construct a new chimney, built to California code and earthquake standards, in a variety of architectural styles and masonry materials. Did you know that reconstruction or replacement of a damaged masonry chimney is not allowed with masonry unless completely removed, redesigned and constructed to current code requirements.
Does your chimney comply with current California earthquake building codes? Although seismic activity in San Diego is low, an old chimney not built according to current earthquake standards, may have sustained seismic damage over many years.

Inspect your chimney at least once a year and/or after a » seismic event

San Diego Chimney Relining and Chimney Cap Replacement

Chimney Relining
Chimney Relining is the most affordable way to repair a chimney that has been damaged due to fire and long-term masonry deterioration. A variety of chimney relining options are available including stainless steel, aluminum, and flue tiles.


Chimney Cap Replacement
Chimney Cap Replacement is well worth the investment. A well designed chimney cap will help protect damage to your chimney by keeping water, debris and animals out of your chimney. It will also keep sparks from leaving your chimney, and help prevent downdrafts.


San Diego Fireplace Refacing

Fireplace Refacing is also a very affordable way to remodel and update an old fireplace. For example, Custom Masonry & Fireplace Design can completely remodel your old brick fireplace with a variety of materials such as stone, tile, marble and stucco.

» See a typical refacing project  

We can transform your old fireplace into a beautiful showcase for your home.
Have you ever wondered where pride in workmanship and true craftsmen have gone? Well Paul Walker of San Diego Custom Masonry and Fireplce Design embodies that and more. He was spot on with estimated cost, job duration, and scheduling. He took extreme care to make an incredibly messy job make no discernable sign that he was there. Honestly I've had refrigerator repair guys leave more of a mess than Mr. Walker who had to rebuild the enitre firebox of my fireplace. I highly reccommend Mr. Walker to anyone who needs fireplace work done. - Sincerely, Bryan Maltby MD,

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San Diego Fireplace Restoration

Craftsman Style Home

Fireplace and Chimney Restoration

Authentic California Bungalow
Fireplace and Chimney Repair

Since 1992, San Diego Masonry Contractor, Paul Walker has specialized in creating the perfect Craftsman Style Fireplace for many San Diego California Bungalow home owners.


Craftsman Style fireplace restoration and repair begins with a licensed San Diego masonry contractor, like Paul Walker, experienced in authentic and historical Craftsman fireplace design, Batchelder fireplace restoration, as well as, expertise in Rumford style fireplaces.

Meticulous attention to detailed tile work and quality restoration techniques are the hallmarks of a Craftsman Style fireplace and chimney contractor.

The Craftsman Style Bungalow - A Place in San Diego History
David Owen Dryden was a renowned San Diego architect best known for his craftsman-style bungalows in the suburbs north of San Diego's Balboa Park (today North Park), most of which were constructed from 1911 through 1919. Also known as the California Bungalow, this popular architectural style is found in many areas of San Diego with emphasis on the
fireplace as the focal point of the interior living room of the home.

Many San Diego Craftsman Style home owners meticulously restore their California Bungalows recognizing the importance and value of historical preservation to San Diego's architectural past. Typically, Bungalow restoration is often regarded as an excellent investment in the San Diego housing market where many San Diego Craftsman homes have been recognized by the San Diego Historical Society as San Diego historical landmarks.

Batchelder Tile Fireplace Restoration involves a great deal of patience and expertise. Working from drawings or photos our supplier can produce tiles in any style, pattern, or color to match your existing Batchelder Fireplace.
Batchelder Tile

Batchelder Tile & Craftsman Style Fireplaces


So popular are fireplaces, that the National Association of Home Builders rates the desirability of a fireplace in a home as the third most wanted feature in new home construction behind outdoor porches and upscale kitchens. More than half of US homes have one or more fireplaces. Many San Diego new home construction or home improvement construction projects involve home owners hiring San Diego fireplace and chimney contractors to design and build a new chimney or fireplace. 

A fireplace is an architectural element consisting of a space designed to contain a fire, generally for heating but sometimes also for cooking. The space where the fire is contained is called a firebox or firepit; a chimney or other flue allows gas and particulate exhaust to escape the building. While most fireplaces are constructed in building interiors, sometimes outdoor fireplaces are created for evening warmth, outdoor cooking or decorative purposes.

A fireplace may consist of some or all of the following elements: foundation, hearth, firebox, facing, ashdump door, chimney crane, cleanout door, grate or iron bars, lintel, lintel bar, overmantle, breast, damper, smoke chamber, throat, flue, chimney chase, crown, cap or shroud, and spark arrestor.


Masonry (brick or stone fireplaces and chimneys) with or without tile lined flue. Tiles are used to line the flue to keep the corrosive combustion products from eating away the chimney flue lining. Unreinforced masonry chimney do not stand up to earthquakes well.

Reinforced Concrete Chimneys: Popular during the 1970s to 1980s. Fundamental flaws (the difference in thermal expansion rates between steel rebar and concrete which caused the chimney flues to crack when heated) bankrupted the US manufacturers and obsoleted the technique. This type of chimney often shows vertical cracks on the exterior of the chimney which worsen as the internal rebar rusts.

Manufactured or 'Prefab' fireplace with sheet metal fire box and double or triple walled metal pipe running up inside a wood framed chase with a chase cover and cap/spark arrestor at the top to keep birds out and sparks in. Within about one hundred meters from salt water this type of chimney is subject to rusting. Otherwise it's competitive to the masonry chimney.


According to the NFPA (National Fire Protection Association), a chimney should be inspected and or cleaned once a year depending on the design of the chimney and on usage-including amount of wood burned, type of wood burned (seasoned or unseasoned).

Chimney cleaning is needed to remove creosote deposits and other debris from chimneys and vents. Creosote buildup in chimneys can lead to chimney fires or flue blockages.

Keeping your fireplace and chimney operating at its best makes good sense, protecting your family and home from fire and smoke damage. Typical repairs include, damper repair, mortar crown repair, firebox repointing and rebuilding, *chimney relining, and *chimney cap replacement.


Fireplace accessories may include chimney caps, fireplace tool sets, fireplace screens, fireplace grates, fireplace and irons, fireplace dampers, firebacks, fireplace log sets, and fireplace log lighters.

Custom Masonry and Fireplace Design - Eldorado Stone and Brick Specialists

Paul Walker is one of the leading brick and stone masonry contractors in San Diego. Relying on his years of masonry experience in the UK and in San Diego, Paul can give you a reliable detailed estimate and quote you a competitive price for your masonry construction project in San Diego county. Using quality masonry products and precision masonry techniques, we guarantee quality craftsmanship!
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Owner: Paul Walker
Licensed C29 Masonry Contractor #851233
Liability Insurance $2 million
$1 million per occurance

Paul Walker California Licensed Contractor. Click here to view CSLB license.
Call us today! 619-287-6464

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" We take pride in our work and guarantee quality craftsmanship."

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