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Carmel Valley Vistas

Stretching across the landscape, this 2,244-square-foot home was designed and built to take maximum advantage of mountain and valley views. Set on 2.3 acres in the California Coast Range, each room features abundant windows that take in the beauty of the natural surroundings. The open floor plan flows gracefully from room to room and high, beamed ceilings add to the sense of spaciousness. With the master suite and second bedroom suite set at opposite ends of the house, privacy and tranquility are achieved. A half-bath is set conveniently near the main living spaces. The original home, built in 1963, was extensively remodeled to enhance energy efficiency and update its look and functionality. Air sealing and upgraded insulation create a comfortable and efficient interior. A first of its kind configuration uses photovoltaic panels to provide electricity and solar thermal panels set under the PV panels to warm the pool. The solar thermal panels absorb additional heat from the PV panels, improving their efficiency. PV is also one of the sources used to heat the interior. An innovative boiler system with heat pump warms both the floors and the hot water system.

Carmel Valley Vistas
Building Design:
Cathy Schwabe, 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.