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Graceful Carmel Beauty

Situated near the Bay in Carmel-by-the-Sea, this 4,000-square-foot home underwent an extensive interior remodel. Soft white finishes on walls and ceilings accentuate the natural light that beams in through windows and skylights. Wide-plank, stained oak flooring, marble mosaic adorning the bathrooms, iron handrails and custom cabinetry serve to create a sleek, modern and graceful style. The 3-bed, 4.5-bath home features an open, flowing floor plan that occupies lower, main and upper levels, affording privacy and ample gathering spaces. Energy demand was significantly reduced with installation of a high-efficiency furnace, replacing hot water heaters with two tankless on-demand units, converting all lighting to LED and insulating the newly opened ceilings. Fireplaces were converted from wood-burning to sealed, gas units and ensconced in custom concrete fireplace surrounds. The laundry room was relocated from the lower level to third floor for increased convenience.

Graceful Carmel 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.