Established in 2008, North Berkeley Design & Construction, Inc. is a full service design and construction ﬁrm specializing in custom residential work. Our projects encompass a wide range of sizes and budgets carefully balancing the character of the material, people and the environment. We approach each new set of challenges with a unique, artistic eye and take pride in providing quality craftsmanship through seamless integration of architecture and landscape.
Our goal is to provide clients with a well thought out, ﬁnished project that exceeds expectations. We integrate the imagination of our clients so that in the end, their home is alive with a harmonious combination of their spirit and our artistry. By specializing in listening to and collaborating with our clients every step of the way, we ensure that your needs and objectives are met as we bring life to your vision and enhance your connection to your home.
Designer, builder and artist, Erol Yildiz is the founder and creative director of North Berkeley Design & Construction, Inc. In his role as director, he provides leadership in client relations, conceptual design, budget management and construction installation.
He received a bachelor's degree in architecture and art from the University of California at Berkeley. After working for Levitch Associates for three years he left for Australia to complete a master's degree in sustainable design and architecture from the University of Sydney. Since returning home he began North Berkeley Design & Construction, Inc. and has been designing and building projects in the San Francisco Bay Area ever since while raising his wonderful family.
His work arises from a deep connection to his time spent in his parents' homelands of the Netherlands and Turkey. Inﬂuenced by antiquated structures that tell stories from the past, his extensive world travels inspire his work.
Jose Guillermo Guzman, our lead foreman, is a journeyman carpenter, mason and plumber. With over twenty ﬁve years of experience, he is a model of on-site artistry and hard work for our crew members, who greatly respect him.
His passion for design craftsmanship and construction processes has allowed him to focus on being a multi-discipline team leader with hands on skills in quality assurance and details. Raising three young children, Jose's commitment is present in everything he sets out to build.
Our long list of repeat clients is testament to our creativity, dedication and ﬂexibility. The highest compliment our clients can give us is the referral of their friends, family and business partner.
"Thank you for the gorgeous job you did on our project. It has exceeded our expectations. The sweep of the front gate is so beautiful! It feels so graceful and pretty- not sure how you all pulled that oﬀ! We are both thrilled and loving it. It is rare these days to ﬁnd a team who puts so much attention, care and artistry into their work. We hope to work with you again soon."
Sarah N. and Tom M.
"Working with Erol and his crew at North Berkeley Design & Construction was a pleasure. They were able to realize our vision, and improve on it. Our previous concrete-debris ﬁlled yard is now a true oasis. Erol has a keen eye and many great cost-saving ideas - the changes he made to an existing retaining wall made it look brand new and beautiful! He was willing to work with us to strategize how to best implement our limited budget, and we are thrilled with the results. We were constantly amazed at how hard working his crew is - they were here for almost two months and they impressed us constantly with their tirelessness, skill, and attention to detail. It's clear that they each share the same pride that Erol takes in each project.”
Eliza M. and Matt W.
“We found North Berkeley Design & Construction on an online search and it was the best result ever! We were looking for someone to design and implement our rear yard remodel. We were in search of creative ideas and a vision for the yard that could then be turned into reality. Erol and his team were all that and
more. They had lots of ideas that we integrated in with our own preferences. Erol was ﬂexible but also had a way of convincing us that some of his ideas were probably right on…and now that it's done, he was indeed right.
His crew was amazing… professional, eﬃcient and very nice… always going above and beyond! We are thrilled with the result and feel like we have an extra room in our house, with our new outdoor space. Oh, and Erol also just happens to be a super person and nice guy. We would use him again (already planned) and recommend him highly.”
Lori and Doug P.
"I just want to tell you I ﬁnally got the chance to sit down and enjoy the patio and arbor last night, and it is wonderful. I think I spent two hours out there, just enjoying it. The stone just sweeps around the house and frames the stairway and our bedroom door so beautifully. It's fantastic. Thank you."
Ben F. and Jenna L.
"We have thoroughly enjoyed working with North Berkeley Design & Construction for several years. They transformed our house with their craftsmanship and attention to detail. The project has elicited several compliments from friends and strangers alike. We appreciate how every project is done with thoughtful and creative ideas. He's practical but at the same time very artistic. We have referred them to several friends who have been very happy with their work and have in turn referred him to their friends. We're lucky to have found him."
Christina and Scott M.
"A neighbor whose fence design and construction I’d long admired recommended Erol to me, and I’ve been grateful ever since! I knew I wanted to create a front yard with privacy but not a walled fortress keeping my neighbors out. As Erol and I worked on the fence design, it was clear he’d be a great collaborator. He listened to my ideas, made suggestions with drawings and we ended up with a most beautiful fence that enhanced my house as well as the neighborhood.
It was such a pleasure to work with him, I ended up ﬁring the landscaper. He and I designed the garden and he did all the planting and drip system installation. He’s fair, patient, creative and as an added bonus, brings good energy to the project and experience."
“You all have been a pleasure to work with. Thank you for following up with great focus and integrity. The whole neighborhood admires you work! I have greatly appreciated your problem-solving ingenuity and commitment to the projects. I will recommend you to anyone looking for a great remodel experience. Thanks again for the truly beautiful results!"
Johanna and Mark L.
