We specialize in applying advanced practices including Passive House to designing and building fine custom homes and extensive remodeling projects.

Carmel Building & Design, Inc., established in 2000, is located in Carmel, California. We specialize in applying advanced practices including Passive House to designing and building fine custom homes and extensive remodeling projects. We are working to change a “better way to build” into “the way to build” high-quality homes in the Monterey Bay area. Carmel Building & Design sets the standard and leads the transition by example. And in concert with others, we influence the evolution of building standards and practices in our region and across the U.S.

As long-time advocates and devotees of environmentally mindful design and construction, we apply advanced building science principles to every project.

Our capabilities and expertise feature Passive House and electrification, and also include Zero Net Energy, LEED and Living Building Challenge. These strategies significantly reduce a home’s demand for energy resources, improve indoor air quality, comfort and durability, increase the home’s value and are easy on the planet.

We build beautiful, high-quality, resource-efficient, healthy homes, impeccably matched to the objectives and preferences of our clients. And we provide an exceptional level of communication and collaboration with our clients and with the select professionals involved in design, specification and certification of their homes.

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Our Philosophy

Our philosophy is simple, straightforward and summed up in three words—Personal, Responsible, Exceptional. It’s not just a concept we talk about. It’s one we live and breathe. It shapes our attitude, drives our performance and inspires our work and relationships.
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For us, it’s personal. Everything we do revolves around you, the client—your goals, preferences, lifestyle and budget, and how you will live in your home. We assemble a team that is both capable and committed to bringing your vision to life. We have a personal commitment to a high level of craftsmanship and service, and aim to create a home and an experience that surpass your expectations.

Being responsible encompasses many things. It means honing and updating our skills and knowledge so we can deliver on our promises as design/build professionals. It influences how we select, manage and treat our staff and subcontractors. It covers our dedication and expertise to environmentally mindful design and building. And it means we are accountable for everything that happens on your project—from communications, budget and schedule to onsite personnel, the finished product and fostering a good relationship with you.

Everything we do is with the intention of creating an exceptional result.
Your home will be well designed and constructed, provide a healthy, low-carbon living space and be a place where you enjoy living. It will have all the qualities, amenities, style and level of “green” you desire. We hope that your exceptional experience will inspire you, as it does many of our clients, to return to us for future projects, recommend us to your family and friends, and think differently about what a home can be.

Awards

Carmel Building & Design receives Economic Vitality Award (2016)

We are so honored to be among the organizations recognized by the Monterey County Business Council in 2016 for contributing to the economic vitality, growth and preservation of Monterey County communities. Read more

Exceeding the standards for energy efficiency (2015)

Recognized by the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) as Project of the Quarter. Based on PG&E data, CAHP selected our Pacific Grove home project because its energy efficiency exceeded the standards of 2008 Title 24 by 64.6%, the highest percentage of any residence in the state. Read more

Best New Home Award (2013)

Took the title of “Best New Home” in Fine Homebuilding Magazine’s 2013 Houses Awards issue for our Passive House project in Carmel. Read more

Green Building Champion Award (2012)

Given the Green Building Champion Award by the U.S. Green Building Council, Monterey Bay Chapter for our dedication to green and sustainable building practices.

Management and Design Team

Each member of our management team brings unique talents, skills and expertise to every project. And each is dedicated to crafting solid client relationships as well as exceptional homes.

Rob Nicely

President & Partner

Patricia Nicely

Office Manager

Matt Hanner

Pre-Production Manager and Partner

Jeff Sheets

Construction Manager & Partner

Machell Sterbick

Designer and Partner

Production Team and Specialists

Our staff includes highly-skilled and -trained job supervisors and carpenters whose goal is complete customer satisfaction, throughout the project and after it is finished.

If you are interested in joining our team, see our Careers page.

