What’s New

Innovative options for bumping up the supply of affordable housing in California
There’s no doubt that a lack of affordable housing in many areas of California is a serious, longstanding challenge. But things they are a changin’. A new California law, effective January 1, 2020, paves the way for development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs). You may be more familiar with terms like the granny flat, in-law unit, guest house or backyard cottage (ADU) or separate living space within a home (JADU). The fact is that a home by any name is still a home. ADUs and JADUs offer affordable, effective options for cities, counties and homeowners to boost the availability of housing. MORE

A Sky Ranch home under construction escaped flames from the Carmel Fire in part because builder Rob Nicely (left) is using passive house building concepts. He and Jay Gentry (right) are championing passive house construction in Monterey County. Parker Seibold

Passive Activity

An article in the October 15-21 issue of the Monterey County Weekly by reporter Pam Marino provides an informative update on progress toward a goal of building 1,000 Passive House units in the Monterey Bay Region by 2030. It also discusses the benefits of this building strategy, including providing excellent indoor air quality even with smoke from the recent fire that burned in the neighborhood of our latest Passive House home.

Progressive Building Practices

We’ve learned through experience that progressive building practices like Passive House result in a home that’s better for the homeowners, and for the planet. Explore how sustainably built homes provide healthier indoor air quality, quiet, durability, energy and water conservation and lower related costs, even higher resale value. And we think it’s simply the right thing to do.

Exceptional Home.
Exceptional Experience.

At Carmel Building & Design, we’ve found a better way to build. It’s personal. We focus intently on you, the client, to create a home that suits your lifestyle and reflects your individual tastes. It’s responsible. Our design principles and building practices incorporate environmentally mindful features that improve indoor air quality, enhance value, reduce energy and maintenance costs and are easy on the planet. It’s exceptional. We focus on quality in both your home and your experience.

Custom Design/Build Services

Good design is the foundation of a great home, and a smooth process. And craftsmanship is at the heart of our company philosophy. Whether or not we’re following a specific set of guidelines such as Passive House, we always build in a way that reduces waste in materials, resources, energy and water. And results in the home you envision.

My husband is knowledgeable about construction so he and Rob were able to communicate easily. I appreciated that Rob took time to explain things in a way that I could understand. He made it comfortable for me to participate in the process.—Sharon B., Carmel Valley

Rob’s team of carpenters was great and very friendly, and he held subcontractors to a very high standard. —Niels and Jan R., Carmel

When a project involved sub-contractors, we could count on Rob to select tradespeople who produced quality work. —Larry B., Carmel Valley

Carmel Building & Design exceeded our expectations. The competence and integrity of the process and team were obvious. We ended the project feeling as though we had made new friends. —Roger P., Quail Meadows