“I ﬁrst hired Erol to build a deck for me at the back of my house. I already had a deck plan that had been developed by someone else. He started by asking me good questions about how I wanted to use the deck and the surrounding area, and, as a result of his questions, I decided to decease the size of the deck,
change its conﬁguration, and tweak the location. Even before he started building, I realized what a great package of skills and experience he brought to the table; this continued to be one of the reasons I was so happy with our collaboration. I liked the deck so much that that I asked him to replace the deer/privacy fence that had fallen over on one side of the lot and that was beyond repair. Finally, Erol built me two gates that he designed with my input and that he executed and installed. I could not be happier with all his work and the process of working with him.
Erol is reasonably priced and was good at proposing strategies to lower costs by eliminating redundant structures, using other materials and hand-picking them so that quality would still be high. Throughout the extended project, Erol was a good collaborator, fair, and a pleasure to work with. I feel so lucky that I found them. They completely transformed my exterior spaces.”
“I went down to Mill Valley this morning and the place looks spectacular and we moved in today. It's done! I can't thank you enough for the high-quality renovation. I couldn't be happier! I am very, very pleased with the ﬁnal look of everything.”
“Thanks so much for all your great help. Your work is truly gorgeous, thoughtful and highly artistically felt. Very rare and I so so appreciate it all. I look forward to working more with you all. Many thanks for all the excellence.”
“Thank you, Erol, for transforming our unattractive, weed-ﬁlled backyard into a beautiful sandstone patio and garden. We love it! We appreciated your enthusiasm, artistry, and sincere interest in making our backyard a place where we would love to spend time. Thanks also for the many creative ideas we hadn’t even considered. Not only were we delighted with your landscaping design skills, we were very happy with your business skills—beginning with your detailed proposal, budget, and schedule (that you kept to). Always easy to communicate with and everyone showed up on time, and left the site spotless every day. Needless to say, we are thrilled with the gorgeous space you created in our backyard. Anyone looking for a landscaper would be lucky to work with you all.”
"I only had to take one look at their portfolio to know immediately that their style and craftsmanship was exactly what we were looking for. On top of that however, they helped us tailor a scope of work and always provided helpful suggestions and insight to improve the project. He really went out of his way to make sure we were pleased, and we are! We're looking forward to ﬁnding future projects to work with Erol an his team to work on.”
Erol and his crew did a fantastic job for me. Courteous, skilled and reliable, Erol has vision and has been most helpful in ways that I could not have anticipated.! He understands the aesthetics of decks and stairs, the harmony one wants to feel with one's surroundings. His gorgeous redo of a botched job begun by someone else keeps me smiling as I walk along the beautiful decking he and his crew designed and built. Now I want him to do more and more for me--inside and outside of my redwood home in the North Berkeley Hills!
"We hired North Berkeley Design & Construction after hearing glowing word-of-mouth reviews of him from diﬀerent people who independently recommended him. He and his team built new fencing, gates, patio, and decking for us and did an excellent job. He also suggested cost-eﬀective ways to improve our existing site. All the work turned out beautifully. Everyone involved was courteous and thoughtful to our family and neighbors, arriving at the same time every morning and leaving a meticulously clean worksite for us to come home to. He and his workers take obvious pride in their work--I often thought they were more concerned with how the ﬁnal product would turn out than I was! I look forward to working with him on future projects.”
"I took a long, deliberate time interviewing dozens of recommended local landscape designers, architects and contractors to ﬁnd one to whom I felt certain I could entrust the aesthetics, quality and cost of a major design and build project for my Oakland hillside home.
Upon seeing the portfolio on North Berkeley Design & Construction's website, then meeting with Erol at my home, I knew in my gut I had found a partner with the vision, skill, artistry and trustworthiness I felt was needed to undertake a large-scale and challenging redo of my back and front yards. And I was right. In Fall 2014, Erol and his exceptionally talented foreman Jose led a hardworking crew that put everything together.
From start to ﬁnish, Erol, Jose and their crew were professional, timely, conscientious, dedicated and caring craftsman. They hand-selected, -cut and -installed quality redwood, sandstone, cables, plumbing and garden materials. And, as importantly, they delivered our agreed upon contract on budget, and were ﬂexible and fair in working with me to revise and improve the project scope as made sense along the way. In short, they created a beautiful outdoor living space for me, and are lovely people to work with. I wholeheartedly recommend them, and I look forward to engaging them again myself in future projects."
"Erol Yildiz and North Berkeley Design & Construction do absolutely beautiful work! We hired them to redo our front yard; the job included completely taking out the old lawn, pruning trees, putting in a new fence and gate, upgrading our sprinkler system, laying a path, and choosing and placing plants. Erol is truly an artist; his aesthetic and his enthusiasm make him a joy to work with. His crew is top notch. We couldn't be happier with the result, and all of our friends and neighbors have been thoroughly impressed as well!”
Laura M. and David G.
“Our non-proﬁt organization needed to create more private meeting spaces on our main level. North Berkeley Design & Construction reconﬁgured our conference room into new oﬃces with precision, sound proof, lighting & easy access. Erol is a clear communicator and understood what our needs were while coming up with a creative plan to accomplish our goal. North Berkeley's crew is respectful, professional, & incredibly tidy. The turnaround time was met which made it so easy to keep the oﬃce running without disruption. I highly recommend them! You can be sure that their work is diligent, detailed & solid. We are so happy thanks to North Berkeley’s amazing quality of work!!”
Nancy J., Rain Forest Action Network