September 08, 2014

Rock Solid

Eric Schmitt

Over the years we have all complained – both builders and clients – about how everything we build is “over-engineered” and the associated costs.  Schmitt + Company has always prided itself on building to the highest standard and going the extra mile when it comes to structural details and overall quality of construction. Most of our clients see our exhaustive attention to detail during construction but don’t often think about the integrity of the structure until a catastrophic event, like Napa’s recent 6.1 earthquake, tests the building to its core.

That’s when you get feedback from clients about how well the houses we’ve built over the years performed and how safe they felt in their homes.  This makes all the hard work and attention to detail worth it.

This email from a client and friend after the earthquake really made our week!

I think the investment in all of the concrete piers paid off.  Other than the Weiland doors sliding open a bit, you wouldn't have known anything had happened.  Things didn't move an inch (vases still on countertops, etc).   It's definitely the place I'll be running to in the next big one.  Great job and thank you!
As builders we’ll continue to practice our passion of building the best we know how and, with recent events, we are even more conscious of how important a solid foundation and structure really is. I can’t think of anything more important than the roof over your head protecting your family and loved ones.

February 12, 2014

SC Fabrication’s 2014 Open House Workshops

Joe Bates

We are a fabrication shop located in the heart of the Napa Valley. With over 10 years of experience, SC Fabrication offers an incomparable expertise in decorative pre-cast concrete and architectural metals. Our services include structural and ornamental steel, pre-cast concrete and mixed media for residential, commercial and industrial projects.

Come and join us in our workshop March 27th and April 2nd from 3-5 pm, where we will discuss our unique materials and techniques, and give you a hands-on look into our processes. We encourage everyone to come ready to get your hands in our concrete and cast a small keepsake for yourself. During this process you will be able to experience firsthand the multitude of looks we can get from altering the concrete mix and employing different casting techniques.

During the workshop we will discuss our techniques used in molding, casting, and curing concrete. In addition you will learn how we color, process, stain and seal our concrete. We will also be holding a metal patina demonstration and will have lots of finished pieces and samples for you to view and handle. 

So please come and explore another option for you to offer your clients or find some new ideas for your next architectural project. We are a small shop with big ideas and are looking for collaborators to turn ideas into reality!

 Please RSVP promptly, as spaces are limited. Please arrive no later than 3:30, workshops will start promptly.

We look forward to seeing you there!

January 06, 2012

Thinking Locally

Joe Bates

It’s one of my big pitch points when talking to perspective clients - but sometimes it gets lost in the shuffle and excitement of being in the middle of a remodel or new project, so I thought I’d post here because I think it’s really one of our core values as a company - when you work with us on a project - especially our concrete, you are getting a handmade custom piece made from scratch right here in the Napa Valley - that’s pretty neat in this day and age.

For us it goes well beyond just living and working here. It extends out to the raw materials we use to make our projects. We are committed to continually searching for and using materials manufactured closer to home. In the world of concrete and steel it’s no easy task, with manufacturers constantly finding new ways to contort the meaning of “Made in the USA.”

Shop smart and shop local!
Happy New Year.
-SC Fabrication Crew