Our goal for every home we design, build or remodel is to make it a true reflection of the homeowners’ vision. Examples of our work shown here demonstrate our driving philosophy to achieve a project, and an experience, that is personal, responsible and exceptional for each client.

This new 2,476-square-foot home in Pacific Grove affords views over a lush green forest reaching all the way to the blue of the Monterey Bay.
This newly-constructed 1,800-square-foot home fits beautifully and authentically into its Carmel-by-the-Sea neighborhood.
Stretching across the landscape, this 2,244-square-foot home was designed and built to take maximum advantage of mountain and valley views.
A short stroll from the beach, this circa 1930 home was respectfully restored to retain its classic Carmel style.
Noted during the design process as “the successful reimagining of a Carmel Cottage,” its spacious feel belies its modest size.
Representing a new era in sustainable building, the home was crafted to meet Living Building Challenge Zero Net Energy standards.
This typical mid-century house in Pacific Grove underwent a total transformation from both aesthetic and performance standpoints.
Inheriting the cottage of a beloved uncle, the homeowners wanted to honor his love of nature and the cottage feel of this 1920s-era home.
This charming Carmel-by-the-Sea home is Central California’s first PHIUS+ Certified Passive House.
This mid-century Carmel home, designed by Mark Mills, had undergone extensive remodels including removal of key support beams.
In the mid-2000s, “green” practices hadn’t yet made it into the mainstream of residential building.
This project is a great example of “deconstruction.” We took the house apart and re-milled the redwood planks to create Craftsman style features.
This was more than a remodel—it was a total transformation.
What better way to meld home and heart than to populate the space with the owner’s personal artwork.
Borrowing colors, textures and materials from nature, this rustic yet contemporary home enjoys a symbiotic relationship with its surroundings.
Circa 1910, this house is believed to be one of the first built in Carmel-by-the-Sea.
We like a good challenge. Because the couple wanted to live in the home during demolition & remodeling, CB&D took it one floor at a time.
Monterey Mission is one of several architectural styles indigenous to the Monterey Peninsula.
The double lot, rare for quaint Carmel, affords ample space for this gracious Tudor home and guesthouse.
This Carmel Valley abode is an apt example of the perfect integration of new and old.
Built in the 1920s, this home’s main floor had later been divided into many bathroom/bedroom combinations.
This circa 1920 home needed some TLC to restore its original charm while updating its infrastructure.

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.