Professional Testimonials

When working with NorthWall, I breathe a sigh of relief. They understand how a building goes together. As a Structural Engineer, that makes my job a lot easier. They are professional, responsive, proactive, and have excellent communication. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail is second to none.

Ryan Billante

Principal, BKG Structural Engineers

We are fortunate to have worked closely with NorthWall Builders Inc. for almost 15 years. Our respect for their abilities and appreciation for their partnership grows with each project we complete together. The team at NorthWall is trustworthy, knowledgeable, diligent, and personable. We have gotten to know Mark, Brad, and Wakey well after working together on over ten large projects. We are confident that our clients are in good hands and good company with NorthWall.

Catharine Garber

Partner, FGA Fergus Garber Architects

NorthWall Builders is such a pleasure to work with. Our team had a vision that was a bit out of the box for the interior finish and Wakey and the whole team rose to the challenge and created something better than we could have ever expected.

Marie Turner Carson

M.Elle Design

The people at NorthWall Builders bring expertise and professionalism to the project.  Communication, high-quality work, attention to detail – both in the management as well as the construction – it’s all part of their approach.  I highly recommend them for any high-end, complicated custom home.

Elizabeth Suzuki, AIA

Sutton Suzuki Architects

I’ve truly enjoyed working with both Wakey and Brad, and all of the staff on their projects.  They can build anything, any style, any detail – and they do it at the highest level.  They have my full trust.  I look forward to our next project together. 

Steven Stept , AIA

Managing Partner, Feldman Architecture

NWB consistently offers the highest quality in craftsmanship and unparalleled attention to detail. They take complete ownership and coordination of ALL aspects of the building process, from sorting through custom details with subs to in-depth coordination with the design team and, most critically, trustworthy and transparent communication with clients.  With NorthWall, we operate as a team, and welcome many more years of collaboration in building some of the Bay Area’s most enduring and timeless homes.  

Sara Warto

Owner and Principal, Boxleaf Design Landscape Architecture

Through project leadership, careful attention to detail, and craftsmanship NorthWall Builders creates masterpieces working with top residential architects in the Bay Area. It is a pleasure collaborating with their team.

Janell Hobart

Denler Hobart Gardens LLC

Brad and Wakey both care deeply about the projects they work on and treat the houses as their own. I’ve found everyone on the NorthWall team to be professional, reliable, and honest and they also have great relationships with subcontractors in the area.The high level of care and perfectionism shows in the finished houses they complete which have an extremely high level of quality and craftsmanship.

Kristen Lomax

Principle, FGA

The process of building high end homes requires a huge amount of collaboration, patience, and humor. It’d been a pleasure working through the many nuances on these projects with Wakey and his team. It feels like a partnership and a friendship at the same time.

Kathy Scott

Walker Warner Architects

NWB’s versatility is impressive.  Just as you have restored some of Palo Alto’s historic treasures you have also built homes with edgy contemporary design that requires flawless craftsmanship. You represent the best in your field.  Your job sites are well-managed with subs that have been with you for years and foremen who are professional, respectful of neighbors, and responsive to the homeowners. We know that when we give out your name, our clients will be completely delighted through the process and with the final outcome.

Carol Carnevale and Nicole Aron


Client Testimonials

We bought one of the oldest homes in Palo Alto with the aim to renovate it before moving in. As this was the first such project we’d ever undertaken, we met with a lot of people beforehand who had completed similar projects and these criteria were frequently mentioned: The builder must: – do high quality work; – be efficient; – be able to solve project and construction problems rapidly (when they invariably arise); – and, most importantly, have high integrity. We found all of these qualities in NorthWall Builders who managed and implemented our project. Their schedules and cost estimates were very accurate. They took a “sure we can” attitude towards any requests we made during the construction process. They brought us into the decision process at the right levels, explaining choices and the implications to us – while not overwhelming us with 1000′s of details. The NWB construction team was very skilled, as were their subcontractors. They kept the job site very neat and safe. They completed all work as promised. We enjoyed the construction process from beginning to end. Now we are living in our historic home, happy with its beauty and unique features, and we continue to be glad we chose NWB.


We are so fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with the NorthWall team. Before we hired NorthWall, we were having the contractor experience from hell. Everything that you could imagine going wrong went wrong.

Most importantly, when building a new home, it’s important to have trust in your contractor. The best part of working with NorthWall is that we never had to question their decisions or recommendations. They are active in the community and put their reputation on the line every day. They have built their business on client referrals and go out of their way to make sure that their clients are fully informed on all decisions. Without any hesitation, we recommend NorthWall with the highest level of enthusiasm possible!

Lillian & David Chun

I can’t imagine a contractor doing a better job of getting a job finished on time and on budget than NWB. Their weekly meetings kept everything on track perfectly and let us know what decisions we would have to make so that we could stay on top of the process. Our only regret in working with NWB is not getting them on the job sooner. Some of the best design ideas and finishes came straight from NWB.

Gretchen & Dennis DeAndre

Working with Brad and the NWB team was a real pleasure. Their commitment to a great, high quality result never wavered and their transparency through the process made them wonderful partners. They have my highest recommendation.

Paul Koontz

The NorthWall team has carried us through 2 very unique and intricate projects. The first, an extensive restoration of a level one historic home in downtown Palo Alto.  The second, a beachfront renovation which included navigating the coastal commission.  They are pros through and through. They are intuitive with an eye for detail. Most importantly they are authentic and easy to work with. We consider NorthWall family!

Dan and Allison Rose