Jose Luis Cabrera

Timo Cabrera

Marco Campos

Antonio Cortez

Edward Farfan

Robert Fastle

Joel Fitzwater

Alfred Garcia

Jim LeBlanc

Scott Lollis

Raul Mendoza

Eddie Ortiz

Alonso Ramos

Juan Sanchez

Laura Tugwell

Jesus Zamora

Jesus Zamora

Jose Gonzalez

Rob Nicely

President & Partner

Rob studied art at the University of California, Davis and has been in the construction industry since 1980. His rare combination of technical expertise and artistic sensibility enables him to provide a unique and exceptional experience for clients. As president, Rob leads by example. He is dedicated to the highest standards of quality and customer service, and to using the latest techniques and technologies to create environmentally mindful homes.
Rob is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green) and Certified Passive House Consultant (Passive House Institute). He has served on the Passive House California board of directors since January 2018. Over the years Rob has garnered several accreditations. He participates in a variety of advocacy efforts, all focused on improving the quality of homes that Carmel Building & Design produces and increasing the ecological sustainability of the building industry in general. In his leisure time, Rob enjoys sculpting and painting.

Patricia Nicely

Office Manager
Patty graduated from the University of California, Davis with a BS in biology and moved to the Monterey Bay area in 1993. Before joining CB&D in 2006, she worked as a marine biologist and toxicologist, performing human health and environmental risk assessments. A Certified Green Building Professional (Build it Green), Patty brings her passion for the planet and its resources to her role in “doing everything but build houses,” including IT, safety, accounting, payroll, billing, insurance and managing the detailed information involved in each project.
Patty is an avid gardener and loves the study of permaculture and resiliency. She also enjoys hanging out with her dogs.

Matt Hanner

Pre-Production Manager & Partner
Matt grew up in Fernandina Beach, Florida, where he began his construction career. He worked summers while in junior high school and continued through his college years. After earning a BS in environmental science, with a minor in music from Jacksonville University in 1996, he relocated to California. He farmed abalone for two years before joining Carmel Building & Design in 1998.
Matt’s professional certifications include Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green), Building Analyst Professional (Building Performance Institute) and Certified Passive House Consultant (Passive House Institute).
In his spare time, he enjoys photography, fishing and spending time with his family.

Jeff Sheets

Construction Manager & Partner
Jeff joined Carmel Building & Design in 2000 as lead carpenter and was soon promoted to project supervisor. He is a life-long resident of the Monterey Peninsula, graduating from Seaside High School. His building experience began at an early age, working in his father’s boat shop. Jeff ran his own company for eight years, remodeling and building homes in the Monterey area as well as in New Mexico.
He is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build it Green) and has completed the Certified Passive House Tradesperson course (Passive House Institute).
Jeff has a wide range of interests including restoring his 1967 Chevy truck and various types of wood working. He is also enjoying a newfound interest in traveling.

Machell Sterbick

Designer and Project Manager
Machell joined Carmel Building & Design in February 2014. She earned a BS in interior architecture from the UC Davis School of Environmental Sciences and has a keen eye for details. As part of our project team, Machell creates elegant, well-designed spaces, reflecting the client’s vision of an ideal home. She follows each project from concept through completion to ensure each detail is captured and executed. Machell’s experience in interior space planning dates back to 2005, and she is well-versed in Passive House design principles. She is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green) and has completed the Certified Passive House Consultant course (Passive House Institute).
In her spare time, Machell enjoys painting, orchids and watching her two children grow into amazing adults.

Jose Luis Cabrera

Jose Luis has been in the building trades since 1994 and joined CB&D’s carpentry team in 2006. In addition to being an experienced carpenter, he is also skilled in concrete and block work. In his leisure time, Jose Luis enjoys hiking in local State Parks and along the Monterey Bay Coastal Recreation Trail, and working on projects in his home and backyard.

Timo Cabrera

Timo started working at CB&D in 2008, and rejoined the team as a jobsite supervisor in 2022. He has been in the building trades since 1994 and is a licensed general contractor. In his leisure time, he enjoys watching TV and going out with his wife.

