Charming Carmel Cottage

Simple and authentic aptly describe this 1932 cottage in Carmel-by-the-Sea. The modest size structure on a lot-and-a-half was equal parts remodel and rebuild. We gave it an energy upgrade while preserving its historic nature, inside and out. A small amount of space was added to the kitchen and living room to create a more open and functional setting. The front part of the house—taken down to the framing and recrafted—affords ample space for guests with four bedrooms. The board and batten lined walls and dramatic trestle ceiling capture the style of the original period. Oak trees, other native plants and wood chips, create a beautiful yet low-water landscape. Handsome wood decks along the side and back were added to create alfresco living space.

Charming Carmel Cottage
Building Design:
Kenneth Vais
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.