Northwest Fireplace & Chimney

Serving Northwest Indiana Since 2012

About Us

Northwest Fireplace and Chimney was founded in 2012 by Octavio De La Vega, who began work as a union bricklayer in Chicago more than 10 years prior. In 2004, Octavio transitioned into the chimney and fireplace industry and began working for a large company in Illinois, before moving to Valparaiso, IN. Northwest Fireplace and Chimney was founded out of Octavio’s strong belief in providing excellent customer service and expert craftsmanship, and that belief is still at the heart of service today.

Providing Our Neighbors with Comprehensive Chimney Care

As part of our commitment to providing our customers with the best possible service, we invest in our team’s education and maintain membership with the National Chimney Sweep Guild (NSCG). We’re certified bricklayers and specialize in everything from fireplace installations to chimney rebuilds.

Our Team

Octavio De la Vega


Octavio is the owner and founder of Northwest Fireplace & Chimney. He started our company in 2012, before that was a mason by trade in the Chicago area. Octavio is originally from Mexico City, he came here seeking the American Dream. He founded the company with the hope to help and assist those in his community by providing quality, trustworthy service for our customers. Octavio’s mission statement for the company is the following: “To ignite our team’s ability to safely deliver warmth and comfort through fire into our customer’s homes.” It is Octavio’s goal to provide the right means to support our team to provide the best service possible for our customers.

Joseph Gonzalez

Operations Manager

Joseph is our operations manager. Second to the owner he oversees the job sites and technicians. He has been a key part of our team for years now and has really stepped up and grown into the manager he is today. Joseph is a CSIA certified Chimney Sweep and NFI certified Gas Technician, we are very proud of his accomplishments. When Joseph isn’t out overseeing job sites he is at our showroom assisting walk in customers and the office staff. Outside of work Joseph enjoys serving in his local church and spending time with his four young children and beautiful wife.

Emily Gonzalez

Office Manager

Emily is the office manager. Second to the owner she oversees the office and office staff. She is working full time while also pursuing her degree in Business Administration. She started with our company a few years ago as the front desk / customer service representative. She quickly proved her willingness to learn and dedication to the company and stepped in as office manager. Outside of work, Emily enjoys quiet evenings in with a good book and her cat Cheese.

Liz Jernigan

Warehouse Manager

Liz is our warehouse manager, she handles all the ordering and receiving of our customer’s products. Liz double checks all our orders making sure we do not have damaged products for our customers. While working in the office Liz does also answer our phones and helps with the customer service side of things. Liz has extensive knowledge working in warehouses and since being with us has transformed ours. Outside of work Liz enjoys spending time in nature.

Taylor Ziants

Customer Service Representative

Taylor is our customer service representative. Whether you call in or stop by our showroom she is your very first interaction with our company. After you book with us she continues to stay in constant communication with you giving you weekly updates on the status of your job and parts. When you trust us with your fireplace and chimney it is our goal to earn that trust by staying on top of all forms of communication with you. She has years of customer service experience and is a wonderful addition to our team. Outside of work Taylor enjoys crafting and visiting the local beach. She enjoys spending time with loved ones and her cats, Thunder and Lightning.

Bella De la Vega Duvall

Office Assistant

Bella is a seasonal worker. She has been with us part-time during her time in high school and will continue with us in the summers while on break from college. She runs our social media accounts and assists in the office with paperwork and customers. Bella is very artistic and creative, she uses these strengths to create eye-catching posts for our social media to increase our outreach. Outside of work Bella enjoys art, reading, and spending time with family.

Joe Sharp

Service Technician

Joe is a service technician and is one of the first members of our team you will meet during your service call. He has been in the chimney industry going on 20 years. He is our most experienced technician and helps teach our newer technicians the ins and outs of fireplaces. Joe uses his extensive knowledge to come up with the best solutions for our customer’s needs. Joe is a CSIA certified Chimney Sweep and NFI certified Gas Technician, we are very proud of his accomplishments. Outside of work Joe enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

Anthony Hand

Installation Technician

Anthony is a technician on our team. He has really excelled in the years since he started with us. Anthony has learned everything he knows about fireplaces from our more senior employees and has applied himself incredibly to his work. Outside of work Anthony enjoys putting his green thumb to work gardening and spending time with family.

