Larry & Eric started Fireplaces by Design together & have been instrumental in making Fireplaces by Design the most exclusive hearth shop in Rockland County. They know every step of the business from Sales, Design, Installation and Service. They personally stay involved with the different projects and are quick to help when needed. They work seamlessly with some of the top manufacturers in the hearth industry, some of which even turn to Fireplaces by Design for trouble shooting answers.
Eric Buchalter – President
Eric has been in the HVAC business for over 30 years. He received his college education in mechanical engineering. He is the President of Design Air Inc. in Hillburn, NY since 1984.
Eric brings a lot to the table with a wealth of knowledge and certifications.
Eric has a Building Performance Institute certification in Building Analyst. A building analyst helps him understand the house as a whole & how pressures in a home affect the venting of a hearth product in a home. Eric can solve problems where others are left scratching their heads.
He has been NFI Certified for Wood which involves vigorously testing and continued education from the National Fireplace Institute.
Eric burns wood and pellet in his own home, he has had a love of building wood fires since he was a teenager.
Larry Savino – General Manager
Larry has been in the Hearth Industry for over 18 years. Larry is highly educated in this field. He is considered an expert in the hearth industry in gas, wood & pellet. The knowledge of gas, pellet & wood makes it easy to assist a customer in choosing what would work best for their personal hearth needs.
This knowledge from the HVAC industry in gas appliances makes him excellent at troubleshooting in the hearth industry. HVAC and hearth go hand in hand because of venting systems. Larry has prior experience in Home, Electrical, Heating/Cooling and Construction. He understands home construction including venting systems and piping, which enables him to use this extensive knowledge from the HVAC industry when designing the perfect hearth system for your home.
He continues his education through manufacturers training, both online and in classroom, and with continued building codes understanding.
Larry loves to burn pellets in his own home and some would call him a wood pellet connoisseur.
Hillary Roth – Showroom Manager
As showroom manager, Hillary brings over 30 years of technical sales experience to Fireplaces by Design. Her eye for detail & design will ensure a smooth buying process from start to flame.
Dominick Celentano – Project Manager
Dominick has been in the HVAC business since 1989. He has an extensive knowledge of home construction, gas piping, gas venting and the dynamics of pressures in a home making him our go to guy for gas product installations.
Dominick has a hands on approach to all installations making it his priority that all installations run smoothly every step of the way. He often is on-site for job site surveys at the start of the job to take measurements and ascertain any problems that can be avoided going into the project. He communicates with the installers through the duration of the installation and is always willing to help in the event that they run into any unexpected issues.
He continues his education with specific manufacturer training opportunities and shares this knowledge with the technicians who work with him.