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Historic Home Renovation

Built in the 1920s, this home’s main floor had later been divided into many bathroom/bedroom combinations. There was ample evidence of a fire at some point in the past and the house was structurally unstable. CB&D got this once historic home back in touch with its Craftsman roots, and made it viable for the next 100 years. We gutted the interior, created a new yet authentic design and crafted many of the elements ourselves. Conventional walls were framed inside the single-walled house to allow for wiring, pipes and insulation. What remained of the usable old growth redwood was salvaged, re-milled and reused. Preserving as much of the original house as possible, we added modern systems and reworked the spaces to make sense. Evergreen plantings and a dry-stacked stone wall were added to soften the square edges of the exterior and aid in its melding with the natural surroundings.

Historic Home Renovation
Building Design:
Brian Congleton, 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.