Keenan Bush

Service Technician

Keenan is one of our service technicians. He is one of the first people you will meet in our company when you have us out to perform an inspection & sweep of your fireplace & chimney. When Keenan joined our team he quickly excelled and moved up to lead technician in a short amount of time. He is very passionate about his work and is determined to provide our customers with the best experience and solutions through our team. He is always striving to learn more about the industry and the products that we offer to best help our customers. Outside of work Keenan enjoys spending time in nature on hikes and dirt bikes.

Jeremy Molson

Installation Technician

Jeremy is a lead technician. He is certified in brick laying and has the makings of a great mason. He enjoys working outdoors on brick chimneys whether he’s tuckpointing or rebuilding. Jeremy has really stepped into his role as a lead technician and we could not be prouder of the worker he is. He has learned much during his time with us and he continues to grow everyday. Outside of work Jeremy enjoys traveling and playing softball with a local team.

Aizak Gast

Installation Technician

Aizak is one of our lead install technicians. It is part of his job to create beautiful finished products for our customers. He has a background in electrical work and has brought that knowledge along to other members of our team. He is certified in bricklaying and is able to build and repair masonry chimneys. Outside of work Aizak enjoys nature and hunting. He is our resident outdoorsman.

Brian Berkowitch

Installation Technician

Brian is an installation technician, installing and updating our customer’s fireplaces. He started with the company as a seasonal worker but has now switched to full time. He has been a great addition to the team these last few years and we are happy to have him here long term. Brian has learned a lot of new skills while working here including brick work, flashing repair, and fireplace installation. Outside of work Brian enjoys working out and spending time with family.

Gabe Dickerson

Assistant Technician

Gabe is an assistant technician. He joined our team shortly after finishing high school and has been enjoying learning our trade from all aspects. He enjoys raiding our office candy bowls and snacks when he’s not working hard with the guys out in the field. When he started with us he had no knowledge of construction or fireplaces, he is now a valuable team member who helps out the lead technicians. Outside of work Gabe has an interest in photography and videography.

Kevin Cravens

Assistant Technician

Kevin is one of our assistant technicians. Kevin assists the lead technicians at service calls and installations. You may see him on your service call or at the installation of your fireplace, it is our goal to help our technicians be as well rounded in our services as possible. Being newer to the team Kevin is learning new things every day to help him become a successful member of our team. Outside of work Kevin enjoys spending time with family and playing sports.

TJ Quinones

Assistant Technician

TJ is an assistant technician. He joined our team shortly after graduating high school. He joined with little to no knowledge in regards to construction and fireplaces. He has jumped into our work and is excited to learn the trade. He is on the quiet side but he is always ready to jump in and help however he can. Outside of work TJ enjoys working out and playing various sports.

Curious about our service areas?

We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re in Porter, LaPorte, or Lake County, we’re here to meet your fireplace and chimney needs. Click below to explore our service areas and see if we’re in your neighborhood!

See What Our Customers Have to Say

“Our experience with Northwest Fireplace and Chimney on a scale from 1-10 was a 10. From the first contact until the last the whole team was responsive and wonderful to work with. Taylor, Jeremy, Brian, Keenan and their boss Joe are the best. Thank you all!” – Nancy R.
“Yearly cleaning and inspection complete! Thank you Joe and Keenan. You guys are so good at what you do! Clean, on time, polite and super knowledgeable. Thanks!!!” – Nicole D.
“Thank you for the great job that Jeremy Molson and his crew did in fixing our fireplace. It was a large job because the fireplace was hit by lightning and the whole inside had to be taken out and replaced as well as the brick in the outside Taylor always let me know when they were coming and what was needed. I really appreciate their great service and highly recommend this group of young men and Northwest fireplace and chimney LLC.” – Cathie T
“Super friendly guys. Very knowledgeable about what they do with good feedback. Would very much recommend. A+” – Tod L.
“Joe and Tony were awesome! They were very thorough and knowledgeable. They maintained the utmost professionalism and helped out a not so knowledgeable fireplace owner (me). Friendly and courteous on top of complete professionalism is why I will be a repeat customer.” – Joe M.

Have Questions?

We would love to hear from you! Give us a call at (219) 413-2349 or fill out the form on our contact page to get in touch with us.