Eric and Melissa Schmitt formalized Schmitt & Company in 2000 after nearly 20 years of custom building in the Napa Valley. Our longstanding, collaborative relationships with local architects, tradesmen and artisans are evident in everything we do, from some of the valley’s most distinctive homes, to boutique wineries and everything in between.

In addition to offering the highest quality construction, Schmitt & Company offers custom concrete-and-steel fabrication as well as interior design expertise in house, making it easier than ever to add the one-of-a-kind details that transform and complete your space.

With an unparalleled reputation for integrity, innovation and personal service, Schmitt & Company has been fortunate to work through referrals from some of California’s premiere architects, and through clients who return to work with us again and again. We only accept a handful of projects at a time, so that your vision, budget and schedule stay top priority from the initial planning sessions to final execution.

Schmitt & Company is fully licensed, bonded and insured.

Eric Schmitt | Owner, President

A founder and owner of Schmitt & Company, Eric is personally involved in every project from preconstruction on. His uncompromising pursuit of quality and commitment to his clients give Schmitt & Company its reputation for seamless, exceptional service.

Having built many prestigious homes and wineries in the Napa Valley over the course of more than 30 years, Eric brings extensive expertise to the table, enabling him to offer solutions proactively before problems ever arise. He sees to it that every detail is handled efficiently and with precision, from estimating costs to procuring permits to keeping things running on time. His positive, team-focused approach brings the best out of everyone on the project, resulting in elegant, original, high-quality work that exceeds expectations every time.

Eric’s family has been part of the Yountville community since 1967, and both of his parents have been instrumental in making Yountville what it is today.  His father Don Schmitt served on the town council and for a couple of terms as mayor, while his mother Sally’s culinary ventures put Yountville on the map for high cuisine. When Don and Sally opened the French Laundry in 1978, Eric followed every detail of its renovation and eventually worked in the kitchen alongside his mother. Drawing inspiration from their pioneering spirit, as well as from the constant construction around him, Eric was quick to transform his passion for construction into a lifelong career in custom building.

Melissa Schmitt | CFO, Designer

Melissa Schmitt has been an instrumental part of Schmitt & Company from the very beginning, running every aspect of the business from office management to budgeting, contract management, invoicing and cost control. Her valuable relationships with subcontractors and suppliers enable Schmitt & Company to procure the highest-quality materials at competitive prices. But most of all, it is Melissa’s passion and intuition for design that has empowered Schmitt & Company to offer the comprehensive services it does today.

With a gift for assimilating the finest details of a space into a distinctive, breathtaking whole, Melissa has expanded Schmitt & Company’s offering to include design and custom fabrication services. Beginning with a small line of furnishings, Melissa orchestrated the design of more and more pieces of custom furniture, then architectural components, which evolved into Schmitt & Company’s renowned Fabrication studio. Her work on her own home inspired so many requests for advice that she formalized the design branch of Schmitt & Company as well, now offering everything from color consultation to space planning to finish selections and construction management.

Joe Bates | Fabrication Lead

Joe has been working in various capacities for Schmitt & Company since he was 17 years old. Beginning with a foundation in general construction, Joe was exposed immediately to high-profile projects that kindled his natural curiosity and passion for design. He soon began to explore concrete casting, then welding, and eventually he cultivated the skills and knowledge for his now-renowned work in custom concrete and steel fabrication.

A natural innovator and active participant in several cast concrete technical forums, Joe has contributed to the development of several new casting and sealing techniques. He has also refined his metalworking skills through resources like the Crucible in Oakland, California, and Ron Young’s patination classes in Los Angeles, bringing new welding processes and finishes home to our fabrication crew.

Raised on the Apple Farm in Anderson Valley, Joe grew up in a very hands-on, design-savvy environment. Inspired by and exposed to excellent craftsman growing up, Joe began to design his own custom furnishings for family and friends. Now an experienced artisan with a distinctive, but versatile style, Joe works closely with clients and architects to create unique, high-quality elements that reflect their personality and style.