Beyond Green Beauty

This split-level Carmel home, with views of the Pacific stretching for miles, was reconfigured to create a sense of openness and connection with nature—inside and out. Representing a new era in sustainable building, the home was crafted to meet Living Building Challenge Zero Net Energy standards. It uses no gas and consumes a fraction of the energy of a conventionally built home. Its modest electric energy use is offset with photovoltaic panels on the roof. Completely free of materials and finishes that contain harmful chemicals, the home is healthy for both occupants and the planet. The homeowners’ sense of style and passion for green living are reflected in their selection of fixtures and finishes. The “living wall” inside the main entrance, finishes and built-in furnishings that emulate nature and landscaping that is both beautiful and sustainable, demonstrate the limitless possibilities for environmentally responsible living.

Beyond Green Beauty
Building Design:
Carmel Building & Design
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.