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Artful Retreat

What better way to meld home and heart than to populate the space with the owner’s personal artwork. The ever-present whimsical fauna play beautifully with visiting wildlife in this bucolic Carmel Valley setting. The mostly native, drought-tolerant landscaping thrives year round, thanks to an extensive rainwater harvesting and storage system. Sun streams in through the colorful stained glass—exquisitely crafted by a local artisan—affording a warm welcome. Walls are adorned with tinted plaster, brightening the interior and eliminating the need for paint. The openness of the floor plan and abundant windows unite the inside of the home with its natural surroundings.

Artful Retreat
Building Design:
Raymond Lloyd, Architect
Rick Pharaoh

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.