Marco Campos

Joining the CB&D carpentry team in 2022, Marco has been in the building trades since 2015. In his personal time, he plays soccer and enjoys spending time with his family and playing with his dogs.

Antonio Cortez

Antonio, a carpenter and air sealing specialist, joined the CB&D team in 2013. He has been in the building trades since 2012, and is a licensed general contractor. Antonio enjoys mountain biking with his family and a variety of other outdoor activities, especially fishing, camping and hiking.

Edward Farfan

Edward, a carpenter at CB&D since 2022, began his career in the trades in 2014. In his spare time, he likes mountain biking and taking his daughters to the park.

Robert Fastle

Robert joined the CB&D team as a jobsite supervisor in 2022. In the trades since 1982, he has garnered a number of certifications and specializations. Robert is a licensed general contractor, construction defect expert, Certified Building Inspector (ICC), Certified Home Inspector, and construction industry expert and subject matter expert for the Contractors State License Board. Robert is also an avid chef, baker, wine enthusiast and golfer. While serving in the U.S. Army at Fort Ord, he was the Post’s golf champion, winner of the Commanding Generals Rifle Match and competed in the All-Army Rifle Championship.

Joel Fitzwater

Joel has been in the building trades since 2001 and joined the CB&D carpentry team in 2014. He holds a Class 7 forklift certification. Joel enjoys outdoor activities like hiking, barbequing and snowboarding, as well as family gatherings, watching baseball and football and working on projects at his home.

Alfred Garcia

Alfred joined the CB&D carpentry team in 2022 and has been in the building trades since 2001. In addition to his extensive experience as a carpenter, Alfred is a licensed general contractor. In his leisure time, he enjoys spending time with his family

Jim LeBlanc

Joining the CB&D team as a carpenter in 2022, Jim has been in the building trades since 1987. Jim played hockey, baseball and football for years, and now enjoys his role as an avid spectator.

Scott Lollis

Scott, a jobsite supervisor, joined the CB&D team in 2015. He has been in the building trades since 1990. He is a licensed general contractor and a Certified Green Building Professional through Build It Green. Scott enjoys mountain biking and surfing, cooking for his friends and joining them in a variety of outdoor activities.

Raul Mendoza

Raul has been in the building trades since 2018 and joined CB&D as a carpenter in 2022. He revels in physical activity, especially hiking, biking and playing a variety of sports.

Eddie Ortiz

A jobsite supervisor, Eddie joined the CB&D team in 2013. He has been in the building trades since 1998, and holds an installation certification from Myrtha Pools. He is a licensed contractor and a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green) and a Certified Passive House Tradesperson (Passive House Institute). Eddie enjoys spending quality time with his wife and kids.

Alonso Ramos

Alonso joined the CB&D team in 2013 and is a jobsite supervisor. In the building trades since 2002, he is skilled in carpentry and concrete construction, and is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green). In his spare time, Alonso enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors.

Juan Sanchez

Juan is a carpenter and has been a member of the CB&D team since 2014. When not working, he enjoys time with his family, volunteering and playing soccer.

Laura Tugwell

Laura is an administrative assistant and sustainability data specialist. She joined CB&D in 2017 and has been in the building trades since 2001. Laura has a BS in Ecological Design, is a Certified Green Building Professional (Build It Green) and a Certified Passive House Consultant (Passive House Institute). In her leisure time, she enjoys hiking, singing, swimming, dancing, cooking, making beaded jewelry and attending performing arts events.

Jesus Zamora

Jesus is a carpenter and joined CB&D in 2014. He has been in the building trades since 1998. Jesus enjoys spending time with family and friends and playing tennis.

Jose Gonzalez

Jose, a carpenter, joined the CB&D team in 2017. He is also a certified diesel mechanic. When not at work, Jose enjoys clay shooting, duck hunting and working on his diesel truck.